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.
Bacon Wrapped Poppers
Smoked salmon &cream cheese stuffed in jalapenos wrapped in bacon.
Vegetable Beef Barley
Pea, carrots, onions, potatoes, barley and tender chunks of beef in a rich beef broth.
Cup $4.50 • Bowl $5.50
Mexican Cobb Salad
Our famous Cobb salad with a spicy twist.Mixed sprig & romaine lettuces, tomatoes, avocado, hard boiled egg, bacon bites and bleu cheese crumbles topped with Mexican seasoned grilled chicken.Served with your choice of dressing and a warm dinner roll.
8 oz fresh hand pattied hamburger
cooked your way, topped with your choice of cheese, bacon and hash browns and an egg cooked your way. Served with french fries, tator tots, or coleslaw.
Ground beef in a rich tomato sauce seasoned just right. sandwiched between layers of lasagna noodles, mozzarella, cheddar & cottage chesses. & garlic toast. Served with soup or salad.
Lamb, potatoes, carrots & onions in a rich
lamb gravy topped with mashed potatoes.
Served with soup or salad.
8 oz Salmon broiled topped with fresh mango pineapple salsa. Served with 2 sides.
LOON JUICE OF SPRING VALLEY
Carmel Apple Cider
Made from Honey crisp apples and ZERO traces of loon. Because that would be really gross.
Bites Butterscotch Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate, Irish Creme &
Skywalk Pinot Gris, Washington
Tasting notes: Tropical fruits unfold into tangerine, mango, great fruit and banana flavors.
Estancia Pinot Nour, California
Tasting notes: Black cherry, brown sugar & plum accompanied by a silk velvety finish.