Disney Springs has quickly become the place to be for new Walt Disney World Resort dining options this year. The Polite Pig is the newest restaurant to open its doors to the public less than a month ago. Here is our Review of The Polite Pig Media Event that took place on May 5, 2017.
Grab a menu and prepare your taste buds for The Polite Pig experience. Mr. James Petrakis was on hand to answer questions. He told us that the inspiration for the name of this new restaurant came from a conversation with his family members. James made a comment that whatever we do, we must always be polite to one another. “So The Polite Pig seemed like a fitting name,” stated Mr. Petrakis.
We started with a couple of Salad choices. The Village Chopped Salad shines with the feta-olive dressing while the Simple Greens Salad offers the hearty crunch of apples, carrots and sunflower seeds. Both of these offerings are very good options particularly for vegetarians and those looking for a flavorful salad.
The BBQ Cracklins are quite interesting and we were surprised to discover that we really liked this option from the “Snacks” section of the menu. The Hop Salt Pretzel with Beer Cheese Fondue and IPA Mustard was interesting although the bitter taste of the Hops on the Pretzel was not something we cared for. Our favorite part of this snack option was the IPA Mustard, which we found to be quite flavorful.
The Sauce Bar choices range in flavor from Sweet, to BBQ Ranch, Hot Sauce and everything in between.
The Southern Pig Sandwich was good and we really liked this sandwich paired with the Sweet Potato Tots. The St. Louis Ribs with Layla Rub and Grilled Corn had a nice presentation. Pork Shoulder with Polite Rub, along with the BBQ Cauliflower was quite unusual. The Cauliflower was one of our favorite tastes. The Brisket Melt was interesting, however the Beer Cheese Fondue disrupted the flavor combination for us on this one. We enjoyed the Mac & Cheese Market Side. Half Chicken Citrus Rub with Crispy Brussel Sprouts was also an interesting combination. If you are thinking you do not like Brussel Sprouts, think again. Can you say Whiskey-Caramel? Our favorite dish was the Coffee Rub Brisket with Tomato and Watermelon Salad. The Brisket melts in your mouth and the combination of Feta, Basil, Pickled Onions, Tomato and Watermelon make this Salad fresh, flavorful, and truly amazing.
Dessert was next and the options are Key Lime Pie and Orange Blossom Honey Cake. Our favorite of the two is, hands-down, the Orange Blossom Honey Cake. The citrus and honey combination are really fabulous and make for a beautifully moist cake.
The Vodka Lemonade, served on tap, was excellent. We will be back again for this cocktail. The Bar is an indoor/outdoor set-up that really works for the setting. Having all of these drinks served on tap, is the first of its kind and quite innovative.
Overall, our experience was flavorful and interesting. We were surprised to discover that we actually liked the Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts. The ingredient combinations with some of these food items are unusual; but they work. This is not the place to visit for your standard flavors, rather The Polite Pig, in Disney Springs Town Center, is a restaurant that will challenge your taste buds, and encourage you to step outside your comfort zone. If you cannot plan a meal here, you must find the time to stop by for a drink and check out the indoor/outdoor Bar. Remember to always be polite and say “Please” and “Thank You.”
*Special Thanks to Linette Anderson, our Guest Blogger, for all her assistance with the development of this Review.
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