Hong’s Restaurant is coming to Lakewood
Hong’s Restaurant is coming to Lakewood. You’ve probably seen the sign posted at the strip mall at 112th Street Southwest and Pacific Highway Southwest in Lakewood. UPDATE: the restaurant announced it will open March 14.
Hong’s will be a neighbor of Kko Kko Place, which is my go-to designation for Korean fried chicken now that Mo Mo Hof is gone (RIP). That little strip mall has held all kinds of dining gems. It used to be home to Old San Juan, which moved down the street and renamed itself OSJ International. Most recently, the Hong’s space held Cheng’s Asian Restaurant, which I loved because it was Pierce County’s only restaurant with Taiwanese food mixed with classic Chinese-American dishes. Before Cheng’s, that space was home to Royal Box.
Like Royal Box and Cheng’s, Hong’s plans to offer the greatest hits of Chinese-American wok favorites, but also will broaden out the menu quite a bit. “Our menu is going to be a mixture of American, Chinese, and Vietnamese cuisine,” said Windy Huynh, the general manager.
The restaurant is named after her mother, Hong Huynh. Said Windy Huynh, “My mother and I decided to go on this journey together at the beginning of the year. My mother has been in the restaurant industry for over 25 years and has a great drive and passion for taste and presentation of food.”
She added, “My parents had a previous restaurant for about six years in Seattle called Mì Số 1, or #1 Noodle Soup. Due to family matters, we had to close down. My mother has been working towards opening another restaurant since.”
“For the lunch and dinner menu, we will have phở, along with other Vietnamese dishes; Chinese wok, like chow mein and chow fun, along with General Tsao’s chicken and alike; and American classics like burgers, soups, salads, and steak,” she said. Tip: They’re also planning on serving American style breakfasts.
Cheng’s had done an extensive remodel of the interior. Other than new paint, Huynh said they have made few changes the interior. She said to expect a spruced up interior with tones of light jade, dark red and eggshell.
They’ll offer a 15 percent military discount to JBLM eaters. They’ll offer delivery through Uber Eats, Door Dash and other third-party delivery apps. They’re working through permitting now, but expect an opening soon.
Members of Where to Dine Pierce County have been asking about Hong’s, but have also alerted me to a sign for Forbidden City that has gone up at the old Lieu’s location in Parkland I’ve reached out to the Forbidden City owners and hope to have more information soon.
11101 Pacific Highway SW, Lakewood; 253-212-2167