was, I was beyond excited when one of those aforementioned friends wanted to do girls’ night there.
I would’ve captured this image myself, but two ladies were trying to cocktail it and I didn’t want to disturb them with a flash…so I asked my friend Eddie if I could use his. (Image courtesy of Eddie Chapman).
I ordered the Wild Mushroom Flat Bread: Roasted red pepper, onion, roasted garlic, tomato, mozzarella, arugula, and truffle oil. I’m a HUGE fan of the ‘shroom and this flat bread did NOT disappoint! All components of this masterpiece were in perfect harmony and the taste was phenomenal. I took The Handsome Captain™ the leftovers and even cold, he loved it.
Judie ordered the Seafood Flat Bread: Shrimp, crab, scallops, mushrooms, red onion, light cream sauce, and truffle oil. While it was tasty enough, we agreed that it didn’t compare to the wild mushroom.
So in the middle of us picking at flat breads and sipping martinis (isn’t that what girls’ night is about?), along came Eduardo…or Eddie, as we call him 🙂 Eddie is always entertaining and this night was no different. This was his meal of choice…
The Solo Burger: Black Angus beef, Merguze lamb, tomato, onion, lettuce, garlic mayo, and fries. Cheeses that may be added: Chipotle gouda, gorgonzola, or goat cheese. Eddie was more than pleased with his choice. When Judie and I visited, Solo had not been open very long and Eddie had already patronized it numerous times. I’d say he’s a fan.
Eddie isn’t the only one. Solo American Bistro hasn’t been open for 2 months and it’s got QUITE a local following. Jennifer White of keysweekly.com describes Solo as “urban chic”. I could not agree more. The prices range from $4 (some soups) to $28 (Osso Bucco & Grouper)…very reasonable. I’ve been to Solo two more times since the visit about which I’m posting. Once for post-holiday party wine/socializing and once again for food. The drinks are not the only thing intoxicating about Solo. Yes, I’m going to talk about the exposed brick again, the dim lighting, the clean and modern decor; it boasts an almost decadent vibe. What would you expect from the uber-fabulous Maria Wevers, owner of Grand Café (which just celebrated 10 years…congrats!)? Lest you think I can’t be objective because I’m in complete love with Solo, I will say that it has a few kinks to work out. When I arrived the first time, I wasn’t greeted. In fact, I walked throughout the restaurant capturing images…then I used the ladies’ room while I awaited Judie’s arrival, unnoticed. Our server, while absolutely delightful, needs a little more experience in a high-end venue such as Solo. On our last visit, the wild mushroom flat bread was not as good as it was the first time and the short rib and shiitake flat bread seemed to lack discernable amounts of both. However, the four cheeses flat bread was phenomenal. And speaking of phenomenal…
This bread pudding was among the best I’ve ever tasted…a chocolate banana bread pudding, to be exact. With Tahitian vanilla ice cream. It wasn’t the conventional egg-y bread pudding we’re all used to. The texture was more cake-y and the flavor was just what I enjoyed as the finale of our evening with friends…a dessert not overly sweet or heavy.
Is Solo perfect? No. Are the minor inconsistencies in this venue’s infancy going to keep me away? Absolutely not. Greene Street needed a new locals’ spot and Solo has become quite the scene. Whether it’s eating, drinking (there’s also a happy hour, 4-6pm I think), or both…Solo has it. I don’t need palm trees, 24/7…I live here. Bring on the brick!
For more on Solo American Bistro, check out their Facebook page (which is where the image below was obtained).
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