Where to eat? Lunch at Cookes of Dublin in Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney
Located in Downtown Disney, Cookes of Dublin offers counter-service "pub food" for Walt Disney World visitors craving a taste of Ireland, without the fuss or wait of an actual pub or full-service restaurant.
Cookes' self-proclaimed speciality is fish & chips, which it declares the "Finest" on its menu and signage. But that's not what I ordered when I visited Orlando last month.
I have a confession: I love pies. Not American-style sweet pies (though I do enjoy a slice of blueberry or apple now and then). It's English-style savory pies that I adore. My favorite pies are from a UK company called Pieminister, which makes the single greatest pie I've ever enjoyed: the "Pietanic," a seafood pie with haddock, salmon and prawns. It kills me that I can't get these pies in America, so I never pass up a chance to try a good savory pie when I see one on a menu.
When I walked past Cookes and saw "Dublin Style Pies" offered on its menu board, I knew where I'd be having lunch. I opted for the Chicken and Field Mushroom Pie, with chicken breast, mushrooms, leeks and potatoes, served with chips, which Americans will recognize as French fries. ($11.95)
This isn't your typical American-diner chicken pot pie, drowning in pasty gravy and salt. Packed with shredded chicken breast and leeks, Cookes' pie offered a clean balance of meat and vegetables, under a delightful flaky crust. I finished every bite, and would be happy to return for a second helping upon a future visit to Downtown Disney.
At nearly $12, it's not a cheap counter-service meal, but Cookes' chicken pie delivered enough white meat chicken in its serving to provide good value for the price. I only wish that more counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World would follow the lead of their siblings at the Disneyland Resort and serve with real plates and cutlery, instead of the ubiquitous plastic, paper and foil found at WDW. A real fork would have allowed me to enjoy this pie even more than I did.
Cookes also offers a ground beef and lamb pie, in addition to a selection of fried fish, shrimp, scallops and sausages, as well as wraps, salads and burgers (including a battered and fried burger!) Alas, there's no seafood pie on the menu.
Have you eaten at Cookes? If so, please share your experience with a comment.
This looks Great Robert. I have walked past this place many times and I will now have to stop in.
Thanks for the review Robert. I've often considered eating at Cookes since it's in a bit of a chokepoint in DTD, but I've never ventured in. I'll give them a shot the next time I'm in town since I love a great savory pie.
Brian, it was between Splitsville and Cookes for lunch, and my pie addiction led me to Cookes. But I am looking forward to trying Splitsville sometime. I've heard good things.
I have never eaten here, but I am going to now that you recommended it. I LOVE chicken pot pies. They are my favorite. When I eat there I am going to specifically tell them that Robert Niles recommended it so he gets credit for the sale.
Funny thing that today I ate chicken pot pie at KFC.
I ate their twice for a simple fish and chips. First time was just week after it opened. We got a decent portion and it was really good. The second time, a few years later, we got the same and it was terrible. The portion was very small, the batter around the fish much to think and the service was bad and the place was filthy with no one in sight to clean stuff up. Never been there again.
Cookes is a must-do for us every trip. We always get the fish and chips and love it. We took my parents last year and they were less than impressed. I would love to try the pies, but it would be difficult for me to go in and not order the usual. Love it!
My favorite - and usually the only place - I eat at Downtown Disney. Years ago they did offer a fish pie which I remember was filled with un-battered whitefish (probably the same as the fish and chips); mushrooms, carrots and peas. It was fantastic. Two years ago I was in Orlando and had been looking forward to the fish pie, but it was gone. I was happy with the chicken, but it wasn't the same as the fish.
Get the deep fried cheeseburger its awesome.
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