Considering L.A.'s winter was nonexistent this year, summer has been creeping up for a while now. Of course, the pangs of wanderlust are especially strong this time of year — who couldn't use, say, a Hawaiian summer vacation right about now? If you've been dreaming of a tropical escape but will likely be chained to your desk all season long, you're in luck: L.A.'s latest food craze brings a bit of island life right here to our smoggy city.
Traditionally consisting of raw ahi tuna marinated in veggies, poke is a Hawaiian favorite that's having its moment in the L.A. spotlight right now. A slew of poke joints have been popping up all over town in the last several months, including Sweetfin Poké, which just opened last week, Poke N Roll, Spinfish Poke House, Mainland Poke, and PokeMix. If two's a coincidence and three's a trend, then five new spots must mean it's officially here to stay, right?
Ahead, click through for some of the tastiest dishes from both old standbys and new hotspots. We have a feeling your Instagram feed is about to flood with these colorful beauties.