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Vietnamese noodle bar opens in Citrus Heights

LaSam Pho, a Vietnamese noodle bar and restaurant, opened in April 2023 at 7777 Sunrise Blvd., suite 2200. // S. Williams

By Sara Beth Williams–
A new Vietnamese noodle bar and restaurant opened its doors last month at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Antelope Road.

The restaurant, LaSam Pho, named after the owner’s father, opened to the public on April 14 in the Sunrise Plaza, behind Walgreens, according to restaurant owner Jamie La. The location was formerly home to a Thai restaurant.

La said this is her first restaurant and that the process to open the restaurant took at least a year. La’s father, Sam La, sells Vietnamese spice and condiment mixes online, and she and her boyfriend wanted to expand the business and open a restaurant.

La said she wants people “to know what authentic traditional Vietnamese dishes taste like.”

LaSam Pho’s main dishes include Beef Pho, Chicken Pho, and Vege Pho, with the option to order a regular or kid’s size.  La recommends the Grilled Chicken served with French bread, for patrons not in the mood for soup. The restaurant also offers Vietnamese iced coffee, fruit smoothies, and Thai iced tea. Takeout, delivery, and online ordering are all available on the restaurant’s website.

Although business was slow for the first two weeks in operation, La said business has begun to pick up and she’s already seen an influx of return customers.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to share with the neighborhood,” La said.

LaSam Pho is located at 7777 Sunrise Blvd., suite #2200. Current hours of operation posted on the restaurant’s website are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except Sundays when the opening time is at noon.

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