Two new food concepts opened today in one location: About a Bite Bakery and Harvest Bar. The storefront at 1200 K Street features two distinct bars with display cases—About a Bite’s cookies and confections on the right, Harvest’s grab-and-go sandwiches on the left—as well as a shared, sizeable outdoor patio.
About a Bite Bakery isn’t entirely new—the business previously operated out of a warehouse in Gold River, completing online orders and catering events. But this is the bakery’s first-ever retail location.
Its slogan “Big temptations, small bites” sums up the concept pretty well and feels like the next phase of the cupcake trend. Everything is tiny: mini cookies sandwiches known as “Between 2 Cookies” ($1.75); mini layered bars, simply called “Bars” ($1.25); and mini combos of shortbread cookie topped with candy, covered in chocolate, called “Bites” ($2.50). Intriguing flavors include miso-salted caramel, blood orange, ginger molasses and strawberry balsamic. About a Bite’s retail location also features gelato from Devine Gelateria—five flavors at a time—along with gelato-cookie sandwiches, gelato Bites and affogato. Coffee comes from Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters.
Harvest Bar comes from Kate Chomko of Downtown & Vine, which is conveniently located right next door. Today is Harvest’s soft opening, so don’t expect the cases to be immediately full at lunch. But in the coming days, there will be a salads, sandwiches, panini and snack boxes with an emphases on the grab-and-go lunch model.
Most meals are priced in the $8 to $10 range: chicken and pasta salad with summer squash and basil-almond pesto; a panini stuffed with salami, coppa, prosciutto, provolone, marinated peppers and olives; a quick grab-and-go sandwich with roasted beets, fresh goat cheese, chive oil and kale.
For the morning crowd, Harvest also offers coffee, tea, house-made cold-pressed juice, smoothies and a selection of parfaits with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt.