Solo Bistro





Sing a song of sixpence . . .
March 31st, 2015

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

This morning brought the first chorus of birdsong of the season in our corner of Arrowsic, and very welcome it was! No sooner had last week’s missive, doubting the appearance of crocuses by Easter, been dispatched, than the snowbank next to the front door receded to reveal a half grown stand of daffodils. The crocuses chez nous have long since succumbed to the depredations of small rodents, themselves in turn now suffering the predatory attention of the cats of the house, newly freed from the fetters of winter’s obligatory languor. So spring, if not quite sprung, is gathering itself for a leap into more temperate times.

Easter arrives this Sunday, and with it a festive brunch from 10:30 to 2. New menu items will be appearing both for brunch and, starting Thursday, dinner, as the season’s influence blossoms in Chef Franklyn’s kitchen. Come celebrate with us!

And speaking of things to celebrate, what better than Solo Bistro’s famous $17.99 Wednesday Special on an early-spring midweek evening?

Wednesday Special

This week the promise of green summer will be found in an appetizer of organic greens with a green onion vinaigrette. For the main course, sunny Spain inspires a “deconstructed paella” comprised of saffron risotto topped with mussels, sausage, shrimp, ham, tomatoes and crispy artichoke petals. A rustic tart filled with vanilla-soaked peaches and a dollop of whipped cream will fill the bill (but not by much!) to make this the sweetest deal around this week!

Friday Night Jazz April 3

First Friday returns with clarinetist extraordinaire Brad Terry and guitarist Peter Herman in the New Space at Solo. A musician who played in big name big bands beginning as a teenager in the 50’s, Brad Terry has been active in jazz performance and education in Europe and the States throughout his life as well, and is one of the giants of the jazz scene in Maine. Peter Herman, still early in his career as a professional jazz guitarist, has enormous talent, and in Brad has found a kindred jazz sensibility. A little on the avant garde side by inclination, and masters of the classics too, this duo is really worth listening to if you love this most American of music! Do it this Friday at Solo Bistro from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where songbirds sing their paeans to the spring more lustily each day!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

A consummation devoutly to be wished . . .
March 24th, 2015

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

The snowbanks are shrinking, and with today’s balmy 39 degrees, the snow from Saturday’s snow squalls will have melted through the icy latticework that this morning it still frosted along the secondary roadsides of Arrowsic. Those blackening banks themselves will soon collapse in dirty dissolution, unmourned but not unnoticed in their dilatory departure!

Meanwhile Easter approaches apace, and though the prospects for even crocuses look poor, Solo Bistro will be serving a festive brunch on Easter Sunday to brighten the culinary landscape! Reservations are coming in and are definitely recommended!

And speaking of bright spots in the culinary landscape, who can fail to rejoice at the weekly arrival of the famous $17.99 Wednesday Special in this lingering winter?

Wednesday Special

There’s warmth and even heat at work in this week’s Wednesday Special! We will start with a miso and sugar kelp soup, full of vitamins and minerals and redolent of the sea. The main course will bring echoes of Chef Ray’s Caribbean childhood to the table in the form of fried fresh Gulf of Maine pollock with pickled Spanish onions, carrots, and habanero peppers, accompanied by sweet cornmeal johnny cakes, and a basil mango aioli. For dessert, yellow cake with orange marmalade. The Kennebec may be steely gray and clogged with cakes of its own, but Wednesday Special diners will depart filled with the comfort of the palm-fringed, clear blue waters of the Caribbean lapping in their hearts!

Friday Night Jazz March 27

Bill Barnes, guitar, and Spike Hyssong, bass, return to the New Space, ready to get their groove on this Friday at Solo Bistro from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in Bath, where the sun will set in glory as the sun has set before, and diners will again delight, al-fresco, in delicious food and drink downtown!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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