Sometimes, a place gets a bad rap in the online universe. Take Bite Groceteria & Café, in Calgary’s increasingly trendy Inglewood district. The word “expensive” shows up in a lot of reviews, and certainly the grocery side of this big, open, light-filled space might merit that description.
But the food? Give me a break. I order the most expensive thing on the morning menu, a $4.95, made-to-order breakfast sandwich, with fluffy eggs, avocado, Oka cheese, thick chunks of bacon, lettuce and tomato, all stuffed between two nicely toasted pieces of whole-grain bread.
When the chef pops the groaning plate on the counter, I’m stunned at what is by no means “bite” size. Even half this monster would be a bargain. It’s one of the better breakfast sandwiches I’ve eaten, to boot, almost a morning BLT with scrambled egg thrown into the mix.
For a buck less, the breakfast wraps and burritos are an even better deal. Lunch prices are somewhat higher, starting at $11.50 for a pulled pork sandwich or $9.40 for a bacon mac ‘n cheese.
Bite is on the ground floor of a stunning new building in east Inglewood. Popular, cozy Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar is just down the hall. And it’s well worth climbing to the 4th floor to visit one of Canada’s finest contemporary art galleries, the Esker Foundation, with a commanding view of Calgary’s downtown.
Bite Groceteria & Cafe
1023 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Monday and Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Tuesday to Friday 9 am-6 pm, Sunday noon-6 pm