Solo Bistro





Muddying the issue
November 19th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

Mud season is suddenly here in more than name only. After a dry and benign fall, a series of substantial storms in the last two weeks has topped up local ponds and streams and left folks squelching through their lawns, though from the forecast the squelching will shortly turn to crunching or cracking! The leaves are mostly down, the rose in the dooryard that began to bloom after the first snowstorm has had its unfurling unceremoniously arrested, and wood smoke is in the air. Winter is making its approach felt firmly all up and down the Kennebec from its already snowy headwaters to the chilly, choppy waters of Popham and Seguin.

But here in Bath we’re bundling up against the breeze and baking up the bounty of our farms to blunt the frigid blast that’s blowing into town. Happy are those for whom the baker is Chef Ray Franklyn, and doubly so when the product of his formidable talent is found in the famous fixed price Solo Bistro 3 Course $17.99 Wednesday Special! Read but on!

Wednesday Special

That hardiest of local greens, kale, will form the base of a late fall salad accented with bacon lardons, parmesan cheese and lemon Caesar dressing. The main course will be a duck and rabbit pot pie, with potatoes, carrots and celery, green pea velouté and a flaky crust! For dessert: chocolate pudding with balsamic raspberry sauce and whipped cream. $17.99? You betcha!

Friday Night Jazz November 21

Piano man Jesse Feinberg returns solo to Solo this week for Friday Night Jazz. A teacher of classical and jazz piano at the Portland Conservatory of Music and a summa cum laude grad of UMA in jazz performance, Jesse is well known throughout Maine and Massachusetts as a performer, composer and band leader. If you like piano jazz, come to Solo Bistro for some of the best this Friday from 6:30 – 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where even old man winter will while away the dinner hour in comfort and style!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Somewhat fishy . . .
November 12th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

The election is behind us, television station owners and executives are sleeping off their advertising orgy, and life is returning to a more measured pace as the sun tracks lower by the day and the holiday season heaves into sight in the distance.

On a day when headlines report the emergency closing of the cod fishery in the Gulf of Maine, we are happy to be promoting Sunday’s upcoming Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Solo Bistro in partnership with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). In addition to its research on the biology of the Gulf and a variety of other scientific and technical issues related to fishing, the GMRI has been increasingly active this decade in developing consumer-oriented programs to help support the Gulf’s fishing communities.

The Sustainable Seafood Dinners are part of one such program, the GMRI Culinary Partners, in which we are proud to participate along with a number of Maine’s other excellent restaurants that promote and serve local and sustainably produced food. Each dinner features a different species of fish, and in our case it will be Atlantic pollock, a plentiful and delicious fish. Chef Ray Franklyn will be repeating his tour de force at the Harvest on the Harbor Grand Tasting with his cured pollock as a small hors d’oeuvre at the outset, and Pollock will return as a butter-basted main course. Soup, sides and even dessert will all feature vegetables grown right here in the Kennebec Valley and Westport Island at the Tarbox Farm. You can see the menu here. Ned Swain of Devenish Wines will have a pairing option available as well for the oenophiles among us.

Before we get to Sunday’s Sustainable Seafood Dinner, however, the famous Solo Bistro 3 Course $17.99 Wednesday Special arrives tomorrow, followed Friday by live jazz!

Wednesday Special

A salad of local greens with sliced pear and pickled red onion in an herb vinaigrette will lead off this week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special. The main course will greet the approaching chill from the Midwest with the perfect cold weather comestible: cassoulet, that bean, duck and pork sausage dish that provides ballast to ride out whatever bluster the season can muster! Along for the ride will be root vegetables, chopped kale, and a collection of herbs and spices beneath a gratin of cheese and bread crumbs. Dessert will be carrot cake iced with an orange cream cheese frosting. Talk about tempting!

Friday Night Jazz November 14

Molly Pitcher comes down from the Queen City to sing at Solo this Friday with her go-to guitarist, David Clarke. This duo has been wowing New Space diners for the last couple of years, and you won’t want to miss them if you can possibly get here this Friday from 6:30 – 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where fabulous food is just part of the fun!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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