Rise & Shine Brunch At Homecomin' Florida Kitchen

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' Florida Kitchen & Shine Bar is one of my favorite spots to eat at Disney Springs these days. It's fair to say I'm pretty in love with the lunch/dinner menu, so on my last trip I made sure to stop by for some elevated country cooking at Chef Art's Rise & Shine Southern Brunch.


Homecomin' Florida Kitchen For BrunchHomecomin' Florida Kitchen For Brunch
Rise & Shine Southern BrunchRise & Shine Southern Brunch


Located in the Landing at Disney Springs this spot keeps a low profile, with exposed timbers and a tin roof reminiscent of a Florida fishing camp. Inside vaulted ceilings soar overhead and light steams through the windows. The comfortable atmosphere is perfect for sippin' shine as the day slides away. My daughter and I arrived for the first seating at 10:00am, and got a spot where we could watch the kitchen pass. It didn't take more than 5 minutes before the restaurant was filled and the culinary team had food flying out at a breathtaking pace.


Vaulted Ceilings Let In Ample LightVaulted Ceilings Let In Ample Light
Chef Art's Message - Food Is LoveChef Art's Message - Food Is Love


Cocktails

The Shine Bar has put it's own spin on this morning menu and I'm not one to shy away from breakfast cocktails. I ordered up a Princess Mimosa, a pretty straight forward pour of bubbly with freshly-squeezed Florida orange juice. It was a fair showing, but the winner for the morning was definitely the Florida Crush that my daughter had. The Florida Crush still has that sunshine citrus taste, with Tito's Handmade Vodka muddled with orange and strawberries, freshly squeezed Florida orange juice and agave syrup. Of course - there was also lots and lots of coffee being poured.


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Can't Forget The CoffeeCan't Forget The Coffee


Starters

We started off our meal with an order of House-made Doughnuts that may have been the highlight of the spread. Mini iced yeast doughnuts are piled with pecans, bacon crumbles and drizzled with house-made caramel. They're served with spiced cane syrup and seasonal fruit. While the bland cantaloupe and honeydew melon were uninspired, the mini doughnuts were truly sublime. The soft, sweet doughnut highlighted by the salty smokiness of the bacon and nuts was bliss.

You can't eat a southern breakfast without Biscuits, and Chef Art serves up a basket of Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits with a choice of blackberry fig jam or sawmill gravy. For me the gravy was the winner between the two, you just don't get nearly enough of it. If you're looking for biscuits and gravy for breakfast be sure to ask your server for extra.


Mini Iced Doughnuts With Pecans, Bacon, and CaramelMini Iced Doughnuts With Pecans, Bacon, and Caramel
Cheddar Cheese Drop BiscuitsCheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits


Entrees

I ordered the Short Rib Hash, which includes two eggs over our short rib hash with grilled corn succotash, potatoes, onions, red bell and Fresno peppers for a bit of a kick. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up on the bland side, but it was. Luckily there's salt and pepper on the table. It was also pretty obvious that my food had set under the heat lamp for an extended period of time because the eggs were really dry.

My daughter Tori ordered the French Toast. They call this "griddled Texas toast" dusted with powdered sugar and served with spiced cane syrup, seasonal fruit, and bacon. She found it to be pretty boring, especially since some other Disney restaurants have a strong french toast game. I'll be honest, neither my daughter or I were blown away with our entrees. They just didn't live up to our previous meals at Homecomin'. If we go for the Rise & Shine Brunch again we'll be choosing different entrees.


Short Rib HashShort Rib Hash
French ToastFrench Toast


All things being said Chef Art is serving up a decent breakfast, but, I didn't think that it came close to the truly wonderful food that's coming out of the kitchen later in the day. If you really want to be wowed by some scrumptious southern cooking, save your stop here for lunch or dinner. Homecomin' does accept the Disney Dining Plan, and we used Deluxe DDP credits to cover everything above. You can check out the full Rise & Shine Southern Brunch Menu HERE.

Have you stopped in for the Rise & Shine Brunch at Homecomin'? If so leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

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