If you haven't made it over here aside from an OMSI visit, you really must check out the great finds of the Eastbank area, just off the Water Street Exit of I-5. My favorite yoga place, Yoga Bhoga moved here some time ago, now it's been joined by Water Avenue Coffee, Bunk Sandwich Bar, and now Clive Coffee and the brick and mortar address of Boke Bowl.
Most people have heard of Bunk Sandwich Bar, whose first place on SE Morrison was a breakout success with lines out the door for their sandwiches featuring everything from pork belly to meatballs. Water Avenue is absolutely one of my favorite coffee shops, with it's dense yet smooth coffee which is house roasted and it's quietly hip environment. Clive Coffee opened next door, a beautifully appointed shop selling everything necessary for making good coffee at home as well giving "home barista" classes. You can take home a coffee maker ranging in price from $18 to $6,500 along with well designed cups to hold your coffee in.
Boke Bowl opened it's much anticipated ramen shop, after "popping up" in several established restaurants and taking over their kitchens for the day. It does not disappoint. Pretty simple, choose your broth bowl, add extra fixings if you like, and slurping happiness is a sure thing. We chose the fried chicken and cornmeal fried oysters for sides and were very happy. The design of the restaurant is fun as well with it's bright pops of orange, a mix of communal and small tables and even their own hot sauces to spice up your bowl
The Eastbank Commerce Center across the street also holds Fleur Dy Lys nail studio, a super hip nail place that is the antithesis to the local mall nail factory and Clark Lewis restaurant- the first sign of civilization that appeared years ago in this very cool industrial setting.