Poke Fresh opens at Downtown State College

Poke Fresh opened on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 328 E. Calder Way in State College. Photo of Ryan Parsons | forward state

fresh poke, a new Hawaiian poke bowl restaurant in downtown State College, is now open for business.

Located at 328 E. Calder Way, the restaurant occupies the former location of the California Tanning Express. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

According to an Instagram post, the restaurant’s grand opening took place at 9 a.m. on Sunday. As part of its grand opening, Poke Fresh is offering free bubble tea with the purchase of a poke bowl.

Poke is a common dish in Hawaiian cuisine. Traditionally it consists of diced raw fish mixed with rice, vegetables and gravy and is usually customized with other fresh ingredients. In addition to poke bowls, Poke Fresh will sell burritos and bubble teas.

Customers can purchase signature bowls or create their own. The signature “fresh salmon” bowl is filled with salmon, spicy salmon, black beans, edamame, sweet corn, chickpeas, cucumber, red cabbage, special poke sauce, masago sprouts and radish. Most signature bowls are sold for around $12.

When customizing your poke, you first choose between a rice burrito, rice bowl, or poke salad. Then you choose your protein. Depending on the number you select, your price will range from $10 to $14. Finally, you select your mix-ins, sauces, toppings and crunches.

Photo of Ryan Parsons | forward state

Poke Fresh’s drink menu includes bubble milk tea, fruit green tea, fresh tea, fresh fruit tea, smoothies, milkshakes, and fizzy mojitos. The teas are sold for around $5 each.

The menu also includes an ice cream waffle for around $8 each, which offers various flavors of waffles and ice cream. Toppings include everything from Lychee Jelly to Chocolate Pocky.

Customers can order food and teas by scanning a QR code, placing an order on line, or by ordering in store.

Poke Fresh joins Antifragile Brewery, a beer and kombucha brewery that opened in the same shopping center on East Calder Way last month.

David H. Henry