WDW Table Service Review: Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Local farmers are featured in the dining room at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'.

WDW Table Service Review: Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

You must add Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ restaurant to your next Walt Disney World itinerary. Bless your heart; this is southern comfort food served with innovative style.

Dining Review for Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' Restaurant.

Michael and I booked a meal at this cozy Table Service Restaurant — Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ — located in Disney Springs.

Chef Art Smith Homecomin Dining Reservation
Lunch at Homecomin’!

Repeat visitors may have noticed the subtle name change here. The restaurant debuted as Homecoming and then took on a more southern sound, Homecomin’. Indeed, Chef Art has brought his culinary skills back to his Floridian roots. In Jasper to the north of Disney World, Chef Art’s mom, Addie Mae, used local ingredients like sugar cane and citrus in her homemade recipes. You’ll find cake on the menu if you have room for dessert; Chef Art baked cakes for Central Foods in the 1981 Magic Kingdom college program. Welcome to Homecomin’!

Homecomin’ Decor

An outdoor patio (and screened porch) welcomes guests to sit a spell while drinking beverages from Shine Bar.

Large dining table at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'.
Large Dining Table.
Porch at Homecomin'.
Porch.
Beautiful view of Disney Springs from screened porch at Homecomin'.
Beautiful view of Disney Springs from screened porch.
Shine Bar at Disney Springs.
Shine Bar.

Inside, some of the rustic chandeliers boast the wonders of russet potatoes. I’m a starch, lovin’ spud fan so I was already digging the farmhouse ambiance.

Chandeliers at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'.
Russet Potatoes. Yes, please!

With a late lunch reservation, we were seated quickly inside the quiet restaurant. As the dinner hour neared, the restaurant filled up and the noise level increased. Still, it was a relaxing meal with attentive service.

Local farmers are featured in the dining room at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'.
The dining room showcases local farmers.

You’ll notice that some tables offer pretty views of Disney Springs.

Tables at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'.
Tables in Dining Room.

Inside and outside, guests will find mentions of Florida Sunshine and local ingredients throughout the decor.

Open Kitchen Window at Chef Art's Homecomin'
The open kitchen window.

While waiting for your table or prior to exiting the restaurant, look for personal artifacts adorned on the restaurant walls.

Letter from WDW to Chef Art Smith on wall at Homecomin'.
Letter from WDW to Chef Art Smith.

While the ambiance is comforting, the food also sets the mood for an experience to relish.

Homecomin’ Food and Beverages

Local farmers are key to the fresh ingredients showcased on the menu. As you’ll see, this restaurant’s menu is Florida-inspired.

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' Menu.
Menu.

Beverages include shine on tap, crafty moonshine, resort cocktails, wine, moonshine flights, and beer (drafts, cans, and bottles).

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' Beverage Menu at Disney Springs.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Beverage Menu.
Shine Bar at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'
Shine Bar.

My husband and I both ordered the Thigh High Chicken Biscuits as our entree.

Thigh High Chicken Biscuits

Drizzled with hot honey, three biscuits are filled with Chef Art’s famous fried chicken thighs plus bread and butter pickles. These were absolutely divine.

Thigh High Chicken Biscuits at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'.
Thigh High Chicken Biscuits.
Thigh High Chicken Biscuits at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'.
Drizzled in honey!

Typically, southern dinners showcase an assortment of sides that are usually no less delicious than the main course. The choices we made at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ did not disappoint. We opted to share the Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Momma’s Mac and Cheese. Both were easily shareable due to the hefty portions and rich flavors.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

These were a game-changer for both of us. We wondered throughout the meal how a simple dish like mashed potatoes could be elevated to such divine quality. Yes, they are as creamy as they are unforgettable.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes at Art Smith's Homecomin'
Creamy Mashed Potatoes.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes at Art Smith's Homecomin'
Look at that gravy!

Momma’s Mac and Cheese

Please, just order the mac and cheese. First of all, this dish is visually stunning; the family seated near us had to ask what it was so they could order it too.

And every forkful is filled with tender macaroni brimming with cheese.

Momma's Mac and Cheese Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'
Momma’s Mac and Cheese.

It’s impossible to describe the mouth-watering adventure that our taste buds were treated to during this meal. We both agreed that all three of our choices were some of the best food that we’ve ever tasted. We truly left wondering how these simple, southern specialties could be so different from anything we’ve previously tasted. Every bite was savored and yes, we’re going back for more very soon!

Souvenir cups at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'.
Fun souvenirs.

Recommendation and Tips

Portions are hearty. Share some or all elements of your meal.
Dine early to beat the crowds.
Order an appetizer as your entree; as a picky eater, I’m always a fan of restaurants with apps that are entree-worthy.
Ask your server about the restaurant, Chef Art Smith, and local ingredients. We found out that Chef Art Smith is as generous and kind in person as he is portrayed in the media.
Chef Art stops by about twice per month.
The restaurant features local farmers.

Homecomin Chef Art Smith Merchandise
Check out the merchandise.
Souvenir cups Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'.
Souvenir Cups.

Disney Restaurant Facts

  • Disney Springs/The Landing
  • American Cuisine/Vegetarian Items Limited
  • Kids Menu
  • Casual Table Service/Grab and Go Items Available
  • Some Dining Plans Accepted
  • Menu

Have you dined at Homecomin’ yet? What should we try on our next visit? Contact Us, Follow Us on Twitter, or comment below.

Kimberly LaPaglia

Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for nearly 8 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel, parenting, celebrations, and the road to empty nesting.

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