What started as a food truck doling out Spam Musubi and other island specialties back in 2011 has since transformed into a full-fledged brick-and-mortar restaurant. Hawaii native Mikala Brennan opened the doors to the D.C. area’s first Hawaiian restaurant in 2015. There, she serves her own twists on the traditional cuisine of her home state, including three prime
examples of poke: traditional ahi tuna served on its own or in a bowl with rice and vegetables; a bright salt-cured salmon “lomi”; and a savory, citrusy wood-grilled octopus “tako” poke. For those who just can’t decide which one to try, Brennan offers a poke sampler with all three.
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