Our family received a complimentary meal in exchange for my honest opinion. Read why I think it’s the best restaurant at Disney World!
When you walk into Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen at Disney Springs, you immediately notice the memorabilia on the walls. He has cooked for the White House and was even Oprah’s private chef at one point. I immediately realized I was in for a good meal. Hands down, Homecomin’ Kitchen is the best restaurant at Disney World.
As we walked to our table, our family drooled over the meals that were being brought to tables. At our early dinner reservation, people were already waiting around to put their name on the list for a table.
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Best Restaurant at Disney World: Homecomin’ Kitchen
The backstory is that Chef Art is originally from Florida, and the restaurant is a charming homage to the state of his birth. He’s had a connection to Disney his whole life and was even a part of the Disney College Program – makes sense to open a restaurant on property!
Guests feel relaxed and comfortable while dining at Homecomin’ Kitchen. The restaurant is located at The Landing section of Disney Springs and looks over “the springs.” There are Adirondack chairs outside to enjoy and a back patio that’s perfect for the small events.
The bar area is rather busy as guests enjoy their famous moonshine. No worries though, you can grab-and-go at the Shine Bar. Shine Bar is both part of Homecomin’s restaurant proper and a walk-up bar. While grabbing a drink, check out the Grab & Go menu too – which includes sandwiches, fries and moonshine cake (O-M-G more on that later).
Our waitress gave us a quick overview of the menu and couldn’t stop bragging about the Fried Chicken and Mac-n-Cheese. I knew those were a must-order for our table.
First off, we started with the Thigh High Chicken Biscuits which have fried chicken thighs with bread and butter pickles on a biscuit. My Husband said the biscuits were the first ones to remind him of his Grandmother’s – that says something. They’re flakey, buttery and have a hint of cheddar.
For the main course, I ordered Art’s Famous Fried Chicken. It’s buttermilk-brined for 24 hours before frying until golden. Admittedly, I am not a fried chicken fan. Since our waitress couldn’t stop mentioning it, I ordered it anyways.
IT WAS DELICIOUS – not too much breading, with a crisp outer layer and moist chicken on the inside.
My Husband ordered the Chopped Pork Barbecue Plate and I kept stealing bites of his. It was a mountain-high portion of pulled pork and served with the famous baked Mac-n-Cheese. If you’re a cheese lover, you’ve got to try it.
The kids meals come with a protein and two sides. They don’t skimp on the portions either. Both of my kids took home leftovers.
For Dessert, we tried the Moonshine Cake and Chocolate Pecan Pie. They are also known for their Hummingbird Cake. The Moonshine Cake was absolutely divine. It’s an iced bundt cake that’s soaked with their famous 100 proof shine and it’s a boozy delight for your tastebuds.
Y’all – the food is so good it makes you want to cry tears of joy. I’m very serious when I say this is the best restaurant at Disney World.
Their homemade shine cocktails are guest favorites. You can order a souvenir 22-oz squeeze bottle of one with $12 refills. If you can’t decide which flavor of moonshine you want most, order the moonshine flight and try them all. They also offer a whiskey flights as well.
With over 14 different resort cocktails, they have something for everyone. Come for brunch and experience even more southern inspired cocktails to pair with the brunch menu.
The Service and Hospitality
Our waitress really walked us through the entire menu and did a fantastic job at keeping the food coming. It was a busy evening and we didn’t know the menu, but everything was well paced. It’s great to find a family-friendly casual dining spot.
So many parents avoid dinners at Disney Springs because they assume there aren’t family-friendly options, but that just isn’t true. We dined early in the evening, but found it to be a great spot for the whole family.
You miss some of the best food on Disney property if you skip a trip to Disney Springs – that just isn’t right!
Tips For Dining at Homecomin’ Kitchen
- You can make reservations through My Disney Experience
- Pricing is $15 to $34.99 per adult
- Stroller parking is located outside
- Disney Dining Plans are accepted
- Located at “The Landing” of Disney Springs
- Parking is free – Resort buses & boats are offered to Disney Springs
- Brunch is served on the weekends
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