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Have poke your way at new eatery

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From the kitchens of Hawaii to the Lone Star State, owners of the Pokéworks in The Shops at La Cantera say they’re serving fresh versions of the Hawaiian dish with high-quality ingredients.

“I think it’s a new way of eating and it’s here to stay,” said Blanca Sapien, whose family owns the local eatery, part of a national chain.

Pokéworks recently opened at 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 26180. Two more are coming to the area with an expected reveal in May at Alamo Quarry Market for the next one, Sapien said.

Pronounced “po-kay,” the popular meal combines cubes of raw fish, usually ahi tuna or salmon, marinated in soy sauce. The island specialty is often topped by vegetables, and sometimes served over rice or lettuce.

“Poke Your Way” is Pokéworks’ mantra. Diners may create a bowl, a burrito or a salad with items such as spicy tuna and umami classic.

Rookies needn’t be afraid, Sapien said.

“Just go down the line and we’ll teach you how to eat poke. We’ll let you taste something if you’re not sure. Our sauces are incredible,” Sapien said.

All ingredients are prepared fresh, daily.

Bowls, which are customer favorites, can include choices of kale noodles, sushi rice, organic brown rice and quinoa. Sapien recommends the kale noodles. From there, patrons pick mix-ins, a sauce and toppings.

“It’s not like you get it the same way every time. You can get mix-and-match flavors, you can get different ingredients so you get a different bowl every time,” Sapien said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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