The Polite Pig is a modern BBQ joint in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs. Its proprietors are local celebrities of the food scene in central Florida, but my visits haven’t been universally excellent despite the Pig’s positive reception in Disney springs.
But The Polite Pig is more than just smoked meats. On my recent visit, I went for some of the Market Sides and Shareables (a/k/a appetizers).
Oh and did we mention that Polite Pig has a BOURBON BAR!? So fun for grown-ups looking to drink around Disney Springs!
If you do come for the bourbon, you might also stay for the food. 😉 In addition to Shareables and Market Sides, The Polite Pig offers Salads (with loads of options to add meats), Sandwiches, items From the Smoker, and Desserts.
Screens over the registers illuminate these options, too. (Click to enlarge for those menu descriptions!)
So let’s dive into my choices!
The Polite Rub Chicken Wings are a dry-rubbed chicken wing that’s deep fried until all those edges are turned into crispy bits. The meat is a little dry, but the flavor is salty and slightly spicy; and with the satisfying crispiness, these are pretty good! The wings are from the Shareables portion of the menu, and they’d be a great item to… share before digging into entrees. But if you also order a Market Side, these would suffice as a meal, too! (The wings come with pickled carrots, but I passed on those.)
The next Shareable dish I ordered was new back in February (see our first review of them here!), and I had to get them again. Burnt Ends BBQ Meatballs with cheddar grits and Layla’s Sweet BBQ Sauce. I’m not actually sure which word I like most in the title of this dish.
The sweet BBQ sauce is a great accompaniment to those crispy onions and creamy (yes, really!) grits. But the star — as it should be — is the burnt ends meatballs.
This is The Polite Pig’s brisket ends ground up and formed into meatballs. These are legit super awesome. The flavor was all there, and I’m never going to pass on a good barbecue sauce.
The Market Sides at The Polite Pig are plentiful. On our very first visit to The Polite Pig, we tried the super fancy BBQ Cauliflower and Crispy Brussel Sprouts! (You have to read our first review here!) While these were fine, they’re still not crave-worthy in our opinion. So on my recent visit it was time to try two new-to-me options as well as give an older option another try.
On this visit, I tried the Grilled Street Corn. This… is not your average corn on the cob. It’s coated in Chipotle Aioli and covered in Seasoned Breadcrumbs. There is NOTHING WRONG HERE, my friends. I love me some elote, and this was excellent.
These are a little messy to eat due to all that tasty aioli, but they’re worth the extra napkins. Get it.
The Mac and Cheese at The Polite Pig has seen some changes over the past couple of years. On our first visit, it was comprised of three cheeses: Parmesan, cheddar, and cottage. But in my opinion, it was still dry and somewhat flavorless.
The Mac and Cheese is now described as using Aged Cheddar, and it’s actually a much better flavor and texture (gooier!) than before. Though it still needs a bit of salt.
The BBQ Waffle Fries are a thick waffle fry dusted with Polite Rub. The slightly spicy rub imparts good flavor, and it would be fun to dip these in the many Polite Pig sauces (see those sauces here!), but they aren’t a must. Especially if you’re interested in some of the less common sides.
On this visit, I didn’t opt for dessert, but if you do, I have three words for you: Buttermilk Chess Pie. I also have one link for you: this one, where you’ll find our review of this totally killer dessert!
Oh, and don’t forget your Gideon’s Bake Shop cookie…if you get there early enough to snag one before they sell out!
There’s no question that Disney Springs is a very difficult place to decide where to eat. There are table service and quick service options galore, and so many of them are really good. The Polite Pig still ranks in the middle for me. It’s fine, but I’m still not in a rush to get back there (except for that elote and pie!). But if you’re into this style of modern BBQ, you’ll absolutely want to give it a try. I’ll be back for (believe it or not) more veggies! 😉