by: Xavier Sanchez
“The X Marks The Spot” restaurant reviews have taken Dubuque by storm this past school year. They have covered many food cuisines which include American, Italian, and Mexican. This past week I took on Lina’s Thai Bistro with some of my family that came to visit. This allowed me to try the maximum amount of items because I was able to try a little bit of everyone’s meal.
Thai food might have new styles or flavors for those who have never tried it, but after this you will want to try it for yourself. On their website, they add “As there are no rigid absolute rules in Thai cooking … the true art in preparing Thai food lies in attaining a balance of salty, sweet, sour and spicy, sometimes a bit bitter. The five flavors are naturally mixed and create a complex harmony of tastes and textures.” Thai food has also adopted other styles into their cooking over the years such as ones from China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia, and Western.
Lina’s Thai Bistro has one of the largest menu I have seen, not only in Dubuque but of any restaurant I have ever been to. This did not affect the quality of the food. Most times restaurants with large menus are known to slack on menu items because there are just too many to maintain.
For appetizers, we got Lina’s Thai Spicy Lettuce Cups. The cups are ground chicken with spicy Thai herbs mixed together with fresh lemon juice which you eat using a large piece of lettuce. For my meal, I ate non-Thai food. I ordered sushi and fried rice (which were delicious), but I did not stop eating there. I tried my sister’s Spicy beef pad thai, her fiance’s ginger scallion tilapia, my niece and nephew’s sweet & sour chicken and the order of curry chicken fried rice we ordered for the table. I’m usually a fan of sweet and sour chicken, and it was favorable and came out hot. The curry chicken fried rice was also very delicious because it introduced me to a ingredient which I do not usually eat. The curry flavor combined with the rice and chicken is a combo that will be a reason I’ll head back to Lina’s.
Last thought: People tend to do what they are comfortable doing, especially when it comes to food. They fear trying new foods because of a variety of factor. Those that are hesitant are doing an injustice to themselves. Take the trip and try some new flavors. I enjoyed them and you should get that opportunity too.
Lina’s Thai Bistro is open everyday of the week. Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For your convenience, you can dine in, carry out, lunch express, and cater. This is a bit of a drive but definitely worth the trip. Lina’s Thai Bistro is located at 2055 Holiday Drive in Dubuque, Iowa.