It was another busy month for Dayton restaurants.
There are 4 restaurants that opened their doors last month that are worth a try.
1. Olive Mediterranean Grill
Olive Mediterranean Grill has opened its doors at its new location, 44 W. Third St.
The restaurant, a favorite among Best of Dayton voters, opened about three years ago at 6129 N. Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp., Montgomery County.
This Olive should not be confused with Olive: an Urban Dive, which closed in 2015 in the current downtown Dayton home of Arepas & Co Colombian Comfort Food, or the former Green Olive restaurant a few miles south of it on Dixie.
2. The Vistro Modern Vietnamese
An Asian-themed food truck is the latest Dayton-based mobile eatery to make the jump to bricks-and-mortar restaurant — and like its predecessors, it has every intention to keep its food truck operating.
The Vistro food truck launched The Vistro Modern Vietnamese restaurant at 3937 Linden Ave. across from the Eastown Shopping Center in Riverside. The space previously housed Al-Mandi Restaurant & Cafe, and before that, Antojitos Criollos Puerto Rican restaurant.
Founder and owner Myger Nguyen said he will take his parents’ recipes for Vietnamese dishes such as Pho, the classic soup of Vietnam, and update them and give them an occasional twist with ingredients and presentation. He also plans to serve noodle salads with grilled meats and fresh vegetables.
3. Leo Bistro
Leo Bistro, the restaurant inside the Dayton Art Institute, has reopened.
Leo Bistro operates with a “fast-casual” concept, serving soups, made-to-order sandwiches featuring Boar’s Head deli products, and bakery items from Boosalis Bakery of Centerville. It will serve beer and wine, other specialty beverages and Starbucks coffees.
Museum members will continue to receive a discount on purchases at Leo Bistro.
4. Elsa’s Corner Cantina
The co-owner of Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant has a message for prospective customers of his new cantina-style restaurant in the Sugarcreek Plaza off Wilmington Pike that opened July 5.
“This doesn’t look like your parents’ Elsa’s,” Jason Hemmert said. “And we didn’t want it to be your parents’ Elsa’s.”
The space at 6204 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza previously housed Caramella’s Italian Kitchen, and, before that, Murphy’s Irish Pub and Barleycorn’s. But it has been renovated extensively.
The kitchen will start off with a fairly straightforward Elsa’s menu, but down the road, will produce specials that, if they prove successful, will find their way onto Elsa’s menus elsewhere, Hemmert said.