There were three words I kept hearing when I told friends I was checking out Linh's Bistro: Get the pho. I consider myself an emerging foodie and it was clear I needed to head to Linh's asap to see what I was missing.
There were three words I kept hearing when I told friends I was checking out Linh's Bistro: "Get the pho."
Here's the thing - I was ashamed to admit I had never heard of "pho". I consider myself an emerging foodie and it was clear I needed to head to Linh's asap to see what I was missing.
The next day, my friend and I decided to check out Linh's, I had a blonde moment. We googled the address and found ourselves at the old location. Half the reason I had originally planned to go was because they had recently moved and were celebrating their grand opening in January.
I took a glimpse of the old building and saw the character and intimacy of the building and wondered what I would find at the new location.
Just a few blocks later I found a very new shopping center development with Linh's right in the middle. Brightly lit and with plenty of space, Linh's new place was full of customers. I learned Linh's was a hot spot for the Wright State University staff and students as well as those at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. It made sense the owners found a bigger spot just a few blocks down.
It was a snowy winter's night when I went to Linh's, so it was perfect when I was greeted with hot tea when I was seated. I then ordered the Pho Ga (Chicken soup). It was the perfect addition to warm me up.
Pho, for those that don't know, is a huge bowl of broth-based soup with rice noodles and a meat of your choice. You will typically find cilantro and other greens and herbs on the side you can add as you please. It's one of those soups you don't know if you need a spoon or fork for, and thus you most likely use both. I saw many using their chopsticks to eat it, but I stuck with the utensils I knew how to use best. It was tasty and filling and definitely something I'd go back to eat.
As far as decor goes, there are a few TVs mounted on the wall and other decorations, but the new location is rather simple.
What I love about Linh's is their customers are loyal. Whether it's a cramped location or a new spacious location with not much to look at, they keep coming back. The two times I went this month proved that the place is always busy around dinnertime.
Their menu is packed, too. In addition to Vietnamese food, they have a large Chinese menu. There are traditional items, like the fried rice that I got during one visit, and some exotic dishes for the more adventuresome taste buds. They offer take out and their prices are reasonable. I ordered the Pho and realized my $7.50 purchase could have fed me and three friends.
If I'm ever down in that part of Dayton again craving some Vietnamese or Chinese, I play to give another visit to Linh's.