Located in Downtown Disney beside Raglan Road and Hole in the Wall Bar you’ll find the unassuming, but awesome!!!, Cooke’s of Dublin.
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Styled as a traditional fish and chips shop, the menu is a veritable treasure trove of goodies. And we’re not just talking bacon, cheese, fried stuff, and candy bars…we’re talking the epitome of bacon, cheese, fried stuff, and candy bars!!
(OK, I’m selling them seriously short, they ALSO have great salads and grilled wraps, so be sure to read on and give them their due even if you’re NOT a lover of cheese, bacon, fried stuff, and candy bars.)
The decor of Cookes, both inside and out, is vintage and traditional. Except for the steamy Florida humidity, you really might think you’d stumbled into Dublin.
Inside, this is a tiny, skinny little shop with very minimal seating (that’s code for “go to Cookes at an off time so that you get a seat).
The indoor seating consists of a few highboy tables and some mixed booth and chair seating. There are a few tables outside as well. The reason for this is pretty simple: Cookes considers itself a “take away” establishment. They don’t really expect you to hang around. 😉
And if you want to know more about what Cookes is thinking, they make it plain with this philosophy hung on the wall. You know right up front that there might be a bit of a wait, but that it will most likely be worth it.
The ordering area is pretty typical of a take away spot. But I kind of love the green and white subway tiles and tile floor. Classy. 😉
So, we’ve shown you just about everything (like I said… it’s small), so let’s get to the good stuff!!!
While fish and chips might be what first comes to mind when you think of Cookes (and it should — it’s awesome), they also carry a large assortment of savory pies, salads, sandwiches, and sides. Unique desserts, too!
Be sure to click on the menu below and make the pic bigger so you can read about all the really interesting options here.
The kids’ menu features some grown-up dishes, which is nice. Shrimp, fish, and battered sausages bring the Cookes theme to the kiddos, too. But no worries — there are things here for the picky eaters.
Since the drink station is DIY, we’re assuming you can also take advantage of free refills (I did). And they have enough options that you can make a pretty decent suicide mix.
Condiments here are plentiful (my kinda place), including tartar sauce and ketchup for your fish and chips.
You’ll also find a nice assortment of British bottled condiments, like malt vinegar and HP sauce, to dress up your goodies.
Now, let’s get down to what I ordered! This menu is like a big ol’ playground for me, so I had a really hard time deciding! And, as always when that happens, I tried to figure out what YOU guys would want to see.
My tunnel vision was immediately drawn to the “Sides, Chips, and Dips” on the menu, so I started there.
Wondering what they were, I ordered the Skinny Chips thinking that they’d be a “good for you” option. Turns out (duh, AJ) they’re just “skinny” french fries compared to the thicker cut chips that come standard with your entree.
But it was a lucky mistake, because these were outrageously good. When I was there, they came in this delicious Garlic and Parmesan version, but according to the Cookes website, they also come with Thyme and Rock Salt now as well. More goodness to look forward to!
And with extra chips, I certainly needed some dip, right? I couldn’t resist the Irish Vintage Cheese and Bacon Dip.
Moving on to the actual entrees, I picked out a couple that I knew you’d want to see! (If you’re curious about the savory pies, be sure to read this guest review of dinner that included one!)
First up, The Original One & One – Fish and Chips is what Cookes is known for.
And they are amazing. Everything is so fresh, and served piping hot. The chips are that perfect texture. Not too crunchy, not too limp. They’ve got just enough oil left in them to make them soft and tender.
The fish is firm but flaky, and very fresh. The batter’s top notch. I think you’ll enjoy this even if you aren’t a big fish fan.
The other thing that I simply had to check out was the Battered Burger! I’d heard about it and I really wanted to see what it looked like, so I figured you would, too. It sounded so decadent…
And it was. Basically, this is a standard burger that’s dipped in batter and fried, then served as normal with some condiments and sauces.
I think I expected something a bit thicker and juicer, and the patty was a bit overdone for my liking, but I like the concept of this dish. I’d rank it a 6 out of 10 on flavor, but an 8 out of 10 on concept!
There were some really great things about the sandwich, though. The bun was amazing. Clearly fresh-baked, it was soft on the inside with a perfect crust outside.
And the garlic mayonnaise and flavorful tomato chutney – the same that you’ll find on Raglan Road’s cheeseburger – really elevate the sandwich.
While I didn’t have dessert on this visit, there were some really fun options to choose from.
Don’t the Cupcakes look interesting? I can’t wait to dig into one of them. If you’ve had the pleasure, weigh in below and let us know your opinion! Should we add them to the cupcake crawl?
This Strawberry Shortcake, which resembles a roulade, looked gorgeous, and it’s a pretty interesting take on a classic dessert. I wonder if it stands up to the stiff Strawberry Shortcake competition elsewhere in Disney World.
And while the Strawberry Meringues looked fresh and are a traditional option, I’m not a big fan of meringue.
I probably would have chosen one of the other options, or the amazing Doh-Bar — a deep-fried candy bar that’s out of this world.
As always, I left Cookes very full and very happy.
I think it’s official: I’ve crowned Cookes of Dublin one of my most favorite counter service stops in all of Disney World.
You can’t go wrong including a trip to Cookes in your plans, whether you’re paying as you go, or are using the Disney Dining Plan.
With incredible good value; fresh, quality food; and interesting menu items; Cookes is most certainly a winner, and we highly recommend it!
Are you a big fan of Cookes of Dublin? Leave us a comment and tell us your favorite dish!