Haven’t you heard? Poke is all the rage. With good reason, too.
The raw fish-focused dish hailing from Hawaii is healthier than a lot of food trends, tasty, and lighter. Although, you’ll still be plenty full after a giant poke bowl.
With all the talk about poke, it’s no surprise that Tucson, the United States’ only World City of Gastronomy, would have its own unique option.
Opened in May 2017 by pharmacists and friends Mobeen Moslem and Kevin Tran, PokeZone has been gaining in popularity with its fast-casual, build-your-own poke bowl style of service.
For those not in the know, you first pick either a bowl or burrito (which is more of a giant sushi roll than burrito). Next, select your rice, followed by fish choice – salmon, ahi, spicy tuna, octopus, or yellowtail. Lastly, select from a variety of toppings and sauces, like seaweed salad, avocado, edamame, and much more.
That’s the basics. Below are four additional reasons to check out PokeZone now.
1. Hot Cheetos
Okay, sure, Hot Cheetos are kinda the cool thing right now, but that’s ’cause they’re awesome! Get ’em crushed up in a burrito or whole as a bowl topping.
2. Pharmaceutical Cocktails
If you were hoping for actual pharmaceuticals in your cocktail, keep hoping. The only mind-altering substance in this puppy is tequila. There’s also the Szechuan flower that causes a temporary tingling and numbing sensation in the mouth. Perfectly safe.
3. Discounts by default (almost)
Military, law enforcement, students, and downtown employees can all benefit. Students on game days only (with cat card), for everyone else, it’s 10% off always.
4. 10 bowls (or burritos) gets you a freebie
Why did we feature a photo of an unwrapped burrito with crushed Hot Cheetos. Well, because it would be free after 10 of them. Duh.
5. This Green Tea ice cream macaron sandwich
Really though, how could you not crave this?
PokeZone is located at 54 W. Congress. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday. For more information, including menu, visit pokezonetucson.com.