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Staff Photos: Meghan Kotowski Lon U serves, from bottom clockwise, sweet and sour pork, chicken larb (minced meat salad), panang curry with chicken, and pineapple chicken with cashews.

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The restaurant is decorated with traditional Thailand decor and scenes.

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Lon U

Lon U

ON THE MENU

• Basil spring rolls — A combination of chicken, shrimp, avocado, carrots, cucumber and basil leaves wrapped in soft rice paper, $5.25

• Sweet lime curry with shrimp — Shrimp simmered with green curry paste, coconut milk, green beans, broccoli, bell peppers and basil leaves, $12

• Pork phad Thai — Pork cooked with sweet and sour noodles, bean sprouts, green onions, egg, sweet radish and sprinkled with ground peanuts, $9

• Pineapple and ginger tofu — Stir fried tofu with pineapple and mixed vegetables in a ginger sauce, $9.50

5005 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 860, Norcross

770-441-0200

www.lon-u.com

-- Open since: October 1998

-- Owners: Andy and Gloria Fang

-- Location: Lon U is located off of Peachtree Parkway in a strip mall next to the State Farm Insurance office.

-- Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Noon to 3 p.m., 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays

-- Atmosphere: Hidden away in a strip mall is a Thai/Chinese restaurant called Lon U, which will make you feel like you're visiting Asia.

The inside of the building is influenced after traditional Thai structures, like thatched canopies and wooden temples. Other pieces of art include a wooden lady at the front door and an abstract wooden elephant -- wood is the main decoration accent in the restaurant.

There are booths and tables throughout the building and an additional enclosed area for parties.

The wall to the far left adorns a mural depicting scenes from a Thai street market. Men and women are working, eating and crafting pieces of art over several booths.

For those that don't have the time to dine in the restaurant, there is take out and delivery as an option.

"This area has a lot families," said owner Andy Fang. "Sometimes the families don't want to come out to eat with their kids, so we have a lot of to go and delivery business."

Lon U delivers in a 3-mile radius from its location.

-- Menu: The eatery originally started out only serving Thai food, but more and more people were asking for sweet and sour pork or General Tso's chicken, so the Fangs decided to expand the menu to include Chinese cuisine.

"It's great for when a wife wants Thai and the husband wants Chinese," said Gloria Fang with a laugh. "They can just come here."

"Of course we have modifications to Thai food because some of the ingredients are hard to get," Andy Fang said. "Also, it's very spicy. We have to change a little bit so it's not so spicy."

But there is something for everyone, for sure. Lon U serves things that may sound off the wall, like larb (minced meat salad), yam talay (spicy seafood salad) and phad see u (rice noodle dish), but it also has things that everyone knows, including moo goo gai pan, pepper steak and orange chicken.

Plus, they use fresh ingredients to enhance the guests' experience.

"We don't cut costs," Fang said. "We want people to come in and enjoy an amazing meal."

-- Things you might not know: The Fangs also own a restaurant called Pearl Lian in John's Creek.