The Ashburner Inn..NE Philly’s Best Kept Secret
By: Krista Doran
There’s plenty of places to get a bite to eat and a few drinks in NE Philly. In fact, some of the best food I have ever had was right in Mayfair. Just take a ride down Frankford Avenue and you’ll see everything you could possibly want. But just off the beaten path at 8400 Torresdale Avenue, there is a little place you might want to check out called The Ashburner Inn.
The Ashburner has really made a name for itself in the 6 years it has been in business. They are doing all the right things there from serving delicious, fresh food to treating their customers as true guests. I spoke to owner/operator Karen and what impressed me the most was how she spoke about her employees. She told me, “We have some of the friendliest servers in this area and all of them really care about making our guests happy.” One of the more well-known employees is their hostess Connie, who Karen described as a “treasure.” Connie, who has been there since The Ashburner first opened in 2005, is also an alter server at St. Bernard’s and St. Matt’s Churches in NE Philly. She is very popular with the Ashburner regulars, Karen explained. “Connie knows all of our regular guests. She makes them feel welcome and even bakes desserts at home and brings them in for them to sample. She knows all their birthdays and even brings them recipes.” Many of the employees have been there from the beginning. They take pride in what they do and it shows. I have been to The Ashburner myself several times and it has always been a great experience. There is a very warm and welcoming “family feel” to the place.
The Ashburner building itself is quite unique. From the exposed brick left in tact from the original structure to the church pews purchased from Holy Child Church on Broad Street before it was closed, these touches give the room a very interesting ambiance that you won’t find at other places. There is also a beautiful hand painted mural with hidden keys throughout that also lends to its eclectic decor. Everything about the building screams charm and it truly is a lovely place to have a nice dinner or meet friends for drinks.
As far as the food goes, it’s some of Philly’s best. From delicious appetizers like their Red or White Mussels, Philly Steak Rolls and Gorgonzola Piadine to mouth watering dinners of Baby Back Ribs, Bourbon Salmon, and their famous Chicken Parmigiana, you simply can’t go wrong. If sandwiches, burgers or pizza are more your style, The Ashburner does it up right with a wonderful menu of choice items that will satisfy the fussiest eater. They even have an authentic Italian brick oven, shipped directly from Italy that they use to make all of their pizzas. Their prices will also satisfy your wallet considering the price range of their entrees run between $12.00 – $19.00. The Ashburner also runs great specials every day of the week! Come in for their awesome daily lunch special and get any sandwich on the menu, accompanied by your choice of soup or salad for just $6.99. On Monday nights it’s Yuengs & Wings – get a bucket of their yummy wings and a pitcher of Yuengling Lager for just $11.95 – this is a great special for watching any games on their GI-HUGE-IC projection screen TV. Tuesday is Trivia Night with Dave Schafer. All my alumni from Bishop Conwell HS should remember Mr. Schafer who is now teaching at St. Hubert’s. From what I hear, the ladies still love him! Test your knowledge and enjoy $2.50 Heineken and Heineken Lite while winning great prizes! On Wednesdays, it’s Tarot Card night – a great time to spend with your friends. Thursdays at The Ashburner is Pizza Night – get a large pizza and a pitcher of PBR for just $10! Get ready for some great weekend fun at The Ashburner with a 6 – 10 pm Happy Hour offering great drink specials every week and starting in March, some of the best acoustic talent will perform live from 8 – 11 pm. To view all of their specials or events calendar please visit www.ashburnerinn.com.
Are you planning a party any time soon? If so, you don’t need to look any further for the perfect spot – The Ashburner has a beautiful room upstairs that will accommodate up to 100 people. The room is open and airy, with huge windows overlooking the bar downstairs. It has a classy yet casual feel to it and all the food is served buffet style. The room also has private restrooms and is wheel chair accessible. The Ashburner is known for making a fuss over their party guests and they will create a memorable experience by providing top notch food and excellent service at a great price.
For all you LOVE BIRDS looking for a romantic place to spend Valentine’s Day – The Ashburner has the BEST deal we have seen so far! The dinner package includes entree choices of Filet Mignon with 2 Jumbo Stuffed Black Tiger Shrimp, 4 Jumbo Stuffed Black Tiger Shrimp, Twin Filet Mignon, Surf & Turf or Twin Lobster Tails. You also get a crisp salad, Pearl Potato Medley, Broccoli, Double Chocolate Cake AND a bottle of Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio – all for just $60.00 per couple! This Valentine Special runs from February 11 through Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Sounds great, doesn’t it? You will definitely impress your loved one by choosing The Ashburner! To make your reservation call 215-333-9860.
The Ashburner Inn truly has it all and is for everyone who enjoys good food, outstanding service and great prices. You really can’t go wrong by choosing the Ashburner for dinner, drinks or your next party. Go there today and tell them The Out On The Town sent you!