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We are going to make a bold statement in this blog post. Are you ready for it? Here it is.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is one of the best restaurants on Walt Disney World property.
We have now dined at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ three times and each time it is outstanding. This is coming from a girl who is not a fan of fried chicken. That’s right. Fried chicken is not my jam but I get it in various forms here and it’s delicious.
On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, we dined here for lunch. It was our first time dining for lunch. We have been for brunch and we have been for dinner. Our official conclusion is that you can’t pick a bad time to come and eat at this restaurant.
There are a lot of restaurants on property that come with caveats. This place is great for dinner, this place is great but only if you are on the dining plan is it worth it, this place has great views. But Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is great all of the time.
There is an extensive cocktail list that includes a variety of items that include moonshine and whiskey as well as moonshine and whiskey flights.
There are several specialty cocktails that are out of this world too. The Cucumber Cooler is served with either Tito’s Handmade Vodka or we recommend getting it with Hendricks Gin instead and it has lime juice, simple syrup and cucumber slices. Delicious and refreshing in that Florida heat.
The Blood Orange Madras is a concoction of blood orange moonshine, freshly muddled strawberries, pineapple puree and cranberry juice. A sweet, tart and refreshing accompaniment to any item on the Homecomin’ menu.
My personal favorite cocktail is the Honey Lavender. I am a sucker for lavender and this beauty is a delicious blend of muddled fresh strawberries and raspberries with a rosemary, lavender vodka, blackberry jam (what?!), lemon juice and honey syrup. As someone who was a mixologist for a number of years, I respect and applaud everything about this and I want to make it at home.
In terms of starters, our go to is the Church Lady Deviled Eggs. We absolutely love these little devils. They are piled high with a delicious, creamy, tangy deviled eggs mixture and then topped off with bacon! The perfect start to a good ol’ southern meal.
Another of our favorite menu items is also on the starters list but oftentimes I will get it as my meal. The Thigh High Chicken and Biscuits. Three housemade buttermilk biscuits (yum) in between the cut biscuits are Chef Art Smith’s famous buttermilk fried chicken and they are drizzled with hot honey and served with pickles. Delicious. Absolutely delicious.
Other great starter options include the Bee Haven Bay Fried Green Tomatoes and the Bunch of Puppies (hushpuppies).
For entrees, you just can’t go wrong. There are so many great southern options that taste like homemade except, dare I say, better.
I got a salad. Don’t roll your eyes. Just wait until you hear what I did to this salad. Our server, who was great by the way, said to me, I’m doing this today, it sounds amazing, and it was.
So, before you salad haters come at me, hear me out with this magical situation. I ordered the Fried Chicken Salad with extra cheddar biscuit croutons (duh), and a side of hot honey. Oh, and extra cheese. I also ordered a biscuit on the side. The salad comes with crisp mixed greens, Chef Art Smith’s famous fried chicken, pecan-smoked bacon, hard boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, onion (which I omitted), cucumber and icebox (ranch) dressing.
You have to add extra croutons because croutons are the best part of any salad. And I added the hot honey because when that is mixed with the icebox dressing it gives it a tang and a zip and a kick and a BAM! The crunch of the chicken and the veggies and the amazing mix of flavors. It was the best and probably highest calorie salad ever.
Bryson went with a classic. Art’s Famous Fried Chicken. This dish is typically served with mashed potatoes and a cheddar biscuit. Bryson kept the biscuit but substituted macaroni and cheese for the potatoes. Winner winner chicken dinner!
There is something for everyone on the Main Plates menu. Braised Short Ribs served with mashed potatoes and green beans, Fried Chicken and Doughnuts, Fried Catfish served with hushpuppies, Shrimp and Grits and even something called the Kitchen Plate a sampling of three different house made sides.
There are also sandwiches and other salads and soups if those are more your thing. From a Fried Chicken Sandwich to a Cuban Sandwich and a Summer Farmhouse Salad with house smoked turkey, grilled peaches and avocado and a House Smoked Turkey Chili.
Don’t forget about the sides. Southern cooking is all about the sides and Chef Art Smith’s takes their sides seriously. Those Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits are a must plus there is a Grilled Corn Succotash, Momma’s Mac and Cheese, Braised Kale and Collards and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread.
After all that food, how on earth could you save room for dessert? Well, find some room because the Hummingbird Cake is out of this world. This thing is a monster. With layers of moist pineapple-banana cake and mounds of sweet and tangy cream cheese icing. I would go to Chef Art Smith’s just for this cake, it is that good.
We cannot recommed this restaurant highly enough. The decor is sweet, simple and southern, the staff is down home friendly and the drinks are knock your socks off. From the open kitchen to the high windows and exposed beams, this place is cozy and is not for those looking to watch their calories. Come hungry and bring your stretchy pants because this place is a home cooking delight taken up a few notches.
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