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The Summit

12689 Ojai Santa Paula Road, Ojai, CA - (805) 933-9898
Posted By Chris & Amy Ayers on 6/11/2007 7:27:00 PM
In the mountains north of Ventura, California, on a curvy stretch of Route 150 between Ojai and Santa Paula, there lies a beacon of burgers for this area: the Summit. An unassuming roadside stand with picnic tables and a small covered dining room for the chilly months, the Summit serves soup du jour, sandwiches, hot dogs, and chicken strips, but what we sought was their Western burger.

Around these parts, that means bacon, cheese, an onion ring, and barbeque sauce, all crammed in a soft bun with a rather large, hand-formed hamburger patty. The perfect combination of these basic elements—juicy meat, smoky bacon, crunchy onion ring, tangy barbeque sauce, creamy cheese—allowed us to reach burger bliss in one bite.

The Summit is also known for their milkshakes, and we chose the cherry variety: blush-pink, fruity, and not too thick (though they do have an Extra Thick option), it was also scrumptious and the ideal complement to the bigger-than-your-mouth burger. The Summit is an essential stop on the way to Ojai and warrants a trip by itself.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Western Bacon Cheeseburger
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We were told The Summit gets their fresh ground beef delivered to them daily and the freshness really comes through.  An outstanding burger!
"We were told The Summit gets their fresh ground beef delivered to them daily and the freshness really comes through. An outstanding burger! "
Cliff Strutz





Two of The Summit's fabulous milkshakes, cinnamon on the left, cherry on the right.
"Two of The Summit's fabulous milkshakes, cinnamon on the left, cherry on the right."
Cliff Strutz


Excellent crispy, non-greasy onion rings.
"Excellent crispy, non-greasy onion rings."
Cliff Strutz


A true Southern California favorite: the Western Bacon Cheeseburger and a side of crisp fries.
"A true Southern California favorite: the Western Bacon Cheeseburger and a side of crisp fries."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Ventura County is spotted by roadside cherry stands,  and this cherry milkshake is one of many ways to enjoy this delicious fruit.
"Ventura County is spotted by roadside cherry stands, and this cherry milkshake is one of many ways to enjoy this delicious fruit."
Chris & Amy Ayers


If you become distracted by the view for just a second, you just might miss this small sign on the side of the road.
"If you become distracted by the view for just a second, you just might miss this small sign on the side of the road."
Chris & Amy Ayers


As we listened to others order, it seemed that the far-and-above favorite was the homemade milkshake, available in an assortment of flavors.
"As we listened to others order, it seemed that the far-and-above favorite was the homemade milkshake, available in an assortment of flavors."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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