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Meet The 23-Year Old Who Is Revolutionizing How People Eat Poke

Julian Fukue introduced the concept of poke to a completely new audience this past year. The 23-year-old chef hails from Orange County, CA, where his famous PokiNometry restaurant is based from. Fukue brought the Hawaiian dish of ahi tuna into the mainstream with his innovative Poke Bowls. The tuna and rice bowls are what made Fukue arguably one of the youngest entrepernuers in the OC poke industry.

When the humble poke-themed restaurant opened, Fukue set a goal for himself of 100 bowls sold each day.  In the weeks to come, however, the bowls began selling like mad. Thanks to word-of-mouth, PokiNometry became instantaneously famous and began selling around 800-1,000 bowls a day.

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Fukue came from a restaurant background. When he was a kid, his mother purchased Tustin-based Tommy’s Sushi. There, Fukue learned the ins and outs of the restaurant game starting from the bottom as a dishwasher and working his way up to sushi chef. One dish, in particular, stood out for him: the Poke Bowls.

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The concept of the PokiNometry is similar to Chipotle, where customers would line up and assemble their bowls in a customizable fashion. The quick-service restaurant eventually became so busy that Fukue had to close the restaurant down in order to restock and train more employees. He reopened weeks later.

Fukue is set to open a second location of PokiNometry in Hollywood.

Thx OC Weekly

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Restaurants

This California Restaurant Has Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

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No, you didn’t read the headline wrong. Yes, this restaurant does serve philly cheesesteaks egg rolls. Del Frisco’s Grille, recently held a soft opening in Irvine, Calif. this week. Located in the Irvine Spectrum (Orange County’s Tweenage Mecca), the new eatery is an extension of the Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group.

The place doesn’t quite have that fine-dining feel. In fact, Del Frisco’s teeters on the edge of casual and dressy where one could eat comfortably in either a suit or shorts. Not sure what to make of it yet, but hey at least the food’s good. Also, there’s booze.

Though at the end of the day, do you really want to read some jerk’s opinion, or look at yummy photographs. Thought so.

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Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

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Made with beef and cheese, it has the consistency of a philly cheesesteak with the crunch of an egg roll. The egg rolls are served with a sweet & spicy chili sauce and honey mustard. Not mad about this at all. In fact, we’re surprised not many places have tried this union before. Solid combo. $13

Ahi Tacos

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Tuna tartare served with avocado and a spicy citrus mayo sauce. The tacos are served with crispy fried wonton taco shells. A pretty light entry to the appetizer menu compared to the cheesesteak egg rolls. Maybe that’s why there’s four. $17.50

Crabcake Benedict

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The crabcake benedict, poached eggs, toasted Focaccia, with a crab cake patty that’s pretty generous on the crab. Served with a cajun lobster sauce and garnished with a pair of asparagus spears. Savory and sweet in all the right places, it’s definitely a spin on the popular brunch item we’ve never seen before. Plus that yolk, though. Brunch item only. $17

Prime New York Strip

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A 16-oz New York strip that seasoned with a dope rub and grilled gingerly. I won’t say much more, but this photo will speak for itself. It’s served with potatoes or something, I forget just looking at this beast. $43

The Adult Milkshake

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What makes an adult milkshake, adult? No, it’s not the cherries made to look like bewbs. It’s the Nocello Walnut Liqueur, Creme de Cacao Chocolate Liqueur and vanilla ice cream. Yum. N/A

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Restaurants

This Whimsical Restaurant Serves You Tuna with a Samurai Sword and Cotton Candy Wigs

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Initially, you might assume that Barton G. The Restaurant is all about gimmicks. I mean, it’s restaurant that serves you a filet mignon with a 3-foot fork and popcorn shrimp out of a popcorn machine? We were recently invited to check out the LA opening of Barton G., which until now, was a restaurant only exclusive to the great state of Florida.

Barton G. was known for their theatricality. If you ordered their Samurai Tuna dish, you’d get a dish served with a real samurai sword (though it’s frowned upon to unsheathe it and use it to cut said tuna). Upon first impressions, we thought to ourselves: “Hey this is kind of gimmicky. Cool, but gimmicky.” It couldn’t be further from the truth.

While each dish has a signature prop to accompany it, the food more than made up for the cheese (so to speak). We’ve tried some of the most flavorful dishes we’ve had in a really long time. Honestly, without all the crazy showmanship Barton G. could stand on its own against some of the best restaurants in the LA area.

Then again, you’re probably skimming this, anxious to get to the food porn. Well here it is you gluttonous bastards.

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 Bread

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Served right out of a tray via waiter, each piece of bread is shaped and designed as if it were a donut. However, they feature savory flavors like truffle and aged cheese.

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Lobster Pop Tarts

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Commuting from Orange County to LA can be rough. Especially on a weekday workday. That being said, our eyes immediately glazed over to the Lobster Pop-Tarts. Served out of a faux toaster, the pop tarts were flaky and moist like a pastry sent from heaven. They broke open to reveal a hefty helping of lobster meat swimming in a creamy gruyere sauce.

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The Upper Crustacean

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As children, we’ve all dreamed about owning a personal popcorn machine for our bedrooms the day we moved out of our parents’ house. No? Just us? As we got older, the idea seemed more and more unnecessary and impractical. However, if that dream popcorn machine was to produce crispy popcorn shrimp and lobster with a variety of dipping sauces, then that’s a different story.

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Samurai Tuna

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We had to be careful not to gorge ourselves on the appetizers, delicious as they might be. We were only a third into the tasting, after all. First of the entrees was the Samurai Tuna. A thick, seared tuna patty served rare with a savory rice cracker crust and topped with a roasted Shishito Pepper. It also came with mandarin-laced soba noodles and a Yuzu-Pomegranite sauce.

Oh, did we mention the bad-ass katana that came with the meal?

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The Great American Filet

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Final entree of the night was this behemoth of a filet mignon. Served with braised short rib, bone marrow and roasted snow peas and carrots and whipped potatoes the entire dish was shadowed by the giant that was attached to the serving board. If this is what it feels like to kings, then kings we were that night.

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Marie Antoinette

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Finally, once we loosened a few notches on our belts, we got ready for dessert. The Marie Antoinette was a wig made out of cotton candy and served with an array of strawberry shortcakes. Interestingly enough, Marie’s hairstyle would change frequently much like the historical figure. Unfortunately, if you’re thinking of removing the wig and placing upon your own head, note that it’s not only advised against, but it’s also attached to the mannequin with a caramel coating.

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Like that stopped us.

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To sum it up, Barton G. exceeded our initial impressions by a huge margin. Not only was their food entertaining gawk at, but they also backed it up with amazing flavors that blew us away. Any self-proclaimed foodie in the Miami or Los Angeles areas should make a note to experience this place at least once.

So to slightly modify a popular quote from a very wise person:

Giant forks. Samurai Swords. A foodie craves not these things.

Though it is an added bonus.

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1427 West Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Los Angeles

861 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90069