Hawaiian staple poke is having a moment on Houston menus. The refreshing raw-fish dish usually features yellowfin tuna marinated in soy sauce, and restaurants are (gently) pushing boundaries by mixing in spicy seasonings or adding a mellow touch of Japanese-style yogurt. Thanks to the four local spots below, you can get your fix sans a trip to Oahu.
Known for its large, eclectic menu of seafood faves and American grub like steaks and burgers, the casual spot in the Heights boasts a poke dish with Hawaiian bigeye tuna and soy sauce, plus seaweed and chile sauce ($11).
1050 Studewood St.; 713-802-0533
Smoked peanuts make a cameo in the yellowfin tuna poke dish at the Upper Kirby restaurant, along with avocado, taro root chips, furikake (Japanese seasoning) and scallions ($14).
2502 Algerian Way; 713-360-2002
The fish-market-slash-fine-dining-restaurant puts fresh seafood in the limelight. Here, the kitchen marries yellowfin tuna with citrus soy, red onion, cilantro and toasted nori ($24).
1700 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-961-9229
Modern and seasonal Japanese fare meets French fusion at the Upper Kirby hot spot. The can't-miss poke dish boasts ginger- and soy-marinated bigeye tuna accompanied by a trifecta of flavors via shimeji mushroom, onion and yuzu kosho (Japanese seasoning) yogurt ($15).
3600 Kirby Dr.; 713-526-8858