Thai’d up

Pon Thai: Co-owner Pon Wyatt whips up classics, such as Pad Thai, as well as more elaborate curries of catfish or seafood. Max Cooper
Pon Thai: Co-owner Pon Wyatt whips up classics, such as Pad Thai, as well as more elaborate curries of catfish or seafood. Max Cooper

Thai food has become a mainstay of the Stop-and-Go convenience store on Sweeten Creek Road. In 2007, Little Bee Thai set up in the small corner kitchen. After it moved out in 2012, Toi's Thai Food took over for a few months. As of February, the restaurant is Pon's Thai Cuisine.

The small size of the kitchen both limits and enhances the experience of eating in the Stop-and-Go. The food isn't exactly fast because the kitchen only holds a couple of people, but that rugged intimacy means diners speak directly with the owner and cook.

Pon Wyatt heads up the latest Thai venture with her husband, Danny, who says the business is settling in with ease. “It's not something you would normally see in a gas station,” he says. “The response in this community is tremendous to Thai food.”

If you've eaten at Toi's, the menu at Pon’s will seem familiar. Staple dishes, including pineapple fried rice, curries and pad thai, remain, and Pon has added catfish, seafood and crispy duck to the lineup. She also cooks “Thai spicy” (hotter than hot) by request.

Pon's, 3101 Sweeten Creek Road, offers delivery within a two-mile radius. It's open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, it’s open from noon to 8 p.m. with the dinner menu only.

Longing for Little Bee? Rick and Took Corcoran are gearing up for another season at the French Broad Food Co-op tailgate market, where they sell take-home curries and spring rolls. Look for their booth in the parking lot at 76 Biltmore Ave. on Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., beginning with the first market on April 3.

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