Poke Trend

Former Zuzu's restaurant in Dallas will be home to hottest seafood trend

Former Zuzu's restaurant in Dallas will be home to big seafood trend

Poke bop
East Dallas, get ready for poke. Photo by Kevin Marple

East Dallas is about to get down with one of the hottest dining trends with the opening of a new restaurant at the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road, in a space that was for many years home to Zuzu Handmade Mexican Food.

The trend is poke, and the restaurant is Poke Bop, which opened its first branch on Lemmon Avenue in a former frozen yogurt shop in March. This will be its second location.

Zuzu Handmade Mexican Food had been at that location for more than 20 years. The closure itself was sudden, with the final day of service on July 23; but the restaurant's departure had been forecast for a few months, when owner Basilio Andrade made it clear in the spring that he was not planning to renew the lease, which expired on October 1.

The poke trend began to hit Dallas in late 2016, and shows no sign of slacking, with new concepts continuing to open around DFW.

Poké Bop's menu includes signature bowls or an opportunity to build your own. It also includes the "poke donut," a sushi roll bent in the shape of a circle, which earned it some press.

Diners can also enjoy a poke ritto: basically an over-sized sushi roll that hasn't been sliced into pieces, so you can pick it up and eat it with your hands, like you would a burrito.

As it does at the original branch, the East Dallas Poké Bop will have Asian beers and cold sake, available by the bottle. The restaurant has tables but also standing dining options, as well.

According to a spokesperson, construction began in early September, and they're hoping to open in December.