Start with a bed of rice or bowl of mixed greens; a colorful combo of shredded carrots, seaweed, edamame, red onions, and other veg are artfully arranged on top, and then the tuna comes in. Or salmon, shrimp, even tofu – your raw protein of choice. Sesame seeds and a chili sauce or creamy aioli are the finishing touches of a poké bowl, the popular Hawaiian dish you can think of as deconstructed sushi. Unlike a roll, poké is more playful and often customizable, and it’s traveled from the Pacific to make waves on the Atlantic coast. Several Rhode Island restaurants offer their hot take on this cold dish.
Among a menu of light fare crafted around fresh local harvests, find Polynesian Poké ‘n Rice featuring ahi tuna drizzled with a savory sesame-tamari sauce. This sustainable food truck, camped outside of 1661 Exotic Animal Farm & Gardens, returns for the season on Memorial Day weekend. Block Island
Portable eats are a must for surfers and beach bums on the go – Flat Waves feeds its coastal clientele with every kind of bowl imaginable, from sweet acai and pitaya (dragon fruit) varieties to spicy tuna and mango avocado poké. With a brand new patio reno, now is a great time to visit this Cali-Mexican fusion pit stop. Middletown
Hawaiian-inspired bowls not only feature responsibly sourced seafood, but the truck that originally purveyed these healthy offerings is fully solar powered. Now, you can also find build-your-own poké at their Bonnet Shores storefront, along with the popular Swell (ahi tuna, cucumbers, and other veg drenched in Maui Shoyu) and others. Narragansett
This little poké oasis on the East Side also has humble roots as a food truck, and this month they’ll be opening up outdoor dining at their shop with a wine and beer cart in the works. Whether you’re creating your own or trying the likes of a Hometown Classic or Korean Kick (with kimchi), expect flavorful surprises. Providence
Along with a full menu of noodles, fried rice, and sushi, this Malaysian and Chinese restaurant features a poké menu with rice or lettuce bowls topped with fried shallots and sesame seeds, plus your choice of protein (including eel and crispy chicken options) and a variety of veg and flavors. Wash it down with a mango bubble tea! West Warwick
Available for pickup and delivery, you’ll be hard pressed to find more flavors to experiment with. Traditional Hawaiian ingredients like ogo seaweed and umami shoyu, a thick soy sauce, are offered among familiar cabbage slaw, jalapeños, and spicy mayo. There’s even the option to make a wrap out of nori, the seaweed used in sushi. Providence
Walk and shop with a bowl from 213 Thayer Street. The Pokéworks franchise carries environmentally friendly practices into their fast-casual dining model, showcasing seasonal specials like a Citrus Miso Poké made with fresh ingredients. You also have the freedom to build your own bowl, packaged to easily eat on the go. Providence