Bunk Bar is the latest rendition from the Bunk family to occupy the space under the Wonder Ballroom. About a year ago a new restaurant named Trigger – billed as “a Bunk Joint” opened up. It was a sit-down restaurant featuring quality Tex-Mex. Over time they changed up the menu a bit, some for the bad, some for the good. In June the Beer Can Chicken was featured in Portland Monthly. Eventually they switched to counter ordering and no longer had wait staff. That pretty much marked the end of Trigger. Now, still a part of the family, the space has become another Bunk Bar.
Gone are the days when going to a sports bar meant visiting a smoke filled, dingy bar with greasy food. Now there is a choice when you want to join fellow fans or rivals for a fun spirited couple of hours cheering on your favorite team. In the last few years several “new generation” sports bars have popped up around town, but none here in Eliot until now.
On the weekends I like to walk over to one of our neighborhood coffee shops to indulge in a latte and bagel for breakfast. Over the past few years I’ve become a regular at Goldrush Coffee Bar. With its brick interior, old hardwood floors, and rotating art, the vibe inside Goldrush is very Portland. I tend to be a creature of habit and get the same breakfast almost every weekend so the baristas all know my order. Occasionally around the holidays I order the pumpkin spiced latte and a peppermint mocha for my husband instead of the usual vanilla latte and regular mocha. Also, during the hot summer days I’ll sometimes change my drink to iced for a real shake up.
On a Friday night not too long ago my wife and I were once again looking for a place to go for dinner. It has kind of become a weekly tradition to visit one our fabulous neighborhood spots each and every Friday. After short a discussion with friends we decided to show them Afrique Bistro.
If you have been around Russell Street near MLK recently you probably noticed a new hip store in the neighborhood called Adorn. The small urban clothing and accessory shop opened last September in the same building as Project Hope.
My new favorite neighborhood bar is the Secret Society Lounge located on the 2nd floor of a newly renovated 1907 building on NE Russell St. It’s small and cozy with a fantastic wooden bar. My husband would die to have one exactly like it in our basement, but maybe a touch smaller.
Russell Street Looking West 1910′s
Lower Albina and the Factory District in the early 1900’s. There are at least 8 buildings in this picture that are no longer standing. In the picture, on the left side is the building that is home to Mint and 820 and further down , the White Eagle. To the right you can see part of the Davis Block, the former hotel next door and in the distance, the Smithson Block – now home to Widmere.
Hill Block 1910
The Hill Block Building was built by Charles H. Hill, Albina’s first mayor. Located at the corner of Russell and Williams it was at the center of the business district for Albina.
The latest restaurant to call Eliot home is Toro Bravo , a Spanish-inspired tapas eatery that just opened at 120 N.E. Russell St. next to the Wonder Ballroom.
The Portland Tribune gave it a great review last week.
I’ve only tried the gin martini, and it was excellent. But I’m looking forward to going back for the food.