50’s Prime Time Café Lunch

My friends, Paula & Hunter, and I had an early lunch at 11:00, which was the opening time of the restaurant.  We were seated soon after check-in at one of the T.V. tables…

…where Hunter was asked to set it for us. (Didn’t he do a good job? haha)

And apparently we were in the poodle section :laughing:

As requested at check in, we were also in our favorite server’s section, Cousin Cindy.  We had first met Cindy in 2014 when our group of 7 (which included Hunter, Paula & I) did our best to drive our cousin crazy.

However Cindy showed us that she could “give as good as she gets” and became one of the family.  :laughing:

Now on to our meal, which for a thirsty Hunter started with both a Bloody Mary and an iced tea…

Hunter said, “They always have good drinks there. Their Bloody Mary is always a favorite.”

I’ll have to remember this on my next visit to Prime Time.  This time I stuck with just water.

Then we made our choices from their menu…

We had to start with our two favorite Prime Time appetizers, the…

Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese served with Raspberry Sauce, Grapes and Apples

And another view…

This was as good as always, however I did notice that they had cut down on the number of toasted bread slices to just one.  When I last had this in 2014 there were three…

But I guess then there were no apples, so I suppose it was a trade-off.

Of course our other appetizer choice was their…

Beer-battered Onion Rings and Horseradish Sauce

And a second look…

So now for our previously promised comparison of the Prime Time onion rings vs. the Beaches & Cream onion rings from our last review…

Hunter said, “Prime Time has the best onion rings!  Crispy outside, yet the onion was cooked all the way through.  So when you take a bite you don’t drag the rest of the onion onto your chin.”

Paula said, “I liked both.  The onion rings are probably the same but I like the ranch sauce that is served with them at Prime Time.”

As for me, I agree with Paula.  The onion rings alone are equally good, but Prime Time has the slight advantage due to the yummy sauce with a horseradish kick that they serve with them.

Now on to our entrees, starting with Hunter’s.  He ordered his from their special Allergy Menu…

Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken served with corn and roasted potatoes and carrots

 

And Paula got the same meal from the regular menu…

 

Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, and corn

As you can see, the two were identical except the Allergy meal substituted the potatoes & carrots for the mashed potatoes and gravy.  Hunter said the potatoes & carrots weren’t very good so he asked Cousin Cindy for some mashed potatoes and gravy…

 

 

As usual, the mashed potatoes & gravy and the fried chicken were great!  And although I didn’t mind the collard greens & bacon (because they tasted like bacon) that they used to serve with the fried chicken, I’m sure that most see the corn as an improvement.

– Photo of my April 2014 Fried Chicken Meal –

Oh, but sometime in between the collard greens and the corn, they were serving corn on the cob, as is shown in the photo of my May 2015 meal there…

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And it appears that although both were called “chicken gravy”, the latest version looks different (darker).  Regardless though, this has always been a solidly good meal at 50’s Prime Time.  Aunt Liz knows how to fry her chicken!  :thumbsup2

And speaking of fried chicken, that has been my favorite and go-to meal at Prime Time for several years now.  But during my last visit here (in October 2016) I made myself order something else for the sake of my blog.

Cousin Ann’s Traditional Meatloaf – Blend of Beef and Pork topped with Tomato Glaze served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

This experiment into the Prime Time unknown turned out to be a huge fail though.  If you want more details check out my Oct. 2016 review, but let’s just say that Cousin Ann is not as good a cook as the rest of our family.  ;)

So I had a big decision to make here.  Return to the safety of the “Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner” or venture out into the unknown yet again.  What did I have???  Well, I had chicken, but this time it was in a pie…

 

 

Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie – A creamy Cheese mixture of Chicken, Mushrooms, Carrots, Celery, Onions, and Peas topped with a flaky Pastry

 

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And I’m happy to report that this time I didn’t regret my decision.  This was really good!  Who knew that grandma could make pot pie?? :laughing:  This was filled with several large pieces of chicken (white meat, my preference), in addition to lots of peas and carrots.  And the creamy cheese sauce was very tasty, as was the flaky crust.  I had zero complaints regarding this dish and it is something that I would definitely order again here.  :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

This will make it even more difficult on my future visits to Prime Time.  Should I order the fried chicken (which I haven’t had now since Oct. 2015)? Or have this delicious pot pie again? Or maybe I should try something else that I haven’t had here before, like the Pot Roast that many of my friends and family have enjoyed…

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Mom’s Old-fashioned Pot Roast – Slow-cooked ’til fork tender served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Carrots, Celery, and Onions

But one thing is for sure, my next trip will definitely include a meal at 50’s Prime Time Café because it is one of my favorite restaurants at Disney World…for both the food and the fun atmosphere!

And soooo,  that just leaves dessert…

Now I usually always get the PB & J milkshake with my meal (which I count as my dessert)…

 

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But this time I’m glad that I skipped it.  Although I love this shake, I wouldn’t have been able to drink very much of it and still eat most of my delicious, but rich pot pie.  And if I’d left a lot of good food on my plate, I would have probably gotten into trouble with Cousin Cindy and been sent to stand in the corner (or some similar punishment).  :laughing:

 

So anyway, no shake or any other dessert for me.  And nothing for Hunter or Paula either since their favorite Prime Time was no longer on the Dessert menu…

50’s Boston Cream Parfait – Layers of Chocolate Fudge, Vanilla Cream, and Pound Cake topped with Whipped Cream

So that just leaves the ratings.  I was surprised to see that the reviewers on both Yelp and Trip Advisor rate Prime Time only 4 stars.  Being one of my favorite WDW restaurants, I would give it at least 4 1/2 stars, maybe even 5.  I would also rank it in the Top 10 restaurants at Disney World, but it’s only ranked #41 best of the Disney restaurants on Trip Advisor.  However, Prime Time is ranked #115 of the nearly 3,000 Orlando area restaurants reviewed there, so that’s pretty good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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