Review: Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine at Disney Springs

I hope that you’re sitting down.

Because we have a ton of pictures and details to share with you about Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine!

The restaurant opened with fanfare and plenty of rave reviews. And we were right there with you as we shared a first look!

If you can believe it, we’ve been back to Homecoming Florida Kitchen (hereafter shortened to HFK to save my fingers extra typing) again since opening day. As a result, we have lots of variety to share with you about this special spot.

This is a place that beckons you to slow down and sit a spell. So to begin, let’s take a nice, leisurely look around.


You’ll find HFK right in the heart of Disney Springs, where the Town Center and The Landing come together.



While the outside may look a little Plain Jane at first inspection, you may form a different opinion after your initial look. Tons of windows, shaded in part by the metal hip roof that overhangs them, is reminiscent of the Florida Vernacular style of architecture. I love that you don’t find a single ounce of faux stucco here — the building choice of most Florida homebuilders these days.

Outside View

Outside View

Instead, wood siding with rich contrasting trim speaks of the warmth inside before you ever enter.

Outside Decor

Outside Decor

And don’t you love the sweet chicken door handles?

Front Door Details

Front Door Details

Enter in through the front door, and you see the same warm wood trim throughout the small waiting area.

Entrance Podium

Entrance Podium

The space is punctuated by cabinets. They feel like antiques, and yet the lines are clean and almost minimalist.

Decor and Cabinetry at the Front

Decor and Cabinetry at the Front

Cubbies within the glass-backed cabinets house a collection of curios, displayed fruit, and cookbooks by Chef Art Smith. The glass backing is especially handy here as the cabinet is tall, and the glass allows for division of space without interrupting the flow of light.

Decor and Chef Art's Cookbook

Decor and Chef Art’s Cookbook

Don’t you love this? There’s something so inviting about it. And right there in the entrance, you get the sense that this place is about more than just comfort food.

"Love Is Sweet" Sign

“Love Is Sweet” Sign

Step into the restaurant, and step back to take it all in, and you soon see the vision in the details. The whole place is a celebration of Florida agriculture — past, present, and future.

Inside Atmosphere

Inside Atmosphere

Produce Crates

Produce Crates

Portrait from Long and Scott Farms

Portrait from Long and Scott Farms

Walls that are more window than anything else allow for sweeping views of the springs and let in lots of light.

Seating and View

Seating and View

The eye-catching mural located over the kitchen is a vibrant display of Floridian wildlife and agriculture. It was painted by an artist from Tampa.



The kitchen window opens into the dining area, and a row of tables located in front of it gives guests a bird’s eye view of the action. Incidentally, I love the artistry of those double booths. The ends look like church pews.

Kitchen and Seating Area

Kitchen and Seating Area

Kitchen -- Up Close

Kitchen — Up Close

Seating throughout the space is a mixture of tables, chairs, and booths. Many of the chairs and benches are upholstered with this swell fabric bearing the logo of the restaurant.

Booth Seating

Booth Seating

Table Seating

Table Seating

You may also notice the chandeliers hanging overhead. The lining is actually burlap potato sacks, repurposed for the task. Aren’t they cool?



And really, there’s no shortage of light here! As if all of the natural sunshine weren’t enough, you’ll find plenty of decorative overhead pendants to keep things bright into the evening.




More Lights

But another hallmark of any comfortable Florida home is, of course, a porch. There’s one of those too. And  it overlooks those famous Disney Springs! (They really are gorgeous. If you haven’t had the chance yet, see them as soon as you can.)

Porch View

Porch View

But what if you just fancy a drink? Then head into HFK’s adjoining Shine Bar.

Shine Bar Sign

Shine Bar Sign

Shine Bar Exterior

Shine Bar Exterior

The bar itself extends into the restaurant. Seating is super comfortable. I’m thinking this is going to be the perfect spot to meet friends for drinks and small plates.



Chef Art’s wry sense of homespun humor extends to the coasters that you get as well. Super cute.

Coasters -- Collect The All!

Coasters — Collect Them All!

Of course, if you prefer, you can also order from the outside bar and sit on the porch. It’s nicely shaded and with ceiling fans, and is quite comfortable.

Outside Bar

Outside Bar

The area serves as a grab and go spot, both for drinks and food.

Drinks Menu

Drinks Menu

Grab and Go Menu

Grab and Go Menu

It’s a lot to take in! But let’s turn our attention to something even better than the beautiful surroundings — the food. :-)


With all of the talk about Florida farming, you’re right if you guessed that using local ingredients is a priority for HFK. Whenever possible, they source their produce and other ingredients from within a 200 mile radius.

Having said that, you probably aren’t coming to HFK for produce alone. The menu is chock full of comfort foods with a Southern twist.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Main Menu — Click to Enlarge

Much has been made of the drink menu as well. When we chatted with Chef Art the other day, he mentioned the emphasis on moonshine, and how there’s no hotter spirit on the market today. So you’ll definitely see it on the menu. But there is a good selection of Florida beer and other Florida spirits as well. (And don’t worry. There are lots of traditional favorites, too.)

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Drinks Menu — Click to Enlarge

Since beer always looks like, well, beer, we decided to go the route of cocktails. And because we visited twice (and had a few friends along for the fun), we have plenty to show you!

We’ll start with the Basil Smash.

Basil Smash

Basil Smash

In this one, you’ll find Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Sour Mix, and Simple Syrup Muddled with fresh Basil Leaves. The flavors, especially the basil, were very intense. Both in terms of taste and presentation, it seemed like an instant classic.

Basil Smash -- Up Close

Basil Smash — Up Close

Next, we sampled the Old Fashioned Elder.

Old Fashioned Elder -- Up Close

Old Fashioned Elder — Up Close

This take on a hot classic is crafted with Michter’s Bourbon, St. Germain Liqueur, and Bitters. It’s garnished in classic Old Fashioned style with Orange Peel and a Cherry. By far, this was my favorite drink of the visit. I already love an Old Fashioned, and the elderflower from the St. Germain really gave it a unique flavor.

Old Fashioned Elder

Old Fashioned Elder

The Local was the next cocktail we sampled.

The Local

The Local

Consisting of RumHaven Coconut Water Rum, Lime, and Simple Syrup, it’s garnished with a slice of Pineapple and Coconut Shavings. We found this one to be super refreshing and summer-friendly. It was the lightest of the three, so if you’re looking to have a drink that doesn’t “knock you over,” this is a great choice.

The Local -- Up Close

The Local — Up Close

But on our later visit, we also had the pleasure of sampling three additional cocktails.

We were intrigued by the Cucumber Cooler. Like the Basil Smash, this one has some refreshing, albeit less traditional flavors that pair surprisingly well with the light sweetness of the other ingredients. It’s also served in an old fashioned champagne glass, lending a touch of elegance to the presentation.

Cucumber Cooler

Cucumber Cooler

The drink is made with St. Augustine Vodka, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, and Cucumber Slices. It was so, so good on a hot day.

Cucumber Cooler -- Up Close

Cucumber Cooler — Up Close

Next, we tried the Fig and Berries. Fun name, right?

Fig and Berries

Fig and Berries

It’s appropriate, because the cocktail combines muddled Strawberries with Fig Jam, Dobel Diamonte Reposado Tequila, agave, and Lime Juice. HFK’s answer to a Margarita, we enjoyed the smooth flavors here as well.

Fig and Berries -- Up Close

Fig and Berries — Up Close

Our final drink showcased the house favorite — Moonshine — in the Moonshine Mash.

Moonshine Mash

Moonshine Mash

Mrs. Sutton’s Watermelon Likker, fresh Watermelon, Lime Juice, and Simple Syrup come together here to make a sweet, refreshing drink that was a hit with another friend.

Moonshine Mash -- Up Close

Moonshine Mash — Up Close

With all of those drinks, we really needed to grab some food, too! and so we tried several of the Starters. First up, how can you resist a dish called Church Lady Deviled Eggs?

Church Lady Deviled Eggs

Church Lady Deviled Eggs

Six Whole Deviled Eggs are served in a cute porcelain egg carton. Each egg was topped off with a piece of crispy Ham, and they arrive on a bed of Greens. I know we’ve all had deviled eggs — but these were really good! The presentation of the eggs prepared vertically, instead of horizontally, made them interesting. And the smooth filling, which was creamy with lots of mustard, had an incredibly bold flavor. I think it’s a winner.

Church Lady Deviled Eggs -- Up Close

Church Lady Deviled Eggs — Up Close

Charcuterie Plates are all the rage these days, and Chef Art brings his own twist on one with his Jasper Board.

Jasper Board

Jasper Board

The assortment is certainly plenty to share. On it, you’ll find Sliced Smoked Sausages, Shaved Ham, Bread and Butter Pickles, Candied Pecans, homemade toasted Buttermilk Crackers, and a side of Pimento Cheese.

Jasper Board -- Shaved Ham

Jasper Board — Shaved Ham

Jasper Board -- Smoked Sausage and Pecans

Jasper Board — Smoked Sausage and Pecans


Buttermilk Crackers — Up Close

I loveed everything about this offering, but especially the shaved ham and pimento cheese. Even the board it was served on was perfect. This is going to be a great option for guests who are looking for something light and shareable to go with a round of cocktails or beer.

Jasper Board -- Pimento Cheese

Jasper Board — Pimento Cheese

And the Pecans! Sigh. The glazed, slightly salty pecans were so, so good.

Jasper Board -- Pecans and Pickles

Jasper Board — Pecans and Pickles

On our follow up visit, we couldn’t resist the chance to try a Bunch of Puppies. The fresh from the fryer hush puppies feature Pimento Cheese right in the mix, and are served with a side of Red Jalapeño Jelly for dipping.

Bunch of Puppies

Bunch of Puppies

These were straight up amazing, and I’ve been dreaming about them ever since. Crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, full of flavor, and beautiful to look at. They were a home run.

Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies -- Inside

Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies — Inside

But we also had to try the Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits, which is actually considered a side. Because drop biscuit dough is handled much less than rolled biscuits, the pastry is light and tender. These were no exception, and it would be tempting to fill up on them before the meal arrived.

This does bring up one thing to consider: we didn’t see any complimentary bread as part of the meal. Keep that in mind if that’s something important to you.

Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits

It was time to move on to our entrees. We decided to start with the Chopped Pork Barbecue Sandwich. While the menu indicates a single sandwich, you actually get three sliders, served on fresh Parker House Rolls.

Chopped Pork Barbecue Sandwich and Homemade BBQ Potato Chips

Chopped Pork Barbecue Sandwich and Homemade BBQ Potato Chips

The three rolls were connected but easily pulled apart to make this a great sharable option. They were stuffed to overflowing with Homemade Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Chopped Pork, which was topped with a bit of Southern Slaw. The slaw itself contained Carrots, Onions, and Cabbage.

Chopped Pork Barbecue Sandwich -- Up Close

Chopped Pork Barbecue Sandwich — Up Close

I wish there had been more of barbecue sauce on the pork, but you can always ask for a side. And while I didn’t find the dish to be spicy, I still loved the deep flavors of the slow cooked meat, housemade sauce, and crunchy cabbage.

Chopped Pork Barbecue Sandwich

Chopped Pork Barbecue Sandwich — Under the Lid

All of the restaurant’s sandwiches come served with House-made Barbecue Chips drizzled with “Icebox Dressing” — similar to a Buttermilk Ranch — and topped with Scallions. Icebox dressing is an Art Smith specialty and I found the side to be a nice alternative to fries.

Homemade BBQ Chips with Icebox Dressing

Homemade BBQ Chips with Icebox Dressing

But Chef Art is also known for his Fried Chicken. So of course, we had to try that as well!

The dish is featured in several ways on the menu, but we went for the Fried Chicken and Doughnuts. Because. Well. Fried Chicken and Doughnuts.

The platter consists of two pieces of Fried Chicken, eight Miniature House-made Sugar Doughnuts served with Maple Syrup, and KC Greens.

Fried Chicken and Doughnuts

Fried Chicken and Doughnuts

The fried chicken itself looked heavily breaded, but it tasted very light with a good balance of seasoning. It was topped off with a very light dusting of Confectioner’s Sugar.

Fried Chicken -- Up Close

Fried Chicken — Up Close

I loved the flavor combination of the chicken and doughnuts, and I appreciated that the syrup could be used to dunk the doughnuts in, drizzle over the chicken, or both. This is in the same ballpark as chicken and waffles, but slightly better, I think.

Doughnuts -- Up Close

Doughnuts — Up Close

Dipping Sauce -- Up Close

Maple Syrup — Up Close

If you’re wondering, KC Greens are Collared Greens and Braised Kale and topped off with shaved Onion. They were incredible, and I think it’s fantastic to have this true nod to Southern flavor on the menu. You can also get them as a side.

KC Greens -- Up Close

KC Greens — Up Close

Speaking of sides, we had t get a few of those as well. First up — the Iron Skillet Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Cane Sugar.

Iron Skillet Sweet Potatoes

Iron Skillet Sweet Potatoes

These were perfectly prepared in their simplicity. I personally would like a little contrasting flavor — some smoked paprika or a salt and pepper counterpoint maybe — but they were delicious, and nearly as much dessert as side dish.

Iron Skillet Sweet Potatoes -- Up Close

Iron Skillet Sweet Potatoes — Up Close

But with a dish called Momma’s Mac and Cheese on the menu…well. You know we’re not passing that one up.

Momma's Mac and Cheese

Momma’s Mac and Cheese

A crunchy topping covers the whole thing. No sprinkle of breadcrumbs here, thankyouverymuch.

Momma's Mac and Cheese -- Up Close

Momma’s Mac and Cheese — Up Close

But inside, there’s a creamy, dreamy mac and cheese, with tons of rich flavor. I love the consistency here — totally smooth and saucy. This is comfort food at its finest.

Momma's Mac and Cheese -- Inside

Momma’s Mac and Cheese — Inside

You’d think we might have been tempted to skip dessert. But nope!

The sweets team features lots of flavors that you might expect to see at a potluck or a family reunion picnic. Except even better.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Dessert Menu — Click to Enlarge

We started with the Hummingbird Cake, a Chef Art specialty. It was served at Maya Angelou’s 75th birthday as well as Lady Gaga’s 25th and Chef is very excited to have it on the menu.

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

The presentation is pure nostalgia: a large slice of Pineapple-Banana Cake is covered with Cream Cheese Frosting. A scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream comes nestled alongside, and there’s a drizzle of Berry Coulis on the plate. I loved everything about the moist cake and buttery icing. It was a great combo, without being too rich.

And it reminded me: why am I not eating more cake??

Hummingbird Cake -- Up Close

Hummingbird Cake — Up Close

We were also anxious to try the Shine Cake. It may look like a humble slice of Bundt Cake, but there’s more happening here.

This is an Adult-only dessert — because the rich butter cake is actually soaked in a Moonshine Syrup! Like the Hummingbird Cake, the Shine Cake comes with a side of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream as well.

Shine Cake

Shine Cake

I personally couldn’t taste the moonshine. So if you’re hesitant to order this because of the alcohol flavor, don’t be. The flavors were very simple but also delicious. It was definitely the lighter of the two desserts we initially tried.

Shine Cake -- Up Close

Shine Cake — Up Close

But on our follow up visit, we also had the chance to try a seasonal offering — Hamilton Pecan Pie. According to the menu, the pie — more like a tart, with its delicate and thinner construction — is a 100 year-old family recipe. It was studded with Chocolate Chips, which is always a plus when it comes to Pecan Pie, IMO.

Hamilton County Pecan Pie

Hamilton County Pecan Pie

I loved the obviously house-made pastry, and the ice cream broke up the candy sweetness nicely. This is a solid version of a classic dish.

Hamilton County Pecan Pie -- Bite

Hamilton County Pecan Pie — Bite

What an amazing meal! But there’s one other little anecdote to share with you.

Chef Art himself was on hand for throughout opening week, greeting guests and overseeing the experience for everyone. We had the chance to chat with him a few times, and it seems like he will very much be calling this part of the world home going forward.

Chef Art Smith Discussing Some of the Menu Items

Chef Art Smith Discussing Some of the Menu Items

Having the chance to talk with him a little made it clear that he’s warm and passionate, and wants nothing more than to share stories and the love of food with his guests.

Chef Art Smith, Greeting Guests

Chef Art Smith, Greeting Guests

While talking to him on opening day, we mentioned that we really loved the Homemade Hot Sauce on our table. It turned out to be one of our favorite parts of the meal! It reminded me almost of a slightly sweet Sriracha — spicy but not so much that it detracts from the flavor of whatever you’re eating.

Place Setting

Plate, Cool Napkins, Copper Touches, and Killer Hot Sauce

When I told Chef Art he needs to start bottling and selling it — he disappeared and came back with my own bottle to take home! It totally made my day!


There was nothing that we didn’t love about Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine. Seriously. I think that this place is going to be the heart and soul of Disney Springs.

Yes, it’s pricey. But if you look across the board, that seems to be a trend at Disney these days. So I’m not sure it’s really out of line for what you’d pay at other resorts, or in a metropolitan area. And do keep in mind — they accept the Disney Dining Plan, and are considered a one table service credit spot.

As for advance dining reservations, Disney has said that they’ll begin taking requests for seatings after August 15 sometime soon.

I envision comfortable times with close friends, taking in the Florida feeling of this place. Because he’s captured that — that crossroads between Southern and Almost Tropical that is the Sunshine State. And with pride of place at an all time high, it’s nice to see Florida so lovingly represented.

Will you be dining at Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine in the near future? Let us know in comments below!

Contributing to this post: Tina, Brooke, and AJ


  1. Kathy C says

    This looks like a very inviting and cute restaurant. I love the chairs, they actually look comfortable! Thank you for sharing all the beautiful pictures. Now if someone could turn off the heat in Florida I would be there:)

  2. Stacey F. says

    We have a reservation at HFK for our December trip. This is the meal I’m most looking forward to! I just don’t know how I’m going to decide what to get… it all looks so good! As a Top Chef Masters watcher, I’ve been a fan of Chef Art Smith for years. He always seemed like someone I would enjoy getting to know. I think his vision for HFK came out great!

  3. Hannah says

    A lot of these meals sound amazing and look even better…..then I saw the size of the chicken and doughnut plate for $25.00. Looks like stiff pricing even at Disney standards.

  4. Debbie says

    Ate here last week. Portions were very generous and tasty. Mac and cheese very yummy. My only complaint is the food was not very hot at the time of service… But the service was fine. Nice experience– little pricey. But would probably go back.

  5. jim says

    One of the items you missed, that is the best by far is the Chicken Sandwich. It was literally the best chicken breast sandwich i ever had. Then i added the home made hot sauce… to die for.

    I’m not sure how much i can emphasize how good that hot sauce it. First, I don’t like hot sauce, it’s always too much heat. This is so flavorful. I also put it on the basket of puppies.

    As for someone to commented “Looks like stiff pricing even at Disney standards.”…. seriously? I’m not sure what dining experiences you have been to, this is not chic-fil-A or KFC. The prices are not any more that you would pay for a meal at Bonefish, Outback, or any other chain restaurant even outside of Disney. For what you are getting the prices are extremely REASONABLE and one of the best dining values around. Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen is a unique venue owned by a celebrity chef that recreated a fish camp in Jasper Florida with water side dining at Disney Springs, in a very comfortable and friendly atmosphere, where MOST of the ingredients are farm to table from right here in good ol’ Florida.

    Comment edited by moderator to adhere to DFB comment standards.

  6. Hannah says

    Jim…sorry you didn’t like my opinion…thought all were welcome. I guess I will keep my comments to myself. Don’t like being made out to look like an idiot just because I thought $25.00 was “a bit much” for two pieces of chicken and a few doughnuts. My comment was ONLY on the chicken dish and to call me ignorant was not called for. I have been going to Disney World for over 20 years and what you said has really hurt my feelings….you have a good day.

  7. Dave says

    Hannah- do me a favor, DO NOT keep your comments to yourself. I like to hear every kind of comment because it helps me and I’m sure a lot of others to make the right choice when dining at WDW. Listen to Oliver Bronstein at the end of the movie St. Vincent- Be Bold !! Hope you have another 20 or more at Disney.

  8. Essie says

    Don’t feel bad Hannah, the DFB s a place where we should all be able to enjoy the delicious news and have fun.
    The fried chicken is one of my favorite foods and pecan pie is the same. They’re indulgence foods though, so I only enjoy them on special occasions….like trips to Disney World!

  9. Hannah says

    Dave, Essie….Thank You so much. This is about my favorite site to look at a few times a day. Helps while waiting for our next trip. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me anymore than I agree with everyone else but I have always considered this as a happy place to check on reviews and opinions. This name calling really shook me up. Thank you for making me feel accepted and worthy of an opinion.

  10. Melissa says

    I am with Hannah. If I am spending that amount of money, this isn’t the place I am going to do it. I’d rather spend it at other dining establishments or maybe on an experience, or maybe put it back for souvies. But, if I am going to splurge, it wouldn’t be here.

    The apps seem relatively in line with other pricing. The sandwiches even are pretty decently priced, a tad high, but still in the ball park. Desserts are quite a bit higher than I would normally spend on dessert. But, the entrees, the entrees are what drive me away from this place, because they seem vastly overpriced. $25 for 2 pieces of chicken and some doughnuts and greens is highway robbery, it just is. I would give this place a chance for the apps and sandwiches and maybe a to-go meal. But, the way the entrees are priced just turns me off completely.

  11. Christina says

    Regarding price – I think it is important to keep in mind that this is a restaurant that sources everything locally. Local is always going to be a bit more expensive – the chicken probably isn’t coming from a massive farm that turns out thousands of poultry products daily. That alone is going to raise base prices, as the cost to source the food is higher. It is also important to take into account the atmosphere and ambiance – because we all know, almost every disney sit down restaurant has immersive theming, and yes, that should absolutely factor into the price.

    In this case, I definitely think its worth the price. But as a NYC dweller, I might be slightly biased. $25 a plate is kind of the norm here =p

  12. says

    Hannah — I’ve edited the comment that you were responding to, and I ask that you accept my apologies for not responding to you sooner about this matter. PLEASE continue to offer your comments and opinions. We love hearing them! And they help us to know that we’re providing our readers with valuable information and an opportunity to enjoy some Disney magic between visits. xox

  13. Hannah says

    Melissa….thank you so much. After having Disney “explained” to me…I KNOW!!!! I know Disney ingredients are pickier than a corner restaurant…I was just trying to say what you said so well. Thanks for your review.

    Brooke….Thank You for your support. I do feel the current statements are still a bit harsh when all I was doing was stating an opinion. I turn to this sight every day…a few times to get excited for my next trip. Being called names and feeling quite abused was hurtful and I feel the obvious anger was uncalled for. I have always enjoyed giving my opinion along with everyone else and being part of a fun Disney community. Do we always agree…heck no…but that doesn’t mean anyone is wrong. Thanks again.

  14. DwarfPlanet says

    I have to agree with Hannah, that’s pretty stiff price for a couple pieces of chicken, donuts and greens. How does it taste with the sprinkle of powder sugar on it? That really caught my attention as not something I may like, while the thought of the hot sauce on it does sound good. But the best looking item to me was those pimento puppies, wow I will definitely do a drive by just to have a plate of those.

    It’s funny you mentioned the upholstery, for before I got to reading that part of your review I was thinking to myself someone sure did an overkill on HFK for the furniture while viewing the pictures.

  15. Sandra G says

    I appreciate reading everyone’s views; I don’t think we need to belittle each other’s opinions. If everyone liked the same thing, we’d only need one restaurant repeated 10,000 times.

    We are quite interested in trying this place even though it might seem pricey to some, because they have fried chicken! My son will eat that! And mac and cheese plus those cheddar biscuits will make him happy. Meanwhile, we can have something a bit different in a nice atmosphere. Even with a couple of drinks and dessert, we aren’t looking at any more than we would spend at most other TS places at Disney. Definitely want to try that Hummingbird cake. :)

  16. says

    Amanda — Yes,there’s a children’s menu. Offerings include Fish Sticks, Chicken Tenders, and a Petite Tenderloin.

  17. Gail says

    Thanks for your review! After reading I went online and made a reservation for our upcoming trip in the Fall.

  18. Joni says

    Went for my 1st time last Friday got a great seat by the window overlooking the springs and had the deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes and pecan pie was stuffed! Everything was amazing. Going back with my mom in Dec. and hope to try the puppies, chicken sandwich and humming bird cake and maybe even the Mac n cheese. I have been waiting for this place to open and it is finally here!!!

  19. Cindy says

    We ate here yesterday and I have to say, this might be my new favorite place to eat at Springs (maybe all of Disney). The food was wonderful, the staff amazing, and the atmosphere very homey. We tried the fried chicken sandwich, hush puppies, macaroni and cheese, and chicken and dumplings. Can’t say enough great things about this restaurant.

  20. Janet says

    I know I’m going to love this place. I just do not love onions, though, and every savory dish appears to have some kind of onion which includes those chopped green scallions sprinkled on top of the sweet potatoes and the mac & cheese, mixed into the slaw, and baked into the drop biscuits. This won’t keep me away, but easy with the onions! It must be a plentiful locally-sourced item.

  21. Cara says

    About how long did it take you to eat from arriving to leaving. I’m going to the la noube show at 6pm and was able to make a 4:45 or 9:20 reservation. 9 is a little late for us to eat but I’m not sure 4:45 is enough time.

  22. says

    Cara — I think you’d be pushing it with a 4:45 advance dining reservation, especially given walk time between Homecoming and La Nouba. You may want to see if you can get a walk up table. It shouldn’t be difficult to score in the afternoon, unless you’re talking about a super busy time (Christmas or Thanksgiving.)

  23. Cara says

    Thank you. I will keep trying to move it up. I’ve slowly been moving it up 5 min at a time. And we will just show up early and see if we can get in.

  24. Cassie says

    We just ate here last Saturday! My husband, sister, Brother in-law were so excited to eat here!! I wish we could give this place a better review but 2 of us had the chicken sandwich and they both were bland with no flavor-could not taste the hot sauce at all. My sister had the chicken and donuts and said it was average. My husband had the BBQ pork sandwich that was cold. He said it wasn’t good at all and the chips tasted like burnt grease (like it needed to be changed from the frier) we did have the fried green tomatoes and hush puppies that were very good. Our food did not look like the pics on this review/also service was not very good 4pm on Saturday with reservations. I hope that this was just an isolated occurrence,( the table next to us complained about their food) I wanted to let people know that perhaps service/quality has changed since opening day. Also !!! Just an FYI we used an AP discount and 18% gratuity was added to our bill but no one told us ( it actually said suggested tip 18% but when I looked further it was added in. They said they do that with all discounts. (only 4 at our table). Really our experience at this restaurant was mediocre for $149 and we will not be returning. We looked forward to our meal here so it’s quite a shame. Left us feeling let down.

  25. Wendy says

    Do you know if there’s onion in the hush puppies? I really want to try these but am allergic to onions.

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