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By Mackenzie Creasman

If you are a sushi or poke lover, Crossroads Plaza is the place to be. Poke Bowlz is a delicious restaurant where you can create a bowl, filled with rice, meat/sashimi, vegetables, toppings, and sauces. 

You are welcomed by the friendly and familiar staff when you walk in the door. The same people are always working and they never forget to say hello or welcome. The smell is inviting, making it nearly impossible to leave after you enter. The menu on the side and back wall shows the bowls you can order, or you can create your own. When creating your own, you start by choosing your rice: brown, white, or sushi. 

You move down the line, where there is a wide variety of toppings, including vegetables, meat, and other foods, such as avocado, cucumber, seaweed salad, edamame, masago, carrots, crab stick, and shrimp. 

My favorite part is the fish; it’s all fresh and cut into thick cubes. They put a good portion of whichever two types of fish you want– ranging from spicy, regular, and marinated tuna to spicy and regular salmon. 

On top of the fish come the sauce options. The tastiest are poke sauce, sriracha aioli, and sweet soy, but other choices are available. Lastly, you chose the crunch toppings, such as seaweed, wonton chips, tempura flakes, and crispy onion. 

The lid closes, and at the register, the total price is between $11-$16, depending on what you put in your bowl. For example, masago, avocado, and crabstick cost an extra $1, while chicken bowls are less expensive than sashimi. 

It is entirely worth the money because you get a huge portion size and lots of good quality sashimi for a reasonable price. You can add drinks or mochi to your order, as well as a few other sides that you can find on the menu. 

When you open the lid, you will be hit with the mouthwatering smell yet again, making you want to dig in. Every bite will be perfect as the flavors combine in well-ratioed forkfuls. 

With the size of the bowl, you can share it, or keep the rest for later–or if you’re like me, finish it all in one sitting. I wish I was exaggerating, but it truly is just that amazing. 




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