02 Sep Eater LA: Mainland Poke, a Sleek Chopped Fish Paradise in Glendale
Bigger and better for one of LA’s premiere poke shops
By Farley Elliott
Glendale earns a little Mainland Poke today, with the fresh seafood concept arriving along Brand Boulevard by around noon.
The soft-opening of Mainland Poke in Glendale represents the first in a long phase of coming attractions for the Caruso Affiliated team, which owns The Americana across the street and has been keen to drop in every other big name nearby, be it Eggslut or Shake Shake.
With Mainland, the look as been brushed up and streamlined from the Third Street original. Consider this address a model for future locations — including one coming to Marina del Rey in the near future — with some fun wood detailing and lots of glass thanks to architect AbramsonTeiger Architects. The back ordering counter offers the same DIY seafood bowl options, with the addition of a big open window looking into the kitchen behind, so guests can watch as whole fish get broken down by hand.
As for the menu, owner Ari Kahan isn’t changing much from the first location in Los Angeles proper. Guests will still be able to build their own bowls, or pick from the list of menu favorites. That means albacore, salmon, tuna, and octopus, with toppings from seaweed to kale to mango.
Soft opening happens today at noon, with normal hours running from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The official opening isn’t until Tuesday, September 6, where the first 100 people in line will get a free signature bowl, and everyone else earns buy one get one free status all day.
Mainland Poke Glendale
252 S. Brand Blvd.
Source: Eater LA