Dinner at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe

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Hands down, the most fun we had at dinner was at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  We had heard that it was a fun experience to dine here, and those stories weren’t exaggerated.  When we arrived, we were asked to have a seat in Dad’s Den; the place was packed!  At first, it was SRO, but eventually, as people were seated, we were able to take a seat.  Shortly thereafter, we were shown to our table.

The entire restaurant is decorated as if you’re in someone’s home….in the 1950s.  There are TVs everywhere you look, airing sitcoms that were popular in the 1950s… Dennis the Menace, I Married Joan, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Real McCoys.  The tables are formica with matching pattern chairs.  We were seated in an area where the tables were close together, so it was as if we were dining together.  Not quite as close quarters as what we found at the Biergarten, so it was much more enjoyable. The server introduced us to the couple next to us as being from Champaign, IL.  They were there to celebrate their 37th anniversary….said that their secret was “not going to be mad and keeping up with communication”.

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TV at 50's Prime Time Cafe DSC03877The servers are dressed just like Grandma used to dress in the 1950s, and were often heard to exclaim, “No dessert for you if you don’t clean your plate!” or “Get your elbows off the table!”.  In fact, our server, Melissa, said that she’ll never be able to waitress anywhere else because people just wouldn’t t like it if she were to bark out these orders.

Chef John was just marvelous!  He said that he could make about anything on the menu gluten-free, including Dad’s Traditional Meat Loaf, Mom’s Old-Fashioned Pot Roast or Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken.  I chose the fried chicken – something that I’d not had in a restaurant in 14 years.  He told me that there’d be a 20-minute wait for the chicken, but we told him we didn’t mind as the atmosphere was more than entertaining.  I received a wing, thigh, breast and drumstick – I ate it all except the wing.  They also served mashed potatoes and Southern Greens.  The mashed potatoes were seasoned with something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on (pan drippings of some sort, perhaps?); it just wasn’t my preference.  The Southern Greens appeared to be a mix of kale and either spinach or collard greens.  They were seasoned, too, possibly with bacon drippings…again, not my preference, but both expertly prepared.

Aunt Liz's Golden Fried Chicken (GF) DSC03885As you can see, the servings were ample, so there was no way that I could clear my plate.  True to form, I was told that I would receive no dessert if I didn’t finish my dinner!  I pleaded and cajoled, though, and Melissa took pity on me and let me have dessert.  Gluten-free choices for dessert was a sugarless cheesecake, strawberry, chocolate or caramel ice cream sundaes, or a gluten-free brownie.  I chose a chocolate sundae, complete with whipped cream and a cherry on top.  It came in a glass that reminded you of what was served in the 1950s diners.  It looked so tantalizing that I completely forgot about taking photos of it for this review!

And again I say, this was the most entertaining dinner of our vacation.  We would definitely go back again, but next time, we’d be sure to keep our elbows off the table.

Breakfast at Riverside Mill Food Court – Port Orleans

The Riverside Mill Food Court at Port Orleans Riverside is one busy place, but especially in the morning!  Everyone comes in to eat breakfast before heading out for a day at the parks.  On our 2nd day, I got there too late to find a single seat by myself, so I took my breakfast and sat at a table next to one of the quiet pools.  The weather was humid and warm, even at the early hour of 9:30 a.m., though, and I wanted to stay in the shade for as long as possible on our 3rd day.  So, I got up a bit earlier and got to the Food Court by 8:00 a.m.

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

I ordered Chef David’s scrambled eggs, bacon and 2 blueberry muffins.  He brought it out on a take-away plate and the dome was already steamed up from the heat of this wonderful meal!  I grabbed an orange juice and went through the check out register and found my way to a small table over by the windows with a view of the water wheel.

In the beginning, I didn’t realize that I could have ordered gluten-free waffles or pancakes.  When I had spoken to Chef Ernesto on our first day, I misunderstood him and thought that they needed advance notice to prepare waffles or pancakes.  I found out a day or two later that it’s the pasta that they need advance notice to prepare.

Gluten-Free Mickey Waffles & Bacon
Gluten-Free Mickey Waffles & Bacon

Later in the week, I arrived for breakfast and ordered the gluten-free waffles & bacon, prepared by Chef Ernesto.  The waffles were in the shape of Mickey’s head – very cute!  And tasty – they were soft and relatively light, which isn’t easy to do with gluten-free flours.  He gave me a small jar of Dickinson’s Pure Maple Syrup to go with it – delicious!

Gluten-Free Pancakes & Sausage
Gluten-Free Pancakes & Sausage

The last breakfast that I at at the Riverside Mill Food Court was also prepared by Chef Ernesto, pancakes & sausage.  The pancakes were good, but of the weight and texture that I would expect with gluten-free flours.  Still, it came with more of the Dickinson’s Pure Maple syrup, and they were the first pancakes that I’d ever eaten in a restaurant.  The sausages were links, but I didn’t care for them.  They seemed to be undercooked, but I’m sure they were not.  I just happen to prefer sausage that is so well cooked that it’s nearly burned.

It might sound mundane, but my favorite breakfast at the Riverside Mill Food Court was the scrambled eggs and bacon.  I had that several times.  I’m not sure what they put into the eggs, but they were so light and fluffy and tasty!  And to have blueberry muffins in a restaurant setting….well, that was a real treat!

Thank you Chef Ernesto and Chef David for the wonderful breakfasts that you prepared for me during our visit!