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Fast-Casual Poke Chain Expanding to Seattle

Pokéworks looks to corner the downtown market


Another day, another bowl of poke: It appears Pokéworks, a small chain with locations open now or coming soon in New York, California, and Boston, is headed to Seattle. The company's website says an outpost is slated for 1200 3rd Ave Suite 100, former home of Saladworks. There was no response to a request for comment by press time.

Poke, a type of Hawaiian raw fish salad, certainly looks set to become the next big fast-casual trend nationwide; Seattle is ahead of the curve with a ton of great options for the dish, an unusual and crazy-popular convenience store/poke bar, and the influence of Sam Choy, known to many as the Godfather of Poke.

The menu at Pokéworks has a bunch of set bowls, from the Hawaiian Classic (Ahi tuna, green and sweet onion, ogo seaweed, cucumber, Hawaiian salt, chili flakes, roasted sesame oil) to a cooked chicken version (Sous vide free-range chicken breast, green and sweet onion, edamame, cilantro, spicy ginger sauce).

You can also customize your own meal by choosing various toppings and mix-ins for a base of white rice, organic brown rice, quinoa, Romaine lettuce, or even a "pokiritto" wrapped with white rice and seaweed.

Eater NY critic Robert Sietsema tested a couple of so-called sushi burritos earlier this year, including Pokéworks' pokiritto — he deemed it "really terrible" and complained about the "evasive and slightly dishonest" practice of using the term "sushi burrito" for something that's clearly just a maki roll.

It's not clear when you'll get to judge this for yourself, as there's no opening date listed for Pokéworks' downtown Seattle location, but in the meantime you could just nibble on some fresh fish from nearby Pike Place Market's various vendors.