These days there are plenty of restaurants making plenty of dishes that seem to exist solely to populate our Instagram feeds. Surely Tail & Fin’s colorful pineapple poke bowls ($12-$14) fall into that category—customizable collections of raw fish; crisp veggies like cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro and seaweed salad; and indulgent extras like masago (fish roe), mango, eel sauce or honey-sesame aioli—all beautifully arranged in a hollowed-out half-pineapple.
Everything is so fresh and delicious, though, you can’t just write it off as a social-media gimmick. It’s an addictive, invigorating bite whether or not you spring for the pineapple upgrade, like much of the menu created by former Nobu chef Karu Wedhas at these two local eateries.
Forget about taking a picture and instead take your time choosing between the O.G. (ahi tuna, salmon, yellowtail, romaine, green onion, cucumber and poke sauce) and the Stupid Good (ahi tuna, surimi crab, romaine, tomato, cucumber, red onion, tempura flakes and yuzu miso and unagi sauces) before you graduate to building your own perfectly balanced bowl. Remember: Pineapple makes everything special.
TAIL & FIN 9845 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-854-9908; 1910 Village Center Circle #9, 702-790-1810. Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.