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No such thing as a free lunch. (March 13, 2012)
March 15th, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:


Restaurant Week 2012 has come to a close, but what a week it was — mostly because of our trial run of lunch. The response was surprising and gratifying! Thank you to all of you who came out to try our lunch service — it will take a little time to digest, so to speak, the experience, but it is safe to assume that lunch will be reappearing for a longer run, for the summer at a minimum!

For the present we find ourselves in Denmark, where we came for a birthday and are staying for a funeral, covering the good spectrum of joy and sorrow in a single visit. I call it the “good spectrum” because the sorrow end of it actually extends much further, to our collective shame, to the horrendous kinds of things we see reported daily in the media.

The death here in question was of the patriarch of Pia’s family, though he would have disapproved of that characterization, a modest man who loved nothing so much as pottering about in his garden. He spent his life making the trains run smoothly in Denmark, and for a short, terrible period in the early 1940’s, he was obliged by his sense of patriotic duty to blow them up as well. He was decorated and celebrated, but he was always absolutely clear that he would have much preferred not to have been forced to the acts he undertook, though he was proud of his service to king and country, and grateful to have survived. He was an uncommon commoner, a man who embodied the best of “civilized” humanity in the face of its worst aspects. We will return at the end of the week rather than the middle.

In the meantime, Solo Bistro will continue to provide some the best deals you can find anywhere for fresh, natural and local food prepared by pros. And not least among those is the $17.99 Wednesday Special, coming right up!

Wednesday Special


This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special begins with a simple iceberg lettuce salad with house-made blue cheese dressing, then continues with a classic beef bourguignon over egg noodles, a dish that originated in the French province of Burgundy, where it started as a peasant dish. Beef was slowly braised in red wine – presumably to tenderize it – with the addition of whatever was handy, and it has evolved into one of the archetypes of French cuisine. It’s heritage is shared by several of the dishes we have featured over the winter for Wednesday specials, including coq au vin and gougères or savory cream puffs. Of beef bourguignon Julia Child wrote, “[it is] certainly one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man!”

Dessert will be a simple and simply delicious lemon cake.

For a wine special we’ll feature the first new South African wine we’ve had on the menu for several years, a very affordable blend of cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot from Stellenbosch producer Warwick Estates called “The First Lady.” Only $6.00 a glass!

Friday Night Jazz March 16

This Friday Dos Canosos (“two grey haired guys,” if memory serves) return with their much appreciated brand of latin jazz played on a variety of guitars and guitar-like instruments (eg the “tres,” a Cuban three string guitar) plus a little percussion from time to time. Gary Wittner, one of the leading exponents of guitar jazz in Maine(guitar anything if truth be told!), is one of the grey-haired guys in question, and Cuban American singer, guitarist and percussionist Raoul Freyre is the other. Dos Canosos from 6:30 to 9:30 PM this Friday at Solo Bistro!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where a good meal is only one among many reasons to be thankful!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Sgt. Joe Friday (March 6, 2012)
March 15th, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:


Notwithstanding last week’s snowstorm and last night’s frigid temps, today’s brilliant sun feels like a definitive declaration of spring. One’s intellect offers cautionary comments to the contrary – living in Maine does nothing if not teach the futility of hope for spring – but such is the beauty of the place that one’s intellect is largely reduced to irrelevance in the face of an afternoon like today’s. An unusual brevity in this missive is the probable result – just the facts, ma’m, nothing but the facts!

The facts, then, are these:

1) Maine Restaurant Week through Saturday, including LUNCH;

2) $17.99 three course Wednesday special;

3) Friday Night Jazz.

‘Nuff said, nearly!

Wednesday Special


This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special begins with a classic caesar salad with garlic croutons, to be followed by a lamb & beef Bolognese with pasta and Grana Padano cheese.. Dessert, oh my – dessert will be carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Personally, I’d just about eat cardboard if it had cream cheese frosting on it . . . .

For a wine special a new Priorat we received last week, La Cartuja, will make it’s first appearance: A little more fruit forward than is usual for wines from this region, it should complement a hearty beef and lamb Bolognese very nicely. Only $6.50 a glass!

Friday Night Jazz March 9

This Friday young Dorie Barnes of Harpswell returns with her fabulous voice and sideman Jesse Feinberg at the keyboard. Dorie and Jesse in the New Space this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where a dragnet is sure to capture some good eating!


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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