6. Local Boy Poke
The fast-casual seafood concept by River Oyster Bar's David Bracha and Curtis Rhodes offers poke and other dishes inspired by the Hawaiian Islands. Bracha and Rhodes, by the way, are still with River Oyster Bar and plan to remain at the Brickell seafood standard. River Oyster Bar has been serving the dish for some time, but now the chefs think Miami should delve deeper into the poke bowl. They plan to open a brick-and-mortar location of Local Boy Poke in Wynwood. Until then, it is available around town through its food truck. Dishes ($10 to $15) include ahi tuna shoyu with seaweed, soy, and sesame; pipikaula (fried beef) with chili udon noodles and spicy edamame; furikake salmon with quinoa, brown rice, and ocean salad; spicy ahi tuna with garlic plantain chips; and pork belly musubi with sushi rice and nori. 7. Kuenko
Japanese-Spanish fusion spot Kuenko, located at the Wynwood Yard, blends the technique of Michelin-starred chef Ricardo Sanz with quality ingredients in a food truck that serves meals for about $10. Co-opting the trend of fast-casual eating, the restaurant offers an assortment of flavors in a donburi —
a Japanese rice bowl — starting at $10.38. Diners can add various proteins that are paired with complementing sauces and a fried egg. 8. Plant Food + Wine
This plant-based eatery created by Matthew Kenney serves small and large plates, organic cocktails and juices, and fresh, healthful desserts. The menu highlights local produce featured in cutting-edge, plant-based cuisine inspired by South Florida. Among one of the restaurant's more intriguing menu items is watermelon poke — flavored and seasoned with ponzu-lime, tamari, macadamia, ginger, and mint.
9. The Poke House
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At Fort Lauderdale's first poke joint, the Poke House, located in Victoria Park Shoppes at 666 Federal Hwy., guests begin their culinary experience by choosing from proteins such as tuna, salmon, hamachi, and tofu. From there, diners can build their own bowl by selecting a base of steamed white rice, quinoa, or kale and then selecting from more than 20 sauces and toppings, including chipotle mayo, ají amarillo lime, crispy lotus, and black radish. Rather than ordering food from traditional servers, customers have a more enlightening option: creating bowls (starting at $11.95) with professional line cooks and chefs. 10. 180 Degrees at the DRB
This gastropub, located in the heart of downtown Miami at 501 NE First Ave., is a mecca for comfort-food-style bites paired with boozy drinks. An unlikely suspect found on the menu is a spicy tuna poke bowl ($14). Created by chef/owner Ryan Martin, the dish mixes diced raw tuna with green onion, sesame seeds, soy sauce, sriracha, miso, Ozeki sake, and mango-avocado salsa.