Nearby Authentic Mexican Cuisine

From the outside, Pokéz may look like just another alternative, hole in the wall kind of Mexican restaurant, but don’t be fooled. Despite it’s appearance, a wide array of different people eat there, including everyone from large families with children to lone business men on their lunch break.

Don’t walk in and order a California burrito right away though; this is not your average taco shop. Some popular dishes include the tofu potato chorizo burrito, or their specialty, the “Heart Attack” burrito, which includes carne asada, bacon and chorizo.

Vegan and vegetarian dishes have unique icons next to their name on the menu. Most carnivorous dishes can be replaced with a vegan or vegetarian option, including soyrizo (soy chorizo) or seasoned tofu.

Personally, I’ve been going to this restaurant for years. The only thing I find slightly annoying is how long it takes for the food to get to the table. Last time I went, it took the cooks about a half an hour to bring us our food. The staff doesn’t seem to be to concerned about your comfort and patience. I had to ask our waiter several times to refill my water cup, and by that time I was nearly finished with my meal.

I recommend any of the burritos. Not only are they gigantic, but you can add cheese and enchilada sauce on top for no extra charge. Along with it, try some Kombucha to wash it down! Kombucha, or fermented tea, is a nice treat for those with a sophisticated palate. It’s very rare to find a restaurant that serves it, or even a grocery store that carries it.

Be wary though, although the food is relatively cheap, there is no soda fountain. All soft drinks are canned. Upon ordering you will receive, if you’re lucky, a cold can and a glass with ice in it. The only drinks that do not come canned are the horchata, jamaica and fresh squeezed orange juice. There is a charge for a refill, however.

When it comes down to it, Pokéz remains one of my favorite restaurants due to its unique take on their food and ability to make vegan things taste good. They have an atmosphere like no other. Your eyes will never get bored as the place is filled with interesting art work and fliers, head to toe, which can be a plus when your meal is taking exceptionally long to cook.

I definitely recommend that everybody tries eating there at least once. It’s a hidden gem that deserves more credit, even if the service can be a little slow.

Pokéz is located on the corner of 10th and E, is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It’s a quick five minute walk from campus, and all menu items are $10 and below.

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