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New Sunrise Thai Restaurant brings flavor, custom options to Citrus Heights

Sunrise Thai Restaurant
Vegan wraps with a side of peanut sauce, from Sunrise Thai Restaurant in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

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Since opening for business on Nov. 27 last year, a new family owned and operated restaurant has been serving up Thai food and earning satisfied reviews from diners at a small location tucked away behind Walgreens at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Antelope Road.

The new Sunrise Thai Restaurant at 7777 Sunrise Blvd. offers plenty of selections among the 40-plus options on the menu, with curries, stir-fried choices, BBQ, and salads. Spice levels can be customized and the restaurant also offers to customize dishes for those wanting a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free option.

The restaurant is run by the Xiong family, who immigrated from Thailand in 2005.

“It’s been a dream of mine for a very long time to have a business of my own,” said Xor Xiong, who serves as the primary chef. Her husband serves in the kitchen as a prep cook, and her son, Leng, helps with serving tables and managing the restaurant.

While most entrees run about $9, menu items range from $4.95 for a cucumber salad up to $15.95 for a rib eye steak. Happy Hour is also offered daily from 4-6 p.m., with beers and appetizers offered at a discount.

Reviewers on Yelp have given the restaurant an average of 4.5-out-of-5 stars so far, with a total of 59 reviews. Pad Thai is among the popular dishes at the restaurant, along with avocado green curry — a generously sized creamy curry dish that’s topped with two large avocado halves.

The menu also includes several Thai beverage and dessert options, as well as a variety of beers and wines.

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The 1200-square-foot location was previously home to a Chinese restaurant and is located in the same plaza as Molina Medical Clinic and the Corner Pocket Sports Bar. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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