Just recently, my husband and I enjoyed a nice evening at Hollywood Studios. After the end of a long day we had a reservation for 50s Prime Time Cafe. Now this is a restaurant I had been wanting to eat at for a long time because of its crazy reputation and theme. The basic premise is: you are sitting down with family in the 50s to enjoy a nice home cooked meal. This restaurant is 1-table service credit if you are on the Disney Dining Plan.
Theme: First lets talk about the theme. It is perfect! If you are looking for a time-transfer back to the 50s you will get it with this place! Everything is set perfectly down to the smallest details.
Staff: Our waiter Eric was perfect. He was consistently yelling at me because I would not put my phone down (I was trying to take pictures for my review after all), but he was not having it. This place is all about putting your phone down, and focusing on your family. It was kind of refreshing. So needless to say, I did not get as many pictures as I wanted, because he was very angry (in a fun and totally awesome way). Eric was so interactive with all of his tables, he was telling them stories, yelling at them for their phones, and even joining in our conversations. He certainly became one of the family after dinner.
Disclaimer: If you have a shy person in your party, or someone that gets hurt feelings easily, you may want to warn the wait-staff prior to being seated, that way they are sure to be gentle, otherwise, they go full out.
The Menu: There were many old fashioned choices on the menu, most of them had a new age twist to them however. My husband started with the Chicken Noodle Soup and then Cousin’s Megan’s Traditional Meatloaf. I had the Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese and finished with Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie. The appetizers were AMAZING all around. I loved the Fried Herb, it was full of flavor, and quite filling for an app. That being said, if you are not interested in some old fashioned cooking with vegetables on every plate, this might not be the place for you.
The Food: Okay, lets talk food. The Meatloaf did not look appetizing to me. It looked like a dry block of meat, I have to say I was so pleasantly surprised. It was full of flavor and tasted amazing. The veggies were the same, seasoned well, and the stuffing was moist and delicious. If you are a Meatloaf lover, give this dish a try, it really does feel like home cooking!
Grandma’s Pot Pie was a little strange to me, it is not your typical Pot Pie. It is not in Pie form at all. There is no breading under the pie filling, you just get this pastry puff on the top of your dish. This one was hard for me, the taste was good, I really love Pot Pie, but I could not get past the fact that there was no pastry underneath the filling. It needed a little something to make it feel like home cooking. While it was not bad, the flavor was awesome, I was just looking for something more. I will probably order something different next time I go. Not my favorite pot pie.
The Bottom Line: All in all, we had a wonderful time. The food was filling and delicious, the staff was hilarious, and it felt like we were transported back in time for dinner. This is definitely a place we will eat at again!
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I am just another Disney lover. I am in the parks often and love sharing about all of my experience and tips and tricks. I figure if I am at Disney, then I am off the couch and outside enjoying life. Hope you enjoy my blog! -Shanna
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