On my recent visit to Walt Disney World last weekend, I had the opportunity to take an afternoon to fully explore the recent changes to Disney Springs. Most importantly, I had the pleasure of dining at a new addition to the many fantastic dining options at Disney Springs. I had heard good things about Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and decided to give it a try. I can happily report that the meal did not disappoint.
The first thing I noticed upon entering the restaurant was the comfortable, rustic, down-home feel. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The bar area is large and comfortable, and includes an old fashioned moonshine still as a centerpiece. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ serves Florida-inspired southern comfort food. All ingredients are Florida farm sourced, making this an authentically Floridian experience.
Homecomin’ is known for its moonshine, and there is an extensive menu of moonshine varieties, both in house and from across the south. The cocktail menu is an interesting compilation of moonshine-inspired mixed drinks. It was very difficult to choose between all the yummy sounding cocktails. I finally landed on “The Mood Ring”: mango and basil-infused moonshine, simple syrup and “magical” lime juice (the lime juice was added tableside to magically change the color of the drink). I chose well…the drink was delicious! Another member of my party had the “Sweet Tea Shine”, and also enjoyed it very much.
All members of my party were sold with our server’s description of how the fried chicken was prepared. I ordered the fried chicken sandwich, and my dining companions ordered the fried chicken chopped salad. We also ordered a side of the cheddar cheese drop biscuits.
I greatly enjoyed my chicken sandwich. The chicken was moist and crispy, and the hot sauce aioli was fantastic (I was nervous that it would be too hot, but it was an unfounded worry). The barbeque chips served on the side might have been my favorite taste on the plate.
My friends enjoyed their salads as well, though the cheddar biscuit croutons left something to be desired for them. Both enjoyed the house made dressing, and found the chicken moist, though one friend found it “nothing special”. The cheddar cheese drop biscuits were very tasty, and a nice compliment to the meal.
Overall, I give Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ a thumbs up. The upscale, southern chic atmosphere and down-home cooking works well. I would like to return, if only to give another couple of the yummy moonshine-inspired cocktails a try! Have you given Homecomin’ a try? What do you think?