Love at First Bite Café Opens in Locust Point

| September 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Love at First Bite Café opened last month at 1648 E. Fort Ave. in Locust Point. Love at First Bite took over the first-floor retail space that was previously Hoof Cafe before it closed at the end of last year.

Love at First Bite is a new concept from husband and wife Antonio and JosLynn Jones. The Jones family spent the last six years running their soul food restaurant Just Good Food which started out in Northeast Baltimore and later relocated to White Marsh Mall. They were ready for a slower change of pace and more time to spend with their four children. JosLynn Jones had been keeping an eye on the listing at 1648 E. Fort Ave. and fell in love with Locust Point during her many visits scouting out the location and neighborhood.

Antonio and JosLynn Jones eventually made the decision to relocate their business to Locust Point and change the name to Love at First Bite. JosLynn Jones came up with the name when describing one of her cupcakes.

Love at First Bite is open Tuesday to Saturday from 7am to 8pm. It will focus on coffee, all-day breakfast, sandwiches, salads, soul food plates, ice cream, sundaes, and homemade desserts. Smoothie bowls will be added to the menu soon. It will also offer $10 ‘Meals 2 Go’ that can be heated at home, as well as catering services. The space will be used as a production kitchen for homemade jams and ice creams that they plan on distributing.

The coffee menu at Love at First Bite includes Lavazza beans as well as espressos, lattes, Americanos, drip coffee, and additional items. Other items include brewed tea and iced tea, strawberry lemonade, blueberry lemonade, and a kid-friendly drink menu with gourmet hot chocolates and a Cinnamon Dolce Latte.

Breakfast foods include breakfast sandwiches on English muffins, toast, bagels, and croissants; a la carte items including eggs, breakfast meats, and baked goods; and power snacks including parfaits, fruit cups, and boxes with egg, cheese, nuts, and fruit. There will be grab-and-go items too.

‘Brunch’ items will include crab pretzels, shrimp and grits, lump crab cakes, and a seafood roll with lobster, crab, and shrimp in mayo and Old Bay on a toasted butter roll.

Sandwiches will include shrimp salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad. House and Caesar salads with chicken are also available.

Love at First Bite will keep its soul food roots by offering weekly specials that come with two sides. JosLynn Jones described soul food simply as anything that comes from the soul and noted that while she is not from the south, her cooking style has always been southern-inspired. JosLynn Jones uses cast iron pans that have been passed down since her great great grandmother.

Specials include Stuffed Salmon Imperial on Tuesdays; Lobster stuffed with Shrimp and Crab Cake on Wednesdays; Stuffed Chicken Breast Imperial on Thursdays; Two Stuffed Lobster Tails on Fridays; and a Mega Seafood Platter with salmon, lobster, shrimp, and crab cake on Saturdays.

The kids menu includes grilled cheese, grilled peanut butter and jelly, egg sandwiches, and grilled chicken bites, with sides including Go-Gurt, fruits, salad, sides of the day, and juice.

The Jones family said that while they were setting up their new restaurant, locals kept asking them if they were going to have ice cream. Not only will Love at First Bite have ice cream, it will offer eight different homemade sundaes including Oreo Madness, Brownie Sundae, Cookie Monster Sundae, Strawberry Shortcake Sundae, Nutty Buddy Sundae, Cereal Bowl Sundae, Salted Caramel Cheesecake Sundae, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Sundae. JosLynn Jones is working on her homemade ice cream recipes and will eventually be using them for all ice cream and sundaes at the restaurant.

Additional homemade desserts include cupcakes, ‘No Nana Pudding Pound Cake,’ baked French toast, cheesecakes, and peach cobbler cheesecake pretzels.

Antonio and JosLynn Jones are excited to have their restaurant open and have been telling customers that they are open to recommendations for menu items.

JosLynn Jones

Photos below courtesy of Love at First Bite

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