*This dining experience took place in March 2015.
Cooke’s of Dublin located in Disney Springs (aka Downtown Disney) has to be my favorite quick service location at Downtown Disney. Sharing some kitchen facilities with Raglan Road Irish Pub, Cooke’s of Dublin offers a convenient way to grab your fish and chips and other Irish fare. One of my favorite things about Cooke’s of Dublin is that they offer tons of gluten free (and dairy free) options including many fried options. Of course, I tend to prefer dining in at Raglan Road, but Cooke’s of Dublin is my go-to when I need a delicious meal quickly at Disney Springs.
If you’re looking for a full review of Cooke’s of Dublin, check out the review on the Disney Food Blog. There are tons of photos and background about the restaurant itself. (note: the food featured on the Disney Food Blog is not gluten free or dairy free).
On this particular visit, I wanted to grab dinner after a work seminar before I headed home but didn’t really want to go to a table service restaurant. And, I was craving fried shrimp. Cooke’s of Dublin was definitely the obvious choice for my meal. When I arrived, I noticed that some of the menu options had changed and that the fried scallops & chips (which I adored) was no longer on the menu. This is such a bummer that they no longer carry this, but never fear. You can still get your fried scallops and sweet chili jam craving fixed by heading next door to Raglan Road. Raglan Road is still serving the scallops as an appetizer option.
I placed my shrimp & chips order at the counter and always double-check with the staff that the batter is still gluten free and dairy free. I have to admit that the wait for this was a bit longer than normal, which was a surprise as the restaurant wasn’t that busy (it was the end of Spring Break, so that was surprising). When it arrived, I could tell that my shrimp looked over-fried; however, it wasn’t until I ate them that I realized how over-fried they were. They still tasted good enough, but weren’t as delicious as they normally are due to the over-frying. Still, I had condiments on hand to smother the poor shrimp which helped.
I’ve never had a bad frying experience at Cooke’s of Dublin before, so I’m chalking this one up to some weird kitchen fluke and would still definitely get the shrimp & chips again.
Cooke’s of Dublin now has a gluten free dessert option (not dairy free): zucchini cupcakes. You can see photos and read about this new treat at Gluten Free in Orlando’s website. Or, you can stop around the corner to Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC and grab tons of delicious gluten free and allergy friendly treats (which is exactly what I did!).
Have you been to Cooke’s of Dublin? What did you order when you dined there?