It’s the relaunch of a popular Vietnamese establishment off of Airway Road, run by the same Nguyen family and with the same purpose: serve good lunch food. Linh’s Bistro is a little down the street from its predecessor, but it seems to attract a similarly large mix of people for lunch during the week.
A new coat of paint and some new equipment made for the perfect combination. Linh’s Bistro is everything I had hoped it would be. The food is even better than what was found at the previous place, and I think the new location and resulting change-up of business has given the opportunity to really refine the cuisine.
- Bun Cha Gio: The Bun is delicious, the rice vermicelli is accentuated with fresh vegetables, and I tried the variety topped with egg rolls to go along with a fish sauce.
- Beef and Garlic: It’s a simple dish, some sliced beef lightly seared with some sauteed green and white onions and served in a sweet sauce, alongside a little rice and crab Rangoon. The beef is flavorful, the veggies are fresh and crisp, and the sauce goes great with just about anything.
- Bún thịt lui: A lemongrass pork kebab atop the much loved Vietnamese bun. The meat is just a bit crispy, eat it fast when you dump in the fish sauce.
- Gỏi cuốn: Vietnamese summer rolls, with a bit of pork and shrimp in the roll. A little sticky, but comes with a nice dark sauce.
- Heo kho tieu: A sliced pork clay pot recipe; good because it’s heavy on the pepper. The beef should be very soft to taste, the recipe has it slow-cooked for hours. Heavy on pepper, served with a good onion-heavy mix.
- Banh cuon: A dumpling recipe with bologa-like slices and crispy onions. Originating from North Vietnam, this appetizer is a rare dish to find in the Midwest, these dumplings are meant to be enjoyed slowly.
The atmosphere has had a similar makeover, but the difference is much more dramatic. The interior is spacious and packed full with sleek, modern tables and simple aesthetic, amply illuminated by large windows pouring in natural light. The larger dining room has space for more small groups, which exactly what the place attracts for lunch. The food comes out very fast, the staff is intelligent and attentive, and the system for getting people in and out efficiently seems to be spot on; at the height of the lunch rush I was able to come in, enjoy a meal without feeling rushed, and leave in just 30 minutes. Everything is on the ball.
I always believed the food at this concept was good, and that the place had a ton of potential. I’m glad to see that with a new store and some minor changes to the atmosphere, Linh’s has really brought everything together in the best way. I’m now happy to say this unassuming dive is one of Dayton’s best restaurants.
- Lunch hour is packed, sometimes there is standing waiting, so the earlier you come in the better.
- Note the unusual schedule, which includes being closed on Mondays only.
- It’s also important to note that the old location is closed. Linh’s Restaurant no longer exists, but online sources don’t seem immediately clear about this.