FOODIE FRIDAY

Foodie Friday:

The Ohana Poke Company

Welcome to the first-ever Modern Montana Foodie Friday, a new segment where we feature a local restaurant or food service in Billings & surrounding areas on the first Friday of each month. You can just call us your professional taste-testers (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it)! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for Foodie Friday updates!

This month we headed to The Ohana Poke Company, a sushi restaurant that offers healthy, affordable meals that are prepared quickly. You may be wondering, what exactly is poke, and how do you pronounce it? While the poke (which rhymes with “okay”) sushi bowl can include raw fish such as tuna, poke in Hawaiian simply means “cubed, marinated meat” and includes options such as chicken, beef, and even tofu. At The Ohana Poke Company, everything is made in-house and fresh, with non-GMO and gluten free options available. We would recommend checking out their menu before you go, as there are many options to choose from, although the staff are exceptionally helpful and can offer suggestions as you create your meal.

Jo and Shelley both ordered small poke bowls with a combination of Hawaiian poke (raw ahi tuna) and Bubba’s Poke (shrimp), while our blog consultant McKenzie opted for the poke tacos with shrimp. While large poke bowls might be your best bet if you want leftovers, we found the small poke bowls to be the perfect size. It is also worth noting that you can choose unlimited mixins for either bowl size, although if you opt for the tacos, you have a maximum of three choices, for the sake of fitting everything into the taco. McKenzie recommends trying the tacos at least once, although she is now sold on them for life. Shelley is not typically a fan of sushi and was nervous to try the raw tuna, although she admits that she was pleasantly surprised by how well it went together with her bowl. Her favorite part of the meal was the pickled ginger, which she added as a topping. Meanwhile, Jo swears by the seaweed salad, which is available as a mix in for an additional dollar, and well worth it. Overall, we loved our meals and found Ohana Poke to be a healthy alternative to fast food, leaving you pleasantly full, instead of bloated and full of regrets - we’re looking at you, Taco Bell. Speaking of regrets, we only had one, which was that we did not notice the acai (another fun word, pronounced “aa-saa-ee”) bowls or gelato until after we had left. Next time we return, we will reward ourselves with dessert for eating healthy!

The Ohana Poke Company has two locations in Billings: their original spot on 1595 Grand Ave. #206 in the West Park Promenade, and their new downtown location on 2223 Montana Ave., which has a beautiful outdoor patio during the warmer months. Check out their website to learn more!

At a glance: light, fresh, healthy, affordable, quick

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