FEED ME!: Ashton’s Frostop worth the stop

By on November 19, 2013
Ashton’s wayside drive-in open for apres ski noshing Photo Derek Stal

Ashton’s wayside drive-in open for apres ski noshing Photo Derek Stal

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – For more than 10 years, I drove by the ridiculously large rotating mug of frothy root beer with the life-sized fiberglass mama and baby bear at its base without stopping. Considering there is little else of interest in Ashton, Idaho, it is amazing I’ve never stopped.

This summer, I finally stopped at the Frostop Drive-In. Now that West Yellowstone’s cross-country and Nordic ski season underway, you should think about stopping too.

If you feel yourself hankering for a shake after a long day of Nordic skiing, even though it’s colder now than it was in August, I recommend Frostop’s strawberry shake over its raspberry one.

Ashton’s wayside drive-in open for apres ski noshing Photo Derek Stal

Ashton’s wayside drive-in open for apres ski noshing Photo Derek Stal

I also recommend going into the main building rather than trusting the teenaged waitress shuffling between the kitchen and your car to fully explain the huge variety of flavors available. She gave me maybe five options. Walking inside later, I saw there were more like a dozen, including Reese’s. The shakes’ thickness is so perfect, however, that most any flavor will be good. Some, like the strawberry, which is chock full of real strawberries, will be better than others, such as the saccharine-tasting raspberry. I bet the Reese’s would be best of all.

The “real” food items on Frostop’s menu are of a type of food that I only eat when I’m on the road and there’s nothing else available for miles around: jalapeno poppers, battered cheesesticks, shrimp baskets, breaded chicken sandwiches, chicken strips, tater tots (served with ranch, marinara, or fry sauce), halibut sandwiches with tartar sauce, and iceberg lettuce salad. You can get an appetizer combo basket of deep fried zucchini, jalapeno poppers, deep fried mushrooms, and onion rings for $7.29. The menu is bigger, but you get the gist.

Ninety-nine percent of the time that I’ve been hungry and the options were to either eat a gutful of fried food or gnaw my own arm off and I went with the former, I’ve immediately regretted I didn’t nibble on my own arm.

Frostop is the exception. Any tater tot can be amazing when swimming in fry sauce but Frostop’s are just the right balance of grease and crunch. We put a handful in a pocket to enjoy later and, though cold and slightly smushed, they still had a nice bite.

A grilled ham and cheese sandwich on wheat bread was grilled to perfect gooey-ness, even if the melted cheese didn’t extend all the way to the edges of the bread.

The table next to us ordered the chicken strip basket and a shrimp basket. Each overflowed from its respective basket. Portion sizes at the Frostop are perfect after a long day of Nordic skiing.

The corn dog is on the kids’ menu. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box and order it for an appetizer.

Frostop Drive-In, 26 U.S. 20, Ashton, 208-652-7762, frostopdrivein.com. Fried foods from $3.99, sandwiches and baskets from $7.99. Milkshakes start at $3.99. Open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.

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