Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bite Bistro (Bellevue)

UPDATE (8/19/2012): Bite Bistro has closed its Bellevue location. As of this update, the owners are in the process of scouting a new location.

Bite Bistro had been on my wish list since the day before it even opened, so I was excited to finally get the chance to try it out last week.  Housed in the former Vivo space in Bellevue (which is to reopen in Sewickley soon), Bite Bistro is owned and run by the same family.  The restaurant space isn't huge but it is very comfortable.  On this Wednesday night, they easily and helpfully accommodated our large group of 13.  Their menu changes depending on season and availability, and you can find the menu of the day written on the chalk board along one of the walls.

I started with the soup of the day, the Sweet Potato Bisque, which was well-spiced and absolutely delicious.  One of the best sweet potato bisque I've ever had!

Sweet Potato Bisque at Bite Bistro
Sweet Potato Bisque ($4)

For my entree, I decided to try the Chicken Confit Salad. with fried capers, dates, and dressed in a lemon vinaigrette.  I do apologize for the low quality of the photo; it looks like I had the wrong setting on the camera so my photos didn't turn out so great on this visit. :(  I guess I will have to come back again for better photos next time.  But, the chicken was cooked to perfection, and while the salad doesn't look like much in the photo, it was actually very tasty.  The lemon vinaigrette was beyond amazing.

Chicken Confit Salad at Bite Bistro
Chicken Confit Salad ($10)

Because I went with a large group, I also got to try bites of what other people ordered, and every single dish I tried - the Pork Fat Fries, the Grill Vegetable Salad, and Chocolate Pot de Creme - was delicious, which I think is a rare accomplishment.  Bite Bistro is basically the kind of place that has it all:  Amazing food all around, fabulous service, and a pleasantly easy-going atmosphere.  Bite Bistro is also a BYOB establishment with a small corkage fee, and there is regular live entertainment as well.  All in all, I loved Bite Bistro, and would highly recommend it to anyone. 

Update 6/18/2011:  A second post on Bite Bistro with more photos and commentary.
Update 1/22/2012:  And a third post on my visit during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

Restaurant info:
Bite Bistro
565 Lincoln Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15202

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