There always seems to be a trendy food of the moment: cupcakes, juicing, ramen, you get the idea. Even though we have so many amazing restaurants in Raleigh, I feel like we are somehow always behind on the trends. What’s the current trendy food? Poke. And now North Raleigh has its very own Poke joint, so that we, too can indulge in this rightfully popular food. Poke Burri, originating from Atlanta, has just opened their second location (and first in NC) in Falls Village off of Falls of Neuse Road. We were lucky enough to go out to Poke Burri last week and give some menu items, and secret items, a try.
Walking in to Poke Burri you are greeted by bright colors, sleek décor, and a welcoming staff. The counter service restaurant has plenty of seating and chalkboards filled with their vast, delicious looking menu. Seven Chan, owner of the restaurant, who was visiting from Atlanta, also greeted us. Seven told us all about Poke Burri and promised to show us some of the best, most exciting food they had to offer.
First he brought out Poke Shooters, which consisted of four different shooters, each as gorgeous as the next. These shooters made me feel like I was at an upscale sushi restaurant. They were the perfect light but flavorful start to the meal. Next we moved on to the Spicy Tuna Nachos ($6.50), which were so different from anything I’ve ever had! These were, as you would imagine, nachos with spicy tuna, however the nachos were crispy wontons (like you would get on the side of your wonton soup). They were topped with spicy tuna, avocado, onions, eel sauce, and spicy mayo. This was definitely one of my favorite dishes we had. Next up was the much anticipated poke burrito. We got the Oak City Special ($11), which had shrimp tempura, crab salad, spring mix, carrots, cucumber, eel sauce, and spicy mayo. Now, from the looks of the burrito my friend and I both thought it might not be that flavorful, given that a large part of it is sushi rice. Boy, were we wrong. The sauces added so much flavor to the already tasty shrimp tempura and crab salad, that you almost forget about the rice, except for the nice texture it offers and the way it holds the sauces. The crunch of the shrimp tempura also gave the whole burrito a really nice texture. Next up was the Poke Corndog. Talk about something different, this was so interesting! What looks like your typical corndog was actually deep fried rice filled with the crab salad and topped with three different sauces. This was also one of my favorite dishes. The crunchy, fried outer layer paired with the soft rice and crab salad on the inside made for a truly unique tasting experience. If we hadn’t already had so much food, we definitely would’ve had another one of these. Finally, as Seven described it, the dessert/breakfast, was the tempura bacon. This is exactly what it sounds like, fried bacon topped with syrup, and yes it is as delicious as it sounds. Compared to the rest of the food it is very heavy, so if you’re going to get this make sure to leave some room.
The staff and the food made Poke Burri a truly unique, tasty experience. Seven assured us that there are even more exciting dishes to try, so we will definitely be back. Speaking of coming back, Poke Burri is holding a contest right now; if you bring 10 new people with you to the restaurant in a month and a half, you can create your own menu item! So if you want to hop on the Poke bandwagon, the new Poke Burri in Falls Village is the place to do it.
Poke Burri Raleigh
6613 Falls of Neuse Rd, at Falls Village
Note: From time to time we’re invited out to try a restaurant or to taste new menu items. This meal is usually comped, as this one was. We’re under no obligation to write a positive review or any review at all when we’re invited out to try a place. Every review you see on our site will be an honest review of the place whether or not the restaurant provided us with the meal at their cost.