Wok in the Park now open in old ThanhDo location

Wok in the Park opens today for lunch and dinner in the St. Louis Park space that ThanhDo once occupied. Sisters Charis, Grace, and Hannah Johnson hope their emphasis on casual elegance and hospitality will charm the old TD patrons as well as bring in fresh faces. Seasoned by years of working the front of the house for their adopted brother Thom Pham, they decided to go out on their own when he moved his restaurant across the street. The gals have crafted a Pan-Asian menu which they say is "guided by principles of sustainability."

Wok in the Park's offerings clearly reflect the influence of ThanhDo, but both the decor and attitude seem lighter. With head chef Jacob, another brother, they have put together a collection of reasonably priced appetizers ($3-$8) and familiar entrees ($7-$14). Starters include edamame, wontons, pho, and a green papaya salad. Ubiquitous main dishes like chow mein and pad Thai share the carte with more unique fare such as the Spring Zhing, featuring steak in lemongrass sauce and Steak 'n' Chips, their meat and potatoes with a Vietnamese twist. Lunch and dinner wok combo specials include appetizer and soup plus a nonseafood entree for $8.99 or $10.99, respectively.

No MSG will be used in the preparations at Wok in the Park, and every effort will be made to accommodate vegetarians and vegans, the sisters say. They plan on an official opening party in late September, when they have their beer and wine license in hand.

Wok in the Park
3005 Utah Avenue, St. Louis Park
Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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