The Polite Pig located in Downtown Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida offers a swath of barbeque menu selections with a Disney price tag, and a serious lack of portion sizes. Politely put, the food here is hit and miss. If we had originally reviewed The Polite Pig after our first visit, we actually would have ranked this Disney Springs restaurant as #cleandiaper without question, but a second visit didn’t compare.
The Polite Pig (QS)
Phone: (407) 938-7444
Hours: 11a – 11p
Besides the cook in the kitchen, The Polite Pig also seems to taste better when you are on the Disney Dining Plan. On our first visit, we piled up our plates high with platters, sides, drinks, desserts, and didn’t feel hungry or unfinished when the food was gone. The next time we visited, we paid $75 out of pocket to feed our family of five a pretty skimpy meal. Our growing seven year old boy still wanted more when we were done.
Both times we visited The Polite Pig we ordered a Smokehouse platter, and ribs. Both times the ribs were a little dry, undercooked, and required effort to pull them apart. On our first visit the brisket was absolute perfection, but the second time we could have done without. It wasn’t just dry, it was hard like an overcooked roast that Grandma burnt. The chicken wasn’t special.
The sides is where The Polite Pig excels. We really enjoyed the mac and cheese. It is a both creamy and homey with a mild sharp cheesy flavor and breadcrumbs on top. The sweet potato tots come covered with dried parmesan cheese and offer a nice twist on the typical offering. Bbq isn’t complete without baked beans, and The Polite Pig offers them with burnt ends which is a great addition! Finally, the Jalepeno cornbread isn’t too spicy despite the name and is a great variation to the standard fare.
The menu offers smoked meats, sandwiches, sides, desserts and a huge selection of alcohol. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, self serve soda fountain and condiment stations with four types of bbq: ranch, sweet, original and mustard/vinegar. While you don’t have an official server, the restaurant does have employees that make sure your needs are taken care of with sticky fingers.
► For Kids: The price tag is a little steep for the portion sizes, and doesn’t allow for much sharing. You’ve got plenty of other excellent options when it comes to dining at Disney Parks or Disney Springs.
Unfortunately, The Polite Pig excels more in its sides than the bbq itself and the price tag doesn’t match the delivery. If you are visiting the parks, enjoy the platter at Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom instead.
► Nap-Time Version: Our experience dining at The Polite Pig in Disney Springs is hit and miss. There are other options.
Check out our other experiences with the Disney Dining including everything you need to know about the Disney Dining Plan, and one of our favorite restaurants: 1900 Park Fare with Cinderella’s evil stepsisters.