Solo Bistro





Totally Stoned, or A Foggy Walk Down Memory Lane
August 26th, 2015

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

“Ti-i-ime is on my side” they sang in the sixties, back when it seemed it might be true. Fifty years later, one intellectually knows better, but nevertheless here is the end of August, and its arrival is no-less-rudely abrupt than it has been in any of the other Augusts in the succession of summers since ’64!

This is however, a somewhat clammier close to the season of easy livin’ than usual – no vigorous cold fronts followed by crystalline skies and brisk northwest breezes hinting at the pleasures of fall to come. Indeed, the current cold front’s approach is more reminiscent of a superannuated-sixties-rocker’s rambling pace than, say, that of Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Yet the music still rings clear in memory, and no doubt the foggy drizzle of recent days will dissipate directly, to be replaced by weather as clear and energetic as the memory of that magnificent music, resplendent with ruby Tuesday sunsets!

But if, as today in Maine, we cannot get the satisfaction of such a sunset, just remember that Wednesdays follow Tuesdays, bringing with them what you want and what you need, to wit the totally satisfying Solo Bistro Wednesday Special!

Wednesday Special
This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special will start with a salad of spicy greens from the Tarbox Farm on Westport Island, dressed in a roasted shallot vinaigrette. The main course will be Chef Ray’s ratatouille of local squash, bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and onions over lemon couscous with a dollop of yogurt sauce. And for dessert, fresh berries and marscapone in a crepe with Chantilly cream. No additional sweetener required!

Friday Night Jazz August 28
This week vocalist Molly Pitcher returns to the New Space at Solo with guitarist Bill Barnes for an evening of tunes totally unrelated to the musical theme of this missive for your dining delight and digestive equanimity this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where gin-soaked barroom queens from Memphis are few and far between!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Veg’n in a Hot Bath
August 18th, 2015

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

Here in the dog days of summer, crickets have replaced the baritone bullfrogs and soprano spring peepers as the acoustic wallpaper of the season, an even they seem to dial down their trilling in the midday swelter. Heat and humidity are the salient features of the week, ones that argue persuasively for minimal exertion, physical or mental . . . .

Fortunately for us, Chef Ray Franklyn is ever ready with a response to the prevailing conditions, and the $17.99 Wednesday Special is no exception!

Wednesday Special

This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special will start with a caramelized onion soup with fines herbes, which will be followed by panzanella, an Italian salad showcasing the summer’s bounty: farm-ripe tomatoes, peppers, onions and basil with bits of sourdough bread, fresh mozzarella and a caper-shallot vinaigrette — a sumptuous vegetable salute to summer! Dessert will be a chocolate brownie with whipped cream!

Friday Night Jazz August 21

This week Friday Night Jazz welcomes the return of Ralph Norris and his saxophone to the New Space, accompanied by Mickey Felder at the keyboard. Mellow brass and (ersatz) ivories to bathe the finish of a hot week in cool jazz – add food and liquid refreshment and you have a perfect summer evening, right here at Solo Bistro this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where the temperately minded can chill in intemperate times, without necessarily tea-totaling!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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