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Lolo Poke: Serving Fresh and Healthy Hawaiian Poke Bowls
Say Aloha to Lolo Poke, Newburyport’s very own Hawaiian restaurant serving up poke bowls worthy of the islands that created them. Located right downtown on Pleasant Street, Lolo Poke is a casual dine in and takeout restaurant that offers a healthy and fresh alternative to many other fast food options.
Visitors can choose from signature poke bowls featuring a combination of ingredients like fresh salmon, marinated ahi, vegetables, and rice or build their own bowls. And while traditional poke bowls tend to incorporate raw diced fish, Lolo Poke also offers protein options like tofu, chicken, and even spam—a local favorite in Hawaii.
Along with poke bowls, Lolo Poke also serves musubi—blocks of sushi rice topped with spam, ahi, or tuna, and wrapped in seaweed. Another must try at Lolo Poke is their custom sushi donut—sushi rice shaped like a donut, topped with raw fish and homemade sauce.
The variety of healthy options at Lolo Poke are not only delicious but accommodate many diets and restrictions, from gluten free to the Whole 30.
Owners Kristin and Ryan Hollingsworth discovered and fell in love with poke bowls on a trip to Hawaii in 2017. While poke can be found at restaurants, markets, and corner stores in Hawaii, this dish is uncommon elsewhere, and so the Hollingsworth dream to introduce the dish to the North Shore was born.
Less than a year later, the first Lolo Poke opened in Beverly, with the Newburyport location opening soon after. As parents of two small children with little to no restaurant experience, they used the word Lolo, which means “crazy” in Hawaiian, in their restaurant’s name as an acknowledgement to just how crazy their new business journey would be.
Now with the success of these two restaurants, Kirstin and Ryan hope to introduce the poke bowl to even more diners with future locations.