The Polite Pig is one of the fast casual dining places at Disney Springs, and it is a great place to stop in for a filling lunch or dinner—no reservation needed. The Polite Pig is owned by local restauranteurs who also operate the Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder in nearby Winter Park, Florida. The local Florida flavors and barbecue tradition shine at The Polite Pig, and here are 8 things I think you’ll love about it:
8. The Bourbon
The Polite Pig has a huge selection of whiskey—around 70 varieties. You can enjoy sampling flights including the aptly named Three Little Pigs, or a Florida selection among several others. The Reserve collection features whiskeys that fetch up to $90 like the WhistlePig Boss Hog or George T Stagg. If you are a connoisseur of bourbon you need to pay a visit to The Polite Pig.
7. The Décor
The Polite Pig features the common thread of décor in Disney Springs—industrial meets tourist attraction. The buildings are all part of the backstory of a working Springs that was later converted into restaurants and shopping. The interior has a lot of metal, brick and wood. It is a little dark, but it is comfortable and fashionable. And plenty of piggy touches to bring the theme together—be sure to look down at the floor. There is also patio seating outside which is nice if the weather is cooperating—and it allows you to do a lot of people watching in Disney Springs or enjoy some live entertainment.
6. The Sauces
The Polite Pig offers a “bar” of barbecue sauces that you can use to enhance your meats (and sides). The meat here has a dry rub on it to go in the smoker, so you can use any of the sauces and it won’t compete with something that is already on the dish. Each one lists it’s characteristics and background at the restaurant, but you have: Thomas’s Southern Gold mustard based sauce; Spiced Vinegar like a North Carolina sauce; Lil John’s Signature Black Pepper which is a Texas style tomato base with honey and black pepper; BBQ Ranch an Alabama style white sauce; Layla’s Sweet Sauce that has a tomato based sweetened with molasses, honey and brown sugar; Fresno Hot Sauce their house-made hot sauce featuring fermented Fresno Chilis; and the Hot Honey which is a combination of the house hot sauce and Orange Blossom Honey. Fill up some cups and sample them all with your meal.
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5. The Street Corn
While we will get to the main event on number 1, The Polite Pig has some killer sides!! One of my favorites is the Grilled Street Corn with chipotle aioli and breadcrumbs. This is similar to the Mexican street corn you’ll find in many places but with a bit of a barbecue joint twist. Close runner up to this one for me is the Tomato Watermelon salad with feta cheese, basil and pickled onion. Yum!
4. Hop Salt Pretzel
Part of the appeal of the pretzel starter is the presentation. This gigantic pretzel is served hanging from a little stand on the tray. It is served with a Beer Cheese Fondue and an IPA Mustard for dipping—just to make it a little more delicious. The pretzel is covered with Hop Salt which is a little different than your average salt. If you’re looking for a great started, this pretzel is the one to try.
3. Orange Blossom Honey Cake
When you are ready for something sweet, the Orange Blossom Honey Cake is a specialty of The Polite Pig and it is absolutely fantastic. It has an unusual texture—somewhat dense for a cake but very moist. And it is quite flavorful with a citrus/floral hint. Yet it is a light dessert to me, very fresh and not overly sweet (in my opinion). The ingredients are locally sourced which makes it even better. And it is pretty too.
2. BBQ Cauliflower
This is my number 1 Market Side from the Polite Pig. And I don’t even love regular cauliflower all that much. This one is barbecued and has an amazing flavor and texture. I could eat it like popcorn. It is served with candied Pepitas and a side of Paprika Sour Cream for dipping. So good I would go there to get just that as a snack!
1. The Meats
Of course you go to a barbecue place for the meats. The Polite Pig does a great job with their barbecue—it has a great rub and the smokiness is very good. The really great thing here is the variety of meat choices you have: Chicken, Pork, Ribs, Salmon, Brisket, and BBQ Cheddar Sausage. If you can’t make up your mind they offer a Butcher Board (serves 2) with the pork, chicken, brisket and BBQ Cheddar sausage. So bring a buddy & a big appetite! And I have to tell you—all of the options are excellent.
What do you love about The Polite Pig?