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A food and restaurant review through the eyes of a 13 year old and his family.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Da Poke Shack - March 2013 part 2 - The Big Island, Hawaii

During my spring break (March 2013), my family and I were lucky enough to go back to The Big Island of Hawaii. As soon as I got off the plane I got a craving for poke. If you don't know what poke is, I can explain it to you. 

Poke, or Poke Salad is made of raw Ahi or yellowfin tuna. It is then cubed up and mixed with: seasoning, sauce, and other native things like Kukui Nut or Hawaiian avocado. One of my all time favorite restaurants ever is Da Poke Shack.  It is located on the south end of Kona downtown kind of off the beat and path.  It is a very  small place with a few tables outside.  I say small, but the food quality is huge.  It's more of a to-go place.  My parents took me there shortly after we landed.  I tried all 5 poke flavors which were; Dynamite (Avocado aioli), Pele's kiss (spicy sauce), Shoyu, Sesame, and Honey soy sauce. My favorite was Pele's kiss because it was spicy. Overall, this is one of my favorite restaurants. I really like raw fish and sushi. Da Poke Shack also has some pretty killer Kalua Pork. As far as kid friendly, may not be the best unless you have an adventurous eater.  My sister actually had the Kalua Pork bowl over rice and loved it!  My dad had the same (because he's not a raw fish fan) and also loved it. He said it was some of the best Kalua pork he had ever had. My mom and I feasted on poke and it was the best. They also have the option of white rice or brown rice, homemade kimchi and seaweed salad. 

They serve beer and soda as well as Hawaiian juice like guava and P-O-G (Passsion Orange Guava) juice.

Service: *****
Food: *****+
Price: $$+
Kid Friendly: **
Ambience: **

NoodleMania - Sebastopol, CA

NoodleMania is pretty new to Sebastopol and worth checking out. 

The restaurant is decorated with art from Asia and a few movie posters that are themed from Asia.  The food is Pacific Asian so lots of noodles, dumplings and they have really good orange chicken.  They have egg noodles, rice noodles, mung bean noodles, udon, soba, chow fun and yam noodles to choose from.  They also have rice plates, salads, soups and curry dishes. 

I went there with my dad and little sister and we had potstickers, orange chicken, pho yung and wonton soup.  They also make a killer Thai iced tea which is made with tea, condensed milk and half/half.  The service was fast and friendly and I can't wait to go again.

They are located at 7233 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol (Next to Papa Murphy's Pizza) and their hours are: 7 days a week 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

Service: *****
Food: *****
Price: $$
Kid Friendly: *****
Ambience: ***