Liu Garden

For a very long time, Downtown Dayton was served by one dive Chinese place: China Royal, in the corner of the Biltmore Tower along North Main Street. After that spot closed, the place was vacant for awhile before a new spot, Liu Garden, replaced it earlier this year. Under the ownership of a new family, this spot is in practice very similar to its predecessor — a Chinese buffet with a robust takeout operation. But this one has longer hours and a bigger variety of foods. Still, the food is pretty unremarkable.

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Osaka Sushi & Hibachi Bar

While there are a few Asian-themed buffets around Dayton, what Osaka Japanese Steakhouse offers the region is a very unique experience. Opened in what has for several years been a series of family dining restaurants, this one is a higher-priced buffet of Far Eastern cuisines you won’t find in many other places around town, and certainly not all under one roof. From Peking duck to octopus, frog legs and, yes, a sushi conveyor belt, this spot is a place to go when you’re feeling like a very adventurous experience.

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China Garden Buffet

As many years as it has stood in Springboro, China Garden Buffet has been a spot for inexpensive eats, and an all-you-can-eat Chinese dive that attracts plenty for its quantity of dishes. You can get a variety of dishes here — sushi, chicken dishes and seafood as well as plenty of veggies — to try on that buffet. It brings in a decent crowd from Franklin and Springboro for cheap eats, but leaves something to be desired.

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Asian House Sushi Bar & Grill

While south Dayton has seen a few great new restaurant concepts around the Dayton Mall area, the Asian House Sushi Bar is the reinvention of a spot that has long been a hibachi grill, buffet, and a few other things. Asian House, though, is a concept that I think has staying power; offering a variety of Chinese food entrees, sushi and dim sum. Dayton has very few places with that range of food, and I found trying it here to be a worthwhile experience.

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Sushi Club

A new concept coming out of West Carrollton, Sushi Club has an interesting premise; a place where you can tackle sushi in quality–or, if you prefer, in quantity. It made a stir when it opened a few weeks ago with the idea of ‘all you can eat sushi,’ and while that’s not a unique concept to Dayton, it’s certainly refreshing to see the specialty kind of service the place offers being embraced so openly. People seem to like the elegant concept, and the food is a sound choice, as well.

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Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi

A sushi house with a few favorite Chinese dishes, Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi — formerly known as Mr. Lee’s Fine Dining — looks to bring an upscale dining experience to the neighborhoods north of Dayton. This spot keeps it classy with dozens of great options for sushi, including a new specialty roll that comes out weekly, from its experienced chefs. The prices here are a little higher than what is average in the market, but I found them to be worth it, experience is a good one and the staff is great.

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China Dynasty

While there are a ton of good restaurant options in the Dayton area, especially with Chinese food, there are not a ton of places that focus on a quality dine-in experience. Most are priced for convenience or set up as a take-out or delivery business. This spot actually is one of the few Chef-owned Chinese spots in town, and Chef Stephen can often be found walking through the restaurant and making sure everyone’s food is perfect. This is one of the older spots in town too, having opened in 1995 and rolling along ever since, as the Centerville area has developed all around it.

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China Buffet (Dayton, OH)

China Buffet off Fifth Street near Downtown Dayton is a corner Chinese spot where people frequent most commonly as a place for cheap eats. If you pass through nearby Oregon District you are apt not to notice the spot, but it stays popular with the folks in the surrounding neighborhood both because it has a lot of food for not too much money, and because a takeout option gets it to go.

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Tokyo Peking Chinese Restaurant

Downtown Troy, Ohio has a top notch selection of restaurants around its central square, an even mix these days; an upscale bar, a nice Italian restaurant, a sandwich shop and a coffee spot. And then there’s Tokyo Peking Chinese Restaurant, a small dive with a small menu with generally inexpensive Chinese food. This is a fast place to dine and the food is pretty simple, but it just didn’t impress me as the kind of place worth a return visit.

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Linh’s Bistro

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.
At the behest of some of my more animated readers I went ahead and gave the new place a try. Sure enough 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.

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