Summit Thai

By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

Summit Thai is located on Maple Street in Summit, New Jersey just around the corner from The Office, one of my favorite local watering holes. As you may or may not already know, my preferred spot for Thai food is Thailand Diner in Clark, New Jersey, but Summit Thai definitely holds up.

The food
While Summit Thai’s menu is far smaller than Thailand’s, it still offers plenty of options. I usually go for pad thai, which I use as my rule of thumb every time I try a new place, but I was feeling particularly optimistic from the get go at this restaurant. I ordered the drunken noodle with beef, which was superb. It came with flat noodles, scrambled egg, beef, Thai chili sauce, Thai basil, onions, tomatoes, carrots, and jalapeno peppers. The jalapenos were so fresh and hot I almost couldn’t eat them. Now that’s a good pepper.

If noodles aren’t for you, Summit Thai also offers an array of tofu dishes, duck entrees, rice, and fish.

The drinks
While Summit has its fair share of restaurants with liquor licenses and bars, Summit Thai is not one of them. The restaurant does, however, offer tea, coffee, Thai iced tea, Thai iced coffee, soft drinks, and specialty non-alcoholic beverages. The Thai iced tea is some of the best I’ve had, not to mention it comes in what can only be described as one big ass glass.

The service/ambience
The restaurant itself is tucked away from the street arcade-style. In all the times I’ve walked by, I hadn’t noticed it until I was looking for it. Through one door and down a long hallway sits the entrance to the restaurant. Once inside, patrons will find a relatively small restaurant, though it is not exactly a hole in the wall either.

Speaking of walls, the decor is pretty traditional of Thai restaurants in the area. Nothing is out of the ordinary, nor overly inventive, but rather the space is purely functional with a little bit of a nod to Thailand itself thanks to a few photos on the back wall by the kitchen.

As for the wait staff, everyone is quite friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. Our food came out so fast I almost couldn’t believe it, but we weren’t rushed out. In fact, we were encouraged to stay as long as we wanted to and we closed down the place.

Summit Thai is a true gem and something of a secret, but I can’t imagine that fact remaining for too terribly long.