Poké To The Max Coming to South Seattle

Poké To The Max Coming to South Seattle


Celebrity Chef Sam Choy and partner Max Heigh

If anyone can make a success out of the seemingly unlucky location at 5300 Rainier Avenue South, it’s celebrity Chef Sam Choy and partner Max Heigh.

After hitting the streets of the Pacific Northwest in 2013, the two are ready to take their food truck concept Poké to the Max indoors, and are calling South Seattle home to the first official brick and mortar location, set to open May 2016.

The former home to Kawalli Grill, Kawayan Grill, La Isla de Mojito and Grecian Delight straddles the line between the newly bustling Hillman City and its more developed neighbor to the north.

“We are actually just between Hillman and Columbia but closer to the Hillman side,” says Heigh. “Bottom line, we love the area and the diversity. Hawaiian food is a combination of many cultures, so the area represents that!”

The menu will consist of island plate favorites such as loco moco, kalua pork, shoyu chicken, musubis, and lots of poké. The poké selection will emphasize various flavors that Chef Choy is known for. Plates will be served in a traditional manner.

“Poké to the Max brings a true taste of Hawaii,” says Chef Choy. “The restaurant atmosphere will remind you of Hawaiian poké shops that display a variety of items in glass deli cases for casual convenience, but will also capture contemporary elements to saturate your senses for a great experience.”

Choy — known as the “Godfather of Poké” — is one of the founding contributors of “Pacific Rim Cuisine.” He is a James Beard Award winning chef that has designed menus for the likes of American Airlines, along with various restaurants around the world in addition to his many cookbook publications and food trucks in Seattle.

Heigh was raised in South Seattle, and his family owns the Stone House Cafe and Bakery in the old Colliers service station in Rainier Beach.

The two are also considering locations in Kirkand, West Seattle and Ballard later in the year. Meanwhile, the popular food trucks will continue traveling throughout Seattle locations such as South Lake Union and Chucks Hop Shop Monday evenings.

When asked what they like most about South Seattle, Heigh reiterated how much they both love the diversity and rich cultures that comes from the South Seattle area.

“We are excited to open our doors!” he said.


Former home to Kawalli Grill, Kawayan Grill, La Isla de Mojito and Grecian Delight

Top two photos/Poké to the Max; bottom photo/GO: South Seattle


One Comment

  1. I was excited when I saw the signs in the window. It will be AWESOME!