Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Brunch is calling you home ... Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'

Sunday brunch is hands down my favorite meal of the week. 

My hubby and I had our first date 16 years ago over Sunday brunch.  Soon after, Sunday mornings became our "thing". Whether dining out or cooking at home, we love a leisurely Sunday that involves good food and the perfect cocktail. Today, we headed to Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' to check out the Brunch menu.

Homecomin' is located in the center of Disney Springs. It's a great place to relax and enjoy Southern style homecooking -- thus the name HOMECOMIN'.

Chef Art is a sixth generation Floridian, and his restaurant pays "homage to Florida's rich agricultural heritage". The food is always fresh (farm to table) and uses local ingredients.

I had been to lunch at Homecomin' before to dine on the amazing fried chicken, but today hubby and I went specifically for the brunch offerings.
(The Rise & Shine Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sundays only.)

We had a 10am reservation and arrived a few minutes early.  The staff was able to sit us immediately. (Side note: I strongly suggest making a reservation if you can. By the time we left at 11am, a line had started to form at the door. Yup, the word is out that Homecomin' offers a great brunch menu!)

Hubby ordered a Proud Mary. He said it had the right amount of "kick".
I chose a Princess  Mimosa which was made with freshly squeezed Florida oranges.

We tried four brunch dishes this morning. All were excellent.

The first dish was the Hush Puppy Benedict (house made hush puppy cakes with fried chicken tenders, poached eggs, griddled ham and pimento hollandaise) with a side of potato gratin mash. The dish was yummy and the portion size was large. I especially enjoyed the twist of the Hollandaise sauce on this dish; I could definitely taste the pimento cheese.

Second, hubby and I tried the Hallelujah Biscuit (topped with fried chicken, eggs, pimento cheese, pecan smoked bacon and sawmill gravy) with a side of Bradley's grits. Another solid dish....but can we talk about these grits for a minute? Holy Moly. I don't know how they make them so creamy, and I almost asked for a second cup! I need to up my grit game at home.

Next, we tried the Fried Egg and Avocado Toast. The flavors blended quite well.  The spiciness of the radish combined with the sweetness of the fermented onion and the buttery Avocado was impressive. All served on crisp grilled Cuban bread.  This dish was excellent on all levels -- texture, colors, freshness, and taste!

 The best for last ... The Short Rib Hash is a must! (Always listen to your server when she recommends a dish! Thank you Destiny.) The short rib tasted like mom's pot roast; and the succotash (with corn, potatoes, peppers, and onion) was full of flavor.  Throw two fried eggs on top -- PURE HEAVEN, MY FRIENDS.  And they even serve a cheddar cheese drop biscuit on the side. I could not have asked for anything more perfect.

We couldn't leave without dessert.  We ordered a slice of Hummingbird cake. We could taste the banana and pineapple as well as hints of cinnamon. The three-layered cake was moist and fresh ... BUT, y'all, that cream cheese icing had me at first bite. (Southern girls know a good cream cheese icing and this one is legit! It was the perfect mixture of sweet, creamy and tangy.)

 Sunday Brunch is calling you home!  If you are looking for a brunch offering a slight Southern twist on the classics, the Rise & Shine Southern Brunch at Homecomin' is the spot for you.

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary dining during our time at Homecomin, in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.