The fall dinner menu at the Ashburn at Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel is to die for. You should know that this is not your typical airport or hotel restaurant. The Ashburn is a gastropub that serves American food with a twist, and uses locally sourced and crafted ingredients whenever possible. Dinner at this restaurant will wow you.
About the Ashburn:
When we were asked to host a dinner to preview the fall menu with some of our favorite food influencers at The Ashburn At The Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, we were so happy to share this hidden gem with them, and you guys! We’ve eaten there before (check out all the pictures here) and think this place needs to be known and talked about by more people, for their delicious, locally sourced food.
The Ashburn is inspired by aviation and Chicago’s first flying field, and they serve American food with a fun flair, often combining Mexican flavors with American classics. Chef Jose Garay, who was born and raised in Mexico city, concepts many of the dishes. He loves inserting flavors and cooking techniques used by his mother and grandmother, so you know the food is made with love and care! Him and his team are constantly working to source amazing products and ingredients from the local area, so you will see the menu change as the seasons do.
The Ashburn is inspired by aviation and Chicago’s first flying field, and they serve American food with a fun flair, often combining Mexican flavors with American classics. Chef Jose Garay, who was born and raised in Mexico city, concepts many of the dishes. He loves inserting flavors and cooking techniques used by his mother and grandmother, so you know the food is made with love and care! Him and his team are constantly working to source amazing products and ingredients from the local area, so you will see the menu change as the seasons do. —– The Ashburn also participates in the Flavor by Loews Hotels initiative, which focuses on bringing the local flavors of the area to the hotel. Flavor O’Hare is meant to bring some of the Chicago’s favorite neighborhood artisans to travelers, who may not have time to visit the city if they’re there on business. Many of the menu items we tried included ingredients from local Rare Bird Preserves,Veruca Chocolates, and Filbert’s Root Beer.
The Ashburn is perfect for meetings and events, as they can seat a lot of people. But of course if you are there with a small group, sit at the bar or just grab a smaller table. There is room for everyone! Now, let’s dive into this amazing menu!
Fall Dinner Menu
Like their food menu, the drink selection is extensive, and cocktails change with the seasons. Pictured are the Red Berry Rose Mojito, the Ginger Margarita and the “20th Century” complete with Bailey’s, Caramel, Vodka and Espresso. Not pictured are a few cocktails that include Filbert’s Root Beer Products like the Root Beer Old Fashioned (which we have tried, and YUM!) as well at the “Carry On” which is a lightened up version of a Moscow Mule that uses Diet Ginger Beer. There’s a cocktail for every palate here.
The Ashburn also has quite the list of wines and beers, so there truly is something everyone will enjoy.
Appetizers & Salads:
Pictured above are the BBQ Shrimp & Grits, and the Angus Beef Pizzadilla. For us, the Shrimp & Grits were some of the BEST we have ever had, seriously! This says a lot, we spend about 2 weeks every year in Louisiana visiting my dad, so we are tough critics of this dish. Everyone in our group raved about how perfect the shrimp & grits were. Complete with a mango relish, and perfectly cooked Cajun, cheddar grits. Delicious.
And how can you go wrong with an Angus Beef Pizzadilla? A combo of a quesadilla and a pizza is genius, and what they put inside made it perfect. Beef Braised Angus flap sirloin, Oaxaca style cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, grilled tomatillo salsa, guacamole and sour cream.
The Ashburn taught us to truly NEVER underestimate a salad. Pictured above are the Ashburn Chopped Salad, and the Baby Arugula and Quinoa Salad. Our personal favorite? The Ashburn chopped salad, holy smokes! Iceburg lettuce, tomato, bacon, avocado, tortilla strips, cheddar cheese and a jalapeno ranch we seriously want to bathe in.
The Baby Arugula and Quinoa Salad should not be missed either. This salad had the perfect hint of sweetness, with ingredients that are wholesome and delicious. Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, cranberries and grape tomatoes on a bed of baby arugula and perfectly cooked quinoa. Light, colorful and tasty.
Main Courses & Sides:
Luckily, everything we tried was served family style, so we got to try everything. There was still an insane amount of food to go around. So much so that EVERYONE took home leftovers. Leftovers for breakfast never sounded better in the days to follow the party!
Pictured above is the Firewood Roasted Trout, BBQ Rotisserie Chicken and the Guinness Beer Braised Beef Short Ribs. We can’t pick a favorite, as all 3 dishes brought such incredible flavor.
The Firewood Roasted Trout was served with a Rare Bird Preserves cranberry-clementine glaze, and had just the right touch of sweet and tanginess. The BBQ Rotisserie Chicken was cooked to perfection and was incredibly tender, unlike most chicken you order at restaurants. It was coated in a Filbert’s Root Beer Glaze and was finger lickin’ good! The Beer Braised Beef Short Ribs also shocked us, as again, this is something we don’t often order at restaurants. All we can say is WOW. It was so incredibly tender, and served with crispy shallots. An absolute delight.
We also had some signature sides to accompany dinner. Roasted Root Vegetables, Poblano Mashed Potatoes, and Elote. Our favorite was the Poblano Mashed Potatoes, I mean, look at them! After all of this food, we still somehow managed to save some room for dessert.
Last but most certainly not least, the desserts. These masterpieces were truly works of art. We tried the Tres Leches Pretzel Pudding with Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam. This was absolutely perfect. Salty, sweet and savory. Just incredible. We can’t forget about the Veruca Chocolate S’mores and House Made Gelato. So sinful and so delicious.
If you find yourself in Rosemont or near O’Hare Airport, please consider dining at the Ashburn at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel! We would love to hear about your experience.
We also think it’s important to mention that this is a paid partnership with the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel. We were hired to take photographs, host an event and do a write up afterwards. As we have worked with them before, this sounded like a perfect fit for us, as we tried it an loved it. All opinions are our own.
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