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There’s still time to head to Disney Springs this month and sample the food available to celebrate Black History Month.
There’s everything from savory dishes to sweet desserts to soulful drinks. Some may stay longer than February, but if you want to make sure to treat yourself, go before the end of the month.
Fried plantains and chicken pikliz at Polite Pig
Chef Sylio Alexandre has recreated a traditional Haitian dish that his mother used to cook when he was a child in Haiti. The bone-in, mojo-marinated chicken is cooked and finished in the deep fryer. It comes with fried plantains and pikliz, which is pickled cabbage, carrots and peppers. The generous portion is topped with an avocado aioli. $19.
The Polite Pig also serves Uncle Nearest Whisky. It comes from a black-owned distillery named after Nathan “Nearest” Green, the first registered African-American master distiller in the country.
Spicy Caribbean Jerk Burger at D-Luxe Burger
Sink your teeth into a Caribbean feast created by culinary cast member Kate to celebrate her heritage. Spicy Caribbean Jerk Burger features two signature mix patties pressed with spicy jerk aioli, pineapple mango salsa, pepper jack cheese, plantain sticks, lettuce, tomatoes and grilled onions. $12.99.
Go to disneysprings.com/dining/d-luxe-burger.
Mrs. Dee’s Fried Sweet Potato Pies at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Deaundra “Dee” Rolle, Executive Chef of Patina Restaurant Group, draws on her Bahamian heritage to infuse island flavors into this tantalizing creation. The sweet potato-filled dough is topped with cinnamon sugar, maple-bourbon sauce and roasted pecan crumble. $10.
Chicken on the Egg at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
This dish features six deviled eggs topped with bites of buttermilk fried chicken and drizzled with tangy honey sauce. $15
Go to disneysprings.com/dining/jock-lindseys-hangar-bar.
Beautiful, soulful pralines at Ganachery
Joe Gardner of Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” is the inspiration behind this sweet treat. The pralines are balanced by the dark chocolate that covers them and topped with fleur de sel. A few chocolate musical notes accompany the sweets. $10.
Soulfully Tiana at the Amorette pastry
Disney’s first black princess, Tiana from Disney’s ‘The Princess and the Frog’ is honored with her very own cupcake. The chocolate mousseline cake is covered with brownie, chocolate chips and diplomat cream. If you want one of these masterpieces, get to Disney Springs early. Only 50 are created per day. $22.
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Coffee maker ice cream at Vivoli il Gelato
You must be at least 21 years old to enjoy this ice cream. Fifty percent of it is made with stout coffee from Green Bench Brewing Company, a black-owned brewery based in St. Petersburg. $7.75 for a scoop.
Carver’s Peanut Butter Explosion
Also at Vivoli il Gelato, this gelato milkshake is made for chocolate and peanut butter lovers. It’s peanut butter ice cream with chocolate sauce and topped with chocolate cake covered in chocolate fudge and peanuts. $18.75.
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