The second of two guest posts this week comes from one of your favorite Disney Food Blog guest writers. A special thanks to Chef BigFatPanda for sharing this review with us! He recently met up with two of our other favorite friends for a meal at 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Take it away, Chef!
As usual, the atmosphere was relaxed and I noticed everything appeared to be sparkling clean. We were seated right away, and our server, Mandy, immediately knew we were going to be a handful. On this visit, the theme of 1950’s nostalgia was vibrant. And, as servers at 50’s Prime Time Cafe work in “Mom’s Kitchen” and play the part of your relative in line with the restaurant’s themeing, Mandy was our “sister” for the afternoon.
It’s a great experience if you allow yourself to get caught up in the fun. Introverts might be uncomfortable here as guest participation is encouraged. If you are the type to get offended by your server telling you that you’re not getting up from the table unless you eat your veggies, this won’t be your ideal meal. If, however, you enjoy being a big kid, or if you have children with you, this could be a blast!
Our server, Mandy, realized we were Disney fanatics and not easily rattled. When we each had our cell phones out at the same time, she yelled “put those walkie talkies away!” She was not Disney-nice about it either. Like I said, it’s the 1950’s, and she was our big sister.
Amanda ordered a salad wedge; Suzannah: Dad’s Meatloaf, which I also recreated here on the Food Blog; and I opted for the Fried Chicken. I only enjoy white meat chicken, so Mandy said Mom would just give me two breasts. I am not sure if I paid more, but was happy they accommodated my preference.
Amanda loved her salad, and it looked very fresh and crisp.
Suzannah really enjoyed her Meatloaf. Everything was hot and colorful. I don’t remember the presentation being so good at my house, but that was the 70’s 🙂
My Fried Chicken was really perfect. It still had the skin under the delicious coating, but it was crispy and enjoyable. Had it still retained the texture of skin, I would have peeled it off and discarded it. I know people who like it either way.
I really enjoy food HOT and have an issue with food served just below warm or downright cold (unless it’s standard for the dish). I am happy to report the mashed potatoes, with some of the red skins remaining, were hot and scrumptious. The green beans were nothing special, but were just as I remembered as a kid. If they’d added some melted butter, I’d have eaten more.
The standout fun of the evening, apart from being with two wonderful ladies of Disney, was when Amanda and Mandy started talking about Amanda’s order: the salad wedge. Somehow, “Wedge” became “Wedgie,” and Mandy was put on notice that people from all over the Disney blogosphere would be coming into the Cafe to request a Wedgie from Mandy! Mandy then posed for the picture below and exclaimed that she’d be more than happy to oblige! You now know what to do the next time you’re at the Studios, yes? 🙂
It’s nice to see that while the themeing and ambiance is the big draw here, the food has not suffered from what I remember from my last visit three years ago. As a matter if fact, I would say it’s improved. The menu is limited, and we all commented that a gourmet burger would be a nice addition — and surely popular — but it’s not on the menu as of this visit.
This is the place to have fun with family and friends, and enjoy the themeing. Although we did not have desserts, I saw them coming out for other guests and they looked marvelous. Oh, and the milkshakes looked heavenly.
Again, thanks to Chef BigFatPanda for this awesome trip to Disney World! You can also find him at DisneyBoy.com
If you’re intrigued by this story, head over to Amanda Tinney’s website, Disney Every Day, where she’s got a post all about the infamous server, Mandy!