Photos by Nicholas Karlin, Words by Josh Waldman
In an area dominated by Pret, Cosi, Corner Bakery, and Au Bon Pain, sometimes all you want is a greasy breakfast smorgasbord that will cure your hangover. Bold Bite Market can cure your hangover.
After opening the original Bold Bite in Bethesda in 2010, the Roche brothers (Alvaro and Alonso) expanded with of 202 Donuts, TapaBar, and a second Bold Bite location in Union Station. Bold Bite Market expands on the ideas behind the Roche brothers’ previous ventures, with an emphasis on fresh, quality food. Their stacked breakfast menu and excellent lunch offerings are a huge draw, and when we found out that Bold Bite Market is opening on Monday, October 2, just four blocks from the BYT offices, we had to head over to check it out.
We started off with a few of of Bold Bite’s breakfast items. Their donuts are brought in daily from 202 Donuts, the Roche Brother’s donut shop in Bethesda. Here’s a quick guide to the four we tried:
Sweet Potato – This donut tastes like fall in the best way possible. The donut itself is incredibly moist, and the fluffy meringue icing on top is a great contrast to the dense donut base.
Cinnamon Sugar – The base was cakey and not too sweet, and the cinnamon sugar coating wasn’t at all overdone.
Thin Mint – This donut embodies everything good about the eponymous Girl Scout cookie – there are also crushed Thin Mints sprinkled on top. It’s definitely on the sweeter side, but the dark chocolate mint icing alone is worth it.
Vanilla Glaze – I’m not normally a huge glazed donut fan, so I was a skeptic going in for this particular donut. Bold Bite proved me wrong though – the vanilla in the glaze is definitely noticeable, and the sweetness of the glaze was tempered by the springy dough underneath.
We also sampled the pancakes and bacon, and something called the Beast Bagel which is, as you might guess, a beast. It consists of a fried egg, a half smoke, a burger patty, and melted cheese sandwiched between two halves of a fresh bagel. With so much going on, you might think the flavor of the star ingredients (the beef patty and the half smoke) would be lost, but they’re right there at the forefront. A quick aside – if you’re brave enough to order four of these monster hangover cures, you’ll get the fifth free.
The lunch options are just as indulgent. The Spicy Half Smoke proves it. Bold Bite slices their half smokes in half so they cook faster and are more evenly caramelized. The sausage is dressed with avocado, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, and a creamy housemade sauce, all placed in a hearty bun. This thing is a behemoth. The sausage has a great bite, the tortilla strips provide a welcome contrast in texture, and the fresh pico on top is a great, bright way to break up some of the heavier flavors.
We sampled the “Double Bold,” a burger with two patties, cheese, special sauce, onion, tomato, and potato sticks. The patties are smoked in house, and the smokiness of the burger itself is a standout flavor. The veggies on top provide the fresh crunch you need to tame the grease, and the potato straws on top lend the burger a really unique balance of textures. Similar to the Beast Bagel, this burger is not for the faint of heart or anyone with heart problems.
Bold Bite Market, 1028 19th St. NW., will be open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.