First up Pokewan then coming soon news.
So while waiting for a restaurant to open I was took a stroll around Carlsbad.
I headed over to see if Pokewan, Blue Ocean’s fast casual poke concept, had opened yet.
Turns out it has….
Pokewan ~ 2953 Madison St. #101, Carlsbad
Pokewan is one in a list of fast casual poke places that has opened up in North County in the last year and a half or so.
As per standard, you pick the size of your bowl. base, add ons, toppings, sauce. Its like subway with poke.
The interior is a clean design with touches of whimsy. I really liked it. Even though I was about to go to dinner I decided to grab a small bowl.
See clean with whimsy. There was more whimsy I just did not take pictures of it, one can only handle so much.
Small poke bowl ~ Salmon, albacore, lots of ginger, avocado, wonton crisps, and lots of other stuff. the one thing I did, which I recommend, was get the cucumber spaghetti as a base. It adds a nice vinegar touch and lightens the bowl up.
Another thing I will add is being attached to a sushi bar adds a lot to the freshness and selection of fish available.
Forgoing restaurants that do poke, I would rank the fast casual poke places thusly…
Pokewan ~Wicked Poke ~ Poki Poki
It is very close, no one is light years ahead of the others. I just give Pokewan the edge due to the fish.
On a note do not contact me with the spelling of Poke or Poki. I know the difference and there is no real answer it’s all grey area depending on who you talk to. I spell it how the restaurant spells it. It’s a losing battle for you and a waste of my time and yours.
2953 Madison St. #101 Carlsbad
Coming Soon (ish)
So, while walking around Carlsbad village I came across these two projects in development.
The building at 2833 state st. (right near the transit station) has a restaurant called Shorehouse Kitchen coming in. No idea on style of food.
2833 State st. Carlsbad.
Next up is a little more interesting. The space just south of the new Barrel Republic has a gourmet doughnut shop going in. I talked with the Husband of the Wife and Daughter team who will be running it. He is doing all the build out and from what I saw and what he described it should be a really nice spot for doughnut in or doughnut to go. Plans for a July 4th opening.
Home to future gourmet doughnut shop.
Also, at 3135 Tyler home of offshore crossfit. That building will become either a brewery or distillery (please be a distillery). The City Council has to approve rezoning but since the Mayor of Carlsbad owns the building you wanna put bets on that passing:)
The above is a rumor but from a good source with a business in that area.
There you have it lots going on in Carlsbad.