Poke fever has finally taken Boston by storm, and the protein-packed bowls, burritos and
salads have become a new lunchtime norm. But where should you even begin? Here’s our beginners get to getting in on the raw fish revolution.
Love Art Sushi
Located close to Northeastern University and Berklee, the new Haviland Street outpost is the second location for the University of Connecticut mainstay. Key factors: bowls come with unlimited veg, crunch and sauce toppings, and you can order bottomless bubble tea.1 Haviland St., loveartsushi.com
Manoa Poke Shop
Find poke plus other Pacific island-inspired snacks in this Porter Square fast casual.
Bonus points for Hawaiian-style Mac Salad and Kalua-inspired pork shoulder with crackling and chorizo slaw. Offerings include the Poke Flight — featuring four protein options for $19.95, so you can try a little of everything.300 Beacon St., Somerville, manoa.fish
The West Coast-bred Pokeworks created an Instagram-perfect space when they opened in Davis Square. Build your own bowl (we like spicy ponzu) or choose your own adventure, then get it wrapped up as a burrito. Expert tip: Ask for extra lotus chips — crispy, light and fried — and garlic and onion crisps at the end to round out the ultimate textural umami. 261 Elm St., Somerville, pokeworks.com
Close by in Porter Square, Poke City keeps the carb conscious in mind, with the addition of zucchini noodles (zoodles!) to their base options. Layer yours with fresh pineapple salmon and kale for poke that reads more like a fresh salad than a feast.1722 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, pokecityma.com