Sushi Doughnuts, Pizza and Corn Dogs, Oh My!

An Atlanta-based poke place is peddling some very fishy versions of American comfort foods.

When is sushi like a doughnut? When it’s in the hands of Poke Burri. The innovative restaurant fashions sushi into the form of (highly Instagrammable) doughnuts, pizza and even (I mean, really, how unexpected is this?) corn dogs.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, with a second location in Raleigh, North Carolina, and locations spinning off in other cities (perhaps Detroit) as well, Poke Burri offers a menu featuring poke bowls and sushi burritos as well as starters such as a spicy tuna nacho (spicy tuna, avocado, wonton nacho and spicy mayo) and crab salad crunch (crab salad, cucumber, radish sprouts, tempura flakes, spring mix, eel sauce and spicy mayo).

But it’s what’s on the restaurant’s secret menu – sushi elements like rice, seaweed and fish combined into the shapes of classic American comfort foods -- that’s really turning heads.

"I came here for a secret menu tasting and I had a chance to sample a lot of the food offered here and I must say it was superb," wrote one Atlanta Yelper. "I tried two different styles of sushi pizza slices with sushi rolls as the crust, not only creative but very tasty. I sampled three sushi donuts, a spicy tuna one, crab salad and salmon. The crab salad donut was amazing …"

"They have crab stuffed corn dogs!" the Yelper continued. "They [were] drizzled with this amazing cream sauce! So filling and delicious. Don't forget to try the kimchee balls! Some of this stuff may not be on the menu but if you ask for it they will make it for you!"

Even though the food sounds fancy, in a highbrow-tweaks-lowbrow sort of way, and has apparently won awards, the décor is modest. The Atlanta outlet is located in the We Suki Suki food court – sorry, it’s a "global grub collective." Think: weathered picnic tables and hanging lanterns.

Co-owner Seven Chan told The Detroit News they’re going for a vibe that is "cool" and "trendy," but also "authentic."

"I want to be as real as possible," he said.

Also, apparently, as surreal. I mean – sushi corndogs?

Photos courtesy of Poke Burri

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