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Watching & Waiting for Winter to Wane
March 4th, 2015

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

The snow is beginning to take on a geologic aspect as time and temperature compact it into layers that evaporate, erode or melt at different rates as wind and sun and temperature take their toll. A shed roof has a vertical edge to its feet-deep cover that reveals the stratified remains of our successive snowstorms, each layer sculpted or polished or pocked along it length like some sandstone canyon cliff. Meanwhile piles plowed to the roadside grow miniature hoodoo forests as salt and grime respectively melt and protect the darkening daggerblades of ice that develop while their phase-changed friends dissolve and drain away.

The ultimate fate of all that snow is more evident by the day, notwithstanding the continued occasional additions, and happily Maine Restaurant Week is here for 14 days to distract us from the wait! You can see Solo Bistro’s $35 MRW menu here, and next week, on March 10, Tapas Tuesday returns! Chef Franklyn will have an array of small plates on hand in addition to the MRW menu.

And don’t forget that the Chocolate Church Arts Center is offering 10% off on tickets at the door with a dinner receipt for all performances during Maine Restaurant Week.

Next-to-last, but certainly not least (except in price of course!), on this list of delightful distractions, comes the Solo Bistro $17.99 Wednesday Special, the palate-pleasing particulars of which are below . . . .

Wednesday Special

This week the $17.99 Wednesday Special’s starts with organic greens dressed in a meyer lemon vinaigrette. Perhaps in a nostalgic nod to Maine’s absent winter shrimp harvest, Chef Franklyn will serve shrimp with artichoke hearts, spinach, puttanesca sauce and parmesan over torchio pasta for the principal plate. Dessert will be a local carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Friday Night Jazz March 6

The first Friday of the month means Bath’s clarinetist-in-chief and wizard-of-whistling, Brad Terry, will return with jazz guitar star Peter Herman for a Friday night of first-class jazz in the New Space at Solo Bistro. Brad has a long and illustrious list of bands and artists with whom he has played in his decades as a professional jazz man, while Peter is already knockin’ em dead early in his career. Some fabulous stuff on the musical menu this Friday @ Solo from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where March may march in less like a lion than a polar bear, but we hope it will muster out more like a lamb!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Heaving Sheets and Humped Caricature
February 25th, 2015

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

The deep freeze continues. This morning’s record lows had the chickadees on the down-low till the sun was on the up-high, and even then they were restrained. The weeks of freezing temps have created large expanses of unbroken ice on the neighborhood mud flats, except where rocks break through as the giant sheet rises and falls with the tide. Apparently the broken pieces freeze to the rocks so that successive cycles of the tide deposit further floes on top of those anchored to the rocks, building the modest ledges into twisted caricatures of themselves, large piles of oddly shaped ice sculpted twice daily by the unseen water swirling beneath the great white sheet.

With the vernal equinox coming into sight on the mensual horizon, Maine Restaurant Week is necessarily upon us: the herald in the hospitality biz of better times to come! This year’s edition will last a full two weeks, from March 1 through March 14. In the second week, Tapas Tuesday at Solo will return on March 10, with specials on Spanish wines and a smorgasbord of small plates to smite your fancy.

Also noteworthy this year in Bath is a special offer from the Chocolate Church Arts Center, which joins in the celebration of MRW by offering a 10% discount if you show a receipt for dinner on tickets at the door at all performances in those two weeks!

And speaking of discounts, who can forget the Solo Bistro $17.99 Wednesday Special, which this week will celebrate the pleasures of winter vegetables. Read on for a menu that won’t lard you up with lots of lipids likely to line your arteries!

Wednesday Special

This week the $17.99 Wednesday Special’s first course will be a coriander parsnip soup with a pepita pesto. The main course will be a winter salad of mushrooms, butternut squash, chard, red onion and goat cheese dressed in a lemon vinaigrette, and dessert will be a five spice basmati rice pudding. A healthy dinner at a happy price! Give winter the figurative kiss off and come to Solo instead!

Friday Night Jazz February 27

Gary Wittner returns this Friday to the New Space to serve up his sophisticated brand of guitar jazz. A scholar of Monk, a lover of latin jazz, a teacher and mentor to many, Gary is a professional musician at the top of his game who will endow an already excellent dinner with an extra element of art. There is no place like Solo, and no musician like Profe Gary Wittner. Guitar jazz this Friday @ Solo from 6:30 to 9:30 PM — alone in a class by itself!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where things are definitely chill!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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