Raglan Road at Downtown Disney has an atmosphere that can really transport you, much like Rose & Crown in the UK pavilion at Epcot. Beginning today at 5pm through Labor Day, they’ll be hosting The Great Irish Hooley, a traditional Irish social celebration, and, according to the website, the first such festival for Central Florida.
Should you find yourself there either this weekend or at any other time, I highly recommend stopping in for a delicious draft beer and some of their awesome food. This particular visit, I enjoyed a Miller Lite. Yes, I know. I’m a horrible person for ordering such swill when they have such a wonderful selection available. Here is the selection from their Hole in the Wall bar, tucked away in between the main entrance to the restaurant and Cookes of Dublin:
I wanted something light and a bit different from appetizers you typically find in pubs, so I ordered their Tart Art ($10). The dish is a combination of asparagus and goat cheese with garden peas, leeks, and lemon oil dressed arugula.
The tart filling was rich with goat cheese but mellowed by the bright asparagus and peas. If you’ve never had goat cheese, the variety Raglan Road used did not have an overbearing tart flavor. The leeks were melted down, adding a subtle bite of onion, all tucked into a flaky pastry crust. The arugula was lightly dressed and brought with it a peppery bite.
As a meal, this would be a decadent choice despite being around 5″ in diameter. I enjoyed a small wedge and brought the remainder home to share with Matt as a side with dinner. Needless to say, it was a hit with him too! It would definitely be a great choice as a predecessor to a full meal here, or just something to nosh on over a round or two of beers. I’d happily order the Tart Art again.
Have you tried Raglan Road’s Tart Art? Which appetizer(s) do you like to order when you visit?