Blowfish Poke Opens at Cross Street Market in Federal Hill

| November 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Blowfish Poke has opened at Cross Street Market in Federal Hill. It takes the place of Annoula’s Greek Kitchen, which never reopened after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blowfish Poke is owned by Na Yi and Jennie Kwon. Yi formerly owned two Hunan Taste locations and started the Jasmine Smoothie World and Bubble Tea franchise.

Yi and Kwon took a trip to Hawaii to learn more about poke and Hawaiian food before launching Blowfish Poke, which now has three locations. Its Clarksville location at the Clarksville Commons food hall opened in 2019, and its Marriottsville location opened in April. The company also has two food trucks and will be opening a location in Washington, D.C.

Blowfish Poke’s Clarksville location won Best Food Hall Stall in the Baltimore Magazine Best Restaurant Readers Poll 2021 and has won other local awards in its brief history.

Yi said they were pursued by the leasing team at CANAdev to come to Cross Street Market.

Customers at Blowfish Poke can build their own poke bowl or get different Hawaiian specialties. Customers first choose a base of white rice, red rice, spring mix, or a combination. Next they choose a protein of tuna, salmon, crab salad, shrimp tempura, grilled chicken, or beef. Customers can add unlimited toppings such as cilantro, green onion, edamame, seaweed salad, avocado, and kimchi. Crisps such as sesame seeds and wasabi peas are added next, followed by a sauce which includes the options of Yum Yum, spicy mayo, spicy Korean, sriracha, soy sauce, eel sauce, and avocado lime.

Hawaiian entrees include the Loco Moco which is a beef patty with rice, gravy, and a sunny side egg; the Kalua pork with cabbage; and garlic shrimp. All entrees come with a choice of two sides with the options being macaroni salad, broccoli salad, or rice.

Additional sides available for purchase include Spam Musubi, fries, deviled avocado, and a shrimp tempura box.

Blowfish Poke also sells mochi donuts which are made from rice flour. Yi said these have surged in popularity at bakeries in New York City and Los Angeles. Blowfish Poke’s mochi donut flavors are matcha, mango, strawberry, purple ube, and chocolate.

Drinks include sodas and Hawaiian Sun.

Blowfish Poke is open everyday from 11am to 830pm.

Poke shop Ono Poke closed at the adjacent stall earlier this year and that stall remains vacant.

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