Gratitude and Grub

Hard to believe that it's been three months since we served our first bowl of poke at our San Pedro Square location. We've enjoyed getting to know all of our lunch buds (aka regulars).  As the day turns to night, the laid back community vibe during the evenings and weekends makes it feel like we're all hanging out a neighborhood block party. Heeeey!

We're grateful for your support and your feedback. You've shared some great suggestions with us and we've been listening! 

Here are a few new things we're introducing this week. 

 1. Easier to read menu board. 

2. Four new sides. Pick four of our seven sides for your bowl: New items include: inari, housemade wonton chips, edamame guac, and the ever popular seaweed salad. 

3. Island flare. Three new poke inspired snacks that pair perfectly with good friends and good times: Poke Bomb, Poke Crunch and the Pokestada.

Thanks for your patronage and support San Jose! We're just getting warmed up and hope to impress you with more surprises in 2017.

 We're droppin' Poke Bombs on ya! Sweet and spicy, these are our newest addiction.

We're droppin' Poke Bombs on ya! Sweet and spicy, these are our newest addiction.

 Behold the Pokestada!  The ultimate fusion dish. 

Behold the Pokestada! The ultimate fusion dish. 

 Poke Crunch with our Spicy Tuna Tartare, Edamame Guac and housemade wonton chips. 

Poke Crunch with our Spicy Tuna Tartare, Edamame Guac and housemade wonton chips. 

COAST X TITANS OF MAVERICKS

 Mini bowls made a big impression! 

Mini bowls made a big impression! 

In the world of sport, there are a select few who have an intimate relationship with the ocean. The Titans are a rare breed of men and women, who eagerly await the perfect, ferocious, mountainous swell, that only big wave surfers would dream of, let alone paddle out to. Every winter they gather at Maverick's seeking the rush of the ride and a spiritual affirmation, as mountains of water thunder down all around them. 

 Big wave surfer Kealii Mamala with our island girl and Poke Master, Kelly Zubal. He had us at "Poke was awesome." 

Big wave surfer Kealii Mamala with our island girl and Poke Master, Kelly Zubal. He had us at "Poke was awesome." 

COAST was proud to be a small part of their Opening Ceremony in Half Moon Bay this year to celebrate the upcoming competition. And yes, we had a moment when we met Maverick's living legend Jeff Clarke, and Hawaiian surfer Kealii Malala -- who might have used the word "awesome" to describe our poke. Just sayin'...

Now in its 17th year, the Titans of Mavericks surf contest continues to draw the best competitors from all corners of the world. We were there when they announced that they were adding a women's heat for the first time. We're excited to watch our sisters take part in this event. To everyone competing, good luck and be safe. 

A Labor of Love

Serious poke fans, fish lovers and foodies,

We are proud to share that Coast Poke Counter will officially open for business on Labor Day, Monday 9/5.

The first chapter of our story begins in downtown San Jose, where we've carved out a small zen space for ourselves in the San Pedro Square Market

As we spend the next few days readying our staff for our official debut, we thought we'd share a little insight into our tag line: “CAREFULLY CUBED. RESPECTFULLY ADVENTUROUS.”

CAREFULLY CUBED. Our Coast family has deep roots in the seafood industry and we know that above all else, the fish makes the dish. There is a craft in selecting and cubing (cutting) the fish that only comes with training and practice. We only use the freshest, responsibly sourced sushi grade fish and we're cubing every bite with care.

RESPECTFULLY ADVENTUROUS. We are committed to honoring traditional poke recipes. If you've had poke in Hawaii, you know that it's prepared fresh daily, typically sold by weight, and ready-to-eat out of a to-go container (think Nico's or Tanioka's). Along the way, we'll present a new twist on the dish featuring locally sourced ingredients from our own Poke Master and two-time Champion of Sam Choy's Poke Contest, Kelly Zubal.

We are excited to share our love of poke with you and hope that you'll find Coast Poke Counter to be the next best thing to having poke in Hawaii.

We look forward to meeting you soon.