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Angry Birds
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 . . .
Wednesday Special
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

Deluvian Digression
March 28th, 2017

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
Patches of grass are appearing here and there as the late March blanket of snow gets a little threadbare. April approaches apace, and with it an annual recollection of the opening lines of the Canterbury Tales. This year it comes with an additional Chaucerian reference, as a barn being moved in our neighborhood drove by with a canoe hanging from its rafters, recalling the dim-witted husband of the Miller’s Tale, who gullibly took to the rafters of his own barn in a tub, like Noah, while his unfaithful wife and too-clever-by-half boarder got up to no good. They got their come uppance, and the Miller’s Tale alone survived into this correspondent’s middle-aged, though apparently still-adolescent, memory.

But speaking of spring, and with it lamb of course, Chef Ray Franklyn’s last Wednesday Special menu for March is on the case . . .
Wednesday Special
This week the Wednesday Special will start with Springworks organic greens, in a house-made ranch dressing. Shepherd’s pie will be the main course, with lamb and ground beef, green peas, carrots, onions and mashed potatoes, while dessert will be a delicious orange cheese cake with a rhubarb coulis.
Friday Night Jazz March 31, 2017
Darrell Morrell will breeze in from Gorham with his keyboard in tow to play out this too-long month of March on the pleasantest of terms. Come to Solo this Friday night for a well-merited and unregretted farewell to a cold and snowy March, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where Middle English meets the Mid-coast.

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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