*This dining experience took place in September 2014.
When it comes to good fish and chips and a pint of cider, there’s no place better than Raglan Road Irish Pub, located in Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs). With dedicated fryers and proper fried fish and chips (and more!), there’s a reason Raglan Road has been voted as one of the best gluten free places in Orlando. It’s my restaurant of choice, whenever I visit the Downtown Disney area, not only for great food but also for great entertainment.
On this particular occasion, I stopped by on a mid-week evening for a quick bite. I had originally planned to go to Cooke’s of Dublin for their delicious shrimp and chips (also gluten free and dairy free fried wonderfulness) but the quick service location was beyond packed. I was with my brother and his wife, and we quickly headed back to Raglan Road to see if they had any bar seating open. Thankfully, they did!
Of course, the first thing I did was order a Magners Irish Cider. I asked for their pear cider, which is my favorite, but they were out. So, plain cider it was. Not really needing to go through the menu, I quickly ordered the gluten free (and dairy free) fish and chips and onion rings to split with the group. I always double-check with the server or the bartender to confirm that the ingredients are still safe for me to consume.
I have to say, sitting at the bar with a proper pint of Magners is pretty much my idea of heaven after a long day (especially, after a long day of conferencing, which I was doing for the next several days).
I love Raglan Road’s onion rings. They are fried well and are nice and crispy. They are not overly battered which I really appreciate. My only slight complaints are that the gluten free fried items tend to be under-salted (which is a matter of opinion, but I don’t consider myself one to be adding salt frequently) and that they need to have a sauce to accompany the onion rings. My vote? The sweet chili onion jam. It’s so good! I do usually ask for it on the side but just forgot that night.
My fish and chips were delicious as always. If you’re not a big steak fry fan, you may want to ask for Skinny Chips as a substitution or on the side. I know Alexis from Gluten Free in Orlando is a big fan of these!
I absolutely adore their house-made tartar sauce which is just fresh and delicious. I think I need to do a top 10 condiments list one of these days. This would surely make the list (along with the sweet chili jam).
Overall, Raglan Road continues to be the best non-Disney owned restaurant on Disney property (with Cooke’s of Dublin being the best non-Disney owned quick service). Their attention to special diets and consistent offerings make this a location I will go to again and again!
If you’re not craving fried food, don’t worry. They have plenty of non-fried options. I’m a huge fan of their citrus salmon salad, and their shepherd’s pie has a huge gluten free following.
Have you been to Raglan Road Irish Pub? What’s your favorite dish to order?