By Gretchen Pahia
Photo courtesy of Koibito Pokē

If you’re seeking a fresh and flavorful dining experience, Koibito Pokē is a must-visit destination. This restaurant specializes in customizable Hawaiian poke dishes, offering a nutritious and delicious option for health-conscious diners. Poke, known for its high protein and omega-3 content, low calories, and rich nutrients, makes for an excellent meal choice.

The name Koibito, meaning “love” in Japanese, reflects the brand’s philosophy towards healthy, fast dining. Customers can craft their own bowls, beginning with a choice of rice or greens as a base. The process is straightforward, with a variety of ingredients available for customization. Established in 2018, Koibito Pokē was founded by former Major League Baseball pitcher Todd Stottlemyre. The brand distinguishes itself by its commitment to serving fresh, clean, and tasty food that supports the body’s immune system, aiming not just to follow the standard but to set it. As the Co-Founder and CEO, Stottlemyre’s leadership has propelled the brand’s growth across Arizona.

When creating your bowl, the first step is selecting your base: white rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, or a spring mix. Next, choose your protein from options like Ahi tuna, salmon, shrimp, grilled chicken, and more. The portion of protein varies by the size of the bowl ordered—two scoops for a small, three for a medium, and four for a large, with a special kids’ bowl also available.

For the finishing touches, a range of sauces and toppings are at your disposal, from Shoyu (soy) and spicy Shoyu to sweet chili lime and wasabi aioli, along with premium toppings like masago and seaweed salad. Complete your bowl with garnishes such as furikake, sesame seeds, and crispy garlic.

Koibito Pokē boasts several locations throughout the Valley, including a Glendale location at 3870 W. Happy Valley Rd. There are also locations in Scottsdale, Chandler, Phoenix, and Gilbert.

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