This past weekend, San Diego's growing contingent of poke eateries added San Diego Poke Co. to its ranks. The farmers market vendor, which launched in 2015 and runs booths at the Hillcrest and Scripps Ranch Farmers Markets, has opened its first brick-and-mortar store.
Operating in a 900-square-foot space on Friars Road, San Diego Poke Co. is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving a menu based on owner Yohei Umezu's original farmers market offerings plus additional dishes from new chef Meljohn Sebastian (Cafe Japengo). There are eight signature specialty bowls, ranging from Taco ‘Bout It — salmon in a sweet and spicy sauce nestled in a crispy wonton taco shell to the Feel Soy Good with tofu, edamame, tomatoes, chili flakes, sesame seeds atop mixed greens, and build-your-own poke bowls with your choice of base (from rice to greens and chips), fish or proteins, toppings and sauces. For dessert, there's ice cream sandwiched between macarons and mochi ice cream flown in from Hawaii.