Malibu Poke on Oak Lawn Avenue is expanding: one new restaurant is opening in Uptown Dallas, at the McKinney & Olive development; another is opening in Austin. 

Malibu Poke on Oak Lawn Avenue is expanding: one new restaurant is opening in Uptown Dallas, at the McKinney & Olive development; another is opening in Austin. 

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Does Dallas need more poke? OK. Don't answer that.

One of our city's most creative poke restaurants, Malibu Poke, announced that it will open a second restaurant in Dallas and one in Austin.

How poke became the biggest Dallas food trend of the last 15 minutes

Malibu Poke is the project of Jon Alexis, of TJ's Seafood Market and Grill, investors (and brothers) Ben and Eric Kusin, and consulting chef Matt McCallister, of FT33. In a story called "Why did one of Dallas' best fine-dining chefs agree to work at an order-at-the-counter shop?" McCallister explained that it was a "new challenge" to work with poke. Plus, poke is the hottest healthy offering in Dallas-Fort Worth right now.

The first Malibu Poke sprang up on Oak Lawn Avenue in late 2017. Today, the company announced it will open a second Dallas shop at 2355 Olive St., in the beautiful McKinney & Olive high-rise. The Austin restaurant, near and dear to Alexis and the Kusins because they're former Austin residents, will be located at 211 Walter Seaholm Drive.

In a city dripping with poke shops, Malibu stands out as one of the more inventive ones. Its order-on-your-own kiosks are fun and futuristic: Facial recognition software will remember your order next time you visit. (Do we like this idea? Discuss.) The menu contains interesting twists, like a coconut curry hamachi bowl, in addition to usual suspects for those who want more typical tuna or salmon poke bowls.

The new Malibu Pokes are expected to open in fall 2018 in Dallas and Austin. The existing restaurant, open now, is located at 3888 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas.

Here's a look inside Malibu Poke on Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas. The raw-fish shop is expanding to a second restaurant in Dallas and one in Austin.

Here's a look inside Malibu Poke on Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas. The raw-fish shop is expanding to a second restaurant in Dallas and one in Austin.

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