Third time's a charm... times one and two, not so much.
I gave Bunk a very charitable three chances before I wrote this review, which is lucky for them as my first two experiences left me doubting I'd return.
For the first visit I got a sandwich of Italian meats, cheese and peppers. This proved to be drenched in vinegar and so palate-searingly salty that I could not taste anything else. Not much point in top-shelf sopresatta and aged provolone if you can't taste any of it. I looked nice, anyway.
The second visit was on the way to work, so I grabbed a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. This proved to be a greasy mess, again so salty I was only able to get through about half of it. There was literally grease and egg yolk running out of it. I like 'bad for you' ingredients as much as the next person, but can they at least try some semblance of finesse with this and not slop it together?
Trip three was a winner with the roast beef sandwich. I will go back to Bunk for this sandwich. Melt-in-your-mouth roast beef, caramelized onions, and a horseradish cheese sauce. Simple and really superb.
All in all I'm like everyone else writing here, I don't get the hype at all. I'll go back for the roast beef, that's it though.
Great lunch joint.
I finally had a day off while staying town during the week, so was finally able to partake of a Bunk Sandwich. It did not dissapoint. I had the Pork Belly Cubano and my wife had the Sloppy Roast Beef Po Boy. As Guy Fieri would say...they could put that Roast Beef (dripping in all it's goodness) on a flip flop and I'd eat it.
The potato salad was truly unique and delicious.
Gourmet sodas that come in a glass bottle top it all off for a truly amazing lunch.
If you haven't been..make time during your lunch hour or take the day off to experience this SE Portland gem.
The Name suits the food.
I don't get it. I mean, it's a greasy $9 sandwich with a weak amount of fillings. Oh and that description doesn't include the bread, also greasy and pretty average. The meats include cod, chorizo, tongue, tripe and pork belly with the old standbys of roast beef and chicken. the dressings include green apple mustard, various vinaigrettes, rabbit gravy and something that tasted like a thrice backwashed lager.
Their sandwiches are uncommon, true. Does that make them delicious? No. If you are a Portland "foodie" (as so many people here claim to be) and you want to try something new for the sake of novelty then go for it. Stand in line for an hour with a bunch of other folks waiting to get your hands on some manna but trust me, their sandwiches are bunk. Well, wait, that is if you are fortunate enough to receive your chosen ingredients. The 2 times i went the have run out of 1/2 their menu before closing.
Perhaps I am being too harsh. I grew up in the midwest and I attended my share of state fairs and these sandwiches remind me of sandwiches one could buy for a few bucks. Perhaps we didn't have cod or Russian dressing but we did have all of the other interesting options.
I don't know. Give it a shot. It's just a sandwich. It's not going to change your life and it's not going to completely satisfy you. When you walk away from that place with a smile, ask yourself if it's because you just had a great meal or because you think that you are supposed to feel like you had a great meal because you of the PDX hype machine.
Low-key Eastside joint elevates the humble sandwich..
Portland chefs Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood lure culinary cognoscenti of all ages to this tiny, retro-themed sandwich shop, where a cloud of smoke snakes out of the open kitchen and hovers over the eatery's wood tables and crowded counter bar. Up front, a chalkboard menu displays the daily specials from a Pork Belly Cubano to The Elvis, a grilled peanut butter, honey, banana and bacon sandwich. Customers should be forewarned that sandwiches are served on trays lined with brown paper and that sides of potato salad and chips are more hearty than healthy but well worth their caloric damage.