Get ready for poke rice bowls and other Hawaiian grinds starting this weekend in Hillman City.

By Rosin Saez
May 6, 2016


Our favorite poke bowl slinging mobile food truck is finally opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant, reports Eater Seattle, and it’s opening this Saturday, May 7 at 10am in Hillman City. Sam Choy knows how to bring his native island’s flavors to the Pacific Northwest by way of poke, a dish of fresh, raw fish thickly diced and mixed with a myriad of ingredients from crunchy seaweed to spicy wasabi aioli. You can even meet the celebrity chef at the grand opening this weekend.

Poke is definitely having a moment, both nationally and certainly here in Seattle, so it’s no surprise that food trucks like Sam Choy’s Poke To The Max—which usually posts outside of Chuck’s Hop Shop in Central District, spots in South Lake Union, and beyond—is making a home in the heart of the Rainier Valley. It’s a neighborhood that’s home to numerous restaurants, all offering a delicious and diverse menu, which can transport diners to Africa or Laos, and now Hawai’i.

And if the insanely trendy and popular poke isn’t your vibe, they have garlic fried chicken, a twist on spam musubi (essentially spam sushi), loco moco (handmade ground beef patty, topped with sauteed onion and smothered in gravy), and more to satiate any island food cravings.

Sam Choy’s Poke To The Max new location is at 5300 Rainier Ave S, and regular hours will be Tue thru Sat, 11-9pm, and Sun, 11-6pm.