Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Breakfast at Disney Springs

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Breakfast at Disney Springs

One of the first things we look forward to on a Disney Vacation is the chance to have an easy Brunch at Disney World. And luckily, breakfast at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is all about easy. Maybe it’s the fact that this southern brunch has an amazing menu. Or maybe it’s the promise of blueberry mimosas at 10 a.m. Whatever it is, we love it.  We had seen the Maple-Pecan Bacon Donuts, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Hummingbird Cake and just had to book a brunch at Chef Art Smiths’ Homecomin’ for the Rise and Shine Brunch. Lets dig into the southern foods that make up this menu, with our latest review. 

The Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Story 

Did you know that Celebrity Chef Art Smith got his start in the very first Disney College Program offered at Walt Disney World? As part of this first class, he learned all sorts of necessary skills needed for college and beyond. And later became the Celebrity Chef to Oprah Winfrey herself, for a ten year run. He also learned how to make cake. His Hummingbird Cake is his most notable and served as a dessert on the menu at his Disney Springs restaurant. His journey has led him everywhere and now back home to Orlando, Florida. Here, he pays homage to the agricultural heritage of Florida! Featuring fresh foods, locally grown, he offers a farm to table menu that is covered in traditional southern dishes with a modern twist. D23 has a lovely write-up on How Art Smith Got his Start as a Celebrity Chef.

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen Location

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Restaurant is located inside Disney Springs at 1602 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830. As you can see from the Disney Springs Map, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen Restaurant is located in the center of Disney Springs, in the Town Center area. Just across the midway from Morimoto Asia, this restaurant is easy to get to if you’re coming in on the Disney Buses at Disney Springs, or parking on the flat lot, or in the Lime Garage. 

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen Hours

While we chose to visit for the Rise and Shine Brunch, which is only offered Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, the restaurant itself offers an extensive menu throughout the week and weekends as well. Here are the hours for Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Restaurant. 

  • Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Friday:  11:00 am – 11:30 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am – 11:30 pm ( Brunch: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Sunday: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm (Brunch: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Does Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Have a Bar?

Yes, as part of the restaurant, you can find the Southern Shine Bar, for guests 21 and older, at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin Kitchen.’ In addition to bar drinks, the restaurant features moonshine and whiskey, as part of the specialty moonshine menu.

Do you Need a Reservation for Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin?

As a popular restaurant, we recommend getting reservations for Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin.’ While you can typically get your name added to the waitlist, and make last minute dining reservations in the My Disney Experience App, it’s best to have an advanced dining reservation if you’re hoping for a table and to visit at a specific time, or day. This is truest during the busy seasons at Disney World like the holidays. 

art smiths homecoming decor and atmosphere

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Atmosphere

One of our favorite parts about dining at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Restaurant in Disney Springs is the atmosphere. Upon entering the restaurant you can see what items are for purchase; shirts, sauces, and branded bottles to take home. The decor extends farther to the ceiling to honor the classic Florida landscape on the mural above the kitchen counter space. The architecture and interior design is done in natural wood finishes, filled with natural materials and tons of natural light. Covered in classic wood slat walls the design lends to the Florida-style architecture that just exudes ease.

Lots of glass and high ceilings make you feel like you’re on vacation. And the layout of the restaurant includes booths and tables in two large separate spaces. Perfect for a variety of group sizes. You can also find things lining the walls for sale, or display. Specialty hot sauces, fresh produce, merchandise and more are all part of the easy decor here. 

art smiths homecomin brunch at disney

We also loved having the chef team somewhat visible, but also that they just lined up their cakes ready for serving on the counter! We did not save room for dessert this time around, but will next time! These cakes looked amazing. In addition to Art’s signature Hummingbird Cake, they also had a classic southern Flaked Coconut Cake and a layered Chocolate. Yum!

art smith's homecomin' at disney springs

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Brunch

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Restaurant at Disney Springs is a Farm-To-Table dining experience. This means the menu may change occasionally depending on what farmers may have on hand. Everything is sourced locally, depicted in the mural highlighting farmland, and we were told that because of this it is very very easy to accommodate any kinds of allergies or exclusions. Such a bonus!

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin Disney Menu and Brunch REview at Disney Springs Orlando Florida

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Breakfast Menu

For our Disney Springs Brunch, we ordered a little bit of everything. Mainly, because we need pictures of pretty things for this blog, but also because at one point-brunch ends they don’t let you just keep ordering off the menu until you’ve tried everything. Check out the Chef Art Smiths Homecomin Menu for all your options. 

Does Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Have a Kid’s Menu?

Yes, Kid’s have a choice of French toast or a farmers plate with eggs and fresh fruit. These smaller entrees cost $12 each. However, if you’re traveling with bigger kids, they may actually love some of the things on the regular menu as well. 

Chef Art Smiths Homecomin Brunch Menu Disney Springs

Rise & Shine Brunch Cocktails

Okay, so we knew were getting this Blueberry Mimosa with breakfast before we even stepped foot into the place. Much like the mimosa flight over at the Kona Cafe, there is nothing quite so refreshing as a freshly made mimosa early in the morning. This drink was bright and just a little sweet so absolutely perfect. We have high hopes of attempting a copycat recipe of this drink at home for our next family get-together.

However, if you’re drinking with your brunch there are lots of Cocktails at Chef Art Smiths Homecomin’. The Aperol Spritz , or the Britton Peach Tea both features flavors of the south. And as moonshine is a specialty here, you can even grab a Sweet Tea Shine, featuring lemon sweet tea and moonshine to go alongside whatever delicious breakfast foods you have. 

Other cocktails include the Southern Mary and Proud Mary, both twists on the Bloody Mary.  A Strawberry Lemonade, Espresso Martini, White Peach Sangria and Florida Crush as well. Prices range from $13-$15 each and the portion and cost are well on par for drinks at Disney World.  

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin Blueberry Mimosa

House Made Everglazed Doughnuts with Pecans and Bacon

These mini donuts were part of the Sunrise Starters and features doughnuts made by Everglazed. They are made fresh daily, and topped with bacon and pecans ( for an extra $2). As a starter these only cost about $10 and were so delicious. Definitely enough to share, but then maybe not? 

Pecan Bacon Donuts at Chef Art Smith

Biscuits- Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits with Blackberry Jam

Another Must-Try dish on the Rise and Shine Brunch Menu are the Biscuits. Mainly because you can’t go to a southern restaurant and not order classic drop biscuits. And Oh my gosh, we loved these! Another Sunrise Starter, you get six cheddar cheese drop biscuits and two tubs of house-made jam. You can choose form blackberry jam, fig jam or sawmill jam, and they also sell these. We actually nibbled these throughout the entire meal. They were so delicious and accompanied our actual breakfast perfectly. 

cheddar biscuits and blackberry jam at homecomin

Bee Haven Bay Fried Green Tomatoes

So I know these are like the “healthy” choice (kinda), but it’s hard to find amazing Fried Green Tomatoes made right. I think the last time we had really stellar fried green tomatoes was at Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina, and I would definitely recommend you make that trip. This dish is also one I consider the cornerstone of any good southern brunch and Chef Art Smith’s did not disappoint! These were ever so lightly breaded and fried, not greasy. The addition of the arugula and remoulade sauce here was divine! I sort of gave the ham away because it simply wasn’t needed on this dish, but I would definitely order this again on my next visit.

fried green tomatoes at art smith homecomin disney springs

Fried Chicken and Doughnuts

Ahhh, the piece de resistance of any classic Southern brunch; Fried Chicken. We loved the addition of the powdered sugar doughnuts as the replacement for waffles and the addition of the garlic and chives mashed potatoes as our choice of side. The chicken was really moist and crispy on the outside and the doughnuts added a layer of light sweetness and texture that you just do not get with waffles! There are also other sides you can get with this; grits, pecan smoked bacon, ham and fruit are all on the menu. 

fried chicken and powdered donuts at chef art smith's homecomin'

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Cost

As a budget-friendly Disney restaurant the overall cost at Chef Art Smiths, is in the $35 per person range for food and beverage. That said, you can always get away cheaper, if just ordering starters, or pricier, if adding alcoholic drinks to your meal.

For  brunch, starters cost between $10- $17 a plate, and truthfully, these are big enough to share, so we thought well worth the cost. Entrees at brunch range from $14- $32 and all include your choice of size, as well as the main dish. Again, we though this was one of the better Budget-Friendly Restaurants at Disney World, and would easily come back for this and other meals. 

Does Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Take the Disney Dining Plan?

Yes, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Restaurant does take the Dining Plan, and counts as 1 Table Service Credit. 

Can you use a Disney Gift Card at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin?

Yes, you can use a Disney Gift Card at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen in Disney Springs. Check out our post on Disney Gift Card Deals you can get at a discount to save even more money. 

Does Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Take Discounts?

Yes! Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Restaurant takes several discounts. Just be sure to mention it to your server before they calculate your bill. 

  • Disney Annual Passholder: 10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tables in Wonderland: 20% off 

chef art smith's homecomin at disney springs

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ in Disney Springs Restaurant Review

What we loved most about Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Restaurant, besides the mimosas, the food, and the beautiful decor was really the service. We are always impressed with the extremely top-notch service at any Disney location and often elsewhere we find ourselves saying “This would never happen at Disney”. This restaurant experience was no exception. We settled in and the servers were attentive, they offered suggestions, told us stories, and the food came out quickly. Such a delight! If you’re looking for a Disney Springs Breakfast at a nice sit down restaurant in Disney World, this is it! 

So many places just serve you one and done and collect the check. This restaurant offered, to us, what really felt like a Sunday Brunch in a place like home. If you’re looking for another place to add to your Brunch at Disney World list or just somewhere great to have breakfast in Disney Springs, this should be your next stop. 

Farm to Table Restaurant Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' in Disney Springs Walt Disney World brings southern brunch and fare to this quaint restaurant with amazing food! See our review of the rise and shine sunday brunch #sundaybrunch #chefartsmith #homecomin'restaurant #disneysprings

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Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.

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