Have you heard about The Front Porch? If the answer is no, I’m not that surprised. This hidden Disney Springs eatery is located on the West Side, past Everglazed Donuts and the M&M store. Maybe its more famous sister restaurant has a name you recognize… The House of Blues. Today we are exploring a great low-priced American food option at Disney Springs at The Front Porch: The House of Blues.
This spot exudes a grungy southern bayou charm that I love. The Front Porch bar and courtyard are situated next door to the House of Blues’ main entrance and have a unique New Orleans vibe that I adore. This alfresco spot serves up good food, hosts live entertainment and promises a great time, cold beer, and a fun Guest experience. The Front Porch is all about the laid-back ambiance and live music, where Guests can chow down on barbecue while sipping a beer or wine. This lounge is open 4:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m., with dishes on the menu that ring in around $14.99 or less per adult.
We know what you’re thinking. A hidden Disney eat and a great value?! Mhmm, it’s true!
The great thing about the menu at The Front Porch is that it changes periodically, so you can try new bites on each visit. This is a great spot to enjoy a low-key dinner or a beer and quick bites during happy hour on the patio while musical artists perform. One of the menu favorites is the Pulled Pork Sandwich, built with slow-smoked pulled pork. This juicy meat is the star of the show and definitely falls into the “smell it before you see it” category. This $14 entrée is built with smoked pulled pork and Memphis BBQ Sauce on a fluffy brioche bun. It’s served with crispy and cool coleslaw and smokey and delicious baked beans.
If brisket is more your speed, you are in luck. The BBQ Brisket Sandwich is another delicious menu option, coming in at $15. Also served with baked beans and coleslaw, this slow-roasted beef brisket is piled on a brioche bun and slathered with that Memphis BBQ sauce to make for one mouth-watering sandwich. If you did not have a chance to snag a famous turkey leg in a Disney Park, no worries! You can purchase a slow-roasted smoked turkey leg for $12 off this menu.
Insider tip: I actually prefer The Front Porch turkey leg to those on Disney carts around Frontierland and other areas of the Parks. This slow-smoked turkey leg is cooked with a signature blend of spices that really brings out the flavor of the meat in a way that is lacking in other Disney World turkey legs.
If a salad sounds like the right choice, you should try the BBQ Chicken Salad. This $13 menu option is affordable and yummy. It’s made with juicy grilled chicken breast, crunchy shredded cabbage and romaine lettuce, black beans, and a corn and tomato mixture tossed in a BBQ Ranch dressing. The creation is topped with crispy onions that perfectly set off the flavor of this dish.
If you love nachos, do not miss a chance to try the Smokehouse Nachos on this menu. These work great as an entrée, but are the easiest shareable option on this menu. So, if you are looking for a dish to split with friends, this is the best bet. The Smokehouse Nachos are an excellent value at only $11. Think fresh house-made tortilla chips layered with rich aged cheddar cheese, ripe avocado, roasted corn salsa, and cotija cheese. You can even upgrade your nachos for a few extra dollars. You can add smoked BBQ Brisket to your nachos for $5 or pulled pork for $3. I recommend you do this to get the full flavor experience and enjoy a heartier dish while you groove along to guitar music or artist vocals in the outdoor space at this eatery.
If you want to forgo the southern barbecue theme and opt for a more traditional theme park dining option, there is also a hot dog on the menu. The Jumbo Footlong Hot Dog is 100% beef, and you can even purchase a house-made cheese sauce for dipping for a $1 upcharge. This massive hot dog is $10.
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If you decide to split a sandwich with your travel buddy but want to snag an extra side, you can. A side of coleslaw or a side of baked beans is only $2. You can purchase a soft pretzel with a cheesy dipping sauce for $5, and you can purchase potato chips for $2.
Ready to unwind with a drink? You came to the right place. The beer menu is filled with favorites you’ll find on any bar menu, but there is also a great assortment of Florida beer available. Try the Crooked Can High Stepper from Winter Garden, Florida, or the Cigar City Jai Alai from Tampa, Florida. The Crooked Can Florida Sunshine is another great choice and is also brewed in Winter Garden, Florida.
If you are taking a vacation from your worries and problems in the real world, you should try the perfectly named D9 Hakuna Matata Tropical IPA for $10. You won’t find Kona Coffee on this menu, but you will find the Kona Big Wave Golden Ale served in a 16 oz. pour for $10. With over 15 beers available, plus cider, hard seltzer, and wine options, you will not run out of sips during your time at this lounge and eatery.
Now that you have the 411 on this secret restaurant, you should totally try it out on your next Disney vacation!