Sunday, April 27, 2014

50's Prime Time Café - Disney's Hollywood Studios

This blog post has been a long time coming!  Yesterday, we spent the day at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and I finally remembered to take some pictures of 50's Prime Time Cafe.  

I don't think we have eaten there since I started my blog, but this restaurant is a favorite of mine at Hollywood Studios.  

50's Prime Time Cafe serves classic American comfort food like pot roast, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and fried chicken.  

The 50's decor is definitely a blast from the past, and the servers always make it such a fun experience.  Be sure to mind your manners and keep your elbow off the table!  

You may be chastised for having your cell phone out, but you are allowed to watch TV while you dine.  The black-and-white television clips are from popular shows from the 1950's.  

50s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios -- fried chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, and collard greens

I think I first learned about the gluten free fried chicken at 50s Prime Time Cafe from my friend Sarah's blog, Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW.  The first time I ate it, it was like a little taste of heaven!  The fried chicken was perfectly crispy, and seasoned just right.  I loved it so much, I dragged my family back two more times within a couple of months last year.

The fried chicken is usually served with garlic mashed potatoes and collard greens with bacon, but one time I dared to order chicken and french fries.  I will definitely never do that again, because there is only so much fried food I can eat in one sitting, and I really like the mashed potatoes.

If you are interested in having the gluten free fried chicken at 50's Prime Time Cafe, you should probably email special diets at at least 14 days in advance to let them know that you would like to order the chicken.  It takes a while to prepare, and advance notice gives the chefs time to make sure all the ingredients are on hand.

I have been able to order the fried chicken three times without contacting special diets, twice with no notice, and once I stopped in an hour before our reservation to request the fried chicken, but others have not been so lucky.  Some of my blog readers have been told by the chefs at 50's Prime Time Cafe that plenty of advance notice is needed to order gluten free fried chicken, others have recently given an hour or several hours notice, while some readers have given no notice and been able to get the chicken.  Even if you contacted special diets ahead of time, it's a good idea to stop in at the restaurant at least an hour before your reservation to give the chefs a heads up that you want to order the fried chicken.

August 18, 2015 Update

50's Prime Time Cafe recently adopted an allergy-friendly menu.  Gluten free options include:

  • Appetizers - Grandpa's crab cake, Cousin Amy's iceberg lettuce wedge
  • Entrees - Dad's stuffed pork chop, chicken caesar salad, Mom's meatless meatballs over spaghetti and basil marinara sauce, Cousin Amy's traditional meatloaf, chicken pot pie
  • Desserts - S'mores, Chef's special chocolate brownie with ice cream

Gluten free options on the kids' menu include:

  • Appetizers - garden salad, vegetable platter
  • Mickey Check Meals - Goofy's salmon served with mashed potatoes, green beans, and carrots; Mom's meatless meatballs over spaghetti and basil marinara sauce; Grandpa's crispy baked chicken served with mashed potatoes, green beans, and carrots
  • Entrees - Mickey's chicken pot pie
  • Dessert - Fruit salad, Jr Chef's special chocolate brownie with ice cream, yogurt parfait

Fried chicken is not listed as a gluten free option on the new allergy-friendly menu, but I have heard that the chefs are still making it.  Try and give them notice that you would like to order it by contacting special diets or by stopping in at the restaurant at least an hour before you plan to dine.

A big thank you to blog reader Lori for sending me pictures of 50's Prime Time Cafe's new allergy-friendly menu.

You can view 50's Prime Time Cafe's menu,  and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at 50's Prime Time Cafe?


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