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Dining At Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Disney Springs has no shortage of amazing dining locations for Guests to enjoy while spending time at the Walt Disney World Resort. A great option that is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner depending on the day is Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ which can be found in The Landing area of Disney Springs. The full service restaurant combines a comforting menu of great eats with a warm and inviting atmosphere that leaves Guests wanting to come back time and time again. The restaurant was obviously created by the famous Chef Art Smith who traditionally focuses on southern comfort foods and traditional offerings and used that as a jumping off point for this location. The primary focus at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is on highlighting the flavors and ingredients found in Florida and incorporating them into southern classics.

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The interior of Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ welcomes Guests with high lofted ceilings accented with wooden beams and massive light fixtures that add a touch of industrial décor to the dining room. Wooden floors, chairs, and live edge tables continue to warm the space and are accented by metal detailing and burlap seat covers stamped with the logo of the restaurant. All together, the décor creates an inviting space where Guests are invited to pull up a chair and feel like part of the family.

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is open daily for lunch and dinner and features a special brunch event every Saturday and Sunday. The Rise ‘n Shine Brunch is inspired by Southern-style brunch classics and features specialty items from nine thirty to eleven and then also the additional full menu from eleven to one. Starters for brunch include Cheddar cheese drop biscuits served with blackberry fig jam or sawmill gravy, Church Lady Deviled Eggs, and House-Made Doughnuts decadently topped with pecans, bacon, and a caramel sauce or dusted with sugar, cane syrup, and fruit. Main course offerings on the brunch menu include delicious choices such as Short Rib Hash, French Toast, Hush Puppy Benedict, and Fried Egg & Avocado Toast. The popular Hallelujah Biscuit is topped with Chef Art’s famous fried chicken, two over-easy eggs, pimento cheese, pecan-smoked bacon, and sawmill gravy and The Hamilton features pimento cheesy grits accompanied with braised kale and collards, two over-easy eggs, griddled honey ham, pecan-smoked bacon, spicy hollandaise, and crispy fried shallots. No brunch is complete without some delicious cocktails, and the Rise ‘n Shine Brunch at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is no exception. In addition to the regular drinks menu there is also a full Bloody Mary bar as well as specialty offerings such as Sweet Tea Shine, Blueberry Mimosa, and Moonshine Mash.

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Every other day of the week Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is open for lunch and dinner and features an extensive menu filled with indulgent options. Guests love digging into starters including the Church Lady Deviled Eggs, Thigh High Chicken Biscuits topped with Chef Art’s famous fried chicken thighs, bread and butter pickles, and hot honey, Key West Shrimp Cocktail served with avocado, mango, cucumber, and house-made cocktail sauce, and Bee Haven Bay Fried Green Tomatoes which feature shaved ham, remoulade sauce, and local greens. Those Guests looking for a lighter option for their meal can opt for one of the restaurant’s salads like the Fried Chicken Salad which tops mixed greens with fried chicken, pecan-smoked bacon, egg, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, icebox dressing, cheddar biscuit croutons, and herbs or the 1981 Salad which tops iceberg and spring mix lettuces with honey ham, roasted artichokes, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, Spanish olives, and dressing.

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Sandwiches at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ continue the theme of Southern comfort foods with several options including the Fried Chicken Sandwich which highlights the location’s famous fried chicken and combines it with hot sauce, aioli, iceberg lettuce, tomato, and bread and butter pickles accompanied by house-made barbecue chips drizzled with icebox dressing. Some other sandwich options for Guests to choose from include the Cuban Sandwich with house-smoked pork, shaved country ham, hose-made pickles, yellow mustard, Swiss cheese, and Cuban bread, The Art Burger which has two beef patties topped with American cheese, special sauce, tomato-bacon jam, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles on a brioche bun, and the HFK Barbecue Bun featuring sweet and spicy barbecue chopped pork with a fried egg and southern slaw.

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The main plates at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ are where the true stars of the menu can be found as the location is most well-known for its famous fried chicken which is highlighted in two particular plates. Art’s Famous Fried Chicken is buttermilk-brined for twenty four hours before being fried and served with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and a cheddar drop biscuit. The famous fried chicken can also be enjoyed in the Fried Chicken & Doughnuts plate which serves up two pieces of chicken with house-made sugar doughnuts and one side item. Guests who are looking for main courses other than fried chicken can opt for the Braised Short Ribs which are served with mashed potatoes, a demi-glace sauce, and green beans, the Fried Catfish which is served with hushpuppies, fries, and remoulade, or the Country Fried Steak which is topped with sawmill gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and caramelized onions.

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – Momma’s Mac and Cheese

The sides served up at the restaurant are also no joke- so much so that Guests can actually order the Kitchen Plate for their main course which is a sampling of three sides of a Guest’s choosing. Side offerings at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ include Momma’s Mac and Cheese, Southern Slaw, Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, French Green Beans, and Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

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With so many indulgent offerings for starters and mains, it is a surprise that Guests ever have room for dessert at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin, but the options are so amazing that they can’t be skipped. The Hummingbird Cake is the signature dessert of the restaurant and features a pineapple-banana cake with cream cheese frosting, season fruit gastrique, and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and it was made famous in Chef Art Smith’s cookbook “Back to the Table.” Other dessert options include freshly made mini sugar doughnuts, the Hamilton County Chocolate Pecan Pie served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, and the Shine Cake with a butter cake soaked in moonshine syrup and served with a seasonal fruit gastrique and scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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No meal at the restaurant is complete without indulging in one of the numerous inventive cocktails that are features regularly in addition to soft drinks, wine, and beer. Jet Sprays are pre-mixed cocktails that come served in a regular or souvenir glass and Guests can choose between the Sweet Tea Shine with sweet tea, fresh-squeezed lemon, and moonshine or the Margarita with fresh-squeezed orange. Other delicious cocktails include the Muleshine with peach puree, lime juice, a ginger beer, the Apple Pie A La Mode with Ole Smokey Apple Pie Moonshine, vanilla vodka, apple juice, cinnamon, simple syrup, and lemon, and the Cucumber Cooler with Tito’s handmade vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, and cucumber slices. Since Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ features an array of moonshine, they also feature four moonshine-based cocktails on tap- the Blue Hooch, Moonshine Margarita, Sweet Tea Shine, and Rumshine Punch.

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About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.