We were invited to take a sneak peek at the newest restaurant coming to Disney Springs… and that’s Chicken Guy!
In fact, Chicken Guy! is both the name of the restaurant and also a nod to one of the two people behind this new venture: celebrity chef Guy Fieri, who has partnered once again with restauranteur Robert Earl.
The two previously worked together when Guy Fieri created the Burger and Sandwich menu for Planet Hollywood Observatory. And, in fact, you’ll find Chicken Guy! tucked right in at Planet Hollywood.
Though no official opening date has been announced, Disney Springs guests will see this new fast-casual spot open sometime this month.
We were lucky enough to attend a sneak peek — and even sample some of the upcoming menu — at Chicken Guy! Let’s see what the Mayor of Flavortown himself and Robert Earl are busy preparing for the Town Center of Disney Springs!
The Disney Springs location is set to be the flagship location for this new venture.
Bright and vivid hues set a tone to match the high energy of the spot’s namesake.
The fast-casual service style will allow guests to place their order on the line.
And fresh ingredients will be at the ready!
Guests will be notified by buzzer when their order is ready.
Then it’s off to take your pick of indoor or outdoor seating.
Of course, if you’d rather take your order to-go, everyone will see that your meal was created by The Boss of Sauce!
Let’s see what will be on offer!
Robert Earl walked us through the menu today, which focuses on serving Chicken Tenders (and more) in a fast-casual setting.
Guests will be able to choose between Grilled and Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders.
The chicken here will be hand-pounded and the fried tenders will be freshly breaded each day.
And I have to say… I loved the super crispy outside of these fried tenders!
And the option of the healthier-for-you grilled tender is something I’ve been hoping for at Disney World for years.
But there’s more to it. Because you’ll be able to choose two Signature Sauces for your Chicken Tenders… out of 22 Sauce Selections!
To help you narrow it down a bit, the sauces are divided into categories, including Guy’ Favorites like Curry Mayo and Chipotle Ranch.
The Classics feature Buffalo and Sweet and Sour among many others.
And Hot ‘N’ Spicy includes Habanero Hot Sauce and Nashville Hot Honey.
Signature Sandwiches will be made with two chicken tenders.
The Sauce Boss is anticipated to be a popular item due to the chance for customization with any two signature sauces.
And after tasting it, I have to agree. For me, it was a standout.
The Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sandwich delivers a little sweetness to all that savory.
Salad Bowls are also served with your choice of grilled or fried tenders.
The Southwest Street Corn Salad Bowl serves it up with charred corn, slaw, roasted peppers, black beans, tomatoes, red onions, grilled scallions and crispy tortilla strips.
But those salads get their sauce on, too, with cumin lime mojo and chipotle ranch for the Southwest Street Corn Salad.
Tasty Sides to go along with whichever chicken you choose will include Mac Daddy Mac ‘N’ Cheese and Fried Pickle Chips.
The Fried Pickles were another favorite of mine. They had a nice little kick to them!
Loaded Fries are smothered in SMC (Super Melty Cheese!) and also topped with chopped grilled chicken, green onions, and oodles of BACON.
Any place that promotes Super Melty Cheese is pretty much right up my alley.
Chicken Guy Fries with signature seasoning will also be available.
The Kids’ Menu offers two tenders, grilled cheese, and Mac Daddy Mac ‘N’ Cheese.
Flavortown Frozen Treats are… well, just take a look!
Your options will be Triple Double Mint and Cinnamon Apple.
Triple Double Mint blends mint chocolate soft serve with crushed Oreos, chocolate mints, chocolate syrup, and tops it all with whipped cream.
Cinnamon Apple is vanilla soft-serve with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Apple Jacks cereals, also with whipped cream!
Something Robert Earl shared is that the emphasis is on quality and price. The menu and prices were designed to make it difficult for the average guest to spend more than $12-13 without sacrificing quality. And I really do think the portions and great flavors are a good value at these price points.
It is still being determined whether Chicken Guy! will accept the Disney Dining Plan. (This is not unusual for non-Disney owned restaurants in the beginning as they work out contracts for new spots, and we’ll let you know here when that is determined.)
It was a lot of fun to check out Chicken Guy! before it opens. It was even better to taste the upcoming offerings, which give us reason to think that Disney Springs guests have a lot to look forward to when Chicken Guy! officially opens its doors sometime this month. Are you looking forward to this new addition? We’d love to hear what you think!
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Disclosure: In nearly all circumstances, Disney Food Blog writers and photographers pay full price for their own travel, hotel, food, beverage, and event tickets. We do this because it’s important to us as journalists to ensure not only that we give you unbiased opinions, but also that you can trust us to do so since we’re paying our own way. On rare occasions, when we are invited by a company to attend a preview as media, and when we choose to accept that invitation, we will always make you, our readers, aware of that situation. We were invited by Chicken Guy! to experience the new location. Note that when we attend events as media we are 1) Not required to review that event/food on any of our channels, and 2) Not required to review that event/food favorably. You can always count on DFB to give you a 100% unbiased and honest review of any event that we attend, food that we eat, or beverage that we drink. You can see more in our Disclosure Policy. Thank you for reading. — AJ