What You'll Get
Bite into at Medjoul dates stuffed with gorgonzola or potato herb gnocchi with bay scallops at Bite. Chef Chris Walsh of Confidential Restaurant and Loft serves French and Italian-influenced finger-food in small, tapas-style dishes. Deviled eggs with salmon caviar and banana pepper sauce for $3.50 and swordfish skewers for $5 mean you can sample and share plenty of plates for $55.
The menu also has full portions of food, including dungeness crab carbonara with pancetta and beef pot roast with red wine demi glaze, that pair perfectly with Bite's huge selection of Italian, French, and Californian wines. Champagne cocktails and a dozen types of wine are $4.50 during happy hour. Plus, the bar has five varieties of house-infused sakes.
Sip in Bite's sleek lounge, communal-table dining room (with intimate nooks), or outdoor sidewalk seating. The chef did the decor, which he calls "mid-century modern industrial." There are clean lines, white tables, wood booths, and a color palate of vanilla, saffron, Dijon mustard, extra-virgin olive oil, and bittersweet chocolate. Bite's friendly, professional servers know classy finger food and flavorful wines, so it's no wonder San Diego Magazine says Bite "gets everything right."
San Diego Magazine says Bite is a "delight”:
- Perhaps the most imaginative, hardworking and resilient [chef in San Diego] is Chris Walsh. His new restaurant, Bite Modern California Bistro & Wine Bar, is a delight... Ever inventive in his presentations and preparations, Walsh has developed a new menu of small plates. But the French and Italian flavors showcased here come off as purer, more concentrated versions of Walsh classics. Gone are the architectural constructions and elaborate garnishes. This is bistro cuisine at its best, with long-simmered chicken stocks, veal demi-glace prepared on site, herbs and vegetables plucked from Walsh’s own garden. – Robin Kleven Dishon, San Diego Magazine
- I'm a fan of a good meal, a great deal, and champagne. Bite has managed to combine these three (of my favorite) things... if you love really good food you can't go wrong at Bite. – Heather B., Yelp
- As a quasi NY and LA foodie, I had fairly low expectations but BITE blew me away. The food was fantastic. The service was completely top notch. – Darrell T., Yelp
- From amuse bouche to the very last bite of dessert, Bite will give you a meal that is fresh, comforting and, most importantly, delicious. – als47, Citysearch
A New Cuisine is Born
Italian food was invented in America by entrepreneur Geoff Welling in 1978. Welling had previously invented both Chinese food and the paperback book, but in '78 his restless mind observed the cultural shifts that had the makings for a new evolution of cuisine.
Welling was determined to capture minds and tongues of the niche—but expanding—market of disco fans. After extensive research, he determined that disco's sparkling clothing and bouncy rhythms were the culinary equivalent of pasta covered in rich tomato sauce. Welling's findings were so delicious that disco changed its name to Italy, enraging Italy, who was forced to change its name to Lapland, Home of Full-Blooded Italians. Pick up today's Groupon for some delicious Italian food from America, prepared by full-blooded Italians from Lapland, Home of Full-Blooded Italians.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 18, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May purchase multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine in only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with Tues.-Thurs. prix fixe menu. No cash back. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.