31 March, 2011

Back in Time... Lunch at 50's Prime Time Cafe

After a day filled with American Idol, the three of us were pretty hungry and made our way over to the 50's Prime Time Cafe.  I haven't eaten here in YEARS so I was excited to try it out again.  For those that don't know, 50's Prime Time Cafe looks just like a kitchen from the 1950's.  Everyone is treated like family and the server is your 'cousin'.  They'll scold you for putting your elbows on the table and will reprimand you and put you in the corner if you don't eat your vegetables!  

We checked in about 30 minutes early and were completely yelled at by the hostess!  But not in that cheezy 50's Prime Time kind of way.  She insisted we were way too early and that we wouldn't be seated until at LEAST our reservation time so we might as well go into the park and do something else.  The three of us kinda just looked at each other surprised and told her that we understood but we still wanted to check in and we'll hang out by the bar.  After a little huffing and puffing, she checked us in.  Hmm... interesting start!

I was a little thirsty so I headed over to the bar to grab a beer.  There were a few bottles that I hadn't heard of before so I started asking the bartender about the Widmer Drifter.  This is how the conversation went...

Me: So how’s the Drifter?
BT: Dark…really dark.
Me: Oh, like a Guinness?
BT: Nah…darker and heavier.
Me: Hmm…I love Guinness, I’ll try one…thanks!

Well…this is what he served me….


Darker and heavier than a Guinness? Chris and I just looked at each other and laughed.  Luckily the beer was good though so I just figured the bartender was having a slightly off day.  Before even having 3 sips, our table was ready.  I wanted to go find the hostess and prove to her they sat us early...hmph!

We quickly ordered drinks and Shane and Chris both ordered a Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake (at least I think they both did!).  Sounds amazing, right?  For some reason I wasn't in the mood to order one but I should have.  One sip of Chris's and I was in love.  There wasn't a HUGE jelly flavor but the combo of the vanilla ice cream and peanut butter was awesome.  We even convinced the table next to us to order one when we heard that he was weary of it.  

Cute old 50's tv shows!
PB & J Milkshake....YUM!

After ordering we passed the time away checking out all the old tv shows being played on the tv's around the restaurant and watching some of the servers have a good time with their tables.  Some of them were really getting into it!!

Since I hadn't been here in forever, I had no idea what I wanted to order.  I wanted to try everything!  I think the server sensed this because he quickly pointed out that the restaurant is testing out a sampler plate not listed on the menu that contains their meatloaf, pot roast, and fried chicken....the EXACT three things I was trying to decide between...SCORE!  I'm a huge fan of comfort foods and for some reason one of the only people I know that LOVES meatloaf. 

Oh, before I forget.  Chris has a food allergy (yes, I'm calling you out on it Chris!)  so he told the server when we first sat down and they were awesome about it.  Right away two of the chefs came to the table and asked Chris about his allergy and then went through each item on the menu and told him what he could eat, as well as how to substitute certain side dishes if he wanted.  I know Disney is always awesome about every single food allergy and concern but I had never really experienced it first hand. 

Sampler platter:  meatloaf, pot roast, fried chicken

When the food came out, it looked great.  I enjoyed everything minus the carrots and southern greens under the fried chicken.  But I'm not a fan of them in general.  The green beans weren't too mushy, all the meats were tender and juicy, and the potatoes and gravy hit the spot.  Not sure if I had a favorite of the trio!  Hopefully the sampler platter sticks around for awhile!

Everyone else enjoyed their meals too so we were happy.  The only crummy part of the meal was that our server wasn't really into the role like all the other servers.  He was a good server, just not fun and crazy like the others all around us.  Seeing everyone else have a good time was slightly depressing that we couldn't join in on the fun, ya know?  We even tried to leave our elbows on the table and everything and he didn't say a word.  Oh well....

After finishing our meals, we knew that there was one dessert we all had to have....s'mores!!! They serve the best ones here so we quickly ordered one for us all to share.  It definitely didn't disappoint either.  The marshmallows were perfectly toasted and the chocolate was perfectly melted.  I could have easily eaten the whole thing myself but I was good and allowed the boys to have some too. 


Overall, I really enjoyed coming back here after my long hiatus.  All the food was very good.  The only thing I had a slight problem with was the service and other cast members we encountered.  From the crabby hostess, to the misinformed bartender, to our unenthusiastic server....something just seemed slightly off.  It was a semi-early lunch so they couldn't have been all burnt out for the day but who knows. I'd definitely go back though in a heartbeat!  I could live off pb&j milkshakes and s'mores!


  1. I love the 50's Prime Time Diner and the s'mores look delicious!! I so know what I'm getting next time for dessert! Although maybe I"d have to do the pb&j milkshake! Mmm, choices. Too bad about the service...

  2. I've been there twice and always had such great service ... that I'm always scared to go back! When you get someone that's "on" it is so much fun!

    And um ... hello! Oregon beer alert!!

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  4. I haven't been to Prime Time in YEARS...I think we went on our first or second trip, so this would have been in the early 90s. The food was kind of lousy (then again, ALL food in the parks was pretty bad back then) and our waitress was not the best, so we kind of wrote it off. Maybe it is time to revisit, I love a good milkshake!

    Also, I find it so sad that some Disney cast members seem like they kind of can't handle their jobs...and shouldn't be dealing with the public. Who cares if you showed up early? If you weren't demanding to be seated right away, why would it even matter? Isn't that what the bar is for?

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  5. @Emily...I can't recommend the s'mores enough!! Perfect way to end the meal. Hopefully next trip there we'll get a better server!

    @FruitFly...we saw a TON of people have awesome servers so it was definitely just a fluke with ours. Just slightly sad. And yummm Oregon beer! Which reminds me that my step-cousin lives there and I keep saying I have to visit him!

    @George...thank you! I'll send you an email.

    @Alison...The food is definitely improved so I'd suggest giving it another try. Totally agree about miserable employees though. If you don't enjoy it, please don't do it!