It's So Good, I Don't Want To Ruin It: FushiPoke

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I’m aware of my current fate as a travel blogger and that sharing unique places to eat is part of this journey. But gosh darn it I wish I could keep this place all to myself. Sharing these places and the amazing people who own and run them are what make my heart sing. So, here we go. Once you read what I have to say, I dare you to TRY to stay out of FushiPoke.

First, the location. It’s just off Main Street in downtown Sarasota in the old Anna’s Deli location. You can sail into town on 41 or Fruitville Road and it’s got parking all around it. No excuses there. Season really starts hopping at the end of September, so get a move on if you want to try it first. Also, full disclosure, I should just give this place my bank card. I moved here four weeks ago and have been here more than once a week.

Here’s a photo of the menu-board. Look at it. Now let me tell you about Tyler Fushikoshi, the owner. UCF grad and finance major, this dude knows his stuff. First off, he saw an opening in the Sarasota market after three poke places had opened up in Orlando and he headed over to the Gulf Coast. He nabbed this restaurant spot at the right moment and is directly across the street from City Hall. An easy stroll from most anywhere in downtown, it’s the perfect location for his inspired menu.

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Grass fed bowl with green tea from on tap

Grass fed bowl with green tea from on tap

The Grass Fed Bowl is an awesome choice if you’re vegan or vegetarian. A bed of kale is topped with enoki mushrooms, seasoned tofu, corn, wasabi, kimchee pickles and avocado sauce. Filling and delicious, you won’t be missing anything by choosing this option. Definitely choose any of the sauces, made in-house. Even the soy sauce is Fushikoshi’s secret (or not so secret) recipe.

Hawaiian Style

Hawaiian Style

Looking for traditional poke? Order the Hawaiian Style bowl and talk to Fushikoshi about his childhood. He lived in Hawaii until his teens and would eat the OG version of poke, small cups of raw seasoned fish eaten with a toothpick. The mainland version has made it a complete meal with rice and soba noodles as a base and added toppings like kimchee pickles and furikake.

Mural by Elle Leblanc

Mural by Elle Leblanc

The calm before the storm vibe

The calm before the storm vibe

The best feature of this restaurant isn’t the delicious cuisine or soft comfortable chairs, amazing palm leaf wallpaper in the bathroom or fresh brewed iced green tea on tap. It’s Tyler Fushikoshi’s easy manner of talking about the thing that he loves, making unique dishes out of the freshest fish possible. Say hello and ask him about the fish that day, or the sauce he just made up. He’ll tell you all about it.

Thinking about a visit? Just save me a spot, because pretty soon this whole place will be full of people who have discovered how easy and delicious eating healthy can be.

Things to know:
Chopsticks are optional. No pressure, folks…forks are also available
Green tea on tap is a do not miss.
Reusable glass straws are also available for sale.
These chairs are super duper comfortable.
Take a bathroom selfie.
Bring your vegan or vegetarian friends!

Where to go:
FushiPoke
128 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Monday thru Saturday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Closed on Sunday
Instagram Phone: (941) 330-1795