Hot time, summer in the city!
July 29th, 2015
Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
This is the time of year when echoes of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s sixties summer anthem spontaneously emerge from the further recesses of the mind. Summer in Maine is nothing like the mid-atlantic summers in which that track was laid down in this correspondent’s long term memory, but everything is relative, so even a little sticky heat suffices to ring that particular Pavlovian bell . . . .
Of course, Pavlov used that bell to signal dinner, and when it comes to dinners, few stimuli will start a sapient hominid salivating quicker than the famous 3-course $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro, especially one devoted to the value of a dollar!
A farm salad with a creamy goat cheese dressing will kick of the $17.99 Wednesday Special this week. That will be followed by a Gulf of Maine cioppino, a stew of mussels, fish and fingerling potatoes in a tomato broth. For dessert, a key lime bar with local blueberries will fill the bill!
Friday Night Jazz July 31 – NOT
A private party in the New Space this week will supplant the regular rotation of Friday Night Jazz, but it will return next week!
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where the dinner bell tolls for you!
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners
Boiling it down
July 22nd, 2015
Another foggy Tuesday has held down highs today, ahead of another cold front promising yet another lovely second half to the week! Haying is getting underway inland, and farmers’ markets are weekly widening their array of produce to the delight of fresh food devotees. It is the summer idyll dreamed of and desired so intensely as winter malingered into a sometimes scarcely better spring; a brief, sweet distillation of beauty and pleasure to be savored amidst the hustle and bustle of visitors and activities.
And speaking of pleasures to be savored, who can fail to think of the famous 3-course $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro and its sky-high ratio of pleasure to price?
This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special starts with salad of organic kale from the Goranson Farm in Dresden, garnished with pickled red onions and dressed in an toasted almond and roasted garlic scape vinaigrette. The main course will be duck and white bean stew with carrots, potatoes, rosemary and pecorino cheese, and the dessert will be a key lime bar with local blueberries!
Friday Night Jazz July 24
Guitarists Juliane Gardner and Chris Poulin — something between two fifths and two thirds of a band called “Shades of Blue” — return to the New Space at Solo for the first time since last October with their blues-inflected jazz and vocals. Based in the northwestern area of the Blue Hill Peninsula, we don’t get to see them as often as we might like here in the southern Midcoast region, so take advantage of their road trip to catch some great music this Friday with Juliane and Chris at Solo Bistro from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where there is no shortage of pleasurable distillates to be found!
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners