Say aloha to Hawaiian-style Poi Dog Snack Shop

Chris Vacca and Kiki Aranita at Poi Dog Snack Shop, on 21st Street south of Chestnut Street.

Loco moco, Spam musubi, Kalua pig, tuna poke (as well as a vegan poke), and other Hawaiian specialties are the draw at the bustling Poi Dog Snack Shop (100½ S. 21st St.), a brick-and-mortar version of Chris Vacca and Kiki Aranita's popular cart, which recently took over Rotisseur's storefront.

The partners met in the classics program at Bryn Mawr College; he grew up in Delaware and Kennett (making him a Homer), while she is a New York native who's lived in Honolulu and Hong Kong.

It's counter service. There's table seating, though takeout is popular. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, plus 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday for brunch. 


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