10 edible monterey bay summer 2016 EDIBLE NOTABLES THE POKE LAB Healthy, high-quality fast food finds a foothold in Monterey STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAMILLA M. MANN Restaurateur Joey Nguyen opened e Poke Lab earlier this year with the goal of delivering something still relatively uncommon in downtown Monterey: fresh, light and sophisticated fast food made from local ingredients that would match the community’s yen for high-quality dining options. “ere aren’t many choices on a lunch break besides burgers or burritos,” explains executive chef James Anderson. “Not everyone has an hour to sit down. We’re quick with an approachable price.” Some other imports that the restaurant has brought to the downtown Monterey food scene are youth—Nguyen is just 33 and Anderson, 28—as well as hipness: you might think you were in San Francisco when you see the line going out the door. Fresh additions to the Monterey food scene: From left, Joey Nguyen and James Anderson; below, the Poke Lab Bowl.
edible Monterey Bay Summer 2016
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