Ashling on the Lough
So on our recent visit to Kenosha to preview some participating restaurants for Kenosha’s Restaurant Week, our last one before heading out of town was Ashling on the Lough. It’s located right across the street from the Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum. As we arrived the sun was still shining and it was a little windy, but as our meal went on, the sky darkened, the snow starting coming down heavily and the wind started howling - pushing the snow sideways close to the ground. It was a good time to sit next to the fire burning stove that was behind our table and nosh on comfort food.
We started with some colcannon poppers, which were quite tasty - made from whipped Yukon golds combined with Irish cheddar, cabbage and sautéed onions rolled in panko and fried and served with Guinness gravy. It was a great start to our meal.
If you head there for Kenosha Restaurant Week, they are offering two dinner menus - one is $20, but another is $30 and includes a little more. The $30 option gives you three choices for a starter and the colcannon poppers are one of them.
I didn’t realize until the bill came, but we were there during “Hoppy Hour” when the apps and tapped brews are just $4. So, keep that in mind if you are heading there for dinner or a pint.
I went back and forth for a bit on what to order. The Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness Pot Roast sounded so good (they are both part of the restaurant week menu as well), but I’d been eating so much heavy stuff on the trip, that I wanted to go a little lighter so I ordered the Shannon River Salmon - a fresh Atlantic grilled filet with homemade dill cream sauce on sautéed spinach with roasted potatoes. It was perfectly cooked and just what I needed. That dill sauce tho...wow!
Hubby went for his favorite Irish classic - corned beef & cabbage. The slow roasted brisket was shredded and served with buttered cabbage and potato. The corned beef was so tender and the whipped potatoes were fantastic.
We were going to skip dessert...until hubby heard “Bailey’s cheesecake.” I figured we would each have a bite and wrap it to go because we were so full. But, before we knew it, we had polished it off. And then we ordered a new one to take home because it was so awesome. :) It was a perfect finish.
We loved the lovely, fun pub atmosphere - even on a Thursday night when it wasn’t super busy. We enjoyed sitting by the fire and enjoying our meal before hitting the road in the snowstorm. We will have to revisit in warmer weather - I’m sure the view is spectacular.
Learn more about the place and view the full menu at ashlingonthelough.com.
**Our visit to Kenosha was hosted by the Kenosha Area CVB. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.