Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Moonstruck by Bunk

A while back Dave and I headed to Portland for a date (as we often do) because I had bought a Groupon for a ballroom dance lesson. Since we didn't have long for dinner, we ran into the evening outpost of Bunk Sandwiches on SE Water Ave. (it is open from 3 pm until late... there is a different daytime location on SE Morrison). 
The Bunk outpost on SE Water Ave.
Bunk is a Portland sandwich shop that uses high-quality ingredients to make some gut-busting bread and meat combinations. Or to use their own tagline, "With a name like Bunk, things are only bound to get better." They lean toward heavy-duty, meaty creations. This is not the place to get a delicate bite. Nor is it the place your cardiologist would recommend.... But for sheer oomph and greasy goodness, oh yeah.

Pork Belly Cubano Sandwich
We sampled the Pulled Pork Sandwich and the Pork Belly Cubano. And wow.... um, wow. With ham, Swiss, pickles and mustard, I wasn't sure the Cubano was going to be ringing any of my bells (I'm not a huge fan of mustard or pickles), but wow. I'm a convert. Even with the pickles.
Pulled Pork Sandwich with Kettle Chips
And just in case you weren't stuffed by the piles of deliciously greasy pork with apple cabbage slaw, they have Whoopie Pies (made by Sugar Pimp) and Pie Holes from Pie Spot. In our case, we got dessert first while we were waiting for our sandwiches. The Whoopie Pies (despite Dave's entranced expression in the picture below) were not amazing, but the Pie Holes from Pie Spot definitely are.
Whoopie Pie from Sugar Pimp
Dave having a tender moment with one of the Whoopie Pies.

We went to our ballroom dance lesson (where the instructor insisted on trying to teach me how to start cha-cha in a different way on a different count, even though I took four years of ballroom in college) and had the slightly awkward experience of changing partners and dancing with the different random people who happened to be at a new ballroom dance club on a weekend. Afterward we found ourselves at Moonstruck Chocolates on NW 23rd, enjoying some fantastic truffles. Much less awkward, all around.

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