The Poke Lab
475 Alvarado St., Monterey (831) 200-3474, thepokelab.com
The Poke Lab is Monterey’s poke pioneer, dishing up a creative and customizable model for totally tubular Hawaiian raw fish bowls. As the tide of mainland poke spots seems to be receding, the Lab has stayed as fresh as ever for fast and healthy lunch options. In 2018, it rode out changes in management, too, with the Folktale team taking over the popular shop this January. With Folktale Sous Chef Eddie Martinez helming the kitchen now, get ready for some rad new additions here in 2019.