Today is a special edition of the Friday Feast on Saturday! Ok I’m lying…I couldn’t get it together to post this yesterday, so it’s going up today. Special edition sounds so much more fun!
I’ve been talking about healthy foods at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the Friday Feast for the past 2 weeks and recapping the Healthy Living Summit all this week…notice the healthy theme. Well for all of you that like to indulge in the “not so healthy” options every now and then, you’re in luck because we’re switching gears today and visiting Raglan Road to try some of their heartier dishes.
Located in the (now defunct) Pleasure Island section of Downtown Disney, Raglan Road is one of my favorite restaurant in all of Walt Disney World. This restaurant holds a special place in my heart because it was the first full service restaurant B and I ate at on his first trip to the World in 2007. This past May we returned here for a quick lunch on the last of our trip before heading to the airport, and let’s just say we ordered some less than healthy options.
I first want to show you some of the amazing decor. The entire restaurant was built in Ireland and shipped in pieces to Downtown Disney. The dark wood and stained glass detailing are absolutely stunning. It is incredibly warm and inviting making this Irish girl feel right at home. In the evenings, there is live Irish music and dance performances. It is very high energy and a lot of fun! Fair warning it can be loud, so if you’re looking for a nice quiet spot for dinner, this might not be it. This is why lunch is a good option, you get all the atmosphere in a more peaceful setting.
The lunch menu is a nice variety of lighter salads and sandwiches, plus the traditional hearty Irish fare like Shepard’s Pie, Fish & Chips, and Bangers & Mash.
I started with a Half and Half, which is half Harp and half Guinness. This is one of my favorite beers because you get the bitterness from the Guinness followed by the refreshing Harp. Delish! I opted for the soup of the day for my appetizer, which was wild mushroom. I seriously could have eaten a whole bucket of this. It was rich, creamy and oh so good. It was topped with some fried onions and had a puff pastry stick on the side for dipping.
For our main dishes, B went for the Beefy Briskey sandwich, minus the horseradish cream. He substituted Irish cheddar instead. This was a monster of a sandwich and it lived up to it’s beefy name. The brisket was actually quite moist and the tangy cheddar was a nice addition. It also came with a giant pail of fries and a tiny little salad.
I went for one of my favorite all time dishes, Fish & Chips. I always enjoy the Fish & Chips over at Rose & Crown in Epcot, but I must say that this blows it out of the water. The batter was light and crispy…perfect to be soaked in lemon and malt vinegar! I also really like their chips very crunchy.
I was stuffed, but B wanted to try dessert. He went with the Bailey’s Creme Brûlée Tart…I mean, how can you go wrong with that?!? I of course had a bite. The Bailey’s flavor was nice, but overall it was entirely too sweet for me. However, I’m not much of a dessert person, but I might not be the best judge here.
Raglan Road seems to be a place that we gravitate towards for a nice quiet lunch, usually on the last day of our trip. The food is always good and the friendly atmosphere makes you feel right at home. I’d highly recommend it next time you are in the World.
In October, I’m very excited to have booked a culinary demonstration with Raglan Road’s Chef Kevin Dundon during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Stay tuned for a full review of that coming up!
Have you been to Raglan Road?