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Crisp's Dairy Treat a classic American drive-in

Jun. 13, 2012 @ 06:20 PM

ASHLAND -- With more than 50 years of history, Crisp's Dairy Treat in Ashland is a classic American drive-in.

Established in 1960, the restaurant is still run by one of its original founders, Raymond Crisp, and his son Duane. The restaurant has a established a large following for its hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade onion rings and frozen desserts.

"My brother, my father and I started this restaurant," said co-owner Raymond Crisp. "We started in 1960 where Speedway was and were there for 10 years. When our lease with Ashland Oil expired, they took their property back and that's when construction on Route 60 started. We moved over here and moved the house that was originally sitting on this property. We have been there for 42 years now. We're located near Armco Park so a lot of people walk over from there, or pick up their food in their automobiles and go over to the park and eat it."

Every morning at the Dairy Treat seems to start the same way, with a massive bowl of onions. The stand's famous onion rings are washed, sliced and battered by hand each day.

"We go through about 100 pounds of onions each day," Crisp said. "We think our menu has a lot to do with why we've been around for so long. Our hot dogs and homemade onion rings continue to be our two best sellers. We also have a good line of hand-dipped and soft serve ice creams."

Popular desserts at the Dairy Treat include "Flurries" similar to Dairy Queen's "Blizzards," Chocolate malts and the "Tangerine Twist," a soft-serve ice cream dessert whose flavor resembles that of a creamsicle. Hard-serve ice cream flavors include rocky road, pralines and cream, and birthday cake. Chocolate, vanilla and peanut butter milkshakes made with Jif peanut butter are popular.

The Dairy Treat's signature items include the "Twinburger," made with two hamburger patties, the quarter-pound "Crispy Burger," a steak sandwich, footlong hot dogs, and fried chicken strips. The Dairy Treat is known for its hot dogs slathered in mustard and a homemade sauce. While a few items have been added over the years it has mostly stayed the same.

"We have a lot of repeat customers," Crisp said. "Because we're not back off the main road, we have to have a lot of repeat customers. We have a lot of people who were raised in this area. I've had them tell me that when their kids were visiting they would stop here and get a hot dog before they would come home."

Crisp's Dairy Treat is located at 1816 W. Ike Patton Dr., in Ashland, next to Speedway. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cash, check and all major forms of credit cards are accepted. For more information, call 606-928-8193.

If you go: Crisp's Dairy Treat

Type of food: Drive-in, ice cream

Address: 1816 W. Ike Patton Dr., Ashland

Phone number: 606-928-8193

Payments accepted: Cash, check and all major credit cards

Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday.

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