The Vistro Modern Vietnamese , one of Dayton’s newest restaurants, serves pho, bun bo hue, banh mi sandwiches   and a variety of other dishes. Pictured: bun bo hue (lemongrass beef and pork soup)
Photo: Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson

Cold? This new restaurant serves up big ole bowls of hot, delicious soup 

Few things are as satisfying on a cold day than a big ole bowl of hot, delicious soup. 

The Vistro Modern Vietnamese , one of Dayton’s newest restaurants, has big ole bowls of soup in abundance at its brick and mortar  location, 3937 Linden Ave., launched in July. 

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The Vistro is the latest ethnic restaurant to make the space across from Eastown Shopping Center in Riverside its home.

The Vistro Modern Vietnamese , one of Dayton’s newest restaurants, serves pho, bun bo hue, banh mi sandwiches   and a variety of other dishes. Pictured: bun bo hue (lemongrass beef and pork soup)
Photo: Amelia Robinson

The site housed Al-Mandi Restaurant & Cafe, and before that, Antojitos Criollos Puerto Rican restaurant and its predecessor Mi Tierra Mexican restaurant.

Even before that, the site was home of Viet, a restaurant that featured Vietnamese food but offers Chinese as a backup.

Viet served some of the best pho around so we had high hopes for Vistro’s soups. 

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First tho, the appetizers. 

During a recent lunch, my companion  and I ordered two shrimp and pork summer rolls for $4.

The Vistro Modern Vietnamese , one of Dayton’s newest restaurants, serves pho, bun bo hue, banh mi sandwiches   and a variety of other dishes. Pictured shrimp and pork summer rolls.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

Jumbo shrimp and marinated pork were the obvious champions, but the veggies were nice and crisp. 

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Nice start for sure. 

 A wall sign readings “pho”  and it seemed an omen until my eye was caught by something else tasty on the menu. 

Instead of pho, (The Vistro has a beef and chicken version) I ordered lemongrass beef and pork (Bun Bo Hue) while my dinning companion went with spicy fried noodles beef to mix things up.

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A hearty soup like pho, Bun Bo Hue traditionally has round rice noodles and is in a pork and beef bone broth flavored with lemongrass and other spices.

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Pho’s rice noodles are flat and it is typically come in clear beef broth with spices. 

The Vistro Modern Vietnamese , one of Dayton’s newest restaurants, serves pho, bun bo hue, banh mi sandwiches   and a variety of other dishes. Pictured shrimp and pork summer rolls.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

Bun Bo Hue, which gets part of its name from the former Vietnamese imperial city of Hue , has a broth that is delightfully murkier. 

The Vistro’s enchanting Bun Bo Hue soup ($9 a bowl as is the pho) came pack with mint, bean sprouts onions, lime, jalapeno for an added kick, tender meat, mint and cabbage. 

After slurping down my bowl, I wanted more. 

As for the spicy fried noodles beef, they are good, but you are going to want soup. 

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I for one can’t wait to dive into pho the next time we are at Vistro. 

WANT TO GO? 

What: The Vistro Modern Vietnamese

Where:  3937 Linden Ave., Dayton

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Connect: Facebook|  937-221-8121

The Vistro Modern Vietnamese , one of Dayton’s newest restaurants, serves pho, bun bo hue, banh mi sandwiches   and a variety of other dishes. Pictured: spicy fried beef noodles.
Photo: Amelia Robinson
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