Best Local Poke

Paddles Up Poke

Paddles Up is still a new kid on the block, but it managed to do the near-impossible in a food scene as crowded as the one in Boise: It found a niche, and did it right. Self-styled "Idaho's first and only specialty poke restaurant," Paddles Up slings bowls of the trendy Hawaiian dish (traditionally, rice topped with raw fish and sushi stuffings) to a Boise lunch crowd that can't get enough of its build-your-own options.

2nd Place: Sakana Sushi—Poke-lovers head to Sakana for flavorful rice bowls topped with cubed tuna or salmon coated in hot sauce and sprinkled with tobiko (flying fish roe) and green onion. These simple, tasty appetizers always hit the spot.

3rd Place: Shige Japanese Cuisine—Diners at Shige can order "poke"one of three ways: Hawaiian style, ebi (with shrimp) or mixed (with a combination of tuna and yellowtail). Regulars love that Shige doesn't skimp, serving large chunks of fish and big helpings of roe.

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