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Dining with Doyle

Dining with Doyle: Reality Bites – January 19, 2017

Dining with Doyle: Reality Bites – January 19, 2017

Life can be hard and sometimes we all need time to just kick back and relax. Reality Bites in downtown Bloomington is a tapas style restaurant that puts a play on words for when times get tough.

The restaurant has been open since 2006, bringing the small plate and appetizer cuisine known as tapas to the Bloomington-Normal community.

Originally stemming from Spanish cuisine, tapas have become a common theme in restaurants and it continues to expand around the country.

With a more intimate and sophisticated feel in the space it makes sense to have a fun and lively tapas menu.

“I would call it a little more upscale, it’s great for date nights…but it’s not so stuffy. More upscale and fine dining, but more laid back at the same time,” head chef Jake Bolender said.

Chef Bolender has been with Reality Bites for over a year and is joined by sous chef Amy Deranian. Bolender gives a lot of credit to his staff for making Reality Bites a sought out place by locals in the area.

“This is a team effort…I can’t do this all by myself and I have a great team,” Bolender said.

The tapas continue to be a staple on the menu, offering those options during both lunch and dinner service.

The success of Reality Bites is very apparent, having been in business over 10 years and opening a secondary space for banquets and parties called Reality on Monroe just down the street.

When it comes to the food I indulged in two dishes, one from the tapas side of the menu, which featured Date Bites, dates, wrapped in bacon and drizzled with maple syrup.

The second was a feature item, a fried chicken sandwich that is brined and seasoned with spices to give some heat. It is served on a toasted bun with a honey mustard sauce and topped with lettuce and tomato.

The food was delicious and done right; simple enough but still a wow factor in each bite to make a smile come across your face.

Reality Bites earns a score of 4.6 out of 5.

Tune in every Friday at the bottom of the hour on 103.3 WZND and WZND.com for a new edition of Dining with Doyle with WZND reporter Neil Doyle.

WZND Newsroom

January 19th, 2018

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