Ithaca, N.Y.— Tompkins County has earned quite a reputation for being an especially culinary community among the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes counties.

This year, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance is excited to announce the return of Bite of Ithaca – June 27 to July 1st.
Now in its second year, Bite of Ithaca is a culinary promotion in which one can design your own gustatory tour of the town, enjoying $5.00 “bites” for lunch and/or dinner at a variety of local restaurants, cafés, and bars.

Gather your family, friends, or coworkers for lunch, or get together after work! Stop in, grab a couple of “bites,” and move onto the next stop for more!

This year hungry foodies will have over twenty five restaurant locations to choose from throughout the week and a multitude of new mini-dishes to tantalize their palates.

Participants, to name a few, include newly opened The Rook in Ithaca’s West End who will offer a modern take on old favorite menu items.

Madeline’s on the Commons will feature Euro-Asian bites like Shiitake Arancini with Thai Basil Pesto, or a Korean flank steak taco.

Atlas Bowl in Trumansburg will not only be serving up tasty $5 bites, but also $5 games of bowling for anyone who mentions “Bite of Ithaca.”

Ithaca icon, Maxie’s Supper Club will join in the bite excitement by offering special Oyster shooter bites during happy hour.

Ithaca’s stylish and locavore-minded FireLight Camps will entice Bite patrons up to the FireLight “glampfire” in their outdoor lobby/lounge to roast gourmet S’mores!

A full list of eateries and their featured “bites” can be found at

The Bite Passport, available in print at all participating restaurants and Tompkins County visitor center locations or for download at, is a portable guide to dining all over Ithaca and Tompkins County during Bite of Ithaca.

As Bite participants embark on their five-day journey, they can mark off their culinary conquests and enter to win a $100.00 Downtown Ithaca gift card accepted at 100 different stores and restaurants around downtown Ithaca!

Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.