Review: Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming ~ Disney Springs

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Our next restaurant takes us back to Disney Springs, site of our first review of Morimoto Asia. But now that Town Center has opened, new venues have been popping up left and right. This time around we headed to the all new Town Center area to review former chef of Oprah, and North Florida native, Art Smith and his new restaurant Homecoming.

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Food:

Though we skipped appetizers, we will definitely try some on a future visit because the selection was good as well as the rest of the menu:

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Our first of two entrees was the Fried Catfish Plate, served with hush-puppies, grits and another side which I choose mac and cheese. The portion was a great size and everything on this plate tasted great. With everything being made in house, you can just taste the freshness. This is arguably the best catfish I have ever had, and the little bit of spice in it is balanced by the creamy grits! But it doesn’t stop there, this is arguably the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had as well making this easily one of the best plates of food I have ever had in a restaurant. 10/10

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The other entree we sampled today was the Chopped Pork BBQ plate, with a cheddar drop biscuit, mac and cheese, and coleslaw. The pork, much like all the food was fresh, hot and terrific with the BBQ sauce. Since we had mac and cheese on the other plate, we also added a side of sweet potatoes to try another side. Though I am not a fan of sweet potatoes, Brent says they were “better than his grandma used to make” and that’s pretty high praise coming form a southerner raised in Tennessee.The cheddar biscuit was sorta like Red Lobster but a little more dense with a lot more flavor. 10/10

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For dessert we tried the Hummingbird Cake, one of Chef Art Smith’s most famous recipes! The dish is a great sized slice of pineapple-banana cake with cream cheese frosting, and served with a scoop of ice cream made just down the road in Winter Park, Florida. This being the first time I’ve even heard of this cake it was amazing and may be my new favorite cake! The banana flavor comes out early on in the bite and ends on the nice sweetness of the pineapple; and the fresh made frosting makes it even better! 10/10

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Service/ Atmosphere:

In the category of service, this restaurant meets and exceeds every expectation feeling like your coming into someones home to have a meal and be taken care of! The staff was all very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about where each ingredient and item came from and all about the restaurant. I haven’t had this great of service in quite a while, especially at a Disney property restaurant. 10/10

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The atmosphere is that of a southern shine kitchen and bar just as the restaurant name indicates and you can see several cool details throughout the restaurant. With an open, comfortable, and laid back layout the restaurant makes everyone feel at home! It is something that, like the food, words can’t do justice to and you have to see it to believe it! 10/10

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Overall:

I’m gonna say something kinda provocative because the restaurant is in its first month and still has the opening day glow about it, but as of right now this is the best or at least one of the best restaurants on Disney property and possibly even central Florida. Easily, this is instantly in my top 5 places to eat in Florida!

Art Smith has given us his best and the team at this restaurant executes it to perfection, from the door to the back of house culinary team! WE will back very soon to try more items from the menu because at this point, I can imagine it is as good as what we tried for this review.

The restaurant receives a perfect score, but truly deserves a scores of 110%! Stop by soon, they are saving a table for you!  (10/10)

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As with all our reviews, we paid for everything you see pictured and nothing was complimentary in any way, the food was as great as we say!

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3 Responses

  1. Kevin says:

    Awesome review! I have been out of the loop on restaurants opening at Disney Springs, but this looks phenomenal. Thanks for bringing this place to my attention!

  1. February 25, 2017

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