Growing up in my house in the early 90’s was more like living in the 50’s. We took family vacations to car shows to show off our ’55 Chevy Bel Aire. I watched old American Bandstand performances on a VHS tape (okay, so that’s 90’s) and fawned over Buddy Holly and Sam Cooke. Getting into my mom’s old records was a daily happening that I’d typically get in trouble for. In the evenings, my mom would be working hard in the kitchen preparing supper for my dad and as soon as he got home it was dinnertime. My dad was a truck driver and a real “meat and potatoes” kind of guy. I didn’t grow up knowing what fancy food was. We had a lot of traditional American food like fried chicken, steak, mashed potatoes, and green beans.
Now that I’m all grown up and out of my mom’s house, I kind of miss the food from my childhood. Luckily for me, there’s a restaurant right in Walt Disney World that brings some of the most popular family meals from yesteryear right onto my plate. 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a big hit among families because of the relaxed atmosphere and comical role playing with the waitstaff that you’ll encounter.
Recently, I made a dinner reservation well ahead of time for my party of four: my husband and I, and our friends Ben and Barbara. We checked in a little early, and I made sure to ask for a T.V. table since it was Ben and Barbara’s first visit and I wanted it to be really memorable. The friendly greeter told us it would be about twenty minutes. No big deal for us. Barbara got a glowing drink from the bar, and we hung out for a while in the “living room.” All the detail that goes into the theming is remarkable.
Cousin Lorraine, our killer waitress, introduced herself to us and got our drink orders. Matt, my husband, got a chocolate shake, while Barbara and I excitedly ordered a peanut butter and jelly shake. It sounds weird, but it’s truly delicious. Ben went all retro on us and got a sarsaparilla. Oh, I’m sorry. We’re calling it root beer now.
We had a blast sitting there watching the old television shows play on the Disney branded T.V. Our entrees were ordered within no time, and soon enough they were piping hot in front of us.
First up, I got the fish of the day. I’d never heard of wahoo before, but Lorraine said it was good so I went with it. My immediate reaction was that it looked a little dry. It even tasted a little dry but not too bad. The fish was really similar to swordfish. It came with asparagus, red potatoes, and a puree that I really adored pairing with the wahoo. The asparagus ends weren’t cut off enough so I took the tough pieces and hid them… in my leftover milkshake. I just couldn’t disappoint Lorraine! Don’t judge me!
My husband is really easy to please. All he wanted was a veggie burger and fries. It was a pretty standard veggie burger with nothing special about it. That didn’t seem to phase Matt, though, because he devoured it like it was the last generic veggie burger on the planet.
Miss Barbara ordered the meatloaf plate with mashed potatoes and veggies. She really liked it but found it to be a lot of food for her to finish. As the rest of us cleared our plates, she felt the pressure and told us, “I want Lorraine to be proud of me too!” It’s safe to say she left there insanely full.
Ben wanted to try a little bit of everything, so he got the sampler. While Ben said that he liked everything on his plate, the fried chicken was the winner. It was definitely a lot of food, and I’m surprised he finished everything on his plate!
Lorraine noticed our perfectly clean plates (and didn’t notice the asparagus in my milkshake cup), so she gave us stickers and inducted us into the Clean Plate Club. We wore these stickers proudly the rest of the night. Only, mine got stuck to my poncho later, and I couldn’t get it off. I was a proud member of the Clean Plate Club for the rest of the week.
Dessert was impressive. We missed the cute ViewMaster to choose our dessert from, but since the dessert was so delicious, it kind of made up for it. We were so full that we didn’t eat much of our desserts. I tried the s’mores and absolutely loved it. Matt got the sundae with everything imaginable on it…even caramel corn. Ben went light with his choice of the cheesecake. Barbara also ordered the s’mores, only hers came with a lit candle and an awesome birthday song from Lorraine. Did I mention yet that we loved Lorraine? Okay, good…because we did.
We gave the entire meal experience an A+. Sometimes 50’s Prime Time Cafe is hit or miss depending on your server and the quality of food. We’re so glad we got to enjoy a meal there because it ended up being one of our favorites of the entire trip! Have any of you been to 50’s Prime Time Cafe recently? Any of you interested in giving it a try? Leave us a note in the comments!