Solo Bistro





Green shoots for sure . . .
April 23rd, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

After two festive weekends of improving weather and summer-like crowds – the first for the Zumwalt christening and the second for the Easter holiday – Bath’s pace is set to return to its more normal, measured progress towards summer. The scuttlebutt seems to have taken a more positive cast at last, with reports of a rapidly reviving residential real estate market and falling unemployment. Hopes of emerging from the economic deep freeze are swelling in tandem with the buds and blossoms as we emerge from this winter’s meteorological analogue. (The drop in the unemployment rate is not necessarily unalloyed good news though, as Charles Colgan pointed out last month, but there’s nothing like a hint of spring to make one go for the glass-half-full view!)

Chef Franklyn is always a glass-half-full kind of guy, but when it comes to the $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro, his cup – and ours – runneth over!

Wednesday Special

This week’s Wednesday Special sets sail with a salad featuring the Chef’s new favorite local vegetable: fresh sugar kelp. We recently added a sugar kelp-wrapped hake with chinese-style sausage and mushrooms to the regular menu, and it has been garnering raves from diners. In the Wednesday Special salad, however, it will find itself in a sesame vinaigrette with shredded carrot and daikon.

The main course will be pan-seared Gulf of Maine pollock over bok choy and linguini, topped with a sweet chili and basil cream that will leave you fit to be thai’d. Dessert will be an all-American fudge brownie with a honey lavender cream redolent of Provence to wrap up this Special’s globe-girdling influences!

Friday Night Jazz April 25

This week Gary Wittner returns solo to the New Space at Solo. He’ll be bringing back his guitar, his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz, and his distinctive vocal gifts for an evening of the finest kind of jazz you’ll find from Falmouth to Fort Kent! Gary Wittner, this Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 PM! Be there or be square!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where one’s gut says the good times are gonna roll again — especially if one’s eating at Solo Bistro!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Our Peeps . . .
April 16th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

The local peepers found their voices last week, and those voices have now swelled to a whole Hallelujah chorus’s worth of amphibian acclamation. The ospreys are back as well, including the pair that nest on the Witch Spring Hill powerline pylon. Concomitantly, the snow banks have shrunk back into the darker gullies and hollows, leaving the roadsides limned in grit and litter previously piled within by repeated plowing. By Easter Sunday even those last refuges of winter will likely have surrendered to spring’s sure advance, and perhaps some daffodils will by then have raised their bright trumpets to silently sound a triumphal fanfare for the same! So may one hope, at least!

And in that age-old strife between hope for beauty and bounty against the pinched and pessimistic fear of failure that dares not act upon potential, thereby precluding it, what should ride to the rescue promising delight at a price approvable by even the most miserly, but the $17.99 Wednesday Special from Solo Bistro, now followed by its equally delectable comrade-in-arms, the Solo Sunday Brunch – a regular culinary cavalry in the struggle against mealtime mediocrity!

Wednesday Special

The kitchen is smokin’ this week after the excitement of last weekend’s festivities following the christening of the Zumwalt – and what they’re smokin’ is tomatoes for the first course’s smoked tomato soup with parmesan cheese! Then comes a pan-seared statler chicken breast with an orange and olive glaze, accompanied by sautéed kale and squash couscous. For dessert, it’s banana butterscotch pudding with a chocolate snap cookie and whipped cream.

Friday Night Jazz April 18

The New Space at Solo brings back pianist Jesse Feinberg together with the guru of jazz guitar, Gary Wittner, for some sophisticated sounds to sup with this Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where we do our part in the cosmic karma crusade in bite-sized bits, but with relish!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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