Disney Springs, previously Downtown Disney, is a renovated dining and retail hotspot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. We get it, tourist traps don’t often deliver when it comes to dining, but Disney Springs pulls it off. We’ve put together this list to help you filter through the barrage of restaurants and grub hard at the right spots.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Chef Art Smith brings Florida southern food front and center at Homecomin’. If you are a fan of fried chicken, you will have a hard time choosing from this menu that offers chicken and biscuits, 24 hour buttermilk-brined fried chicken, fried chicken and donuts, and the list goes on and on. The Momma’s mac and cheese is a must order side item. To top things off, order the Sweet Tea Shine. If you can’t tell by the name, it’s sweet tea and moonshine.
The Polite Pig
Clearly, Disney Springs is loaded with celebrity chef restaurants, but The Polite Pig is owned by Orlando’s James and Julie Petrakis, owners of the James Beard nominated Ravenous Pig. Simply put, they are a local culinary power team. The Polite Pig brings smoked BBQ goodness that you can smell before even entering the restaurant. Want to try a little bit of everything during your visit? Get the trio sliders and the three market sides special.
This is one of the more popular places within Disney Springs, and the name says it all. This is Chef Morimoto’s first pan-Asian restaurant, so there are plenty of amazing options to choose from, including ramen, dim sum, sushi, and the famous Peking duck. If you are not in the mood for something as elaborate, connected to the main restaurant is Morimoto Asia Street food. If you are on the Disney Springs food tour, this is a perfect solution for a quick bite.
In the mood for some "za" bro? Look no further than Pizza Ponte. This is not the only pizza joint within Disney Springs, but it is the one you should visit. This fast casual Sicilian-style pizza restaurant also provides sandwiches and pastries. It’s a good slice, period. What else could you want?
Listen, there are plenty of sweets at Disney Springs including great options like Sprinkles, Amorette’s Patisserie, and Erin McKenna’s Bakery. Do not pass up The Ganachery’s s’mores. These heavenly dessert sandwiches are made with a vanilla bean marshmallow square and salted caramel ganache. Even one bite is worth the $8 price tag.