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Weekly Scoop (July 29-August 4) - Stu Helm asks: What the heck is a Poke Burrito?!🌯🍣 Plus lots to do this week!


Eat This... with Stu Helm


Pokin' around at Yum Sushi Burrito and Poke

Photo by Stu Helm; on Instagram @stuhelmfoodfan


During its construction, I couldn’t help but notice that a restaurant space had been included in the new condo building on Asheland Avenue, right across the street from the downtown bus depot! When I saw a “coming soon!” sign advertising a concept called “Yum Sushi Burrito Hawaiian Style Poke” I got a little excited. That’s a lotta words, and one of them I had to look up when a Facebook follower asked what it meant later on. So, just in case, according to Wikipedia…

“Poke (pronounced “pokey” or “po-kay”) is diced raw fish served either as an appetizer or as a main course and is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine."

Think: Sushi. Pretty much. The burrito part? Well, the poke / sushi came all wrapped-up and served burrito style, in a giant nori sheet. Nori being thin seaweed wraps, used for sushi. So, like a giant sushi roll, served burrito style. Boom. Got it?

I have to admit, I had no idea what to expect! I even thought it could come in some sort of tortilla. If you don’t know what something is, don’t feel bad asking. I’ve been alive for fiddy three years, and eating food during all of them, but I had never heard of a “sushi burrito” until just one minute ago.

Anyhhoo, I ordered their signature “Yum’s Classic” wrap, which has ahi tuna, salmon, romaine lettuce, seaweed salad, mango, edamame (green baby soy beans), sweet corn, sriracha aioli, and unagi sauce, which is like a thick, sweet BBQ sauce used in a lot of Japanese and Polynesian dishes, including poke! 

It was indeed, very YUMmy! The fish was fresh and delicious and melted in my mouth, the rice was cooked just right, the mango and other toppings were all great. I ended up kinda dipping mine in some extra unagi and soy sauces. I’m a sauce hound.

I recommend the poke burrito or bowl for those who enjoy uncooked fish, but for those who don’t, I recommend the gyoza pork dumplings, which are deep fried, and very delicious! They come with a side of the sriracha aioli and unagi sauce for dippin’, and believe me, dip I did! The dumplings were very hot ‘n’ crispy around the edges, and steaming on the inside, and had a lot of really nice flavor. Two thumbs up for these. 

I recommend Yum for all! If you’re adventurous, go for the poke, if you like deep fried stuff, they gots that too!

Find all the food specials, new menu additions, events and more from Yum! Sushi Burrito & Poke by checking out their Dig Local Profile.

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, July 29

Monday Night Raw
at Laughing Seed Cafe
Today get $2 off all raw entreés with raw tacos, plus $1 off Classic Cocktails and $2 off Enhanced Mocktails!
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More to do Monday
This local band recorded this brand new music video in Asheville. See if you can identify all of the local spots!
Tuesday, July 30
Tibetan Tuesday
at Kathmandu Kitchen
Need a break from Taco Tuesday? Get a taste of the Himalayas instead.
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More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, July 31

Trivia Night
at Sweeten Creek Brewing
Head full of useless knowledge? Now's your time to shine! Starting at 6:30pm, enjoy a night of interactive trivia perfect for all skill levels that includes music rounds, photo rounds, themed categories, and prizes!
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More to do Wednesday

Thursday, August 1

Hang Out with Llamas! Ginger the Llama Can Release Party
at Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company

Head to the Merrimon Avenue location at 4pm to celebrate the release of Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company's newest ginger beer, have a photo op with llamas, and watch Napoleon Dynamite!
Tickets and more details.

More to do Thursday

Friday, August 2

Gutterhound
at The Social
Get rowdy with some whiskey-style rock with Gutterhound!
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More to do Friday

Saturday, August 3

5th Annual LEAF Downtown
with LEAF Community Arts

Dig Local is a proud sponsor of LEAF Downtown. Come and see us this weekend! Friday from 4pm to 10pm and Saturday from 9am to 10pm.
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More to do Saturday

Sunday, August 4

The Quebe Sisters
at The Grey Eagle
The Dallas-based Quebe Sisters presents a unique Americana blend of Western Swing, Jazz-influenced Swing, Country, Texas-Style Fiddling, and Western music. 
Tickets and more details.
More to do Sunday
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