Now here’s a restaurant you don’t hear much about when it comes to vegan food options. Today we’re paying a visit to Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen in Disney Springs.
Vegan Disney Food Review: Homecomin’ Kitchen in Disney Springs
Oh there won’t be anything vegan at a Southern restaurant known for fried chicken, deviled eggs and decadent Hummingbird cake you say? Well I’m here to dispel those myths with this post today.
You can find Homecomin’ Kitchen at The Landing in Disney Springs right across the way from Morimoto Asia.
The restaurant is a Florida inspired farm-to-table eatery cooking up scratch made mains and sides. The restaurant’s proprietor Chef Art Smith began his illustrious Walt Disney World career as an intern a long, long time ago. He then went on to become a James Beard award winner and personal chef to Oprah Winfrey. Homecomin’ represents his triumphant return to the great state of Florida.
Homecomin’ Kitchen Atmosphere
Playing on that farm-to-table Florida kitchen feel you’ll find touches of The Sunshine State throughout the restaurant.
Guests can choose to sit inside or out on the covered patio. A large bar provides seating in the comfort of centralized air and there is also a small section with seating that exists on the covered patio. Homecomin’ is known for their Moonshine cocktails and we were lucky enough to sample some throughout our dinner here. More on that in a moment.
The restaurant has a large show kitchen accented with gorgeous copper sconces and a huge Florida Farm mural.
Homecomin’ Kitchen Vegan Options
You can’t pay a visit to Homecomin’ Kitchen without sampling something from the extensive whiskey, moonshine and cocktail menu. We started off with two signature drinks from the “Crafty Moonshine & Resort Cocktails” list.
This is the Moonshine Mash ($12) which was enjoyed by my dining companion. The cocktail is served in a frosty copper mug and is composed of watermelon-infused moonshine, fresh watermelon, lime juice and simple syrup.
I ordered the Cucumber Cooler ($12) which normally comes with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and a cucumber ribbon. Much like my visit to Splitsville, I substituted Hendrick’s Gin for the vodka.
Later on in the evening my girlfriend sampled another cocktail off the moonshine list. This is the Muleshine ($13) made with Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine, peach puree, fresh lime juice and a splash of Q Spectacular Ginger Beer.
And I couldn’t leave without a Moonshine Flight. I mean how can you turn down candied pecans and a pickle juice, hot sauce chaser? Am I right?
This is the Build Your Own Flight ($18) off of the “Moonshine Menu”. This option allows you to select any three house-infused or branded ‘shines. That spicy pickle juice chaser and candied pecans are the two shot glasses on the bottom of the board. At the recommendation of our fab bartender Allison, I went with HFK Lemon Shine which tasted like limoncello, Ole Smokey Peach and Ole Smokey Apple Pie, which I saved for dessert.
You’ll hear more about those candied pecans later on in this post.
When you take a look at the main menu here you won’t see any vegan options. Don’t panic. Homecomin’ has some tricks up,their sleeve and is great at modifications.
We started dinner off by splitting a salad off the “Salads and Such” portion of the menu since none of the “Starters” can be veganized.
This is a modified Farmhouse Salad ($18) The salad starts with a base of iceberg and romaine lettuce topped with dried cranberries, roasted butternut squash, apples, red onions, and sugared pecans. Skip the gorgonzola cheese and bacon and substitute deep fried Gardein Crispy Tenders for the turkey. You’ll also have to omit the creamy poppy seed dressing and opt for oil and vinegar as none of the dressings here are vegan friendly. The house made balsamic contains honey.
And can we talk about these candied pecans for a moment please. These things are LIKE CRACK! I thought that they would be made with egg whites, but they aren’t. Wanna know the secret as to why they are so good? They’re deep fried! I would have bought a jar of them to take home with me if that was a possibility.
I was a little nervous about ordering a salad without dressing and I’m not the biggest fan of oil and vinegar but honestly there are so many flavors going on in the salad that you won’t miss the dressing. The oil and vinegar were just fine. I have another salad dressing hack further down in this post so read on.
There were two mains that my friend and I decided to order and share.
This is the Kitchen Plate ($18) which provides you with a sampling of three different house-made sides. We ordered a fourth, which was a $7 up charge, to show you more options.
Our top two dishes were a tie between the Roasted Butternut Squash and KC Greens with braised kale and collards in a barbecue vinegar like brine. UPDATE February 2021: as of right now, the Squash and the Corn are no longer available as options. There is a new Sweet Potato option.
We also enjoyed the Grilled Corn Succotash with tomatoes and lima beans. Skip the Green Beans. They were sautéed in oil and a bit al dente for our liking. You could also opt for french fries in this dish if you wish.
UPDATE February 2021: as of right now, the Squash and the Corn are no longer available as options. There is a new Sweet Potato option.
Our other main comes to you off of the “Buns and Such” section of the menu.
This is the modified Fried Chicken Sandwich ($17) Substitute Gardein Crispy Tenders and omit the aioli. The sandwich comes on a house bun with iceberg lettuce, tomato and bread and butter pickles and is served with house-made barbecue chips. Skip the icebox dressing drizzle.
We opted for a cup of mustard from the back of the house and asked our bartender to put some agave in with it and made our own agave mustard for slathering on the sandwich and dipping those amazing house-made chips in. You could also use this hack as a dressing for any of the salads here.
We were blown away with all of the things Homecomin’ Kitchen can do for vegans. This is a great spot to add to your list of Advanced Dining Reservations on your next Walt Disney World vacation.
Special thanks to Homecomin’ Kitchen for hosting me and my guest for dinner. We were provided with a discount for the purpose of this review. As always, all opinions are my own.