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.
Rich creamy chowder with lobster, crab, scallops, potatoes, celery, onions & carrots
Cup $5.50 • Bowl $6.50
All Day Burger
Our 8 oz burger cooked your way with Bacon, eggs, hash browns & your choice of cheese. Served with French fries, tater tots or Cole slaw.
All entrees start serving at 4:00
Herb Crusted Sirloin Steak
Herb crusted Sirloin cooked your way topped with red onion compote. Served with 2 sides.
Desert Fire Pasta
Bay scallops & shrimp sautéed with fresh garlic and onions in our homemade buffalo Alfredo
sauce tossed with fettuccine noodles.
Served with garlic toast and soup or salad.
Sesame Seared Scallops
Seared scallops in sesame oil served over asparagus risotto. Served with soup or salad.
All entrées start serving at 4:00. All entrees served with 2 sides.
Friday & Saturday Prime Rib
10 oz $20.95 • 14 oz $25.95
Christmas Ale Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Do Not Open til Christmas? Whoever coined that phrase obviously hasn’t tasted Christmas Ale’s fresh honey, cinnamon & ginger flavors. A yuletide’s worth of holiday spices and sweet honey to keep you a-wassailing all season long.
Ace Pear is made from a base of 100% pure, local apple juice. Pear essence is added to give the cider its distinctive pear taste, a taste so fresh and natural it is already proving as popular as its more traditional apple counterpart.
Tom & Jerry
Tom & Jerry is a traditional Christmas time cocktail in the United States. Devised by British journalist Pierce Egan in the 1820’s. Made with Brandy or Rum in our homemade eggnog batter and served hot. Will warm you up on cold winter nights, from the top of your head to the tips of you cold little toes.
Hot Ginger Toddy
Brandy, Domiane De Canton Ginger & Hot water, with a dash of nutmeg.