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Sam Choy's Poke to the Max


Hillman City

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerKidsLunchQuick EatsSerious Take-Out Operation
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The raw marinated fish at Sam Choy’s is delicious, whether you order it in a furikake-topped rice bowl alongside sesame seaweed salad or delicious poke tacos filled with edamame hummus and spicy mayo. There are a ton of sauce options, like classic shoyu, sriracha, and chili mango, so go forth and customize your salmon or ahi tuna to your heart’s content. Add some crunchy spam fries, and you have an incredibly satisfying lunch (or a refreshing summer dinner).

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photo credit: Nate Watters

Poke Bowl

There are plenty of reasons why this is some of the best poke in the city. The fish is diced to an ideal size, all of the sauces are packed with flavor (Sam’s Spicy is our favorite for the kick and tobiko mixed in), and the fish always seems to marinate for the perfect amount of time—resulting in tuna and salmon that are meaty and tender, but never mushy.
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photo credit: Nate Watters

Poke Tacos

Raw fish on a crispy taco shell that’s wrapped in a flour tortilla spread with edamame hummus. There are so many different textures at play here—the crunch from the fried corn shell, the smooth, garlicky green hummus, the spicy marinated fish—but it all works together.

Spam Musubi

There are a few types of musubi on the menu, including versions with shrimp tempura, poke, and garlic chicken. Sam Choy’s spam musubi is our favorite, an exemplary example of salty canned meat, fluffy rice, and a bit of furikake, all wrapped in nori.
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photo credit: Nate Watters

Spam Fries

Fried, delicious logs of meat.

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