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Poke restaurant beats culinary luminaries

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 04:52 p.m. HST, Feb 27, 2014

A small Kailua-Kona restaurant specializing in poke is at the very top of the Yelp.com Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S., a list that includes 10 Hawaii restaurants.

Da Poke Shack, along Kona's Alii Drive, was ranked No. 1, beating out uber-high-end, multi-star, multi-diamond-bearing restaurants including Alinea, a Chicago-based temple of molecular gastronomy, which eked out a ranking of No. 7. The storied restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco is at No. 9, barely making the top 10 above Joe's Falafel in Los Angeles.

Two Honolulu restaurants were in the top 20, including Sushi Izakaya Gaku at No. 11 and 18th-ranked Ono Seafood at 747 Kapahulu Ave. (not to be confused with Ono Hawaiian Food at 726 Kapahulu).

Other Hawaii restaurants among the Top 100 are Opal Thai Food in Haleiwa at No. 39, No. 41 Marukame Udon in Honolulu, on Maui, the Geste Shrimp Truck in Kahului at No. 50 while Ono Tacos in Lahaina is ranked No. 73.

Dat Cajun Guy in Haleiwa at No. 77, in Kapaa, Kauai, Pono Market is at No. 82, and Honolulu's Sushi Sasabune restaurant is ranked 95th in the U.S.

Yelp.com engineers used each restaurant's star rating and number of reviews to determine and rank the popularity of each restaurant on the list.

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GooglyMoogly wrote:
This is one of the silliest things ever.
on February 27,2014 | 04:20PM
famlb wrote:
I will surely never use Yelp when trying to find a good place to eat. I agree with Googly. That list is beyond silly.
on February 27,2014 | 06:07PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Shows the limits of da internet. Poke Shack is good but not even the best in Kona.
on February 27,2014 | 08:13PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yelp could be biased as ballot box stuffing could be rampant.
on February 27,2014 | 08:50PM
myviewofthings wrote:
sasabune sux
on February 28,2014 | 05:48AM
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