When Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming opened in Disney Springs last July, it’s safe to say we were big fans. In fact, we were really big fans. In fact, with a restaurant row now loaded with incredible eateries such as Raglan Road, Morimoto Asia, and BOATHOUSE, Homecoming just may be our favorite of all.
This past week the restaurant officially changed its named to Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. It also has added a few new items to menu over the past few months, so it was high time to go back and check it out.
We’ll start with appetizers, and first up is the THIGH HIGH CHICKEN BISCUITS. These have replaced the bbq chicken wings on the menu and we can confirm that they are one of the top six food items on Disney property.
Three biscuits topped with Chef Art’s famous fried chicken thighs and bread and butter pickles. Drizzled with hot honey.
The “hot” honey isn’t a hot sauce honey, but more of a warm, tangy honey and it is absolutely incredible. The sweet taste will pair well with a Sweet Tea Shine or one of the many cocktails on the menu.
Thigh High Chicken Biscuits.
Speaking of hot sauce, Homecomin’ now sells its house made hot sauce in bottles you can take home. This slightly sweet sauce gets a lot of rave reviews from hot sauce fans.
Deep South Hot Sauce.
Another appetizer we tried was the BUNCH OF PUPPIES and they were very good, but all we could think about was ordering some more Thigh High Chicken Biscuits. Enjoyed that the hushpuppies had a nice crunchy outside, but soft in the middle. The jalapeño jelly dip added a nice sweet and spicy kick.
House-made hushpuppies served with pimento cheese and jalapeño jelly.
Bunch of Puppies.
The BRAISED SHORT RIBS are one of the newer entree items. As the menu promised, the meat was was boneless and pulled apart easily. Very flavorful and because of the tenderness there was no need for a knife. While we enjoy the regular mashed potatoes at Homecomin’, the whipped sweet potatoes was a nice touch. You don’t see that any many restaurants.
Boneless beef short ribs are slow cooked until fork tender served over whipped sweet potatoes with seasonal vegetable.
Braised Short Ribs.
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Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming is now open in the Town Center section of Disney Springs. The restaurant which overlooks The Springs, features Southern classic dishes for Guests to enjoy.
Menu items for Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming include Art’s Fabulous Fried Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, Fried Catfish, Momma’s Mac and Cheese, Sweet Collards, Addie Mae’s Chicken & Dumpling soup, the Tarpon Springs Greek Salad, Church Lady Deviled Eggs, Anna Maria Fish Dip, Chocolate Pecan Pie, and Shine Cake. Full menu offerings for this great new table service location can be found here. The restaurant also features a grab-and-go offerings including fried chicken and chopped pork sandwiches.
The interior features plenty of Florida touches, including the cocktail bar and two large tables which were crafted from reclaimed Florida camphor and eucalyptus. There’s also Florida cypress through the interior. Even the zinc tabletops were made in the Sunshine State. Artwork also includes over-sized murals by a local artist.
The great thing is that Chef Art Smith is literally coming home with this new restaurant. He is a native of Jasper, Florida, as well as a former cast member in the Disney College Program.
For those looking to make reservations at Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming, you will be able to do so beginning July 15th for seatings beginning August 15th. Walk ups will be taken prior to August 15.
Homecoming is open Sunday through Thursday until midnight and Friday and Saturday until 1:00 a.m.