Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co. Coming to the Third Ward

The location will be next to Shake Shack, which opened in late 2017.

Starting as a small food stall in a Chicago train station in 2016, Aloha Poke Co. is expanding into other states including California, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. Its first Milwaukee location, in the Third Ward (220 E. Buffalo St., next to Shake Shack) is expected to open at the beginning of May. This news comes from co-founder Zach Friedlander, who has said he got hooked on the trend several years ago after trying it in L.A’s Venice Beach.

The chain will be up against a popular local bowls enterprise, FreshFin Poke, in the Landmark Building (316 N. Milwaukee St.).

Aloha offers custom bowls in three sizes ($7.50, $9.50, $14.50). Diners choose a base of rice or greens, their poke (tuna, salmon or tofu in marinade or “naked”) and sauce (sesame vinaigrette, wasabi, yuzu ranch). They also have four house bowls, such as the Aloha (with pineapple, cucumber, scallion, jalapeno, onion and sesame vinaigrette with choice of protein and greens or rice). Add-on ingredients are available, too.  

So come May, you can expect no shortage of poke in the Ward.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.