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The Bite

Written By: Mary Bloch - Apr• 07•14

Taking their cue from West Coast restaurants that have been serving Asian fusion sandwiches (ever heard of Roy Choi and his Kogi Korean tacos?), owners Bryan Merker,  Brian Thorne, and Carlos Mortera have started a little sandwich shop in the City Market. Open just a month, they will be ready for primetime when the Farmer’s Market opens and they get increased traffic from passers-by.The BiteThe Bite

My friend and I made a special trip to sample the unique and creative sandwiches. Build-you-own tamales are also on the menu, but we chose to split two sandwiches instead.The Bite

The Señor Chang has Slow Roasted Beef Short Rib – cilantro – queso fresco – pickled onions – candied – jalapeńos – sriracha crema, and the Kicking Chicken is filled with Braised Chicken – Korean BBQ Sauce – Queso Fresco – Radish – Cucumber – Pickled Onions – Sriracha Crema.Kickin Chicken--The Bite

The Kicking Chicken was a bit bland considering it was topped with Korean BBQ sauce, but it had a nice flavor. I really enjoyed the Senor Chang–it reminded me a bit of the Korean tacos from the now-defunct Westport Street Fare truck that Aaron Confessori used to run and I loved.

We also shared a side of delicious Sesame Slaw with Red Cabbage – Red Onions – Sesame Seeds – Cilantro – Sesame Vinaigrette, and used some of it to add  crunch to the chicken sandwich. It also provided additional filling, which was the one thing these sandwiches needed more of. My friend and I both thought the sandwiches were a bit skimpy on ingredients; had we not been sharing I would have piled the meat onto one side of the sandwich. The good news is that the roll was fresh, soft and chewy, so I had no problem eating the whole thing.Sesame slaw--The Bite

We sampled one of the Abuelita Chocolate Chip cookies, which had a touch of cinnamon and chile powder in it and was quite good. Other choices include a bourbon bacon chocolate chip and a  white Jalapeño chocolate chip. They also serve up homemade ice cream sandwiches.Abuelita chocolate chip cookie--The Bite

 I counted six totally vegetarian items on the menu, all of which were quite innovative, so it’s clear they aim to please. And it’s quick. Order at the counter and expect them to call your name within 5 minutes.

The Bite is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, and will expand the local color and flair of City Market.The Bite

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