Champaign, IL

Build Your Own Bowl at Poke Lab in Champaign

Brennon Hightower
Build Your Own Bowl at Poke LabBrennon Hightower

The food at Poke Lab in Champaign is one of the best casual and healthy eating restaurants in town. With so many ways to create your own bowl at Poke Lab, there’s something to please everyone—and as an added bonus, bowls are served with free miso soup or a bottle of water.

But, if you don’t want to build your own bowl, you can take out the guesswork and order a Signature Bowl. The Signature Bowls feature items like tuna, salmon, shrimp, and tofu, just to name a few.
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Six Steps to Build Your Own Poke Bowl

To build your own bowl at Poke Lab, you simply follow the Build Your Own menu guide and choose what you would like in six steps.

  1. Choose your size.
  2. Choose a base.
  3. Choose your protein.
  4. Choose three vegetables.
  5. Choose two sauces.
  6. Choose two toppings.

The build-your-own options are endless and definitely do not limit you to what you see on our online menu. Any ingredient can be substituted for another and vice versa. For example, if you would rather have salmon than chicken in your poke bowl, that’s fine!
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What I Ordered

Speaking of building your own bowl, I chose this option for my first visit. My bowl consisted of a base of white rice, shrimp as my protein, and avocado, mango, and seaweed salad as my vegetables. For my two sauces, I chose creamy wasabi and teriyaki. I finished the bowl with green onions and sesame seeds for the toppings. It was truly a delicious combination of ingredients.

Poke Lab’s Signature Bowls

If you would rather not hassle with building your own bowl, you can opt for a Signature Bowl. There are nine Signature Poke Bowls to choose from which include the following:

Signature Bowl, Salmon Love, Tuna Lover, Kickin Chicken, Vegetarian Poke, Eel Bowl, Shellfish King, and Poke Deluxe.
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Free Miso Soup or Water

What I appreciate about ordering from Poke Lab is that you have a choice of water or soup to go with your meal. I appreciate this because sometimes, I simply don’t want to purchase a drink, but with Poke Lab the option for a bottle of water is included. Having the option for water helps to keep the meal, even more, healthier than it already is.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I enjoyed my first experience at Poke Lab and plan to visit again in the future. On my next visit though, I’d like to dine in instead of ordering to-go. What has your experience been?

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