First Look and Review: The Polite Pig in Disney World’s Disney Springs!

UPDATE: The Polite Pig takes one quick service credit on the Disney Dining Plan. (So glad this was changed!)

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We’re at The Polite Pig, where “Please and Thank You are still magic words!”

The newest fast-casual spot in Disney Springs is now open in the Town Center! The Polite Pig is the latest restaurant venture by James and Julie Petrakis in partnership with James’ brother, Brian. James and Julie Petrakis are the James Beard-nominated owners of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, both based in Winter Park, Florida (and Brian owns and operates Greens & Grille in Orlando).

Like its big sister, The Ravenous Pig, The Polite Pig focuses on local flavors and ingredients, and the emphasis here is on wood-fired, smoked “Modern Barbecue” with all drinks in the establishment on tap.

So let’s brush up on our manners and mind our p’s and q’s with our very first visit to The Polite Pig!

The Polite Pig sign March 2017 copy

The Polite Pig

Atmosphere

Coming from the World of Disney Store in the Marketplace, head towards Amorette’s Patisserie in the Town Center. You’ll find The Polite Pig just a few more steps from there. Another landmark for you: it’s directly to the right of the stairs coming down from the Lime Parking Garage.

Approaching The Polite Pig

Approaching The Polite Pig

The Polite Pig

The Polite Pig

The first thing you’ll notice upon approaching the restaurant from the front is that there is plenty of outdoor seating (both shaded and in the open) surrounding the outside bar.

Outdoor Seating and Bar

Outdoor Seating and Bar

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Table

Outdoor Table

But with seating for nearly 200 guests, there are plenty of tables inside as well, with a mix of booths and chairs to hightop tables, in addition to more bar seating.

Indoor Seating

Indoor Seating

Indoor Seating

Indoor Seating

Indoor Seating

Indoor Seating

Indoor Bar

Indoor Bar

Bottles above bar

Liquor above bar

Note the rolls of paper towels on each and every table.

Paper towels on table

Paper towels on table

That’s because, when it comes to seven sauces at the Sauce Bar, things can get pretty messy!

"The Sauce Bar Can Get Messy"

“The Sauce Bar Can Get Messy”

And speaking of the sauce bar… here’s a chance to read up on your choices and even receive suggested pairings from the menu.

Sauce Menu

Sauce Menu

Sauce Bar

Sauce Bar

Sauce Bar

Sauce Bar

As for what you’re going to put those sauces ON, some spaces offer you a vantage point for the open kitchen, including what’s smokin’ inside The Smoker.

The Polite Pig bar with kitchen view

Kitchen View

The Smoker

The Smoker

The general feel captures what you might think of when you hear the words “Modern” and “Barbecue” used together: the space is polished, but with hints of a rustic vibe throughout.

I’d say it’s even got a bit of an industrial feel… but that’s not to say it’s unapproachable. That’s best proven by the fact that you’ll notice swines — I mean, SIGNS – of our well-mannered friend here and there!

Pig artwork

Pig artwork

The Polite Pig

The Polite Pig

Hoof Prints on the floor

Hoof Prints on the floor

Pig Artwork

Pig Artwork

Now, here’s a very small thing, but as someone who ALWAYS has a mobile device and/or a bag…

Bar Seating

Bar Seating

There are handy little bag hooks hanging under the bar (and outlets, too!!!!!!!!).

Hooks and outlet under the bar

Hooks and outlet under the bar

That’s one thoughtful Pig!!

So, those are some of the touches that make the spot unique. And here’s one more…

Ordering Process

We decided to give this bit its own section because The Polite Pig operates — and is classified — a bit differently than other eateries that are listed as “fast-casual,” according to Disney. Upon entering, guests can order at the register counter. (Unless, that is, you sit at the bar, in which case you are waited on by the bartender.)

Ordering Line

Ordering Line

Register Counter

Register Counter

After placing your order, you’ll receive a Place Tracker, which allows a Cast Member to find you and deliver your order to the table.

Place Tracker

Tracker

As you’re eating, servers will come around to check on you during the meal to see if you need drink refills, etc. Currently this location takes one quick service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Table

Table

Eats

The “Modern Barbecue” that makes up the fare at The Polite Pig revolves around a list of sandwiches and entrees, served along with a few appetizers (or “snacks”), salads, and market sides. The dessert options are Orange Blossom Honey Cake and Key Lime Pie.

Food Menu

Food Menu

A quick look under the “From the Smoker” section informs that these entrees come with slaw, Texas Toast, and one of the market sides.

The Polite Pig also showcases a beverage program with all drinks on tap, including Cask & Larder brews, wine, and cocktails served by the glass or pitcher.

On Tap Menu

On Tap Menu

Fountain drinks are also available.

Fountain Drinks

Fountain Drinks

Fountain Drinks

Fountain Drinks

“Sweet or unsweet?” :)

Iced Tea

Iced Tea

Mind, if you prefer a bit of Bourbon, you may really enjoy perusing the list of over 50 selections at the Bourbon Bar, featuring small batch bourbons and some local options among the choices.

Bourbon Bar Menu

Bourbon Bar Menu

Our GIGANTIC starter was the Hop Salt Pretzel.

Hop Salt Pretzel

Hop Salt Pretzel

Hop Salt Pretzel

Hop Salt Pretzel

It’s served with beer cheese fondue (more, please ;) !) and an IPA mustard to complement the pretzel.

Beer Cheese Fondue

Beer Cheese Fondue

IPA Mustard

IPA Mustard

The bread itself was great, but what really makes this item unusual is the Hop Salt — this was a new seasoning for me, and there was a LOT of it on there.

Closeup on Pretzel

Closeup on Pretzel with Hop Salt

Essentially, it tasted like a really intense salt, with just a hint of bitterness to it. It definitely has its own flavor.

For our Sandwich, we went with The Southern Pig.

The Southern Pig

The Southern Pig

I don’t know if this comes across in the photo, but this pulled pork sandwich (served with apple slaw, mustard sauce, and Duke’s mayonnaise all topped off with a pickle spear) delivers another terrific portion size.

The Southern Pig

The Southern Pig

What stood out to me here — aside from the serving size — was just how fresh everything tasted. “Fresh” is not a word I typically use when describing barbecue, but its apt here, especially when considering the addition of the slaw and the super flavorful pork.

The Southern Pig

The Southern Pig

This is exactly what we anticipated when we heard The Polite Pig was coming to Disney Springs, since the other “swine” restaurants run by Julie and James Petrakis emphasize seasonal, local ingredients.

The Southern Pig

The Southern Pig

Our “From the Smoker” choice was the Brisket with coffee rub.

Brisket

Brisket

Before we tuck in, though, I do have to make a note. The Brisket comes with slaw and a market side — you’ll see we went with the Mac and Cheese.

Brisket with slaw and Mac and Cheese

Brisket with slaw and Mac and Cheese

According to the menu, though, it’s also supposed to be served with Texas Toast, which unfortunately we didn’t receive (without realizing it until after the fact). I attribute it to a first-day learning curve, but I did want to mention it. On the upside, though, the brisket itself was SUPER enjoyable.

Brisket

Brisket

Absolutely crazy juicy and tasty, with only the slightest bit of coffee taste from the rub.

And the Mac and Cheese served alongside it was another winner.

Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

Made with a mix of cheese including parmesan, cheddar, and cottage cheese, it carries a very distinct flavor that’s definitely not your typical mac and cheese.

Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

The Mac and Cheese started what ended up being an overall theme: my favorite part of the meal — even though I really enjoyed the meat — were those market sides (which, by the way, you can make a meal of by combining three for $15). These included the BBQ Cauliflower.

BBQ Cauliflower

BBQ Cauliflower

The paprika sour cream lent an interesting glaze, and the slight char on the vegetable made it… well, a lot less like eating vegetables!

BBQ Cauliflower

BBQ Cauliflower

Though you can trust that you are indeed getting part of your Recommended Daily Allowance as evidenced by all the fresh ingredients on the kitchen counters.

Veggies on the counter

Veggies on the counter

That trend continued with the Crispy Brussels Sprouts.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Which are glazed in a whiskey-caramel. For reals. 

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Finally,  we grabbed the Sweet Potato Tots sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Nicely crisp on the outside…

Sweet Potato Tots

Sweet Potato Tots

… and perfectly soft on the inside, all coming together for nice sweet-and-salty side.

Sweet Potato Tots

Sweet Potato Tots

So, what did we wash it all down with? We decided to go with one of the Cocktails on Tap: an Old-Fashioned.

Old-Fashioned

Old-Fashioned

While most of the items at The Polite Pig are exclusive to the location, this one is known as a “crowd favorite” at The Ravenous Pig.

Old-Fashioned

Old-Fashioned

Here it’s made with Four Roses Bourbon (which you’ll also find listed on the Bourbon Bar menu) and bitters. I found it to be very smooth, despite being on tap. A pleasant surprise!

Now, The Polite Pig offers a little advice that we couldn’t help but follow. (See Number Four.)

"The Polite Pig Says..."

“The Polite Pig Says…”

Something we can all agree on! THIS is the Orange Blossom Honey Cake.

Orange Blossom Honey Cake

Orange Blossom Honey Cake

The very dense but moist cake is covered with just a thin layer of icing, which typically wouldn’t be nearly enough for me!

Orange Blossom Honey Cake

Orange Blossom Honey Cake

But here, the main punch of sweetness is delivered by the very sweet Orange Blossom Honey, lending it’s unique (with just a hint of floral) citrusy flavor.

Orange Blossom Honey Cake

Orange Blossom Honey Cake

Even though it pained me a bit to not indulge in the Key Lime Pie (don’t worry; I’ll get it next time!), I thought this was a terrific end to the meal.

The Polite Pig

The Polite Pig

Overall

How fun to have another spot in Disney Springs (the other being Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’) that really put the spotlight on Florida ingredients and flavors!

Now, a word on Dining Plan and Discounts. This location will honor DVC and AP discounts, and takes one quick service credit on the Disney Dining Plan, which makes it a great deal. Fresh food, innovative — and extensive! — beverage options, and a fun flair make The Polite Pig a welcome neighbor, and a unique and interesting addition to the Disney Springs dining scene.

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Comments

  1. Amanda says

    I can’t tell from the picture, but does the cauliflower have some sort of nut on it?

  2. says

    The ordering process – go to a counter, order, get a tracking device, sit down – is not new or unique to this restaurant. Be Our Guest (Lunch), Wolfgang Puck Express, and ESPN Grill at WWoS (not to mention many many non-Disney restaurants) all use the same set up. But as far as I am aware, all of those ones I just mentioned are only a Quick Service credit on the meal plan. To charge a table service credit for a place where you have to stand in line to order at a register is bordering on the ludicrous.

  3. Alison says

    I agree with Paul’s comment. Plus you don’t even have proper plates for the meat/sides, how is it a table service credit?!

    Hopefully that’ll change.

  4. Leonie Marks says

    Sorry, but this doesn’t appeal to me at all. I hate pepper, mustard, garlic, onion – and Ranch sauce. So, there isn’t one sauce there I’d want to eat.

    That brisket looked so fatty I’d heave just looking at it.

    And yeah, I agree. A TS credit is a rip-off at those prices: just like The Plaza Restaurant in Magic Kingdom – but at least they wait on you!

  5. Jon says

    @Paul D-Lux Burger also uses the RFID locator pagers and offers burgers for a quick service credit. I guess they might have given DFB wrong information as I would guess it should be a QS credit. But that would make the ribs a good value, but in-line with pricing at Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdom.
    The Disney website currently states no dining plans accepted.

  6. Natalie says

    You know the more I see coming out of Disney Springs, the less inclined I am to stay in rainy old England. I can’t wait to plan my trip – going to be an expensive one for sure, because I need to try as many of these new places as possible! My last trip was June 2015 so most of it was boarded up behind construction walls and all these new amazing restaurants are making me hungry from across the pond. I can smell all that barbecue from here! It’s worth booking a whole trip around Disney Springs latest offerings, right?? Theme parks are overrated anyway! Oh, but the World Showcase… and Be Our Guest… I’m just going to have to move to Florida! There’s nothing else for it!! :’D Thanks for another excellent article, I am living vicariously through this website recently haha :). This was a bit of a rambling comment and for that I apologise. I’m very excited about The Polite Pig!

  7. says

    Natalie — We LOVE your rambling comment! :-D Hurry and visit soon! They have done a fantastic job with Disney Springs. It’s so lovely, you could plan to spend a day there as a destination as well. (And PS — I highly recommend FL, and Central Florida in particular, as a great place to live.)

  8. says

    Steve — It’s not uncommon for this information to appear on Disney’s website in the early days of a restaurant’s opening, as they’re working out the details. Thanks for sharing the info, though!

  9. says

    Jon — Correct, but as I mention to Steve, this is pretty common in the early opening days of a restaurant at Disney, and we’re likely to see a change re: no DDP being accepted. As we mention in our overall section at the bottom of the post, we repeatedly asked about this, because the set up doesn’t mirror anything that we’ve seen anywhere else at Disney (and as you can imagine, we get around. :-D ) If the DDP credits accepted change from TS to QS (we will certainly be following up), we’ll be sure to note it at the top of the post. Thanks for reading!

  10. says

    Paul — Agreed. That’s why we repeatedly asked staff about it. We’ll be following up, and we’ll keep you posted. Thanks!

  11. Patricia C says

    I mean, it all looks wonderful but… why on EARTH would I eat here and waste a TS credit when I can walk on over to Wolfgang Puck Express or D-Luxe Burger and get the same experience for a QS credit?! Makes zero sense to me and I agree with the above posters. Either this info is incorrect, or this is absurd.

  12. says

    Patricia — We certainly agree that the info is inconsistent with how Disney Dining Plan credits work. We’ll keep you posted as we continue to follow the story.

  13. Mike V says

    People, take a look at the menu and prices and consider why they are not on the Quick service plan.
    On average a entrée, side and drink is going to cost over $20.
    I am sure Disney does not reimburse these places based upon actual spending and what a meal would have actually cost. I am sure Disney gives a flat rate to any restaurant that is willing to participate in the plan.
    Of course you would not use a table service here, however, maybe this is the Pig’s somewhat sort of backwards way to say we participate and get the Disney press with their name on every Disney food advertisement out there.
    So they put their name under the table service column, they get all the same press, get their name on Disney advertising and the Pig gets reimbursed by Disney at a higher table service rate.

    Regardless it’s looks like some good BBQ that I will be giving a try.

  14. Hannah says

    Brisket…sweet potato tots…bbq cauliflower…crispy sprouts…orange blossom cake…..yes please sounds amazing

  15. Mark says

    Ok, got me. Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts for me and sweet tater tots for my wife. We’ll be there.

  16. Jean says

    I’m confused as to why everyone is saying that it’s a table service credit, when you guys have said at the conclusion of the review that it’s actually a quick service credit. Either way, it looks SO delicious, and my mouth is watering! Out of curiosity, which side was your favorite?

  17. says

    Jean — So sorry for the confusion! The post was edited to reflect the change. Initially, and after repeated questions, The Polite Pig indicated that they would be a one table service credit restaurant — which didn’t make much sense, based upon their service model. They’ve since altered their response, and so we edited the piece in an effort to keep down confusion. :-)

  18. Sara says

    I hate to say it, but I’m pretty underwhelmed – especially with the kids menu. This is a BBQ joint and not one item on the kids menu is BBQ? My seven-year-old niece loves her ribs, but there’s no way she can eat an entire adult portion @ $20.

  19. Donna says

    Many of these restaurants have Gluten Free options and/or Gluten Free Buns. Can anyone confirm these options are available here?

  20. dave says

    Looks like the veggie in our party would either have to put up with a mix of sides or nothing. Looked good but wont be going as one of our party couldn’t get a meal

  21. Claire S says

    We ate there last Friday. The wait time just to order was around 25 minutes. They had two people taking the orders at the counter and, it seemed, two or three people standing watching. Not sure why they did not open a third till. The restaurant was not too busy once you got past the order station and our food came surprisingly quickly considering how long it had taken to order it! We all had The Southern Pig and one side of Mac and Cheese (actually pasta shells, not macaroni). The pork in the burger was not “pulled”, it was chunks of pork. It was tasty enough but not spectacular and all of it was really only luke warm. Overall it was a bit disappointing, especially for the price.

  22. says

    Howdy! I just deleted a couple of comments on here that were unnecessarily negative toward other commenters. Just a reminder that you can say whatever you want about me, and you can certainly have a healthy disagreement with other readers here in the comments section, but we try to draw a line at superfluous negativity toward other readers here at DFB. I’m emailing both of the commenters individually. :-D Thanks!

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