Linh’s food a surprise after shady outside

Eggrolls are light, crispy

I’ve passed Linh’s several times and always thought it looked a little shady. It’s just a huge building with a neon pho sign with reflective windows next to a bait and tackle shop. It doesn’t exactly look like the kind of place you’d go to for great food.

When I entered Linh’s, I immediately noticed there were no booths, only tables. I’m a booth kinda gal, so I was slightly disappointed. But, I soldiered on and Bruce and I seated ourselves.

One of the better parts of the experience for me was the waitress. She was super sweet and attentive. She immediately handed us menus and gave us ample time to peruse.

I eventually selected egg rolls and beef fried rice.

I’m kind of an egg roll snob because I had a great egg roll once, and I’ve been searching for something similar ever since (it’s my own great white whale). And, let me tell you, this egg roll was pretty dang close. The outside was light and crispy and provided that perfect crunch. They were filled with various veggies, of which the only one I could identify was cabbage and a mixture of chicken and pork. They were also served with a sweet and sour type sauce that was out of this world. But I only got two with the appetizer, so I was a little sad.

But before I could cry over my empty appetizer plate, my fried rice arrived, and it came with an egg roll! The beef in the fried rice was so tender it almost melted in my mouth. I couldn’t discern any type of special seasoning on the beef, though I have to assume there was some. The fried rice came mixed with green peas, green onion and chunks of carrot. I really enjoy rice that has an abundant amount of veggies in it, so I was pleased.

I’m not entirely sure what kind of rice Linh’s uses, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of it. It was also slightly over cooked. But it wasn’t like I wasn’t shoveling it in my mouth like I was starving, so I can’t complain too much.

Overall, the cost wasn’t bad. I paid $2.50 for the egg rolls, $8.99 for the fried rice and around $1.50 for the Coke I shouldn’t have had but drank with gusto.

I will for sure be going back to Linh’s if only so I can eat egg rolls like it’s my job.

Unexpected order choice leads to a happy end result

Linh’s Vietnamese Cuisine is very interesting. The building itself looks as though it was once a small mini mart, both on the inside and the outside. The large windows everywhere definitely don’t help with the impression. It’s a shady little building.

Once inside, the restaurant looks significantly more restaurant like. There are tables, center pieces, a delicious aroma and small buddhas. We were greeted at the door and allowed to pick our table ourselves. We picked a table on the far side of the restaurant, away from the door.

The menu is very reasonably priced, with multiple items for everyone. With this being my first time in a Vietnamese restaurant, I asked the waitress what she would recommend. She pointed to the C14: the combination. The description was: “Charbroiled Chicken, Beef, And Pork with 1 Eggroll and 1 Fried Egg”

This part of the menu also included egg drop soup with all entrees.

I also asked for an order of spring rolls.

The spring rolls came out after about 5 minutes. I don’t know a lot about spring rolls, and I feel like my not being a spring roll connoisseur is important because I thought they had an overly abundant amount of lettuce in them. Don’t get me wrong; they were delicious. They just seemed to be about 60% lettuce.

Shortly after the spring rolls arrived, probably close to 7 minutes, our food came out.

I couldn’t help but admire how it looked as it was placed in front of me. The meat was placed delicately on top of a pile of white rice, with the eggroll and egg on the side.

I decided to start by eating the eggroll. It was tougher than I expected on the outside, but delicious once you had bitten off a piece.

The meat was amazing. The beef was tender, juicy and incredibly well flavored. The pork, was tender and well cooked, and the chicken was so well seasoned, I actually thought it was a different meat.

The rice itself absorbed all of these flavors and easily became the best part of the meal. I loved it.

I’m not a huge fan of fried eggs, but this one was amazing. I immediately ate all of it. It was well cooked and flavorful.

With the spring rolls costing $3.50 and the combination costing $9.50, my final bill came out to a little under $15.