Three words. The Polite Pig. If you haven’t been, do yourself and your taste buds a favor and go. Let me tell you why. BBQ + bourbon = you can’t go wrong! Need I say more? Located at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs, this BBQ joint is quickly growing in popularity, and there is a reason.
After perusing a few restaurants at Disney Springs and snacking a bit, we decided it was time for some real food. We love barbeque and had heard good things, so we gave it a try. There was a bit of a line when we got there, but don’t be discouraged! It goes fast and is well worth the wait. You order at the front, they give you a buzzer and bring out your food when it’s ready. Easy process. Because we had already been snacking, we decided it was best to split, so we went with the Slider Trio and 3 of the Market Sides: Tomato & watermelon salad, crispy brussels sprouts, and BBQ cauliflower. For drinks, I got the Cask & Larder Lone Palm Golden Ale and my husband opted for a whisky flight.
Our food arrived shortly after we sat down. I could immediately tell we made the right choice. The sliders are stuffed with meat and toppings, and the sides were large enough for a family to share. Each slider had its own personality, but all proved to be delicious. The smokiness of the meat was masterfully paired with suitable toppings, from slaw to pickles to crispy onions.
The Southern Pig is pulled pork topped with fennel-apple slaw for a bit of crunch, tangy mustard BBQ sauce and Duke’s mayo, which is a Southern staple for sure! The Low & Slow Brisket is topped with Pimento cheese (another Southern staple), porter BBQ sauce, pickled jalapenos for just the right amount of heat, and onion straws to add some texture. The last slider is the Smoked & Fried Chicken, slathered with sweet & smoky BBQ sauce, Duke’s mayo, pickles, and Romaine slaw for the perfect bite.
Now let’s talk sides. Tomato & Watermelon Salad? Do they even go together? Yes they do, and in the very best way. Trust me. The sweetness of the watermelon and the acidity of the tomato paired with the saltiness of the feta, herbiness of the basil, and tart of the pickled onion was so refreshing. An unexpected combination but one that I will be recreating at home. The BBQ Cauliflower was interesting. It was like nothing I have ever had. I love cauliflower and I love BBQ, and this was a pretty good match. The creaminess of the paprika sour cream and topping of candied pepitas made for a nice flavor and texture contrast. The crème de la crème of the meal……the crispy brussels sprouts. There aren’t enough words to describe these globes of happiness. Roasted and topped with a whiskey-caramel sauce, I seriously think I could have eaten more than one helping by myself.
My only bit of sadness for the entire meal happened when they told me they were already sold out of chocolate chip cookies. I was looking forward to trying it, but I guess the brussels sprouts will have to suffice this time. Overall, it was more than delicious and you should run, not walk, over there today and grab a bite to eat. I promise you won’t regret it! What is your favorite thing on the menu?
The Polite Pig is located at Disney Springs and is open for lunch and dinner. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating for the restaurant and bar. This is a quick service restaurant so reservations are not available. The dining plan is accepted.