Solo Bistro





Not-so-sour grapes.
July 23rd, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

After the long cold winter and short cold spring, summer is sliding by as sublimely as a summer in Maine may, if (of course) too quickly. It is indeed the epitome of estivation, the opposite in every way of hibernation, at least as practiced in this time and place!

Fortunately for hungry and thrifty estivators among us, season in and season out, sumptuous sustenance at a pittance pitches up weekly on Wednesdays in the form of the $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro!

Wednesday Special

In this week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special, farm fresh lettuce with a warm bacon vinaigrette opens the show. The headliner is a Mediterranean dish featuring grape tomatoes, country olives, artichoke hearts, kale and feta cheese in a basil wine butter over torchio pasta. The closer is a square of lemon cheesecake with a strawberry coulis and honey whipped cream!

As it happens, one of this correspondent’s oenological ticks is that when “honey” is heard, “falanghina” follows for no other reason than that the elder Pliny reportedly called the grape “beloved of the bees.” Pliny, who died while attempting a rescue of victims of the famous eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD that destroyed Pompeii. Today the falanghina grape still grows on the slopes of Vesuvius, and the wine from it will pair beautifully with this week’s Wednesday Special, so let us make a special of it too, at $7 a glass. It will be a perfect opportunity to recall the illustrious past and present pleasures of this grape!

Sunday brunch continues as does lunch and dinner the rest of the week.

Friday Night Jazz July 25

This week jazz vocalist Molly Pitcher returns with gypsy jazz guitarist Dave Clark for an evening of mostly classic jazz in the New Space at Solo Bistro. Based in the Bangor area, and widely known for their work with other ensembles, this duo is increasingly followed throughout the state in their own right. Check them out in Bath this Friday evening from 6:30 – 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where daily the past and present belly up to the bar to hoist a toast to tomorrow!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Very Tacky . . .
July 16th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

High summer in Maine! The air is thick as oatmeal, making everything sticky to the touch. It congeals to an opaque wall of white over the river till mid-morning, then burns off only to reappear some hours later in towering clouds that drop drenching rain as they process dramatically eastward till they peter out over the Labrador Current’s cooling edding in the Gulf of Maine and reform on the surface as fog to feed the next day’s cycle . . . Eventually a mass of drier, higher pressure, air from the Canadian plains arrives behind a front that muscles the soggy mass before it out to sea. A few weeks hence and that Canadian air will bring the first crisp hints of autumn, but for now it is a bubble of warm, dry comfort between the swampier stretches of July that set one tossing and turning through an un-airconditioned night.

Of course, if one is hungry and in search of air conditioning on a Wednesday evening in July, one could hardly imagine a happier happenstance than the $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro. . . .

Wednesday Special

In this week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special, the greens will get a rest while Chef Ray Franklyn takes a cue from the soupy air (and a recipe he loves from Solo customer Joan Lauenstein) for a cucumber vichyssoise with crème fraiche and pea shoots to open the meal. The main course will be ratatouille nicoise: eggplant, red onions, bell peppers, zucchini, summer squash, olives, and tomato puree over herbed couscous with parmesan cheese. A vegetarian crowd pleaser if ever there was one!

For dessert we will again celebrate local strawberries, this week by wrapping them in a crepe with a Maine blueberry compote and topping it all with vanilla whipped cream. Hooray for the red, white and blue!

Sunday brunch continues as does lunch and dinner the rest of the week.

Friday Night Jazz July 18

Flash and Tina Allen are musicians married to each other as well as to their art. Their mostly separate careers intersect every once in a while here at Solo Bistro, including on this Friday evening from 6:30 – 9:30 PM! Flash at the keyboard and Tina at the microphone, singing and living the love songs of life in that most American of musical idioms, jazz!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where the love of life lingers on these long, languorous and sticky days in the interstices of lively conversation, delectable comestibles, and a good deal of gratitude for the many blessings we enjoy, regardless of deserts . . . .

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Solo Bistro Bistro 128 front street, downtown bath maine, 207.443.3373
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