This weekend I enjoyed one of my favorite restaurants in Lake Tahoe, Bite American Tapas located in Incline Village on the North Shore. When my husband and I moved to Lake Tahoe from Maui we were at first a bit underwhelmed by the culinary options in our quaint neighborhood until we discovered Bite. When stepping into Bite one feels relieved to be met by its modern decor, an escape from the mountain decor often found in local restaurants. I love their large bar and lounge area where I almost always sit even though they do have a separate dining area. Bite’s concept features creative share plates, perfect for a social gatherings, and their menu features high-quality, seasonal products and hard-crafted mixology creations from scratch. Menu items are priced to try and share multiple dishes which makes the dining experience more fun and different every time you visit. Another favorite thing about Bite is their daily happy hour food and drink specials from 5-6pm perfect for after work as well as their special late-night menu offered in the off-season.
So after my husband and I jumped in the car, took a short drive to Bite, walked in and pulled up to cozy bar seats we started ordering a few of our favorite items I will share with you here. First stop, their seasonal cocktail menu which they had just recently updated for the summer season. However, I had to stick with my favorite, the lemon ginger zinger shown below. It is a fresh mixture of vodka, fresh mint, ginger, lemon and soda offering a refreshing citrus blend. No exaggeration, this is my favorite cocktail on the planet.
While the entire menu is designed for sharing, a few of my favorite appetizer menu items include the Crispy Risotto Balls with Marinated Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce and the Green Eggs-n-Ham Deviled Eggs with Wasabi Tobiko & Prosciutto. They also have a great selection of delicious soups and salads including the Chopped Chinese Chicken Salad which is our favorite. We chose to start our meal by enjoying the Green Eggs-n-Ham Deviled Eggs featured below.
Ah the slider menu! Always my favorite part of the meal is picking which pair of savory sliders we will enjoy since they are all delicious and uniquely creative. With ahi sliders, beef short rib sliders, duck confit sliders, BLT (L is for lobster!!), crispy goat cheese and of course traditional American cheeseburger sliders to choose from, you can’t go wrong. If I had to, I would say the ahi sliders are my favorite for their unique balance of flavors and my second favorite the BLT sliders pictured below.
Finally, the main small plates… our favorite dish we always order is the Grilled Filet Mignon Bites with roasted red onions, shiitake mushrooms, blue cheese and a red wine demi glaze for only $18. The sliced presentation makes sharing easy and the decadent red wine glaze paired with mushrooms and blue cheese makes your mouth water!
Make sure you save one last bite! Because their desserts are also served in bite-sized portions perfect for sharing (or not sharing!). Ranging from decadent chocolate cake bites, key lime pies bites, crème brule bites to bread pudding bites the hardest choice by far is sticking to just one. I recommend they create a sampler platter of bites! My husband picked the bread pudding bites with vanilla ice cream and it was the perfect ending to our recent visit to Bite.
Hopefully by now I have convinced you that Bite in Incline Village is worth a visit and to learn more view their complete menu. For a list of the most popular dining options on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe be sure to visit this great restaurant list of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.
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