Review: Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen at Disney Springs

We’re back at Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen for another visit today!

You might be scratching your head and wondering, “But AJ, you guys were just there a little bit ago. Why a return so soon?” Well, lots of reasons, actually. But the primary one is this: Once is never enough when it comes to reviewing Disney restaurants. Restaurants in the ‘World are notoriously inconsistent, and while Homecoming impressed us initially, I always like to duck into a new spot after it’s been open for a bit, just to see if the shine and sheen are still around. In fact, we review spots over and over, so we can always make the best recommendations for our readers.

In addition, dear friends of mine invited me to tag along for a catch up session, and Homecoming was the agreed upon choice for dinner. And like I’m gonna say no to Fried Chicken? Not likely.

Besides, there’s plenty to cover on this menu, and a follow up visit gave me a chance to show you a few new things.

Let’s check out how Homecoming is doing, a few months along in the journey.

Atmosphere

The premise of Homecoming Florida Kitchen (HFK) is pretty cool, actually. Chef Art Smith is a native Floridian, who even spent some of the early years of his career as a Cast Member at Disney. So it’s befitting that the restaurant’s name is Homecoming, as he returns to his home state.

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Sign

The restaurant is a celebration of Old-Meets-New Florida in so many ways. The architecture echoes Florida Vernacular style, with lots of windows to let the light in, and deep overhangs from the hip roof to keep the heat out. [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 17, 2016

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re having a great weekend! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and catch up on all the Disney food news from the week!

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It has been an exciting week full of news for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival including the grand launch of the DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-book! You can order your copy today for 20% off the cover price with the code Chefs16!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

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News! Homecoming by Chef Art Smith to Open on July 12th in Disney Springs

Are YOU as excited about the impending arrival of Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine as we are?!

Coming Soon --  Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

Coming Soon — Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

Well, it looks like we’ll all get our chance to welcome Chef Art Smith’s newest restaurant to Disney Springs VERY soon… as in TOMORROW, July 12th!! [Read more…]

Menu Sneak Peek for Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine by Chef Art Smith

The arrival is getting closer… Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine — an upcoming restaurant headed by Chef Art Smith — is coming to Disney Springs soon!

Coming Soon --  Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

Coming Soon — Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

Orlando My Way from WESH TV got a Sneak Peek at the space… and the MENU!

It’s all Southern fare and fun, starting with… well, the Starters! Items like Church Lady Deviled Eggs and “Bunch of Puppies” with Pimento Cheese (I. LOVE. HUSHPUPPIES!).

Church Lady Deviled Eggs @Homecoming FL, Twitter Account for Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine

Church Lady Deviled Eggs @Homecoming FL, Twitter Account for Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine

“Buns & Such” features a Fried Chicken Sandwich and a Fried Catfish Sandwich. But it’s the Main Plates that are especially eye-catching, I think. We’re gonna focus on the poultry here… what with Fried Chicken & DOUGHNUTS and Art’s Fabulous Fried Chicken on the menu! (Pair those up with some Cheddar Cheese Biscuits or Momma’s Mac and Cheese under the Sides menu!)

Fried Chicken @Homecoming FL, Twitter Account for Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine

Fried Chicken @Homecoming FL, Twitter Account for Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine

Last week we spotted Chef Smith himself checking out some artwork at the new spot…

Chef Art Smith checking out the artwork at Homecoming

Chef Art Smith looking at Homecoming

… and we can’t wait to welcome him — and Homecoming! — to Disney Springs SOON!

Which dish would you most like to try at Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine? Please let us know with a comment! 

Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar, Coming Soon to Disney Springs

Today, we’re sharing a few more details about another restaurant coming soon to Disney Springs — Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar.

Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

We already know that the restaurant, which is the brain child of celebrity chef and Florida native Art Smith, will feature the “farm-to-fork” cuisine that Smith is known for. [Read more…]

News! A Cupcake ATM and MORE Coming to Disney Springs in Disney World

Today, we’re bringing you exciting news about lots of new flavor coming to Disney Springs in the very near future!

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It looks like many of the spots that we’ve been waiting (not so patiently) to learn more about will be opening in time for the Summer rush. Opening for these spots is to begin in phases on May 15, 2016. [Read more…]