Maybe it was a fellow foodie's disappointed Facebook posts. Possibly, sheer pragmatism. But with Orlando's Swine Family restaurant group expanding so quickly in recent months, I couldn't imagine that its new restaurant, The Polite Pig, could be extraordinary.
It's a counter-service barbecue joint, after all, and it's located right off the Lime parking garage in heavily-trafficked Disney Springs. Surely the culinary and service teams couldn't keep up the standards they set at Winter Park's The Ravenous Pig and Swine & Sons, right? I haven't gotten to try the outfit's airport restaurant, Cask & Larder, since it moved in there a few months ago.
But my stove isn't working (the propane piping leaks, so my heat source is blocked off for now), so I met The Hub for dinner at Disney Springs.
This is far from a full-on review: The Polite Pig is too new to critique; plus, I only tasted a few things.
Confession: I loved every single one. This meal did not come cheap, by the way. Our little sampling tallied to about $85. But we did order a whole lot for only two people.
Read the photo captions to follow along on our culinary adventure, but here are the basics: The Polite Pig is counter-service, with indoor and outdoor seating. Cask & Larder beers, a few wines, and five mixed drinks (the tequila-grapefruit cocktail is especially refreshing) are all on tap (fun, right?). The sauce bar has five housemade options, plus a hot sauce or two. The food is barbecue-ish; smoked meats are the crux, but the menu has a whole lot more.
Did I mention the Bourbon Bar? The Polite Pig also has 50 or 60 brown spirits on the menu, with flights available.
And once you sit down, with a gizmo allowing your food to be brought to you, eager service staffers pretty much dote on you as they would at, say, The Ravenous Pig. "Can I bring you anything? At all?" "Would you like another drink?" "Please let me know if I can help in any way."
With that, I introduce to you The Polite Pig at Disney Springs.