News: “The Polite Pig” Is On the Way to Disney Springs, Opening Spring 2017

On a quick trip to the World of Disney Store in Disney Springs recently, I couldn’t help but notice these colorful signs with cute sayings, just a couple stops down from Amorette’s Patisserie in the Marketplace…

Signs in Disney Springs

Signs in Disney Springs

Curious, I snapped a few pics. And then, lo and behold, we heard at our Disney Springs media event today that The Polite Pig, “a new fast casual concept,” is on the way to Disney Springs!

polite pig logo

To “bring in local flavor,” James and Julie Petrakis, the James Beard-nominated chef/owners of two popular Orlando-area restaurants (in Winter Park, FL, specifically) will open this new location in Spring 2017. Both The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder are known for their emphasis on using seasonal ingredients, offering “the best seasonal foods that Florida has to offer” (quote sourced from The Ravenous Pig website).

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Review: New Late Night Menu and Forbidden Lounge at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs

Morimoto Asia arrived in Disney Springs in late September of 2015.

Even though this Signature Restaurant is still a relatively new spot, at this point it could be considered one of the more established restaurants in the area given the many additions to dining options in Disney Springs since that time.

But Morimoto Asia has still gone through several changes of its own since opening. For instance, Morimoto Asia Street Food has since hit the scene, offering the restaurant’s signature Pan-Asian cuisine in a Quick Service fashion.

Even more recently, they’ve created an option custom-made for all you night owls out there enjoying the newly revived nightlife of Disney Springs with a new Late Night Menu!

And nighttime is an especially good time to visit Morimoto Asia. Because even though it’s a remarkably beautiful restaurant no matter the time of day, it’s especially pretty at night when the script on the outside of the building is brightly illuminated.

Morimoto Asia at Night

Morimoto Asia at Night

The late night menu is available each night starting at 10 PM, and is served exclusively on the second floor of the restaurant. [Read more…]

First Look! Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen in Disney Springs

We’re here for a FIRST LOOK at Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine!

Newly open in the Town Center of Disney Springs (yesterday was Opening Day), Homecoming is the latest venue opened by a Celebrity Chef in Disney World.

While the restaurants backed by Chef Morimoto (Morimoto Asia) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Cocina) make up other terrific recent additions to Disney World’s shopping and dining district, Homecoming is especially significant to Disney World and Florida as Chef Art Smith has strong connections to both.

Hailing from Jasper, Florida, Chef Smith is also a former Disney Cast Member via the Disney College Program! So, as you can imagine, even though Chef Smith heads up restaurants in other areas of the country, the name Homecoming has an extra special meaning.

Homecoming sign

Homecoming sign

We’ll be back with our full review of this new spot next week, but in the meantime, we couldn’t resist sharing this FIRST LOOK with you.

Oh, and just look who dropped by to say, “Welcome!” [Read more…]

Review: The Coca-Cola Rooftop Beverage Bar in Disney Springs

Let’s all “Have a Coke and a Smile…” at the brand new Coca-Cola Store Orlando in Disney Springs!

Coca-Cola Store Orlando

Coca-Cola Store Orlando

You can’t help but notice the huge Coca-Cola logo in its classic font as you approach the building, which was purportedly built to resemble a Coca-Cola bottling plant in the 1920s. (Ummmm….okay…..? Bottling plants in the 1920s had super futuristic, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, then? If you say so, Disney.)

Featuring three floors dedicated to the iconic soda, the experience begins when you walk under the 30-foot-wide blown-glass chandelier, which was made from repurposed Coca-Cola bottles. It’s kinda like you’re inside a giant bottle of Coke, eh? [Read more…]

Review: Frontera Cocina by Rick Bayless in Disney Springs

Frontera Cocina is the latest Table Service addition to the Disney Springs dining scene!

Frontera Cocina is headed by Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless. It’s located in the Town Center of Disney Springs, which still has a few eateries on the way throughout the summer; among them, Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine and Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza.

Chef Bayless may be best known as the host of the PBS show “Mexico—One Plate at a Time” (though he has received numerous accolades throughout his career), and Frontera Cocina likewise showcases authentic Mexican cuisine.

You’ll find Frontera Cocina right across from Sprinkles (though, since Sprinkles is still new itself, more familiar landmarks are seen just across the walking bridge — spots like Raglan Road and Morimoto Asia).

Frontera Cocina

Frontera Cocina

Now that we know where it is, let’s step inside… [Read more…]

News: Coca-Cola Store Orlando Opens July 2nd at Disney Springs

Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly fit one more thing at Disney Springs, we’ve got news of another grand opening happening TOMORROW, July 2!

©Disney

©Disney

The Coca-Cola Store Orlando officially opens tomorrow, giving guests the chance to experience the world’s most iconic beverage brand in the comfort of an “immersive retail destination.” Sounds pretty cool, right?

disney springs World of Coca Cola Coke construction 3

The spot is inspired by a 1920s-era bottling plant, in keeping with the historic vibe of Disney Springs – the entryway even pays homage to the iconic Coca-Cola green glass bottle. Once inside the shop you’ll want to look up and check out the 30-foot-wide blown-glass chandelier crafted from re-purposed Coca-Cola bottles.

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What’s New Around Walt Disney World — June 14, 2016

If you’ve been keeping up on all the latest food news in Walt Disney World with us here at the DFB, then you know that the latter half of May brought all kinds of additions to the Disney dining scene!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

And the arrival of the summer season also brings expanded food options to feed the increasing crowds at the parks and beyond, so our tour will include all sorts of updates, changes, and additions – both big and small – as we check out What’s New around Walt Disney World! [Read more…]

News: Vivoli il Gelato Debuts Tiramisu Gelato for a Limited Time

We’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Vivoli il Gelato!

That’s right – the Disney Springs gelateria is turning a year old! This spot has been serving scoops of housemade gelato (with many ingredients imported directly from Italy), sorbet, specialty espresso beverages and baked goods since last June when it first opened its doors.

What a difference a year makes, huh? Since Vivoli il Gelato opened, it has been joined in Disney Springs by spots like Joffrey’s Tea Traders Café, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Morimoto Asia, and The Ganachery… and that’s JUST in The Landing neighborhood alone!

All of that makes this first birthday for Vivoli il Gelato even more momentous, seeing as it can now be considered one of the bona fide veterans of the Disney Springs dining locations added over the past year.

Vivoli il Gelato

Vivoli il Gelato

And to celebrate the anniversary, the spot will be serving a limited-run flavor for THIS WEEKEND ONLY! While supplies last, Disney Springs guests will have the chance to try a custom-made Tiramisu Gelato, based on the traditional Italian dessert. [Read more…]

Full Review: STK Orlando in Disney Springs

Last week we gave you a First Look

… and now we’re back with our full review of STK Orlando, the newest dining venue in Disney Springs!

STK Orlando is the latest addition to the list of Signature Dining restaurants in Disney Springs, which also includes Morimoto Asia and The Boathouse (with Paddlefish and The Edison still on the way).

But STK hasn’t only joined the dining line-up in Disney World — the Orlando location also joins fellow STK restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and D.C., with more to come.

So let’s see how STK’s big city vibe fits into Disney World’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district with our first visit for dinner at STK Orlando!

Atmosphere

If you checked out our First Look, you already know that STK Orlando is located in the The Landing of Disney Springs; however, the location is easily viewed from the area’s new Town Center. Here is the view as you approach from the Orange Parking Garage.

STK Orlando

STK Orlando

The exterior, therefore, fits right in while retaining its own unique look, with its resemblance to a refurbished train station from the early 1900s. [Read more…]

First Look! STK Orlando in Disney Springs

We’re already back at Disney Springs to take a First Look at STK Orlando!

Now, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, I thought STK Orlando wasn’t going to open until May 25th?” And if so, you are correct — the newest Signature Dining venue joining the ever-expanding options in Disney Springs doesn’t open to the public until this evening at 5:00 pm.

But the DFB was kindly invited to a Preview event that took place last night. So while we are looking forward to dining there tonight and to bringing you our full review of our first dinner at STK Orlando soon, we couldn’t wait to give you a little sneak peek now :) .

So welcome to this First Look at STK Orlando!

Though technically situated in The Landing of Disney Springs, STK Orlando is still very much visible from the new Town Center in its spot near Morimoto Asia and Planet Hollywood. In fact, the building’s exterior — built to bear a resemblance to a refurbished train station — fits in nicely with the early-1900s-era inspired setting that is the Town Center.

STK Orlando

STK Orlando

No matter whether you’re outside of STK or inside, it’s impossible to not be struck by how MASSIVE this place is, coming in at nearly 15,000 square feet! [Read more…]