Tapas Tuesday Again, Plus Easter Brunch
April 10th, 2017
Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
Tapas Tuesday is on tap for tomorrow night, and this month it seems certain we will avoid a snowstorm. A pair ospreys returned last week to their nest atop the Wilder Bridge to Arrowsic, and with today’s almost toasty temps, a mourning cloak butterfly was seen on the hunt for a sip of sap among the hardwoods of the Holt Research Forest. We may not be entirely past the threat of snow yet, but the prospects for frozen precipitation are looking pretty poor for Passover and Easter, praise be! Peepers predicted by next week!
Speaking of Easter, we will be serving brunch on Sunday from 10:30 till 2 to celebrate the day and the season. If you’re footloose and fancy free, or merely looking for a fuss-free feast for the family, set your sights on Solo Bistro this Sunday!!
In the interim, of course, Chef Ray Franklyn also has some super fare in store for a song on workaday Wednesday, to wit . . . .
A little lime vinaigrette will liven up a starter salad of Springworks greens for the first course of this week’s Wednesday Special. For the main course, Chef Ray can offer a chili chicken bowl – slow braised chicken in southwestern spices over black bean rice with frisée and avocado crème. For the finale, five-spice ice cream and an almond macaroon. Where else, but here? The finest kind of food, for all your senses.
Friday Night JazzApril 14, 2017
Ahmad Hassan Muhammad returns with his keyboard and his impressive musical gifts to the New Space this Friday. A man for all seasons – and this week for spring! — Muhammad has been delighting diners here since he was a freshman at Bowdoin, the better part of a decade ago. Perfect piano jazz from Ahmad Hassan Muhammad this Friday night 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 we sing for spring, and one can eat singular, and singularly good, food for a song some days.
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners
April 4th, 2017
Dear Friends and Customers of Solo
Sunday’s beautiful evening provoked an almost maniacal chorus of bird song in our little corner of the Kennebec estuary. Following the wicked wet snow of Saturday, these birds were not merely celebrating the spring sun’s colossal counter-punch, they were doing it with all the attitude of spectators at a WWF wrestling match where a bad-boy contestant is being trounced by the good guy – an attitude of not-entirely-good-humored enthusiasm!
Monday followed Sunday’s sunny suit, but today elicits the other poetic reference that reflexively comes to mind this month (at least for those whose knowledge of great poetry is limited to first lines), “April is the cruelest month.”
But as spring must follow winter, so Wednesday follows Tuesday, and with Wednesday comes the Solo Bistro Wednesday Special, filling one’s mouth with wonder without emptying one’s wallet! Read on for this week’s edition, fresh from the fertile culinary genius of Chef Ray Franklyn . . .
The first Wednesday Special of baseball season leads off with a salad of shaved Brussels sprouts, those much-maligned vegetables of our youth, now liberated from their soggy sulk in the steam tables of our high school cafeterias, to be revealed as the fabulously delicious and healthy food they actually are. Chef Ray’s shaved sprouts will be mixed with apple-wood smoked bacon and dressed in a fresh red grape vinaigrette.
The main event will be a Lion Stout beef stew, with local carrots, parsnips, rutabagas and sweet potatoes (not just Maine roots, but Maine root vegetables!) cooked slowly in Sri Lankan spices as well as Sri Lankan stout. Some good!
Dessert will be a wild Maine blueberry cake topped with a pistachio crumble and a drizzle of lemon curd. All this for the puny price of $19.99!
Friday Night Jazz April 7, 2017
Singer Molly Pitcher and guitarist Dave Clarke will be back in Bath from Bangor and Belfast to blow away bon vivants from far and wide with the best jazz this side of Boston. Don’t miss it, this Friday night 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 a superficial knowledge of poetry never gets in the way of profound prandial pleasure.
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners