The Weekly Record
By Jan Gottesman, Managing Editor

The Sole Proprietor is one of those places my husband and I always enjoy, but never think of visiting for our average dinner. We always save it for a special occasion.

A recent visit convinced us we need to make time for more special occasions. The menu changes frequently, the chefs show flair and imagination and we deserve to pamper ourselves with good food.

I also discovered I could make a meal from the appetizers. The night we visited, choices included stuffed mushrooms ($5.99), shrimp, tomato and garlic ($6.00) and fried clams ($8.99).

My husband was happy to settle down with a bowl of thick (but not flour-laden) clam chowder ($3.99). I was more than happy with my choice, Thai ginger shrimp ($6.99), a half dozen lightly fried crustaceans in a flavorful ginger and tomato sauce.

There are also a plethora of sushi choices to go with the new sushi chef. While I’m not into raw fish, one choice, which is cooked, caught my eye for a future visit: The firecracker is cooked lobster, avocado, fried sweet potato and homemade spice mayonnaise ($9.99).

There are plenty of entrée choices, including super jumbo newburg ($19.99) and salmon with scallops and portabello salad ($19.99). But we turned our attention to the main menu. I had to decide between the seafood casserole of scallops and shrimp in a cream sauce ($19.99), shrimp scampi ($16.99) and seafood sauté (my final choice) with lobster, shrimp and scallops in garlic and wine ($19.99). Each component was cooked perfectly.

My husband had a hard time choosing between the trout with potato and chive crust ($16.99), salmon and scallops basilico ($18.99) and – his final selection – the salmon with cheese ravioli in a roasted garlic sauce with spinach ($20.49).

Both entrees were perfect, with sauces that complimented, but did not overpower, the seafood. And the portions were the right size (with enough leftovers for lunch the next day).

Dessert was a no-brainer. They have always been excellent here and this was no exception. I had a chocolate bag filled with fluffy, white chocolate mousse ($5.99). My husband ordered what is truly one of the best desserts in the area: chocolate terrine with white and dark chocolate sauces ($4.99).

Service was efficient and friendly. We did notice our waitress said there was a team of servers, and we only saw her, but she provided for all our needs wonderfully.

The cost for the two of us, including a glass of white zinfandel ($4.95) and a Newcastle Brown Ale draft ($4.50) came to $75.28, but we could have done it more economically without appetizer or dessert.