I am unfamiliar with Orange Park and recently found myself on Wells Road looking for an onramp to I-10. The road was packed with people on their lunch break and I managed to hit every red light. While slowly making my way down the street I spotted a sign for Thai Bangkok. It proclaimed the restaurant was under new management and had daily lunch specials. I decided to give it a try and pulled into the parking lot.
Thai Bangkok is located at 1540 Wells Road in the Lake Wells shopping plaza. The camel colored strip mall houses several other restaurants including a wing place that was packed. Green awning stretched over the plazas windows and a simple neon open sign flashed in Thai Bangkok’s front window.
Opening the front door revealed an interior devoid of customers. A waitress/cashier stood at the rear of the restaurant behind a cash register. She warmly greeted me and told me to sit wherever I liked. I selected a table near the entrance, the waitress brought me a menu, and then took my drink order.
Thai Banfkok has a large menu full of Thai specialties including soups, salads, curries, and noodle dishes. I was interested in the lunch specialties and looked over the ten offerings that lined the front of the menu. I ordered the pad prik with chicken which was advertised as “stir-fried spicy of chili paste, green beans, bell peppers, bamboo shoot, onion, & Thai basil leaves.” It came with a spring roll, soup of the day, and steamed Jasmine rice for $6.95 plus tax.
A small fountain bubbled behind me while I waited for my lunch. The walls were painted a deep pumpkin color and a small flat screen television was anchored to the back wall and displayed various advertisements. The tables were simply adorned with wooden place-mats. Track lighting suspended from the ceiling illuminated the space. It was a pleasant little restaurant.
The waitress reappeared a few minutes after I placed my order with a small white ceramic bowl of soup. The selection for this particular day was wonton soup and a flavorful broth was dusted with green onion slices. At the bottom was a fresh beef wonton. It was delicious. The empty soup bowl was replaced with a small plate containing two golden spring rolls. They were good and I really enjoyed the slightly sweet dipping sauce that accompanied the rolls. The last plate brought to my table was piled high with pad prik and a side of rice. Pieces of white chicken were mixed with vegetables in a spicy chili sauce. It was well prepared, very flavorful and had just the right amount of heat.
My lunch at Thai Bangkok was very good. The service was great, the restaurant was clean, and lunch was an excellent value. Thai Bangkok is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The restaurant does not have an online presence, but can be contacted by telephone at (904) 579-4507.
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