BY RICK CONWAY
Bite is an ambitious modern restaurant-bar, especially in small, rustic feeling, Incline Village. The atmosphere has a contemporary, stylish twist with woody, naturistic undertones. Modern Jazz music greets customers at the door. The fare is served artfully on small square platters. Portion sizes are equally small. The best way to enjoy Bite is to order a handful of entrees and try a little of each. You may have to order twice if you really like something. Everything goes well with sides like sweet potato fries and your waiter will happily increase the portion size if asked …for an extra fee of course. This can get expensive as entrees run from $8 to $19 and it is not the place to go if you have an exceptionally large appetite.
You can’t go wrong with ribs, or fish tacos, but the sliders are the real standout, and standby, “no frills” dish. Filet mignon bites are a great dish to share and they give you enough steak to fill a teacup poodle -almost. Dogs are not allowed to dine inside.
Choice sides include stuffed mushrooms, calamari and sweet potato fries. The cheese plate is as delightful as can be found anywhere in 100 miles, and the Point Rey’s blue cheese wrapped dates are a mouthful of flavor. The menu rotates often and new additions are hardly ever a letdown.
The wine list should prove satisfactory for all but the most obnoxious snobs, and innovative mixed drinks are always fresh and tasty, with only premium liquors, and fresh fruit and herb garnish. There is something particularly special about the bloody mary which bursts in the mouth like a ripe tomato, though the bar remains tight lipped of the secret mix.
To end the night, try the flourless chocolate cake, a bittersweet chocolate mousse with hazelnut brittle.The warm apple turnover bites are also an excellent choice. The wait staff is always fresh looking, spritely, and greets the guests, with nimble grace. They’re all skiers. Practically all the waitstaff in Tahoe area are ski bums, but the ones at Bite have class and style. No boozy, un-kept, lift ticket clippers here.
When planning a visit, book well ahead, as Bite is one of the more crowded restaurants in town, even on weekdays. Remember Bite is a dinner only venue, open 5pm to 9pm on weekdays and 5pm to 10pm on weekends. But don’t come on Wednesdays; it is the staff’s ski day.