We live somewhat locally to the Walt Disney World resort area (well, locally enough that we can drive). I believe I’ve said this before, but on our final day we like to visit Disney Springs to do any last minute shopping, grab lunch, go for a walk, and buy some Sprinkles Cupcakes to home (thus preserving some of our vacation for longer). We were recently in Orlando for MegaCon, which will be featured in an upcoming post, and made our way over to Disney for a few days as well. On our way out, we stopped at The Polite Pig for lunch, which is a “modern BBQ outpost with Florida cuisine and an array of libations on tap,” according to disneyworld.disney.go.com.
It is actually a quick service BBQ restaurant that has a full bar (indoor and outdoor), with indoor and outdoor seating. You place your order at the counter, they give you a pager, you go find a seat and they bring you your food at the table. While we were there they also came around with samples of blondies and oatmeal cookies which were pretty great, although not great enough to make us actually purchase one.
Because it was lunchtime, we decided to split a few things instead of ordering our own individual meals. The menu isn’t too extensive, but has some great options on it. We ordered the pork shoulder ($14), the mac and cheese ($6), and the hop salt pretzel ($10). I found the menu to be pricy as the sides are à la carte, but since we were splitting all of this it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, and trust me this was plenty of food. We also didn’t have any alcoholic beverages on this trip (again, lunch, and we needed to drive home), which kept the cost down.
The Polite Pig actually doesn’t get great reviews on Yelp, although I think most of it is due to the food cost issue. We actually really enjoyed everything we had, particularly the pork shoulder. The Polite Pig has a “BBQ sauce” bar (… actually, its just dispensers, like ketchup/mustard dispensers, and paper cups), which has a variety of options you can see on the menu, but we found that the pork shoulder really didn’t need any sauces to make it enjoyable, it was actually very flavorful on its own. We did dip the pretzel in each one of the sauces, and while good, they were nothing to write home about. The pretzel itself comes with beer cheese fondue (a HUGE AMOUNT OF IT) and IPA mustard, both of which were incredibly tasty – so much so that I usually couldn’t decide which to dip my pretzel into. Finally, the mac and cheese was REALLY GOOD GUYS. Sometimes mac and cheese can be kinda flavorless, but I really enjoyed it.
Lets talk about seating. There is indoor and outdoor seating, and its a pretty big place, we didn’t have to wait long to find a table. They seemed right on top of cleaning off the tables as soon as one party was done, so even though we had a minute of “table-hovering,” we still sat down at a clean table. There is also a lot of bar seating available, or I suppose you could get your food to-go and sit somewhere outside at Disney Springs. The only thing I’ll mention about this is the day we were there was really hot (around 95 degrees), and while there were still people sitting in the “patio” area as it was partially shaded, I don’t think this would be the best place to sit in the middle of August, which would cut out some of the seating options.
I’ll also say that while we didn’t partake, the bar options certainly looked intriguing. I don’t really like bourbon, but there is a bourbon bar with options ranging from $9 to $99. I suppose if I liked bourbon this would entertain me more. There are also a variety of beers (I really like Florida Cracker from Cigar City, you should give it a try if you can find it in your area or if you happen to go somewhere that has it), and cocktails on tap. Again, you can see all of these options on their menu.
So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on the The Polite Pig in Disney Springs?
Well, I liked the Polite Pig. I thought it was a good option for lunch and we definitely got plenty of food, despite not ordering our own meals. We actually brought one of the pretzels home because it was too much (and BBQ is really heavy). I do think its pretty expensive given that you need to order the sides separately, but I would go back, possibly sit at the bar, and try some of the beers or cocktails.
And yeah, on a slightly unrelated note, if you can find Cigar City beers anywhere, definitely give them a try.