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[This poké bowl stars ahi tuna, squid salad and salmon in an appetizing rainbow of color.]
WHEATON – People with a yen for sushi ingredients prepared with a Hawaiian flourish won't have to travel far thanks to LemonShark Poké, which launched in March in Wheaton's Danada Square East.
It's the latest venture for Wheaton businessman Mike Kessler, and was the first LemonShark franchise to open in Illinois.
For those unfamiliar with poké, it's the Hawaiian word for slice or cut crosswise into pieces. A classic main ingredient is chopped ahi tuna atop a base of rice or other option to which Asian toppings and sauces are added.
At LemonShark Poké, a fast-casual concept complete with a self-serve craft beer tap wall, patrons can pick from a variety of poké bowls or customize their own from about a dozen protein ingredients ranging from tuna to salmon, other seafood and vegan offerings. Sauces – from orange ginger to wasabi mayo – offer a range of heat levels and flavor profiles, along with a gluten-free soy sauce.
"Our most popular bowl that has some good spice to it is the Maui Heat Wave," Kessler said, noting the hotness factor can be moderated.