Disney Springs’ regular food and shopping additions have fans ignoring the real allure of the entertainment district: It’s prime pub-crawl territory.
Think of the selection: moonshine from Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, sake from Morimoto Asia, a pint from Raglan Road Irish Pub and mojitos at Bongos Cuban Cafe, to name a few.
Theme Park Ranger Dewayne Bevil and OS Foodie Lauren Delgado recently had their own pub “meander,” visiting four Disney Springs restaurants, sipping on one drink at each spot. Remember: Bring a designated driver or opt for an Uber, Lyft or taxi if you plan to imbibe a bit more heavily.
Here are their thoughts:
The Polite Pig
Part of Winter Park’s “Swine Family” (think The Ravenous Pig), The Polite Pig brings a local touch and taste with its Town Center neighborhood eatery. The roomy space is modern — but has some rustic touches.
Lauren: Cocktails flow from taps at this barbecue joint in the Town Center neighborhood. Sip on a whiskey sour, gin and tonic, vodka lemonade and more. I went with the Pig’s old-fashioned ($10), a respectable rendition of the traditionally bourbon-based drink. Speaking of bourbon — The Polite Pig offers 60-plus varieties of whiskey.
‘Cue is on the menu at this restaurant and I’m a fan of the fork-tender brisket in particular.
Dewayne: I was a teetotaler here, even though the taps are mesmerizing. The bartender explained it well, completely debunking my theory that old-fashioneds were piped in directly from an old-fashioned factory, which would totally go with the Disney Springs turn-of-the-century storyline.