Try These New Summertime Eats And Drinks At Disney Springs

Maybe it’s because it’s lunch time as I write this or maybe it’s because these pictures are incredible, either way I’m ready to try some of these delicious new summertime eats and drinks that are being offered for a limited time from some of the top spots around Disney Springs. If you weren’t hungry or needing an icy cold drink before, you will be soon!

Dockside Margaritas

First up, and one of my personal favorites, Dockside Margaritas. This fun waterfront location is a perfect stop for live music (from about noon until 10:15pm nightly) and ice cold drinks. Of course they have the classic margaritas and Disney specialty drinks, but on Thursdays from now through September 28, you can get some of the famous Pleasure Island cocktails including Kungaloosh from Adventurer’s Club and Bell Bottom from 8 Trax for only $9 each (non-alcoholic only $5 each).

The BOATHOUSE

The BOATHOUSE is another gorgeous waterfront spot for a quick drink or a full meal. This summer, in addition to their long list of cold drinks, they’ve added three new dishes. There are two new entrees to try…an herb-marinated grilled shrimp with smoked jalapeño grits, cornbread and house made jalapeño jelly and a house-smoked beef brisket au jus sandwich with spicy giardineria. If you still have room, they’ve got you covered with a coconut bread pudding souffle with roasted pineapple and rum caramel sauce for dessert.

B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.

If you’re looking for a quick bite, head on over to the B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. kiosk and try their new Latin Dog, topped with chipotle mayo, corn salsa and queso fundido or if you’re feeling indecisive, get their 3 Little Pigs Trio that includes Reuben, bacon-wrapped with black bean salsa, and chili cheese topped mini sausages with a side of homemade pickles for only $10.39.

The Polite Pig

Growing up in Kansas City, you know any place that serves up barbecue is going to be high on my list. The Polite Pig has added five new bourbon flights this summer, along with a BBQ cheddar sausage hoagie and a mouth-watering double layer chocolate cake.

STK Orlando

Stop by STK Orlando to take advantage of their new happy hour menu, available Monday through Friday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, that includes small bites such as BLT bruschetta or BBQ rib fingers for only $6 each along with beer and well drinks for $4.

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Last but definitely not least, we have Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. With so many new summertime additions on this menu including Ham, Ham & Jam, three cheddar drop biscuits with ham, blackberry fig jam and pimento cheese, a hangar steak with southern succotash, a watermelon salad with heirloom tomatoes, crispy ham, feta cheese and candied pecans, and a Chef Art Burger with Art’s special secret sauce, you may have to hit this place more than once.

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Homecoming: Florida Kitchen And Southern Shine To Open In Disney Springs

Homecoming

Another new dining option has just been announced for Disney Springs in 2016 – Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine. Celebrity Chef Art Smith is thrilled to be returning to Florida for this new venture. Here are all of the latest details about this upcoming addition courtesy of Disney:


Celebrity Chef Art Smith is bringing a taste of real Florida to a new restaurant opening in summer 2016 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine will showcase the cuisine of Chef Smith, who was born and reared in the town of Jasper, Florida, on the Florida-Georgia border. After 25 years of preparing award-winning meals for celebrities and heads of state and appearing on television, he is making Florida his home once again.

With farm-to-fork cuisine that showcases the bounty of Florida, and design inspired by turn-of-the century Florida architecture of the late 1800s, Homecoming will feature traditional Southern favorites with sophisticated, chef-inspired creations. The 6,000-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant “is where Florida heritage meets New Southern cuisine,” explains Smith.

“I couldn’t be happier about coming back to Florida and Walt Disney World Resort,” he continues. “To be able to prepare the food I love in the place where I have so many special memories is a dream come true.” Smith is a sixth generation Floridian, and his family still raises cattle, pecans and heirloom vegetables on their ancestral farm.

Smith says he is especially pleased with the restaurant’s Disney Springs connection, as he recalls summertime gatherings at the springs in the Northern part of Florida, casual get-togethers known as “homecomings” when family and friends gathered to share Southern specialties, enjoy homemade desserts and maybe sip a hand-crafted cocktail under the shade of live oak trees.

“Once we heard the story of his passion for Florida and his vision for the restaurant, we knew that it was a perfect match” said George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “We’re thrilled to welcome Chef Art back to the state and share his spirit of Homecoming with our guests from around the world.”

Chef Art Smith 2Homecoming Cuisine

“The menu is a big part of my ongoing homage to Florida’s bygone era,” explains Smith.  “We will proudly and prominently support the Fresh from Florida campaign and the vast majority of our seafood, produce, poultry and beef will be from local farms, ranches or fisheries.”

The “rustic-chic” restaurant has a glass-walled show kitchen and the Southern Shinebar that celebrates an era where characters might have created some homegrown spirits on their homesteads just beyond the springs.  The bar will feature whimsical cocktails, punches and coolers, including some made with now-legal variations of moonshine.

Smith’s expertise is all over the menu from Southern favorites like homemade pimento cheese, Church Lady deviled eggs, low country shrimp and grits, kale salad with Sweet Grass Dairy cheese and spiced pecans and a grilled Blackstrap pork chop with sawmill gravy. “Each dish has a little Florida twist and makes guests feel like they’re on the back porch with me for every meal,” says Smith.

Desserts will be a specialty, with cakes, pies and delectable sweets made daily and shipped from a bakery in Hamilton County, including the restaurant’s signature Mockingbird Cake. “Southern women, using delicious ingredients and love, are the world’s best bakers,” explains Art.

Chef Art Smith Biography 

Charles Arthur “Art” Smith, age 55, is an American chef who worked for former Florida governors Bob Graham and Jeb Bush and, until 2007, was personal chef to Oprah Winfrey. His expertise is Southern American cooking. While attending Florida State University, he completed culinary internships with The Greenbrier in West Virginia and the Walt Disney World College Program.

A James Beard Award recipient for his New York Times best-seller list cookbook Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family, Smith has also authored Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families; and Back to the Family. His latest cookbook, Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort, has a focus on healthy cooking and healthy living.

Smith has made regular television appearances on programs such as “Iron Chef America,” “The Today Show,” “Nightline,” “Fox News,” “Extra,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dr. Oz,” “Oprah,” “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters.”

Smith founded the non-profit charity Common Threads, which focuses on teaching children about different cultures through food and art. Common Threads has served thousands of healthy meals to children around the world since 2006, and in 2007 he received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation.

With Smith moving his family back to Florida, he founded Reunion, a non-profit charity that focuses on community renewal projects as well as teaching Southern tradition from the garden to the kitchen at Chef Art Smith’s Florida Garden and Kitchen School.

Smith is executive chef and co-owner of the highly successful restaurants Table Fifty-Two in Chicago, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in Atlanta and Art and Soul in Washington, D.C. 


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