The Hawaiian raw fish craze has finally made its way to Old Metairie with the opening of Poke Loa. The newest outpost of the home-grown poke mini-chain, located at 701 Metairie Road in the Old Metairie Village shopping center, opened on September 28.
The Metairie spot is similar to the original Magazine Street location (which opened in February), but with the addition of a mochi bar (ice cream wrapped in pounded sticky rice). The poke bowls are a build-your-own affair, similar to the assembly-line style burrito joints that became popular in the late 90s and early aughts. Customers choose from white rice, brown rice, and spring mix, then choose raw fish, edamame, seaweed, and other toppings.
Poke Loa’s Old Metairie location is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week. A CBD South Market District location is planned to debut this fall as well.