Fresh food is moving West, and I’m very happy about that!
I recently received an invitation to an opening that made me very happy! For a few reasons!
First of all, Ahipoki Bowl is part of the wave of poke stops opening up all around the Valley. And because that also means there is a wave of fresh food opening up around the Valley, that means more options for people in a hurry but also wish to eat well.
Secondly, while there are a lot of options for fresh food in Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the East Valley, the West Valley lags behind. The gradual westward creep that is starting to fill in the gap between CenPho and Avondale is much needed. I work in Maryvale, at 51st Avenue and Indian School…and while it’s an ethnic food mecca, there is much to be improved upon when it comes to truly fresh food.
Ahipoki Bowl is a stone’s throw away from our Maryvale complex, and it’s a little bit of both!
I spent a good bit of time during spring training trying to connect players camped out on the West side with sushi, ahi, and all things connected. And it was a challenge. It was hard to see so many motivated eaters not have access to things they specifically looked for.
I am pretty excited to have a new recommendation for them!
What is it about Ahipoki Bowl that excited me most?
Well, the obvious thing is the seafood. You can never go wrong with seafood, if fighting inflammation is something on your priority list. But that’s where the nutrispeak ends! It’s a minor reason I love this place!
Secondly, the veggies. And here at Ahipoki Bowl, you have a fun opportunity to try some interesting ones: furikake (seaweed flake seasonning), seaweed salad, daikon sprouts, pickled radish. If you’re not feeling that adventurous, there are plenty of old favorites, including green onions and cucumber, and traditional greens which you can switch in for some of the rice.
Thirdly, the refreshment factor. When I RSVP’d for this event, I had no idea that it would be 118 degrees at the time I would need to step outside and venture over. I was really ambivalent about even going, but I am so glad I did! This is the best meal you could possibly think to eat in this early summer heat. I felt so refreshed after. There is something about the ingredients in a poke bowl…they absolutely hit the spot when temperatures rise and appetites plummet.
The extra poke bowl I was invited to build was enough for two meals the following hot day. I am completely sold.
So is Sous Cat, who introduced me to an unknown tradition she somehow learned from some Hawaiian pals, known as the “sharing of the sashimi”. We both enjoyed this bowl and I have been informed I will need to bring home more!
Mahalo, Ahipoki Bowl! I/we truly enjoyed the delicious break from the heat and will definitely be back!
Ahipoki Bowl has numerous locations around the Valley. I visited the new venue at 7th Avenue and McDowell. Visit their website to find the closest Ahipoki Bowl near you