Khong River House restaurant, Miami Beach

Restaurant review: Khong River House, Miami Beach - "John Kunkel is no ordinary restaurateur . . . Khong River House opened in December. It's named after the Mekong River, which runs through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Khong River House reflects the fresh market food that Kunkel encountered during his travels. And like the river, the restaurant brings together each country's culinary influences. This is no ordinary Thai restaurant. But what truly separates Khong River from every other Thai spot in South Florida is its emphasis on fresh ingredients. Kunkel and his team of Thai-born chefs work with a Homestead farmer to grow their ingredients. . . . " read more at

Khong River House
1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach

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