Book reference: Biber, Douglas, Susan Conrad, and Geoffrey N. Leech. 2002. Longman student grammar of spoken and written English.
On page 292, the authors provide the following example for a noun phrase to-clause post modifier (non-subject gap): I had a little bit to eat (conv) <direct object>: I at a little bit to eat.
I'm struggling to understand how 'to eat' is actually in direct object position - is it in relation to 'bit'?