907 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, NV 89451. (775) 831-1000.
Don't you love it when you're on an out-of-town getaway and you stumble upon the perfect restaurant? Mr. S. and I pulled into North Lake Tahoe Friday evening and were ravenous, we decided to check out this little eatery snuggled in a teensy strip mall and lucky us we scored the trifecta of eats- delicious food, great service and no wait (even though the place was packed). How lucky were we? The food gods must have been smilin' on us that night.
The restaurant itself is pretty small and divided into two separate areas- a bar and a restaurant; however, both sides serve food. The menu consists of beer, wine, cocktails, tapas and small plates. For a place it's size, Bite had a pretty extensive wine list with a nice variety. I decided to try a glass of the Klinker Brick Syrah, which I ended up really enjoying. It had a wonderful silky texture and tasted of rich plum and hints of black cherry. For dinner, we opted to order four dishes and share. We started with the white bean and roasted garlic dip with organic carrots and grilled bread. This stuff makes hummus look like a sad pathetic step-child...it's creamy, it's chock full of flavor and even the grilled bread is amazing (I think they rub it with garlic?). From there, we moved onto some nice light grilled wild halibut silver dollar tacos with chipotle aioli, cilantro and lime (these tacos were so good that I was wishing I had more of them the next day when we were watching the 49ers-Saints game...the perfect football game watching food). To top off our food-bliss, we had the beef short rib sliders with crispy onions and sweet pepper spread (Mr. S.'s fav) and the pan-seared sea scallops with beet spaetzle, braised greens and brown butter (my fav). The last two were fantabulous! Although the beet spaetzle threw us for a loop at first. Neither of us could remember what it was at first and were taking guesses at what it could be... my guess was some sort of doughy pan-fried chicharonnes. We finally had to ask the waitress. They were so delicious though...my goodness. Every item we ordered at Bite got the thumbs up from both of us. Additionally, our waitress was quick and friendly. We were pleased as punch (and full as could be) when we left. If we lived closer, I'm sure we'd be dining there frequently. As it is, we'll just have to hope that we somehow find ourselves out that way again.