NORTH BEND — Sometimes you can only take it for so long when people tell you that you should try a certain place before you break down and try it.
If you say "Bungalow Market" in our office, the response is almost Pavlovian.
"Oh, you've got to go."
"They make the best sandwiches."
"I can't believe you've never been there."
In my defense, we haven't really done anyplace like Bungalow Market before. It's not really a sit-down restaurant (although they do have a tiny seating area for 11 in the back), and they haven't fallen into any of our series parameters before.
Seeing as how we have done several sandwich places recently — and we were in the neighborhood — it seemed like the perfect time to try them.
There are not many places that sports editor John Gunther and I go to that he has eaten there previously and I haven't. This was one of those places.
Our first impression Monday started a full 50 yards from the front door. We parked across the street and you could smell the aroma of bacon wafting through the neighborhood.
"Good advertising," John would say later.
Being a first-timer, I took my time looking at the sandwich descriptions on the wall. Their special for the day was shredded chicken tacos, but after hearing so much about the sandwiches I wanted to give one a try.
Besides the sandwiches they have on their wall menu, there is also an option to special order what you want. They have a slip you can fill out that gives you the option on size of sandwich (small $4.99, regular $6.99, Tanker $8.99), breads, cheeses, meats, condiments and extras (bacon, avocado) or if you want it panini/grilled.
We both decided on regular items. I ordered the turkey-avocado and John got the Lindsay's Italian. Both sandwiches came on focaccia bread which was really good. The turkey-avocado comes with cheddar cheese, tomato, red onions, lettuce, sprouts, mayo and salt and pepper.
John's sandwich came with ham salami, pepperoni, pepper jack cheese, tomato, pepperoncini, red onions, lettuce, tomato and their own balsamic vinegar blend.
While we were ordering, John was chatting with the women making the sandwiches and discovered they do between 100 and 150 sandwiches during a normal lunch run. Our wait time turned out to be less than five minutes.
As we found our seats, John said, "After smelling that bacon all the way in here, I'm not sure how I ended up ordering a sandwich without bacon."
"The vinegar is a nice touch," John said. "Just adds that little kick in there."
Looks like we've found another nice place for lunch. I saw a couple of items on the menu that have me looking forward to next time. There was a Tri-Tip Bleu Melt and a Tri-Tip Wrap.
"This has got me full again," John said. Looks like he'll have to delay that next run for a while.
The Bungalow Market & Deli is located at 2506 Sherman in North Bend (at the corner of Maryland and Sherman, north of Newmark). The deli hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and the deli is closed on Sundays.