Boston’s poke scene continues to expand, with a seemingly never-ending stream of new restaurants serving the traditional Hawaiian seafood dish in a customizable, Chipotle-style way — often alongside sushi “burritos.”
The newest addition to the city’s poke stronghold recently arrived on the campus of Northeastern University. True to form for restaurants of its kind, Poké Station and Kitchen (313 Huntington Ave.) has a menu consisting of poke, sushi burritos, and more.
Customers can select various protein toppings for rice bowls, along with vegetables and seasonings. Along with poke, there are items like onigiri, dumplings, pork buns, and Korean fried chicken.
A little bit after larger US cities began turning the traditional dish into a fast-casual trend, Boston’s own poke boom began in 2016, as Pokéworks began planning its expansion to Somerville’s Davis Square (and beyond). From there, the poke wave swept around the region with the debuts of Manoa Poke Shop and Poké City near Porter Square, Love Art Sushi near Berklee, New Sushi downtown (and later Allston), Yoki Express in the Seaport District, Sushi Kappo in Fenway, and more, not to mention Poké City’s brand new Brookline sibling, Poké Garden.
While on the national front, there are signs that the mainland’s obsession with fast-casual poke may have peaked, Boston’s not ready to give up. Poke Bento in Back Bay shuttered recently, but there’s more poke on the way, including a franchise from Atlanta that makes sushi “pizza” along with poke bowls and sushi rolls, plus a sushi, poke, and juice bar on the former site of Johnny D’s in Somerville’s Davis Square.
Poké Station and Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week — from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
• Poké Station and Kitchen [Yelp]