Ties to Paul Bunyan?
Paul Bunyan has been in Minnesota folklore history for over a century. The earliest printed stories about him and his infamous blue ox, Babe, date as early back as 1906. He was a legend in the logging community and an integral part of Minnesota’s heritage. Kind of like ice fishing, log cabins, the loons floating on the lakes and rivers and lastly lutefisk dinners put on by area groups throughout the lakes area.
Bites Grill & Bar is located on the beautiful trail of Paul Bunyan right out front of Bites parking lot and game patio. Bites is not hard to miss as it’s built out of logs and the Paul Bunyan trail passes right in front of big picture windows.
Bites log building was constructed around 1997 with locally sourced logs made from aspen, birch, red oak, and Norway pines sourced from the George Kinney Memorial Forest located in Crow Wing County Minnesota. They have beautiful pictures of the process it took to make Bite’s reality. From the logging of the wood right up to the finished masterpiece that is Bites today.
Throughout the year customers can witness the ever changing seasons of Minnesota life. In the fall the leaves will be in various shades of yellow, orange, and red creating a scene straight from a postcard. The fireplace will be lit and if you time it just right you can get a stunning picture of those magnificent logs with the sun setting behind it. Or if you’re an early riser you can sit inside and look out at the sunrise with your morning cup of coffee and newspaper. During the winter you will see snowmobiles coming in off the snow-laden trail warming their hands by the roaring fire, grabbing a bite to eat to fill their rumbling stomachs and telling stories of their various adventures. And in the spring and summer the snow will have melted and made way for flowers to blossoms, the deer to roam with their new offspring, and the bikers to visit. With the Paul Bunyan trail right out front there’s endless things to do in the sun or snow. So no matter which season you find yourself at Bites, make sure you run your hands over the beautifully crafted log walls, venture out on the Paul Bunyan trail taking pictures of the seasons and grab a bite to eat. And just maybe you will feel the spirit of Paul Bunyan and Babe as you sit besides the fireplace warming your hands or while you stop in for a refreshing drink and bite to eat after a stroll on the trail.
Stop in today and say hi to the owners, Roger and Wendy Hoplin. Bites Grill and Bar won the Minnesota Restaurant Association’s new award, the Restaurant Neighbor Award, in November 2016.
A twist to an old time favorite.
Warm & sweet sliced strawberries mixed with caramelized & crunchy sugar. Served with cinnamon sugar dusted toast points.
Chicken, dumplings, diced onions, celery & carrots, in a rich chicken broth.
Cup $4.50 • Bowl $5.50
Spanish Garlic Shrimp Salad
Our spring & romaine salad blend, tomatoes & cucumbers. Topped with a tasty ancient grains blend & grilled garlic shrimp. Served with a warm dinner roll & blood orange shallot dressing.
Grilled Salmon with
Roasted Red Pepper & Cilantro Pesto
Grilled salmon fillet resting on a bed of roasted red pepper sauce & topped with our cilantro walnut pesto sauce.
8 oz chicken breast marinated in a dry rub & grilled then topped with our own Blackberry Jalapeño BBQ sauce.
BBQ Beef Steak
Our tender 6 oz Sirloin steak marinated in orange juice spiked with ginger & garlic. Then broiled to your liking.
All entrées start serving at 4:00. All entrees served with 2 sides.
Friday Evening AYCE Deep Fried Shrimp
or our Hand Battered Deep Fried Pollock (only during lent) Served with French fries & coleslaw
Friday & Saturday Prime Rib
10 oz $20.95 • 14 oz $25.95
SAM ADAMS SUMMER ALE
From blazing yellow of the afternoon sun to the fiery orange of the evening sunset to the electric blue tint of a summer night, the colors of Summer Ale and its crisp, citrusy flavor, are your perfect companion anywhere, anytime.
TANQUERAY GIN & TONIC
Leinenkugel’s perfect balance of crisp Weiss beer and natural lemonade flavor.
Moscow mule is a cocktail made with Tito’s vodka, spicy ginger beer and lime juice served in a traditional Copper Mug. The slightly spicy ginger flavor makes this a great springtime cocktail.