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Seis de Mayo
May 6th, 2015

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

Soft, warm air is blowing down the Kennebec Valley today, softer and warmer than yesterday, (than for the last 180 or more yesterdays as well!). Consequently more than a few of Bath’s sun-starved and melanin-deficient denizens are “in the pink” — visually anyway! But for the most part the last few days have been a gentle kiss from Mother Nature, an intimation of a prelapsarian paradise, that regardless of theology, echoes deep within the neural architecture of the mind and heart.

And speaking of mothers, Mother’s Day is on it way, and we will offer a festive brunch in celebration of maternity and its many worthy practitioners from 10:30 to 2. Reservations are recommended!

Of course the balmy days of May also bring the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the victory of a Davidian Mexican army over a French military Goliath 153 years ago today. Though in its pacifist origins Mother’s Day is the polar opposite of the Cinco de Mayo celebration, both have come to share a common commercial bandwagon — one which no self-respecting restaurateur would fail to jump aboard!

So in addition to Mother’s Day this week, we bring you the Cinco de Mayo Plus One, in the form of the famous $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro!

Wednesday Special

The Cinco de Mayo Plus One Wednesday Special starts out with a salad of baby kale in a roasted shallot vinaigrette. The fireworks come with the main course, birria. A meat stew from Jalisco, Chef Franklyn’s birria will feature lamb and pork with onions, chili pepper and cumin, served with a corn tortilla. Dessert will be a lemon vanilla curd with honey soaked rhubarb, a sweet and sour sweet that’ll be a flavor festival all on its own! And to add a little celebratory sizzle to the evening, we’ll be offering $6 margaritas! Good food and drink — history and its ironies are a la carte!

Friday Night Jazz May 8

Songstress Lorna Prescott returns to the New Space to kick off the weekend of all mothers, if not the other way around. Lorna will be accompanied by Friday Night Jazz regular, Mickey Felder, at the keyboard. Together they’ll being touring the classic jazz canon, a cool little work week coda with comestibles in Maine’s Cool Little City. This Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Solo Bistro!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where even Philistines (and their much more cultured mothers) eat well!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Paintin’ Rainbows
April 28th, 2015

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

A cavalcade of showery fronts rolled over us this weekend in turbid swirls of gray relieved from time to time by vistas of sunny blue. One such interval occurred at sunset Sunday, setting a bow of Biblical proportions in the firmament above the marshes and estuarine byways of the lower Kennebec . . . .

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Photo SMB Neilson

Although it seems almost irreverent to bring it up beside a visual feast of such abundance, yet the simple satisfaction of one’s hunger for one’s daily bread need not be mired in monochromatic monotony, and certainly not when Chef Ray Franklyn is working his art in the form of the famous $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro!

Wednesday Special

This week’s Wednesday Special is a cornucopia of seasonally appropriate color and flavor! The first course will be spring-dug parsnip and ginger soup with a honey drizzle. That will be followed by a sunny dish of yellow curry mussels with kale, lemongrass, basil and shallots over lime-scented jasmine rice. And dessert will be a rhubarb upside-down cake with a rhubarb coulis and whipped-cream. From Chef Ray’s palette to your palate, it’s a frugal feast fit for the eyes and for the stomach of any famished lover of good food!

Friday Night Jazz May 1

The first of May brings back our first Friday duo of clarinetist Brad Terry and guitarist Peter Herman for the finest kind of jazz you’ll find this side of the Falmouth if not Fall River or Fort Lee. Terry and Herman, this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Solo Bistro!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where even a modest repast is a feast for the senses!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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