The temps are rising and outdoor recreation is in full swing. Long days on the trails, in the water an on bikes means big appetites. After a full day of activities, the last thing you want to do is cook, but the trick is finding eateries that offer meal options made for sweltering days. The following restaurants, make dishes that help fuel and refresh customers without pumping up the heat. Read on to find out more.

photo: courtesy of Seasweets Poke

Seasweets Poke

This sweet little family-friendly spot offers a choose-your-own poke dining adventure. The temp is kept low, and the satisfaction high at this casual spot where you get to make your own unique poke bowl by choosing your preferred poke from options like spicy albacore, salmon, ahi shoyu, snapper and others—and then adding sides, toppings and even premium add-ons. Sides include Hijiki edamame, lemon pepper krab, Kimchee corn, and Li-Hing Cabbage Slaw. Indulge in premium add-ons like tofu and guac; and get crunchy with the fried onion topping.

Seasweats Poke is brand new. Owners David Lo and Ian Hung opened it this summer. All their poke is made daily, most of the sides are gluten-free and all are housemade. Ingredients and spices are sourced from local businesses.

Location: 1505 SE 31st Ave.
Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


If you are looking for a refreshing vegan or veggie meal, this is restaurant and its branch options offer the perfect stop. The menu is full of crisp salads and cool smoothies and juices that will make little mouths grin. Try the toast with avocado and roasted tomatoes for a quick pick me up. For a hardier bite there are also a variety of rice bowls to choose from. All of the food options at this diner are perfect for powering up without getting weighed down.

925 NW Davis St.
Mon.- Fri., 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Prasad East
21 NE 12th Ave.
Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sun., 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun., 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

photo: Huy H. via Yelp

KURE Juice Bar
If you want a tasty, healthy and refreshing way to fill up, refuel or slow down after a long day, hit Kure Juice Bar for a smoothie, refreshing order of juice or an acai bowl. Try The Bowl of the Gods with peanut butter, acai berries, banana, strawberries and more, all drizzled with agave. Your little ones will delight at the Sunnyside with it’s berries, banana, strawberries, chopped hazelnuts and coconut flakes. Best of all there are plenty of locations, so finding one, no matter where you are, won’t be hard.

KURE Hawthorne
4409 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Kure Kitchen/West End
408 SW 12th Ave.
Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

KURE- Inner Southeast
77 SE Yamhill St.
Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

KURE- Downtown

518 SW Taylor St.
Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun., Closed

KURE at Pine Street Market
126 SW 2nd Ave.
Sun. – Thurs., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Adults aren’t the only ones who love sushi! This eatery has a “kid’s happy hour” which really makes mom and dad happy. Order up some avocado slices or edamame for a quick treat. And if your littles or bigs aren’t into the raw fish, there are plenty of cooked meal options that are light and refreshing. For the family members who can’t get enough sushi and sashimi, load up on the Tuna Poke or try a Negi Sake Roll. You’ll end your meal satisfied!

5411 NE 30th Ave.
Daily 5 p.m.-11p.m.

—Annette Benedetti


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