- Griffin Swartzell
This Texas-based chain, specializing in poke bowls and “pokérritos” rolled in nori, shares owners with next-door neighbors Border Burger Bar. The company’s corporate website promises another location opening on South Tejon Street in the near future. Before then, we hope the employees get more training and support than they do here, because we find our visit wanting.
On a slow service afternoon (read: four customers total, myself included) the two staffers seem overwhelmed, referencing a take-out copy of the menu to check recipes. Though with the Crazy King Kong pokérrito, that’s not so surprising, as it contains 20 different ingredients and four sauces, plus rice. Also no surprise, each individual element gets lost, though mixed greens, puffed rice and tempura flakes provide crunch.
Maybe it’s not so bad that our server forgot to add fried tofu and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. We find more success in the Hawaiian Bowl, which bears fresh ahi tuna, bright pineapple and a pleasant mix of sesame flavor and saltiness in the sauce. We try it over rice cooked in green tea, which adds subtle earthy and grassy notes.