Remember earlier this week when we reported there were new menu items at Disney Springs? Well we couldn’t resist trying a few of them as soon as possible! Today we stopped by The Polite Pig to sample some of their latest offerings.
On our list for today were the Burnt Ends BBQ Meatballs, the Seasonal Side, the Bee’s Knees Cocktail, and the Red Velvet Cake…of course we had to get dessert! 🙂
First up, the Bees Knees cocktail. This small batch cocktail includes London Dry Gin, honey, and lemon.
This was a very refreshing beverage. The gin flavor wasn’t overwhelming, which was perfect because I’m not a huge gin fan. The sweetness of the honey was very nicely balanced by the sourness of the lemon. Unlike a lot of mixed cocktails, it wasn’t sickly sweet which is a win in my book! All in all, it’s a pretty good drink!
Now, onto the Burnt Ends BBQ Meatballs. These are meatballs made out of the house brisket, and served with cheddar grits. They are topped with crispy onions and the Polite Pig’s Signature Layla’s Sweet BBQ Sauce. They are under the “Shareables” section of the menu, but with a side, these could absolutely be a hearty meal!
These meatballs were delicious. They were incredibly moist and tender, and had a smokey flavor that you’d expect from the BBQ restaurant. The grits are a somewhat unusual accompaniment for meatballs, but they are so creamy and actually make a perfect pairing. Additionally, the onions add a nice crunch to your bite, especially considering everything else in the dish is a softer texture. Overall, this was a great dish and certainly one we’d order again!
Next up, the Seasonal Side. Today, the “chef’s whim” was a combination of two Southern staples: Greens n’ Grits. For those unfamiliar with “greens,” these are Collard Greens, which are a leafy vegetable in the Kale family.
The Collards are accompanied by the cheddar grits as well as black eyed peas. You might expect the greens to be bitter, but they really aren’t! They are cooked very well. The Greens N’ Grits are certainly a unique choice, especially if you’ve never had Collard Greens before. That said, there are so many delicious sides at The Polite Pig that we probably wouldn’t try these again.
Last up, dessert! Gone is the Key Lime Pie, and it’s been replaced by the Red Velvet Cake. This cake is…meh. Unlike a good piece of cake which is rich and moist, mine was very dry and crumbly. The frosting, which can often save a mediocre piece of cake, is bland, so…no dice.
Overall, this cake was not a winner. But you know what IS winning at The Polite Pig? Gideon’s Chocolate Chip Cookie which we think is the best cookie in Walt Disney World. If you’re going to get dessert here, we highly recommend this one!
Overall, Polite Pig is still a hearty and destination-worthy spot for counter service eats in Disney Springs, but the menu CAN be hit or miss. Let us know your favorites!
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What do you think? Is The Polite Pig on your must-eat list at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments!