*This gluten free dining experience took place in July 2019.
Brunch at Homecomin’ Kitchen
Homecomin’ Kitchen is a table service restaurant located in Disney Springs. Owned and operated by Chef Art Smith — a James Beard award-winning chef who grew in fame thanks to working with Oprah. This restaurant offers guests a taste of Florida local flavors and Southern dishes. It’s one of my brother’s favorite places in Disney Springs. And, he always wants to dine there whenever we have family in town. So, recently, I had brunch there with my brother, mom, and stepdad.
Like its food, Homecomin’ Kitchen’s theme represents Florida and Southern staples.
It’s a very inviting and charming restaurant — with a brightly lit interior and big cushy chairs.
I love how some of the lighting fixtures actually use potato sacks to adorn them. It’s super charming and very rustic.
Homecomin’ Kitchen is very popular. So, my only negative on the theme and restaurant space is that it can feel quite crowded. We came during brunch, and the restaurant was pretty packed. If you’re not that comfortable sitting in the middle of the restaurant, I recommend asking for a booth.
Because Homecomin’ Kitchen is not owned and operated by Disney, they do not have an allergy-friendly menu. The menu does mark some items GF for those dishes that are gluten free. But, I always recommend speaking to a manager here, because there tends to be a few more options that are listed GF on the menu.
On this visit, I was interested in the brunch offerings — though I could have ordered from the regular menu too. The brunch menu did not list any of the main dishes as gluten free. But, the manager told me many of them were easily modifications. The Grand-Daddy Plate and the Short Rib Hash were the two dishes with the easiest modifications. The only modification was to remove the cheddar cheese drop biscuit.
I decided to order the Short Rib Hash which came with Two Eggs Sunny Side Up over a Short Rib Hash with Grilled Corn Succotash, Potatoes, Onions, Red Bell, and Fresno Peppers. I was also able to order a side with this entree, so I chose the Pecan Smoked Bacon. Everything was gluten free. I did not ask about dairy free modifications on this visit. But, I would guess that this may have been dairy free or easily made dairy free.
Overall, I really enjoyed this breakfast entree. The eggs were well-cooked, and the hash was really delicious. It did have a bit of a spicy bite to it. So, if you’re not a fan of spicy food, this dish might be a little too spicy for you. But, I didn’t think the dish was overly spicy for anyone who is a spice fan. The pecan smoked bacon was really delicious. And, I definitely could have eaten my weight in it for sure!
One of my biggest complaint would be the price of this restaurant for brunch. $22 for eggs, hash, and bacon seemed a little much — especially when you consider most Disney table service breakfast options are around $15 for an entree. But, it was tasty, and I was full by the meal’s end.
While I enjoyed the brunch at Homecomin’ Kitchen, I’m not sure it will be a regular on my breakfast rotation at Disney World. I enjoyed my meal, but the limited options and price point make it an OK option but not my first choice for breakfast. I did enjoy my lunch at Homecomin’ Kitchen, and you can read that review here on the blog too.
Have you been to Homecomin’ Kitchen? What did you think of the special diets options there?