Jason McVearry spent five years living in Hawaii, eating copious amounts of poke. When he brought his wife, Trish, back there with him, she fell in love with the marinated raw-fish selections, too. Six months after returning home to Los Angeles, the couple opened Poke-Poke in Venice Beach. It was one of the pioneers in the city’s booming poke scene. The concept offers a half-dozen poke flavors, including one vegetarian rendition with optional add-ins like kale, ginger, jalapenos and avocado. Now Poke-Poke is moving across the U.S., with a new outpost in Austin that offers beer, wine and an extended menu of ceviche and shave ice. The city might be far from the ocean, but it is now abundant with excellent fish.
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