Dining Reviews

Review: Weekend Rock N’ Roll Brunch at City Works Eatery & Pour House in Disney Springs

Hi everyone!

We were invited to City Works Eatery & Pour House at Disney Springs for their Rock N’ Roll Brunch, which is an offering every Saturday and Sunday and also was held on Labor Day. We’ve been to City Works many times (invited and on our own), but except for sampling some of the items at morning media events earlier this year, we’ve not had brunch.

City Works Eatery & Pour House is on the West End in between Splitsville and the currently closed Cirque du Soleil theater.

The Rock N’ Roll Brunch is from open – 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. We arrived earlier to take some photos before the restaurant opened. City Works opened here in February and a couple of months ago added a better patio experience. We are only dining outside currently, and City Works offers 1,731 square feet of outdoor space and plenty of tables. This will be one of your best bets for outdoor dining at Disney Springs.

We were brought a paper menu with the list of brunch items. Because everything sounded great, we asked the server to bring whatever dishes were most popular and/or interesting.

We started with a Beermosa ($13) and the Tropical Mimosa with Malibu rum, pineapple juice and grenadine. The Beermosa is made with Bottlenectar, which is a Pale Ale – American style beer brewed by Goose Island Beer Co. for Bottleneck Management restaurants. It also includes Tanqueray and orange juice.

Jeff likes the Bottlenectar, which is why he ordered the Beermosa. It was a nice start to the brunch. The Tropical Mimosa was exactly as you might expect – a fruity drink, I was trying to get away from the standard mimosa.

The first item we were brought was a Jon Bun Jovi ($10). This is a warm, jumbo cinnamon roll with vanilla icing. I don’t remember the last time I had a cinnamon roll and this probably should be split with three to four people (we didn’t quite finish it). It was warm with plenty of cinnamon.

The Clash Smash ($17) is smashed avocado on toasted challah with roasted corn, picked red onion, shaved radish and a hard boiled egg. The avocado and other toppings go really well with the bread, it isn’t something I’d have thought to order on my own.

This is an item you really have to eat here, it isn’t going to be a very good dish for leftovers.

The Johnny Hash ($22) is a wonderful entree with a lot going on in one plate. It includes braised short rib hash, red and green bell peppers, onions, potatoes, jalapeno salsa verde and sunny side up eggs. In my opinion, this is also the best value of what we had.

The thing about City Works, it has about 80 beers plus cocktails and wine – it feels more like somewhere you’d go for a bar but the food is very good, often very creative and much is made from scratch. The short rib was excellent, tender and I really enjoyed the mixture with potatoes, onions and peppers. This is the one food item we completely finished. I am very sure I will be back for it.

Jeff was served the Breakfast in America ($18). The entree features a breakfast sandwich served on a green onion cheddar biscuit with aged cheddar scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage patty and cheesy potato casserole.

Jeff really liked the spice here.

Here is a look inside. The cheddar biscuit is delicious, I don’t eat sausage but enjoyed some of the biscuit on its own.

The cheesy potato casserole is on the side.

Jeff ordered the Cranberry Mojito ($13) – I’ve had this previously, it is a refreshing drink with Bacardi Limón, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, mint, dried cranberries, simple syrup and soda.

I ordered a Bellini with Peach Schnapps and orange juice.

Everything was great, but the Johnny Hash was my favorite and there is a New York strip steak called The Boss that I have my eye on for next visit too.

We received another page that includes information on Happy Hour and some limited time items that include a Spaten Oktoberfest. Most beers are domestic, so it was nice to have a draft beer from Munich on tap.

I walked inside for a few photos.

The dining room was actually pretty busy for brunch. When Disney Springs first reopened in late May, it felt like a lot of guests weren’t making it too far down the West Side. Now with AMC and Splitsville open, it’s evened out the crowds more from Marketplace to this end of the Springs. And if you are looking for large TVs, there are plenty here to watch sports on (17 flatscreen HDTVs).

The beers here are plentiful and it mentions the rotating beers.

The Rock N’ Roll Brunch menu has a nice variety of choices, something for almost everyone (including gluten free and vegan).

If you aren’t there for brunch, City Works has a nice lunch and dinner menu. I sometimes just like getting a burger here.

Thank you to City Works for having us out! They covered the full cost of our meal and we paid the gratuity on that amount. All views are ours.