Description: Linguine served up in a lemon cream sauce with chicken, mushrooms and fresh spinach sautéed in garlic butter ($15).
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FRANCO’S “WORLD FAMOSO” SPAGHETTI
Where: 824 E. Fifth St., Dayton; 937-222-0204; www.francos-italiano.com
Description: Garlic, Romano cheese and egg with a good quality olive oil over a bowl of pasta with the option of adding mushrooms or spicy sausage or both ($11.95 for plain, $14.95 for sausage or mushroom or $16.95 for both sausage and mushroom).
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LINH’S BISTRO SOUPS
Where: 5532 Airway Road, Dayton; 937-252-1857; www.linhsbistro.com
Description: These meal-sized Vietnamese noodle soups — Pho, Mi, Hu Tieu — rely on piping hot broth, the noodles, herbs and meat. They come with a pile of jalapeños, cilantro and bean sprouts to dress it up. The Pho Bo Tai made with thinly sliced beef and rice noodles or Pho Ga made with chicken are both the place to start if you haven't had them yet. Heat it up with the spicier Sate options. There are also soups made with egg noodles and wonderful Vermicelli salads as well as stir-fried noodle dishes. The soups range in price from $8.95-9.95 for dinner and are a dollar less if you order lunch before 4 p.m.
Looking for something similar? Little Saigon (1718 Woodman Drive, Kettering) offers similar menu items.
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MEADOWLARK’S VIETNAMESE NOODLE SALAD
Where: 5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 937-434-4750; http://meadowlarkrestaurant.com
Description: "Chilled rice noodles, a goodly portion of crunchy, thinly-sliced vegetables, hot grilled chicken, steak or tofu and a showering of mint, basil, cilantro and peanuts. Served with the chile/lime juice/fish sauce condiment called nuoc cham. Ask for vegetarian nuoc cham or even non-spicy nuoc cham if that suits you better," as described perfectly on the menu. ($9.95) Top with tofu ($13.95) grilled chicken ($13.95) or steak ($15.95).
THAI 9’S SINGAPORE NOODLES
Where: 11 Brown St., Dayton; 937-222-3227; www.thai9restaurant.com/Main.html
Description: A plate of thin rice noodles comes doused with a generous amount of yellow curry powder, making the dish bright yellow (beware of stains). The noodles are stir-fried with egg and veggies including baby corn, carrots, celery, onion and green onion. Choose a protein or two to add to the mix — Chicken, Pork Tofu ($13.95), beef or shrimp ($14.95) or seafood ($16.95).
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