Discovering great food at Disney Springs is quickly becoming our favorite activity while at Walt Disney World.
My husband and I had been anxiously waiting for the opening of The Polite Pig, a modern barbecue restaurant, located in the Town Center area of Disney Springs, near UNIQLO and the Lime parking garage. We stopped in for dinner during our recent visit to the area and it didn’t disappoint. (Disclosure: We paid for our own meal.)
The Polite Pig opened in early April 2017 and is the sister restaurant to The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, both in Winter Park. Co-owned by James and Julie Petrakis, along with Brian Petrakis – The Polite Pig brings a welcome local touch to Disney Springs.
What To Expect at The Polite Pig
Snag a menu when you arrive at The Polite Pig, order at the counter and you’ll receive a pager to take to your table. Help yourself to drinks, stop by the sauce bar and before you know it, your meal will be delivered to your table.
Staff are throughout the restaurant ready to assist with anything you may need. They even brought my girls crayons and activity pages – major win for this mama!
We knew right away we were going to have a great meal as we noticed a roll of paper towels on the table – definitely a sign of great barbecue. We helped ourselves to quite a few sauces and appreciated the descriptions of each found on the menu.
Don’t miss trying the BBQ Ranch – a traditional white sauce and plenty of celery seed – it was a great addition to the chicken my girls had for dinner.
I knew their sister restaurant Cask & Larder was known for their great beer, so I was excited to try a C & L Palm Golden Ale with dinner. In all, there were eight local beers on tap – definitely a highlight to me as I enjoy trying local beers when traveling.
Available by the glass or pitchers, I was also interested to see that they offer cocktails by the pitcher too. Rum & Coke, Gin & Tonic, Vodka Lemonade and Old-Fashioneds – next visit, I want to grab a drink and people watch at one of their outside patio tables.
Entrees come with one market side, slaw and a tasty roll, sandwiches come with a pickle and a market side can be added for $4. I ordered the Pulled Pork plate with Sweet Potato Tots (!!!!), the pork was a bit fatty in parts, but there was plenty of juicy meat. The Sweet Potato Tots were the star of my dinner – sprinkled with a bit of parmesan cheese.
My husband went with the coffee-rubbed Brisket and Brussels Sprouts. I’m not big on coffee flavors, so I was hesitant about the coffee rub, but it did not overpower the meat. Both our meals were hefty portions and we ended up sharing most of it because we wanted to try everything.
Both my girls had the Chicken Tenders with Carrot Sticks. I was thrilled that there wasn’t a French fry on the menu anywhere (yay!) and my girls LOVED the carrots.
The carrots were fresh, healthy and both my girls finished all of them. The chicken was very fresh and the breading was great too. Total win!
Maggie was fascinated with watching the workings inside the kitchen. The large windows were a great touch to see the chefs hard at work.
I’m a big believer that kids are more willing to eat new foods if they can see them being made too.
Learn More About The Polite Pig
For the latest scoop on The Polite Pig, be sure to follow along on Twitter at @ThePolitePig and check out The Polite Pig Facebook page. For tons of tasty food pictures, visit The Polite Pig on Instagram.
If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, The Polite Pig is considered a counter service meal, which I think makes this a pretty good match for getting your money’s worth of food.
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** My family and I paid for our dinner at The Polite Pig. Opinions here are completely my own. **