Homecomin’

Homecomin’, located in the heart of Disney Springs, is a restaurant that pays homage to Florida’s agricultural heritage by highlighting local ingredients and farm-to-table cuisine. Helmed by celebrity chef Art Smith, Homecomin’ serves up Southern comfort food – with an upscale twist.

I had tried for weeks prior to our trip to get a reservation, but was ultimately unsuccessful. My little heart was set on having a meal at Homecomin’ so we decided to take a midday break from Magic Kingdom and spend some time exploring Disney Springs. The entire area was still known as Downtown Disney back during my last visit in 2014, so most of Disney Springs is completely knew to me!

Photo from http://www.homecominkitchen.com

We showed up around 4pm on a Thursday afternoon and was quoted a 35 minute wait for a table of 2. We were texted roughly 35 minutes later, so I would say they’re pretty good with estimates.

To start, we split their famous Church Lady Deviled Eggs – Southern-style deviled eggs ($12), which come 6 pieces to an order. Boy oh boy, these were the best deviled eggs I’ve ever had! The filling was creamy, tangy, and each piece was so smooth. Definitely order these babies – you won’t regret it.

For our mains, we both ordered the Fried Chicken Sandwich – Buttermilk-brined for 24 hours and hand-battered fried chicken, dressed with hot sauce, aioli, iceberg lettuce, tomato, and butter pickles ($18). Each sandwich is served with house-made barbecue chips drizzled with icebox dressing. I opted to substitute my chips with their Momma’s Mac & Cheese. The chicken was moist, juicy, and perfectly crispy on the outside. It’s a large, large portion though, so come hungry!

Since we were going back to Magic Kingdom after our early dinner, I didn’t want to drink. So I asked if I could do their Strawberry Lemonade Moonshine without the booze and it was one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. Featuring freshly muddled strawberries, lemonade, and strawberry puree, it was refreshing, just a tad acidic, and just the right amount of sweet.

We didn’t have any more space in our stomachs for dessert, which I was upset about because I wanted to try their cakes. Next time I will come prepared with a bigger stomach! From the moment we checked in to paying the bill, everyone we encountered was super nice and friendly. They really do southern hospitality right here. If you’re in the area – even if you’re not into Disney – give Homecomin’ a try. They’ll fill you up with good ole southern comfort.

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