mighty St. Patrick’s Festival Raglan Road

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — New menu items featuring fresh twists on authentic Irish cuisine debuted this year at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney in celebration of the restaurant’s 10th anniversary in October 2015.

The Raglan Road kitchen, with Master Chef Kevin Dundon and Chef Heberto Segura, are now featuring new dishes for lunch, dinner and the Rollicking Raglan Weekend Brunch. A new cocktail menu offers guests plenty of refreshing libations with organic ingredients.

Each Saturday and Sunday, brunch guests are greeted with a complimentary sampling size of the new Suave Smoothie, a house-made seasonal fruit smoothie with honey yogurt and vanilla. The brunch menu offers three tasty new dishes: Ellis Isle Steak ‘n Eggs, a grilled New York strip steak with breakfast roasties and battered poached eggs; Pork Hash Tagged, braised pork belly, scallions and potato hash topped with fried eggs; and Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes, sliced, smoked salmon served with potato pancakes, crème fraiche and caper dill vinaigrette. A chef-featured Champion Cheese assortment of farmhouse cheeses completes the savory brunch additions. New brunch beverages include the Strawberry Fields Mimosa and the Grapefruit & T, Raglan Road’s version of the classic gin and tonic with crushed grapefruit.

Lunch, dinner and brunch menus debuted Harry’s Beef Carpaccio, seared tenderloin with watercress and romaine hearts, grape tomatoes, shaved parmesan and a creamy anchovy vinaigrette.

For dinner, chefs have created the sublime Cod Cornucopia, pan-roasted fresh cod served with a warm potato salad and a chorizo vinaigrette; hearty Proud Pork grilled chop with colcannon potatoes, cider port jus and applesauce; and feast-worthy Double Joint cowboy-cut bone-in ribeye steak served tableside with duck fat chips, roasted veggies and salad of greens, sauce béarnaise and red wine jus.

New specialty libations featuring organic ingredients include the Irish Honey Cup, Teelings Whiskey Punch, Ginger Mojito, Blueberry Mint Lemonade, Smoking Margarita, Raspy Old Fashioned, Our Whiskey Sour, A Bitta Hop On (Gin, Guinness glaze, orange bitters, and Hopsecutioner IPA), and The Cure: Kettle One Vodka, house-made San Lorenzo tomato, horseradish, celery and balsamic bloody Mary mix with a salted bacon rim.

Raglan Road features inventive cuisine by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, host of the TASTE Award-winning PBS and Create TV cooking show, “Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food.” The second season of Dundon’s TV series, “Kevin Dundon’s Back to Basics,” premiered nationally March 13, 2015 on public television’s Create TV. The network also aired a Kevin Dundon marathon of select episodes of “Back to Basics” and Dundon’s first season episodes of “Modern Irish Food” leading into St. Patrick’s Day.

During any visit to Raglan Road, guests can belly up to one of the restaurant’s 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars or grab a table for authentic fare. The restaurant, winner of numerous national and local awards and honors, is known for its beer-battered fish and chips, as well as its Shepherd’s pie with a contemporary twist and other popular entrees. Raglan Road offers gluten-free items including scallops, fish and chips, onion rings and pasta dishes.

Owned and operated by Irish partners Paul Nolan, John Cooke and celebrity chef Kevin Dundon – famous for his five-star hotel and cookery school in Ireland and his award-winning PBS and Create TV cooking series – Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. The restaurant’s warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. Guests can enjoy live Irish bands and performances by The Raglan Road Dancers nightly and during the Rollicking Raglan Weekend Brunch. Live music is also scheduled nightly on the pub patio. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late; Weekend Brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at Downtown Disney in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300.