Getting What You Pay For

Low-calorie, low-price, low-taste food at Bites on Wheels

Steak fajitas, on the other hand, were pretty palatable. Wrapped in soft tacos, the beef slices were chewy yet chewable. Onion and pepper strips provided crunchy contrast, dabs of guacamole and low-fat sour cream countered dryness, and low-fat cheddar suggested sin.

For noncarnivores Bites has ten vegetarian selections, but options are generally limited. Several shrimp dishes were always available, and two I sampled were fine: a huge seafood-medley baked potato stuffed with good garlic-spiked large shrimp plus tomatoes, peas, and low-fat cheddar. The shrimp-and-pea fettuccine -- with bell peppers, peas, scallions, and nicely sautéed shrimp -- made a good shrimp salad once I rescued them from their bed of soy sauce-soaked fettuccine (udon would have been less weird) and mixed them with some celery and nondiet Hellman's. A shrimp vegetable stir-fry would have been okay as well, had the seafood not been overdone. (Not surprisingly, meals ordered in person involved a 15-to-25-minute wait, but were uniformly better cooked than those ordered in advance by phone and delivered.)

After more than a dozen visits to Bites branches, though, I came to marvel that the catch-of-the-day plate was always salmon something-or-other -- and never available. "Our shipments come in on Mondays and always sell out right away," confided one server.

Don't like dried-out turkey? Try the dried-out chicken
Don't like dried-out turkey? Try the dried-out chicken

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Bites On Wheels

26 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33130-3012

Category: Restaurant >

Region: Little Havana

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Open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 305-758-2788.
6815 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

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Weekly shipments? "So it's frozen?" I asked.

Well, that would certainly explain the flaccid, flavor-free corn on the cob. Among side veggies, only baked plantain was a winner. Reheated hard white rice and distressingly plain mashed potatoes were especially not worth the extra carbs. Boring black beans were okay once doctored at home with spices.

Another oddity at a "mecca of good health": The fountain drinks that come with some meals included no spring water but did feature both diet and regular sugar-packed sodas. For a treat, drink your Classic Coke over a homemade corn dog -- at Dogma, just up the boulevard in 33138.

Other locations with varying hours: 1751 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, 305-538-1270; 26 SW 8th St, 305-374-0047; 2342 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, 305-461-1554.

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