Signature Dishes: Ahi tuna poke bowl at Major Stokes in Greensburg

Signature Dishes: Ahi tuna poke bowl at Major Stokes in Greensburg

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It only normally takes minutes for Jim Bosco to whip up what speedily has grow to be a signature dish at Key Stokes, his cafe in Greensburg.

The ahi tuna poke bowl was produced as a immediate final result of the covid-19 pandemic and grew into a dish that retains people coming back for a lot more.

The poke bowl is filled with cucumbers, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers typically grown in a backyard at the rear of the restaurant. The veggies are mixed with avocado items, Asian rice noodles and a housemade teriyaki sauce. The dish is topped off with a heaping pile of ahi tuna, housemade spicy chipotle mayo and toasted sesame seeds.

“People enjoy it,” Bosco said. “They appear back for it, they purchase it once again and again.”

The dish was developed early last calendar year when eating places were pressured to shut their doorways to indoor diners as the pandemic took maintain. At that time, Bosco appeared at his menu and started eradicating dishes that were being not delivery-pleasant, whilst incorporating new types he hoped his buyers would enjoy.

Today, the pickup and shipping and delivery menu is filled with versions of soften sandwiches, salads and tacos.

Bosco pointed out, on the other hand, that he is making ready to expose a new menu — his fourth in just about two a long time — that he hopes encompasses the would like of his Greensburg buyer base.

“I believe our most recent menu, I hope, sticks for a couple many years,” Bosco claimed. “We’ve uncovered a minor bit we have realized what Greensburg likes.”

Irrespective of the menu adjustments, the ahi tuna poke bowl is not likely anywhere.

“That would be a person item I couldn’t get off the menu devoid of getting some blowback from the company,” Bosco claimed.

The dish, Bosco reported, acquired acceptance for the reason that it is not normally witnessed on menus in Western Pennsylvania, which normally function goods like a Pittsburgh steak salad or calzones.

That uniqueness also is reflected in the restaurant alone. Bosco opened Key Stokes in late 2018 next a two-yr renovation to restore the structure, developed in 1895, to its historic roots. Now, original oak flooring traces the restaurant place, and an initial brick wall separates the bar from the cafe.

The developing, once the previous residence of U.S. Sen. Edgar Cowan, was Greensburg’s initially healthcare facility. The identify of the cafe also is a reflection of Greensburg background: Maj. William Axon Stokes was a personal lawyer in Greensburg recognized for his hospitality. A Union officer in the Civil War, he lived in a mansion that later on became element of Seton Hill College — in which Bosco teaches in the hospitality and tourism program.

The restaurant, constructed on concepts of sustainability from the start, does not use a freezer, fryer or microwave. The Sustainable Pittsburgh Cafe group has specified Big Stokes its Gold amount rating.

“We’re eclectic, so you can’t pigeonhole us into an Italian cafe or bar foods or ease and comfort foods or Asian food, despite the fact that that dish is Asian,” Bosco claimed. “Everything on the menu is exclusive genre, just like the decor in the cafe. We like to say we’re deliciously diverse.”

The poke bowl sells for $12 at lunch and $14 for a evening meal part.

Key Stokes ( at 108 W. Pittsburgh St. in Greensburg, is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. It is open up from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Overview staff members author. You can call Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or through Twitter .

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