Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant Review (Brunch)

I am now counting down the days until I make my return to the great state of Maryland and my second home town of Baltimore. With less than a week to go until I trade in the pristine perfectness of Florida winter for the harsh reality of the colder climate up north, I wanted to make the most of my final week and jumped at the chance to meet up with friends and fellow bloggers Alexis (from Gluten Free in Orlando) and Sarah (from Gluten Free and Dairy Free at Walt Disney World). 

After deliberating what meal to have (breakfast? lunch? brunch? dinner?), and where to go (with Disney's multiple possibilities), we decided on Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Downtown Disney- make that Disney Springs- for brunch. 

Having loved this restaurant as a kid as it was one of my family's favorite places to take out-of-town guests, I had pretty high expectations and couldn't wait to come back and rediscover them all over again.

Raglan Road's Rollicking Sunday brunch runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and features an expansive menu featuring lunch, brunch, and breakfast dishes accompanied by authentic Irish music and step dancers. The combination of the three makes for a lighthearted affair that's sure to please every member of the family. We had a reservation at 11:30 am, which proved to be perfect timing as the restaurant's signature entertainment- a live Irish band and Irish step dancers- began at noon.

After looking over the menu, which has an impressive number of gluten and dairy free options, I was torn between the smoked salmon omelet and the chicken and pancetta sandwich. One featured my favorite fish and breakfast food and the other featured the allure of a "locally made bun," so both were promising. After deliberation, I decided to go for the omelet due to the allure of trying something completely new. Wanting to add a few more veggies to my plate, I opted for a side of crushed garden peas.



When it arrived I was impressed with the arrangement and portion size of the dish. The omelet was accompanied by roasted potatoes, a roasted tomato, and smoked salmon on the side.

Being that this was my first encounter with smoked salmon, I took a bite of that first. Salty and smokey, I was not an immediately won over by the delicacy. A few bites more did not win me over; it was good, but not something I'd seek out in the future. The omelet surprised me, on the other hand, as I discovered a filet of cooked salmon, tomatoes, and chives, tucked into the center of the egg dish. The eggs were cooked well: not overly done or too soggy. By far I preferred this salmon preparation, and gave the omelet two thumbs up.

The breakfast potatoes, while a smaller portion, were "knock your socks off" good. Roasted to perfection and sprinkled with course salt crystals, they were simply delicious. As a reluctant potato eater, I had no problem polishing off my allotment and wished I had a few more to enjoy!




The crush garden peas, also won my seal of approval. Sweet and crushed (but not mushy), they were simple, yet satisfying. The portion was pretty big for the $5.00 price tag and easily add a serving of veggies to your meal.



Overall, I really enjoyed Raglan Road for the food, atmosphere, and service. Out waitress was outstanding with requesting our food "allergies" without our prompting and attentive to the intricacies of the ingredients for overlapping dietary restrictions. It has earned the distinction of my go-to restaurant at Downtown Disney (er... Disney Springs) and I cannot wait to return and taste more of their culinary creations. Word on the street is that they are getting a dedicated gluten-free menu next month and potentially adding more gluten-free and dairy-free desserts to the line up, so there's reason enough to go back for more! 

The Basics

Address: Downtown Disney/Disney Springs: 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Website: www.raglanroad.com
Cuisine: Pub fare and Irish specialties- fish 'n' chips, shepherd's pie, fried onion rings, etc.
Ideal For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Dessert
Price: $30 and under
Accessibility: Easily wheelchair accessible, could be a bit tricky if crowded 
Special Features: Check out their event and entertainment calendar at this link.

Disclaimer: Restaurant reviews are based upon the information I have at the time of the review and do not reflect changes in ingredients or availability of items. Please contact the restaurant directly for up-to-date information and feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I was not compensated for this review and it is a reflection of my personal opinion.

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