By now you may have heard the exciting news that we have a Poke Bar. For those of you with young kids, no this is not a Pokestop to catch a Pokemon. 🙂
Are you wondering what exactly is Poke and more importantly, how do you pronounce it?
Poke (pronounced poh-kay) is diced raw fish served either as an appetizer or as a main course and is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine. It originated in Hawaii and is part of the culture there having been adapted along the way to appeal to American tastes. Poke is having a real moment here in the US and for good reason. It’s delicious, fresh, healthy and portable!
The history of Hawaiian poke dates back to pre-colonial, Polynesian times and literally means “to cut crosswise into pieces” as their fresh catch of the day was the foundation of a meal.
In Hawaii, the grocery store’s equivalent to a deli counter is a poke counter, where customers can line up for ahi tuna, marlin, or octopus. We love this idea and wanted to bring a similar experience to our customers.
Our food consultant, Dani Crichton was the brainchild behind this new addition and as soon as she mentioned it, we knew we were going to run with it. Dani is passionate about food and was acutely aware of the poke bars popping up all over DC and increasingly spreading into Montgomery County. She expressed that the “poke formula is fairly simple but requires a careful attention to detail and the freshest possible ingredients. In my mind, there was no business better poised to deliver on this freshness guarantee than The Market. Potomac residents, and foodies in the surrounding area, know that they can always find the freshest fish at The Market at River Falls and therefore I was confident that the Poke Bar would be well received.”
Dani lives very close by and has a personal love for both fresh fish and all things in a bowl so she was particularly motivated to see this happen, stating she “would be able to pick up a poke bowl (or several bowls, for her family as well) on a regular basis and if I wanted this, I knew that my friends and neighbors would feel the same.” It turns out, she was absolutely right!
So, we got busy creating our menu and carving out space at the counter for the Poke Bar. We wanted to be sure to offer the ingredients found in a traditional poke bowl while putting our own unique spin on it as well. We have been thrilled with the response from the community. Our customers love it and more and more people are coming in daily to customize and enjoy a fresh poke bowl.
Come on in and make yours today! The Poke Bar is open daily from 11am- 6 pm.
Pick your Base: (pick one or half & half)
Brown Sushi Rice
White Sushi Rice
Spring Mix, Spinach or Romaine
Pick your Protein: ($12.99 for 2 scoops/$3 for an additional scoop)
Ahi Tuna (plain or marinated)
Salmon (plain or marinated)
Cooked Shrimp or chicken
Pick your toppings: (unlimited)
Pickled cabbage, red onion, shredded carrot, seaweed salad, tomato, corn, radish, pickled ginger, jalapeno, mango, cilantro, edamame, cucumber, scallion,
avocado (+ 1.50)
Choose your dressing:
Miso Ginger, Toasted Sesame, Spicy Ponzu, Sriracha Mayo, Tamari Ginger (GF) & Sriracha
Add your crunch: (unlimited)
Sesame seeds, Furikaki, Fried Shallots