Ashys Burger & Fries, Paoli

November 15th, 2010

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Ashys Burgers & Fries is a little storefront operation in the Paoli Shopping Center serving up excellent hand-crafted, fresh (never frozen) burgers, lots of fries, as well as some Mediterranean specialties like hummus, falafel and stuffed grape leaves.

The heart of this operation is the burger. It’s thicker than 5 Guys (to which this place will draw a lot of comparison) — about 1/3lb, but similar to the aforementioned franchise, the menu states that all burgers will be cooked well done, due to health concerns. This is certainly a shame, but our first burger was closer to medium well; it had a nicely seasoned char on the outside, with just a bit of pink in the still-juicy middle. The second burger we had was fully gray, and a tad drier, but still flavorful. Surprisingly, the bun may be the star here: it’s large and pillowy, and soaks up the meat juice expertly well. It’s dense and flavorful – almost brioche-like. A light toasting at the time of plating brings a sweetness that adds a certain complexity to the sandwich.

A variety of free toppings are available — both standard, like lettuce and tomato (which were both a bit too close to white), ketchup, mustard, bbq, etc., as well as a bit more adventurous, like blue cheese and cucumber-yogurt sauce. There doesn’t appear to be a choice of cheeses, other than the blue, or the Swiss on some of their specialty burgers, which would be a nice addition to the menu. Speaking of specialty burgers, we tried the “Ultimate Mushroom & Swiss”, which featured mushrooms & Swiss, obviously, plus lettuce, tomato, bacon and Ashys’ garlic sauce. I was a bit worried that it’d be more mushroom than burger, but, in actuality, each ingredient was used sensibly. Different bites produced different flavors — a bite of smoky bacon here, a wisp of earthy mushroom there. All in all, it was a hearty and satisfying burger without ever feeling over-the-top or unbalanced.

Ashys fries are somewhat pedestrian; though nicely crispy, they are about the same fries you’ll find at any pizza joint up and down Rt. 30. This isn’t to say that there is anything wrong with them — they play a nice foil to the burger — just that they don’t stand out as anything special. Start with a single order; we tried a “couple” (medium) and had enough for about a week.

As exciting as it is to have a good burger place around, personally there may have been more excitement anticipating Ashys’ Mediterranean specialties. I’m a sucker for good falafel, and haven’t really found a good spot to get it this far out in the ‘burbs. Ashys’ version comes with four deep-fried patties, lettuce, tomato, onion and cucumber-yogurt sauce, all piled on lafa-style flatbread. Once again, the bread seems to be the star here – it is soft and chewy, providing just enough support for the dense sandwich. The falafel patties are crispy on the outside and wonderfully creamy within, and the yogurt sauce provides a nice tang. Washed-out iceberg and pink tomatoes can perhaps be overlooked on a burger, but they cause more of an issue here, where it’s all about the veggies. It’d be nice to put a bit of Ashys’ homemade hummus on the sandwich as well – though it isn’t really necessary, it certainly would take things to yet another level.

Service is bright and cheerful. The owner and staff go out of their way to be friendly, and on several occasions were noted remembering repeat customers. (It’s also worth noting that there are already a fair amount of repeat customers!)

All in all, Ashys is a great addition to the Paoli neighborhood. There’s nothing on the menu over $8, and portions are quite generous. One should have no problem filling their belly for less than $10, quite a fair price to pay for quality comfort food and prompt, friendly service.


Ashys Burger & Fries
82 East Lancaster Ave
Paoli, PA 19301
P 610-640-1800
F 610-640-1801
Open everyday from 11:00 am to 9:00pm

9 Responses to “Ashys Burger & Fries, Paoli”

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  1. Kaelsma says:

    I’m planning on grabbing something to eat at Ashy’s tomorrow night before I go to the theater. I originally planned on getting a burger but, since so many of the reviews say that Five Guys is better (and I HATE HATE HATE Five Guys), I guess I’ll go with a gyro.

  2. paoli paulie says:

    Great food. Been there 5 times in the last 3 weeks. I give the burgers 4 out of 5 starts. They are good. Five guys is better.
    The gyro’s are incredible, the salmon sandwhich is great. The gries were perfect and crisp.
    My pet peeve is taht they should have a banner presenting the items and their prices. you have to grab a paper take out menu to read what they have.

  3. Tina says:

    My husband and I have visited Ashby’s on several occasions. The menu is much more extensive than that other burger place at Gateway.

    We get the the specialty burgers and have found them great. Our favorite is the Special Ultimate Fries Burger. It is a nod to the Pittsburgh style sandwiches with fries. The buns are incredible and come from LeBus. The fries are a lot less greasy than most places and have a crisp exterior with a soft meaty potato texture inside.

    After reading the other postings, I may have to try the Gyro, too.

    This has become one of our favorite go to places in the neighborhood. It was a desperately needed addition to the Paoli Shopping Center.

  4. Michael says:

    Ate at ashby’s last week. The burgers and the service were pretty poor. I went at 2 pm thinking a good time to go. The burgers may or mat not be frozen but the fries are frozen not like five guys…..Avoid here and go to five guys.

  5. paoli paulie says:

    So I had me a burger here, the first day they were opened. The burger was good. I liked the toasty bun. the meat didn’t seem hand pattied. And although they say, ‘never frozen’, i think there may be some stretching of the truth there. It was a good burger. Sorry to say it’s no five guys. But I will be back to eat there, and reading these reviews I will have to try the gyro’s.
    It also seemed they didn’t have a system down like five guys. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a broken system – I just like that efficiency of five guys churning out orders in assembly like fashion .

  6. Casey Stewert says:

    I went there on a Thursday for lunch and it was very crowded. I ordered the veggie burger with fries, the women at the register was very friendly greeted me by saying hello how are you? I always find it hared to find a good veggie burger but this place by far has the best one I have had in years. Their bun was so soft and the veggie burger tasted home mad. The fries were so hot and crispy it was the best meal I had in a long time. Two thumbs up!!

  7. Selena says:

    I just ate Ashys Burger this weekend. There fries are amazing! I am a lover of five guys and found the burgers to be equally as good! I would definitely recommend it to a friend

  8. Sean says:

    How can Ashy’s claim an award “wining” menu when they haven’t even opened their first location yet?

    Confusingly broad menu, but I’ll definitely try it!

    • Sean says:

      I visited this past weekend. Nice family-friendly place with a pleasant staff (FYI: Same owners as Kabab Cafe in the Gateway Shopping Center).

      We ordered a couple cheeseburgers, a gyro sandwich and fries. The cheeseburgers were only “so so”. The meat seemed pre-formed, dense and flavorless (no competition for Five Guys here). The fries are good but not better than Five Guys.

      I have to say that I’m more intrigued by the Mediterranean dishes. The gyro sandwich was delicious! I’m also looking forward to trying the Falafel.

      I would definitely come back but I’d avoid the burgers.

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