The boom along 17th Street in Costa Mesa continues as the first O.C. location of Sweetfin, an L.A.-based poke shop, opened there last week. Diners can order signature bowls or customize their own, choosing from ingredients such as bamboo rice, forbidden rice, cauliflower rice, ponzu lime, yuzu kosho, albacore, salmon, and shrimp. There’s also tofu and vegetable poke available on the large menu that is entirely gluten free and friendly to vegans and vegetarians. Prices range from $9.75 to $20, with kids’ menu items available for $4.95.
“We look forward to introducing the Costa Mesa community to our unique, chef-driven take on the Hawaiiian poke bowl,” cofounder Seth Cohen says. “We are proud to say that all of our menu items are made in-house, from scratch daily, and that we source seafood as sustainably as possible.”
At first glance it looks like a dessert shop as the interior has a bright, tropical, and lively feel with gorgeous tile and countertops. You’ll have to visit at nonpeak times to get a seat in the limited inside area, but there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the food to go. One of our favorites is the Sweetbox ($20), an innovative and compact package that features yuzu salmon poke over citrus kale salad, spicy tuna poke over bamboo rice, chile ginger forbidden rice noodle salad, taro chips with wasabi furikake, plus containers of gluten-free tamari, pickled ginger, and sriracha.
Find Sweetfin at 259 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa.