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Italian Cured Meats Hero at Bunk Sandwiches. Photo by: Andrea Vorvick

Bunk Sandwiches, located at 621 SE Morrison, Portland, is a small, no-frills sandwich joint owned by Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood that serves up hearty, creative, and flavorful sandwiches featuring house-made ingredients and artisan bread. Grab a table or sit at the counter and get ready to stuff yourself silly.

Although the chalkboard menu changes from time to time, its emphasis is on meaty concoctions like the Pork Belly Cubano, a delicious combo of house-made pork belly, ham, and swiss cheese — the perfect combination of toasted and crunchy on the outside, and warm and melty on the inside. The Roast Chicken Salad on a poppy seed-studded roll isn’t your ordinary chicken salad. Bunk’s elevated version includes applewood-smoked bacon, avocados, and a hint of tarragon. Other popular menu items include the Meatball Parmigiano Hero (tender meatballs drenched in flavorful marinara sauce and topped with provolone and mozzarella) and the Italian Cured Meats Hero (capicola, salami, proscuitto, sopressata, and sharp provolone piccante cheese with lettuce, onions, and locally-made Mama Lil’s pickled peppers). All sandwiches are served on a paper-lined tray with a pile of crunchy Kettle chips.

To appease the vegetarians in the crowd, Bunk always has a few meat-free options on the menu like a classic Grilled Tillamook Cheddar or the Roasted Squash Sandwich with caramelized onions, gruyere, and fresh arugula. If you’re more adventurous, the Grilled Spinach and Nettles with green garlic, leeks, ricotta, and salsa verde on a crusty ciabatta roll is a delicious choice. Don’t be afraid of the nettles — their stinging quality has been neutralized for cooking, and their taste is similar to spinach. 

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The dripping-with-cheese Meatball Parmigiano Hero! Yum.

For side dishes, try their filling Potato Salad (made with red-skinned potatoes, green onions, applewood-smoked bacon, and hardboiled egg) or the tangy, slightly-spicy Apple-Cabbage Slaw (made with mayo, whole-grain mustard, and in-season apples). For soup lovers, Bunk’s house-made Tomato Soup is always a tasty option.

Breakfast offerings, which are served all day, include Egg and Cheese sandwiches (plain or with bacon, ham or sausage on a hard roll) and a Mexican-inspired Torta with chorizo, pinto beans, egg, avocado, and queso. And while you’re at it, order the Bunkmosa — a blue-collar version of the mimosa that consists of Miller High Life beer and orange juice.

Warning: lunch lines can be long due to all the local and national press Bunk has received, including a feature in Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. To avoid the masses, plan to visit Bunk by 11:00am or after 2:00pm (but not too much later, because it closes at 3:00pm). Looking for a late afternoon or evening Bunk fix? Check out their other establishment, Bunk Bar, which serves the same great sandwiches and sides with plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails!

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Eat your greens! Grilled Spinach and Nettles is a unique veggie treat.

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