What do you picture when you hear the word “brunch“? Perfectly runny eggs, crisp-yet-juicy fried chicken, bacon-covered donuts, and creamy grits topped with blistered cheese?
If any of that sounds irresistible, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine Bar at Disney Springs might just be the perfect brunch spot for you. DFB recently paid Homecomin’ a visit to experience the Rise and Shine Brunch, and we have lots of great info to share with you!
The Rise and Shine Brunch is available at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The regular menu is available starting at 11:00 AM. Yes, that means if you get there at 1:30, you can enjoy the lunch menu and the brunch menu!
Inside of Homecomin’, you’ll find a casual, rustic vibe with natural wood, matte metal finishes, and lots of sunlight.
And, yep, you may spot a church pew or two. ;-D
It’s a comfortable spot for high-end comfort food!
Any day you can have doughnuts to start your meal is a good day, right? The House-made Doughnuts ($8) at Homecomin’ are available as shown – with icing, pecans, bacon, and caramel – or simply dusted with sugar and served with spiced cane syrup.
These little doughnuts were certainly flavorful! While they were a nice combination of sweet and savory, the bacon flavor was really dominant. If you’re a bacon fan, you’ll probably like ’em! The restaurant does tend to run out of doughnuts in the afternoon, so consider yourself warned. 😉 These are BRUNCH ONLY.
Behold, the Hush Puppy Benedict ($20): house-made hush puppy cakes, fried chicken tenders, poached eggs, griddled country ham, and pimento hollandaise. Yes, that’s right: hollandaise and cheese meet in one sauce. *Heart eyes for days.*
This dish was really unique and completely excellent. It had all of the best textures: salty, chewy country ham; fried chicken that was delightfully crisp on the outside and completely juicy on the inside; and perfectly poached eggs. The hush puppy pancakes had a nice, fluffy interior and a toasty, crunchy exterior. If you’re into savory breakfast foods, Hush Puppy Benedict has everything you could ever want (though we think the addition of a few slices of Fried Green Tomato couldn’t hurt!).
Next up: the Short Rib Hash ($22). Ridiculously tender, oh-so-flavorful short rib, grilled corn succotash, potatoes, red bell peppers, Fresno peppers, and two sunny-side up eggs. Comes with one of Homecomin’s famous Cheddar Drop Biscuits.
One of us found this dish good but not incredibly exciting, and the other loved it. If you’re feeling a slightly spicy, breakfast-y version of pot roast, the Short Rib Hash might be right up your alley!
We were very excited about the Hallelujah Biscuit ($22): an open-faced Cheddar Drop Biscuit, pimento cheese, Chef Art’s famous fried chicken, pecan-smoked bacon, and sawmill gravy.
Chef Art’s Cheddar Drop Biscuits are so buttery and cheesy, and they made the perfect base for the Hallelujah Biscuit. The bacon was thick and crisp (no sad, clear, wiggly bacon here!), the chicken was juicy, and the egg yolks were cooked perfectly. The only change we would make? Just a liiiittle more pimento cheese and gravy! 🙂
Are you more of a “sweet stuff for breakfast” kind of person? Don’t fret — Homecomin’ has a few entrees for you, too! Check out the French Toast ($17) for a totally sweet entree or the Fried Chicken & Doughnuts ($26) for a combination of sweet and salty.
Brunching with little ones? Homecomin’ offers a Kiddos menu with two youth-friendly entrees: the French Toast and the Junior Farmer Plate (two eggs with any side). Both are $8 each.
With most of the Rise and Shine Brunch menu selections at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, you get to choose a side! At the time of our visit, the available brunch sides included Bradley’s Grits, Potato Gratin Mash, Seasonal Fruit, Pecan-Smoked Bacon, and Griddled Country Ham.
The Potato Gratin Mash was incredible: soft, creamy mashed potatoes, lots of butter, and melted cheese that was both crisp and gooey.
We also loved Bradley’s Grits. They were literally the creamiest grits we’ve ever had (fun fact: the individual grits seemed bigger than standard grits); and similar to the Potato Gratin Mash, they were creamy, buttery, cheesy, and delicious. In fact, we had a lot of trouble deciding whether we liked Bradley’s Grits or the Potato Gratin Mash more!
Do you require a Mimosa with your brunch? While Homecomin’ does offer a Princess Mimosa, we suggest checking out the popular White Peach Sangria. It has everything you love about a classic mimosa – soft fizz and a hint of orange – but with prominent notes of juicy peach. The ingredients list includes La Perla Moscato, orange and mango, peach moonshine, and a moonshine-soaked peach slice. If you’re not a peach fan, though? Steer clear!
More of a Bloody Mary enthusiast? Good news: They’ve got FIVE different ones for you to choose from!
Homecomin’ is known for their Shine Cake and Hummingbird Cake, and you honestly can’t go wrong with either. Shine Cake, pictured below, is a moist, dense cake – similar to pound cake – with a sweet glaze and hints of moonshine flavor.
The Hummingbird Cake is another southern specialty done right at Homecomin’. Layers of sweet cake chock full of pineapples, all covered in a thick cream cheese icing. Basically heaven on a plate, but VERRRRRY sweet. So be prepared!
Looking for a great place for brunch in Disney Springs? The Rise and Shine Brunch at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is a winner. Each dish was flavorful and substantial, and the service was helpful and so friendly. This is a particularly great spot for those who like a rich, savory breakfast, comfort food, and southern cooking.
Want more Homecomin’ in your life? We get it. Be sure to read our dinner review and our review of the newest menu items!
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