Here’s one of those Disney World gems that you don’t even know is there. You stumble across it on your way to the movie theater, or to the Lego store, or to World of Disney. It’s not in your dining plans, because you didn’t know it existed, but you’re hungry, so you’ll take a second to see what they’ve got on the menu…
Well, let me just say that Cookes of Dublin has quite a menu. It’s chock full of your favorite stereotypical Irish cuisine — hand-battered daily fish selections, fresh chips (fries), beef and lamb pie, crushed peas, and Irish sausages — but they also cook up some interesting extras, like chicken wings in Whiskey and crushed pepper glaze, “skinny” chips with curry dip, Atlantic sea scallops, and even a hand-battered beef burger.
But the menu item that caught my eye and brought me into the shop in the first place was the “unique Doh-Bar.”
Located in Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island, next to Raglan Road, Cookes of Dublin is basically one long room. Place your order in the queuing area in the left side of the store, then head to the right side of the store — where there’s a limited seating area — to eat. If the place is packed (which it probably will be), there are bar tables where you can stand and eat, and you can always take your chances to try to find a spot by the water to eat as well.
But before you settle in, be sure to grab whatever sauce suits your fancy — they’ve even got Heinz Malt Vinegar for your chips and HP sauce for your burger, so you’ll be well catered to if you’ve come from across the pond.
But back to the Doh-Bar, which we both know is the focus of this article. See, I’ve had fried candy bars before (A Salt & Battery‘s fried Mars bars were practically a food group for me when I lived in New York City), so I really wanted to be impressed by Cookes’ “unique Doh-Bars — melted candy bars covered in our secret dough.”
We ordered and stepped aside to wait. Cookes mentions in what looks like a mission state posted on the wall that they cook everything “almost to-order,” so sometimes ticket fulfillment takes a bit longer than it does at other counter-service locations.
When our order was called, we scrambled to pick up our Doh-Bar, then headed outside to snap our food blog photos.
When I cut into the bar for the cross-section photo, I was surprised to see that it had peanuts! It looked, actually like a Baby Ruth as opposed to the Mars bar I was expecting! No worries, though — I’m in no way discriminatory against any candy bar and I was still willing to go through with the taste-test!
The first bite into that oozy, melty chocolate coated in partly crunchy, partly melt-in-your-mouth batter was lovely. This is the kind of snack you savor — it’s just not something you eat every day! And the richness of this “street-food” snack is pretty overwhelming, so I usually share it with someone.
When I took my second bite, I realized that the peanuts (which I wasn’t expecting or used to) weren’t really working for me. While the taste was still out-of-this-world, I wasn’t enjoying the texture of the peanuts. This is possible due to my over-doing the Mars bars back in NYC, though, so don’t let that criticism keep you from sampling this delicious treat!
In fact, if you haven’t had a deep-fried candy bar in your lifetime, put it on your list of to-dos for your next Downtown Disney trip. While it’s not an everyday kind of treat, it’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime treat — at least!
As always, I’d love to hear your experiences — let me know what you think in the comments section below.