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Cookes of Dublin and the “Unique Doh-Bar”

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.

Menu -- click for larger image

Cookes' Burgers

Cookes' Kids Menu

But the menu item that caught my eye and brought me into the shop in the first place was the “unique Doh-Bar.”

Atmosphere
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.

Ordering and Queuing Area

Seating Area

Self-Service Drinks Area

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.

Sauces

Eats
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.

Info Board and "Mission Statement"

When our order was called, we scrambled to pick up our Doh-Bar, then headed outside to snap our food blog photos.

Doh-Bar

Doh-Bar Close-Up

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! ;)

Doh-Bar Cross-Section

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.

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14 Comments

  1. Cody says:

    I love Cookes of Dublin, every time we pass by it, which seems to be a lot lately, we get something, whether it be a drink, quick snack of french fries, or a meal of sausage stuff, it is a great delight. And is hardly busy.

    But when it is busy, the building is very small, and you can hardly move… haha

  2. pap says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s a snickers bar.

  3. AJ says:

    Cody — It’s such a great little outpost, isn’t it?!

    Pap — Thanks for the clarification! That’s good to know!

  4. Rori Paul says:

    Every time we’re over at Downtown Disney we say we’re going to stop in here, and then usually end up at Earl of Sandwich. We don’t always get something to eat at DTD, but now that I’ve read this, we’re going. Not sure though what we’ll try first – the chips or the Doh-Bar. It sounds truly interesting, but I’m not into peanuts in most food… but you’ve confirmed what the smells tell us – this us a great place to try!
    Thanks!
    Rori
    RoriTravel’s Florida

  5. Heather I. says:

    Wow the Doh-Bar sounds indulgent, I would love to try it one day! I’ve tried fried Oreos and Twinkies, might as well add this to the list!

  6. Marcomboy says:

    My teeth hurt just thinking about it.

  7. Watch Me Eat says:

    Truthfully, I find the whole idea of deep fried candy disgusting. The closest I’ve gotten to something like this was deep fried oreos and that was enough for me…

    I’ve actually never eaten at this place. I’ve attempted on several visits to Downtown Disney at all different times of the day. Each time they are out of a whole lot of the menu. They always have fried fish & chicken, but each time I’m told there’s an upwards of an hour wait for anything else Those lamb pies sound really good too…

  8. Janet says:

    Sounds yummy…A Salt and Battery was JUST mentioned on the Food Network and I told DH I just read about that place on a Disney blog!! Two mentions in one day…with a connection to Disney!

  9. chris says:

    I’m with Watch Me Eat. It’s not that I don’t like fried things, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that a fried candy bar kind of scares me. Still, I think fears are meant to be conquered so I wouldn’t be adverse to trying one of these. Probably.

  10. julie says:

    Had one and its amazing! Dont be afraid! Youll love it! you need to atleast try this once! I was skeptical so my husband got one and I took a bite. Yummy! I had to go get my own! Gotta try it atleast once! havent met one person who isnt a fan!

  11. stacey says:

    Is it right near Raglan Road or more near Earl of Sandwich? Why do I feel like I haven’t seen this place…is it new?

  12. Terri says:

    I stopped in on my last trip in Nov. I was very disappointed! It took forever to get our food!!!! I was hoping to get a dooh bar but they told us they were not doing them today! Bummer! I was so looking forward to eating here. I was totaly let down! I had high hopes. My husband had fishermans pie said it was pretty bad. I had battered fish was not good here! It was a bad idea for the evening!

  13. Cleo says:

    They should tempura an avocado that has been chilled in a sweetened batter. It would have that fatty feel in the mouth that the nougat in the Mars and Snickers bars have but it wouldn’t be as acid sweet.

  14. Plop Tarts says:

    sorry I just had to pop in and say it is indeed a snickers bar.

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