Mockingbird Lane in Dallas has three poke shops within less than 2 miles. All of them opened in the past few months.

Mockingbird Lane in Dallas has three poke shops within less than 2 miles. All of them opened in the past few months.

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Start at Mockingbird Lane and Central Expressway, at Mockingbird Station, and head east. By the time you get to Abrams Road, less than 2 miles away, you will have passed three new or coming-soon poke shops on Mockingbird Lane.

We called poke "the country's latest and coolest food craze" in May 2017. A year later, it isn't just a craze: Poke shops are everywhere, with more than a dozen dedicated shops dotting Dallas proper.

Here's a look at POKE O's ponzu yellowtail bowl. The Dallas restaurant is expected to open June 16.

Here's a look at POKE O's ponzu yellowtail bowl. The Dallas restaurant is expected to open June 16.

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Poke is diced raw fish that comes to us via Hawaii. Today, it basically combines two trendy cuisine choices: protein bowls and sushi. Trendier still, the bowls come topped with colorful, healthy vegetables, making it a waistline-friendly and highly Instagrammable food.

The newest poke shop -- and the one I'll focus on here -- is POKE O, located at Mockingbird Station in Dallas and is expected to open this summer. About one-third of a mile east of it, at Mockingbird Lane and Greenville Avenue, is Poke Sushi Roll. Go one mile more, to Abrams Road and Mockingbird Lane, and you'll find Poke Bop. (That's the place that does burrito-sized sushi rolls called Poké Rittos.) All are new.

If you live on or near Mockingbird Lane, you're set for poke.

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POKE O is located a few doors down from the newly-relocated Urban Taco in Mockingbird Station. This POKE O is the first in a string of restaurants by the same name that the founders hope to open in the United States and Chile, according to a press release. Interestingly, a press release says it'll be a place to "get some work done." We've yet to find a poke place that feels like you should sit and stay awhile.

The menu at POKE O appears to be similar to its competitors: raw fish mixed with vegetables and sauces, in a bowl. Menu items include a yellowtail bowl with cabbage, green onion, kale, cucumber, cilantro, red pepper and Asian vinaigrette.

Beyond Mockingbird Lane, Dallas is stocked with poke shops, especially in the Oak Lawn area. Popular spots in that area include Pok The Raw Bar in West Village and Malibu Poke on Oak Lawn Avenue. Malibu Poke is one of the few locally-grown poke shops that is already expanding: They expect to open a second shop in Uptown Dallas in fall 2018. (Poke Bop, the easternmost poke shop on Mockingbird Lane discussed above, is also a second location after its first on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas.)

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