While the thought of breakfast most often conjures images of oatmeal or omelets, Lin's Restaurant (3715 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, 504-340-0178; www.linsmenu.com) opens at 9:30 a.m., serving steaming noodle bowls.
"[The morning crowd] eats mostly soup, because it is really light, more traditional," general manager Jimmy Giang says. "Used to be, it was pho or noodle soup in the morning to get your day started. ... Nowadays, [people] eat pho all day."
A family-owned restaurant, Lin's has been a fixture in the West Bank community since 1985. Formerly known as Kim's, the eatery serves traditional Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. After a major renovation last October, Lin's added Thai food to its menu. While the offerings veer toward traditional fare such as ca vien, or fish ball soup (broth laden with minced fish meat formed into compact balls and accompanied by egg noodles), there are dishes more familiar to American palates, including lo mein, crab Rangoon and beef with tomatoes.
Weekday lunch combos are served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thai combos come with soup or salad, and Chinese entrees feature fried rice, an egg roll or wonton and soup or salad. Popular dinner options include Singapore noodles, roasted chicken with fried rice and egg noodle soup. Giang recommends Vietnamese hot and sour catfish soup or, for diners with adventurous tastes, the Vietnamese salad with shrimp, pork and jellyfish. Jellyfish is served cold and features a crunchy texture and a vinegar flavor.
Lin's offers catering and can host private parties in its expansive banquet room. Mostly used for formal sit-down wedding dinners, the space can accommodate a variety of events. Banquet service includes a sit-down meal served by waiters in an elegant setting. Party options include a choice of seven appetizers and seven entrees, served family-style. Buffet service is another option.