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Poi Dog


Ono grinds in Philadelphia. Restaurant, catering, food truck.

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Poi Dog


Ono grinds in Philadelphia. Restaurant, catering, food truck.

Poi Dog serves Hawaii-style plate lunches, fresh ahi poke, musubi, snacks and mochi flour desserts at our counter-service restaurant, located in the Rittenhouse neighborhood of Philadelphia on South 21st St between Chestnut & Sansom. Everything we serve is made or baked in-house and for our poke, we only use fresh, sushi-grade ahi. We are available to cater luaus, birthday parties, office parties and casual weddings across Philadelphia and its environs. When weather permits, our food truck can be found serving a less traditional menu of Hawaii-inspired rice bowls, tacos and street food at the Headhouse Square Farmers' Market, Clover Market, Art Star Craft Bazaar and many other seasonally-determined locations and events. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on our event schedule. Poi Dog has won Time Out Philadelphia's Best Restaurant 2018, Philadelphia Magazine's Best Fried Chicken 2017 and Philadelphia Magazine's Best Food Truck 2014.

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Talk Story


Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca own and operate Poi Dog Philly, a casual counter-service restaurant and food cart in Philadelphia. “Poi Dog” is a pidgin term that refers to the mixed nature of their hybrid Hawaii-style food. Their menus are rooted in Hawaiian cuisine, but also draw upon cultures that have heavily influenced the food of Hawaii, such as Filipino, Japanese and Portuguese. In the six years since Kiki and Chris started Poi Dog, they have catered events from beer festivals to galas, taught cooking classes, and traveled around the Philippines learning to make regional specialties from street food vendors.

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Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca own and operate Poi Dog Philly, a casual counter-service restaurant and food cart in Philadelphia. “Poi Dog” is a pidgin term that refers to the mixed nature of their hybrid Hawaii-style food. Their menus are rooted in Hawaiian cuisine, but also draw upon cultures that have heavily influenced the food of Hawaii, such as Filipino, Japanese and Portuguese. In the six years since Kiki and Chris started Poi Dog, they have catered events from beer festivals to galas, taught cooking classes, and traveled around the Philippines learning to make regional specialties from street food vendors.

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FAQs


FAQs


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What is a Poi Dog? Is it food?

A mixed breed dog or person. No.

Do you serve hot dogs?

We serve our shoyu hot dog (beef dog cooked in shoyu and sugar, dressed with sriracha mayo, pickled cabbage and furikake) on the food truck.

Do you still run the food truck? Where does it go? Can I book the truck for catering?

Yes! Between late March and early November. We typically use it for special events (markets, festivals) and private catering (birthday parties, weddings) in the Philadelphia region (usually no farther than 25 miles outside Center City). Book the truck by filling out the form at poidogphilly.com/catering with the date of your event, contact info, guest count, etc. and specifying you’re looking for food truck catering.

Can I get avocado mixed into my poke?

No. 

Why does the price of your ahi poke fluctuate? Why is it especially ‘onolicious?

We bring in fresh fish daily and the price of fish fluctuates. We mix our poke in small batches close to when it is ordered, don’t overload the fish with ingredients and use ‘ogo (seaweed) and salt that we carry back from Hawaii.

Do you deliver?

Yes! We deliver individual orders through our partners Caviar, UberEats and Postmates. We are on GrubHub and Ritual for in-store pick up only. We also deliver catering pans (place orders ahead and arrange delivery by filling out the form at poidogphilly.com/catering). 

Do you serve plate lunches for dinner?

Yes! A “plate lunch” refers to a meal that has two scoops of rice, one scoop of mac salad and a meat entrée. We serve them all day long, Monday through Saturday, 11am to 9pm. Not on Sunday. We are busiest between 12 and 1pm on weekdays (especially on Aloha Fridays). If you are looking to avoid a waittry placing a pick-up order on Ritual or coming in after 1pm on weekdays.

Have you heard of the band Poi Dog Pondering?

Yes, we have. No relation.