‘Bites’ in Oak Harbor offers small portions, prices

A new Oak Harbor eatery is taking a bite out of portion sizes and prices.

Jackie Lipstein sits inside Bites

A new Oak Harbor eatery is taking a bite out of portion sizes and prices.

Located under Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway on Dock Street, the small cafe Bites offers fresh, house-made sandwiches and snacks in minimal sizes intended for maximum tasting.

“This is how we like to eat,” said Jackie Lipstein, who opened the cafe with her wife Ryan Lipstein over a month ago. “It’s similar to tapas, you get all sorts of yummy bites.”

Though the eatery has been open since April, they will be holding a grand opening 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. With a ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m., the event will feature samples and promotional prizes.

“At Bites we are all about pleasing your palate,” the Lipsteins state on Bites’ Facebook page. “You can enjoy many menu items at affordable prices.”

Lipstein said they have always cooked food and have offered street fare at local festivals for a few years now. They also plan to participate at the Oak Harbor farmer’s market.

Now with the brick and mortar location, the Lipsteins are seeing a steady increase in faithful followers who appreciate their flavors and their portions.

“We’re building steadily,” Lipstein said.

The endeavor is a part-time business for the Lipsteins, who share the cooking. Ryan Lipstein is a United States history teacher at Oak Harbor High School. Jackie Lipstein is a CT and MRI tech at Whidbey General Hospital.

The Lipsteins have two daughters.

The menu features items like Panzella salad, cucumber salmon bites and crostini, along with classics like a pressed Cuban sandwich and a marinated pork Bahn Mi sandwich.

Sweet bites include a lemon custard tart, a triple chocolate cookie and mini cupcakes.

None of the food items are over $3.

Lipstein said she learned to love tapas-style eating on visits to Barcelona, “one of my favorite places to travel.”

While some of their fare is not Spanish per se, the Lipsteins love the idea of being able to taste multiple things at one sitting.

Customers appear to agree, according to employee Alana Acosta, a senior next year at OHHS.

“I hear a lot of good things about the Cuban (sandwich),” said Acosta, “The potato salad is good too. My mom is addicted to the potato salad.”

 

More in Business

Chamber honors business success

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet and board installation… Continue reading

New nursery in Coupeville blooming with energy

Jackie Bartsch has been getting a lot of lookie-loos in the last… Continue reading

Bringing style, design options to Central Whidbey

Owners of a new interior design store want their shop to be… Continue reading

New county contract brings added WSU programming

As of March 1, Washington State University Extension, Island County serves as… Continue reading

Sweet! Tickets are still available for Coupeville’s tastiest event of the year

A handful of tickets remain available for Saturday’s Coupeville Chocolate Walk. For… Continue reading

Whidbey Coffee gets new facility, wholesale manager

One of Whidbey Island’s homegrown businesses is getting a double shot of… Continue reading

Fight off that turkey coma with variety of weekend activities

There are several events happening this weekend, sure to revive even the… Continue reading

Record file — Freeland entrepreneurs Jill and Steve Rosen recently purchased Whidbey Island Ice Cream. The Rosens also own Freeland eateries Rocket Taco and Freeland Freeze.
Freeland business owners scoop up Whidbey Island Ice Cream Co.

Whidbey Island Ice Cream Co. has new owners. Steve and Jill Rosen,… Continue reading

Rosalie Gale photo
                                Foamy Wader owner Alexa Allamano works on one of her nautical-themes pieces of jewelry in her Langley storefront.
Langley jewelry store takes inspiration from the sea

Lifelong Pacific Northwest resident Alexa Allamano has always been fascinated by the… Continue reading

Students get ‘real-world’ biz experience

Starting Monday, four teams of Oak Harbor High School students will get… Continue reading

Organic Farm School excels in new digs

The Organic Farm School survived its first year at its new Maxwelton… Continue reading

Island man grows pet composting biz

Saying goodbye to pets is tough. Now, however, Fluffy doesn’t have to… Continue reading