Solo Bistro





Some glorious
October 19th, 2016

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
A soft mist is moistening the mid-coast, more or less the first precipitation since a slightly more substantial slug of rain slid by a week or so ago. All in all this fall has been one of the most spectacular one can recall. Driving the back roads, as circumstances have constrained this correspondent to do with some constancy this year, each corner has held its cornucopia of color, golds and reds and greens, sometimes backed by a cerulean sea or sky, a bruised purple bank of clouds, rising ranks of parti-colored hills or a massive rising moon. Each day this week has demanded its own grateful exclamation at the extravagant beauty spread out upon the landscape!
And speaking of extravagance, Chef Raymond Franklyn is inarguably the leading exponent of inexpensive excellence to be found for many, many miles, for which Exhibit A is this week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special . . . .
Wednesday Special
This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special tips off with Tarbox Farm greens touched with balsamic vinaigrette. Following that, Chef Franklyn’s take on “Surf ‘n Turf” will titillate your taste buds and pleasure your palate with linguine pasta piled with ground lamb, Pemaquid mussels, caramelized fennel, basil tomato sauce and piquant red pepper flakes. And for the pudding . . . well, pudding, made with butternut squash and topped with candied pecans and whipped cream. A far cry from the squash from which we hid in the school cafeterias of our youth!
Friday Night Jazz October 21, 2016
Gary Wittner returns to the New Space with his guitar, his voice and his encyclopedic knowledge of the canon of jazz guitar – in fact, he himself wrote the section dealing with the work of one Thelonious Monk. A musician scholar sharing his art and study to delight you while you dine, 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 the beauty and bounty of nature is inescapable, and gratefully celebrated with good friends.

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Make new friends, but keep the old . . .
October 12th, 2016

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
Autumn’s glory is abruptly erupting around us under clear blue skies and frost-flirting temperatures. A walk in the woods is almost an exercise in amazement, notwithstanding the lengthening list of autumns past, such is the perennial power of blazing maples to impress.
The big news in town, besides the closing of the viaduct, is the opening of Salt Pine Social, which we hope will help establish Bath as a first rate forum for fine food for the foreseeable future. Opening a restaurant is a massive undertaking. We congratulate Eloise, Daphne and Paul on a job done really well, we welcome them to Front Street which is fast becoming a Restaurant Row to rival 46th Street, and we hope you will welcome them too!
Of course, mindful of the admonition of the Apostle to “hold fast to that which is good,” we are proud to tout the weekly $17.99 Wednesday Special, in which Chef Ray Franklyn’s fertile culinary imagination finds its fullest expression – and for not-a-lot-a moola!
Wednesday Special
This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special will start with Tarbox Farm greens and green goddess dressing. The main course will be pan seared Acadian redfish (sometimes also known as ocean perch), which we are featuring during this week’s GMRI Out of the Blue promotion. Accompanying the redfish will be sautéed local corn, spinach, potatoes, basil and fra diavolo sauce (without intentional irony vis-a-vis the aforementioned apostolic advice . . . ). To finish out the evening, a festive little flan made from delicata squash, with maple syrup and whipped cream.
Friday Night Jazz October 14, 2016
The Two Gray-Haired Guys, Gary Wittner and Raoul Freyre, return as Dos Canosos, a duo at Solo singing and playing Latin jazz to warm the heart and soul on a mid-October evening, Gary with his guitar and Raoul with his assortment of bongos, combs and Cuban stringed instruments. Two old friends making music together that they love, and that you will love too, this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM in the New Space at Solo Bistro!
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, now the Midcoast’s Mecca for more and better food from not-that-far-away!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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