With Disney Springs undergoing many new renovations, it’s sometimes tough to keep up on what is what and what is where. I’ve been down there quite a bit in the year since we’ve moved down here and have been able to eat at the many new places around. So, with that, let’s discuss the newest place, The Polite Pig.
The husband and wife duo, James and Julie Petrakis, have some experience with BBQ under their belts as they also have a sister restaurant called the Ravenous Pig over in Winter Park, Florida, which has existed since 2007, as well as Swine & Sons Provisions, Cask & Larder, and DoveCote. So, these two have an established relationship with food.
Enter The Polite Pig into Disney Springs- a place I have often indicated has needed a good BBQ place somewhere on property. The Polite Pig is another in this quick serve/restaurant hybrids. It makes you order at the counter, but then you are brought your food by a waiter/waitress, and, when we sat outside, we could order other items from these servers as well. The service was great overall, with the staff being super friendly and helpful despite the heat.
Ok- food time! What’s on the menu? It has a variety of sandwiches, salads, and combination plates in typical BBQ style- where you can order some meat and it comes with a side. I ordered The Southern Pig sandwich ($12), which was basically a pulled pork sandwich with apple slaw on top, as well as a side of sweet potato tots (+$4). The sandwich was excellent- not too large with the bun being solid enough to contain most of the meat and slaw. I did top the sandwich with some of the sauce on the table- the Hot Honey sauce was good, very honey-like in consistency but not spicy, as well as the Fresno Hot Sauce- this was spicy with a good thick chunk to it, and it was my favorite. I loved the sweet potato tots, which were topped with parmesan cheese- a perfect side. We also sampled the Brisket ($16) from the cooker, which had a coffee rub on it, that came with a side, so we ordered the mac and cheese. The side was good mac and cheese but nothing super fancy. The brisket was good and was served on the fatter side, which is something you can sometimes request at a BBQ restaurant but this was just served this way. We also tried the brussel sprouts, which were divine with a whiskey-caramel sauce, as well as the BBQ cauliflower with paprika sour cream. Honestly, you could go and order a few sides and snacks, the BBQ cracklins were perfect with the spiced vinegar, and have some drinks with friends and it would be perfection.
The menu also has a large variety of drinks, including many bourbon options and local draft beers. I tried the Red Cypress Spook Hill Pale Ale, which was hoppy, as well as the C & L Working Man Porter, which had a sort of coffee taste to it. The drinks were good, and decently priced at $9 for a 20 oz glass.
Overall, this was a good BBQ place that Disney was definitely missing. The fact that it does not require reservations makes it even more appealing to go and grab a quick bite. It’s definitely a better quick serve place than normal, and the menu gives Flame Tree BBQ a run for it’s money