The latest addition to the ever-growing poke scene in Kansas City is South Waldo’s Pokéloha, located at 89th Street and State Line Road. An expanded version of its sister restaurant, Lawrence’s Pokéloha, which opened this past spring, KC’s Pokéloha specializes in made-to-order, Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls, giant sushi burritos, and Japanese-inspired ramen bowls.
Pokéloha is a fast-casual counter service operation located just south of the Ward Parkway Pavilion restaurant complex. Featuring approximately 50 seats, the dining area features white painted brick walls, cool gray tile floors, light-colored natural wood tables and fresh plants.
The restaurant offers poke bowls, sushi burritos and ramen bowls, as well as a handful of à la carte items including chips and crab rangoon dip, spicy kani salad (a take on a Japanese-style coleslaw) and fresh smoothies. Most items, including the sushi burritos and poke bowls, are made to order while the customer waits; ramen, smoothies and other appetizers are delivered out to tables when ready.
If opting for poke, customers can either build their own bowls or select from several specialty options. The Aloha Bowl, for example, features hunks of ahi tuna and salmon along with cucumber, shredded carrots, edamame and cilantro, topped with Sriracha mayonnaise, sweet shoyu dressing, mango-seaweed salad, avocado, masago and tempura flakes. The Chicken Gone Wild Bowl comes with shredded chicken, sweet corn, edamame, cucumber, and jalapeño, topped with sweet chile, mango, kani salad, seaweed salad and sesame seeds. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available ($10.95-$13.95).
Another option are the large sushi burritos, which can most easily be described as giant seaweed-wrapped sushi rolls you eat with two hands. Customers can opt for five different configurations here, including the Spicy Crunch Burrito: sushi rice wrapped around spicy salmon, kani salad, seaweed salad and mixed with sweet onion, carrot and masago in spicy Sriracha mayo along with tempura flakes. The vegan Buddha Burrito features cucumber, edamame, shredded carrots, sweet onion, cilantro, seaweed salad and avocado, along with with poke sauce and crispy onions ($10.95-$12.95).
Pokéloha also features a handful of ramen options, including Pork Tonkotsu, with pork belly, corn, shrimp cakes, egg and scallions in a miso broth ($11.95). Spicy miso, Korean ramen and shoyu ramen are also available ($11.95-$12.95). Customers can also add any veggies or protein that they like to any dish. On the sweet side, several flavors of boba tea as well as mochi ice cream can also be added to any order ($3-$4.25).
Pokéloha is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9:30pm.
Pokéloha, 8827 State Line Road, South Waldo, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.214.6844, pokeloha.com