FreshFin Poke’s Third Ward Opening Is Thursday, Nov. 30

The Hawaiian-inspired fish-veggie-rice bowls offer a new lunch option.

Thursday Nov. 30 sounds a lot like a Zen Bowl kind of day. Or perhaps Mango Tango? The Third Ward’s FreshFin Poke (Landmark Building, 316 N. Milwaukee St.) can make that happen. The official opening is 10:30 a.m. 

The much-anticipated second location is a slightly scaled-back version of the flagship East Side restaurant (1806 E. North Ave.). The main differences here are the hours (which are daily 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and there is no build-your-own bowl option here.

Instead, the menu is focused on the signature bowls, with all the bowls from the North Avenue menu available here: Mango Tango, spicy tuna, curry coconut, cilantro chicken and the vegetarian Zen Bowl. Third Ward also has an addition – the Kailani Bowl (shrimp, chicken, avocado, edamame, pineapple, daikon, crispy onion, crispy garlic and three sauces/condiments). Bowls come in two sizes (regular $8.95-$10.95; large $12.95-$14.95). There are a few sides, too, including truffle crab salad and seaweed salad. 

Twelve seats are available in the Third Ward space, whose neighbors are Holy Moly Coffee + Doughnuts and Coquette Cafe.

In spring 2018 FreshFin will officially push its presence west with the opening of a 2,100-square-foot location in The Corners of Brookfield, the lifestyle center that has locations of Cafe Hollander, BelAir Cantina and the area’s first Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

The Brookfield location will mirror the East Side original’s menu and hours (daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.). It will also almost double the size of the flagship, says co-owner Nate Arkush.



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.