A step inside the restaurant is a step backwards in time. The décor is straight out of the 50s, with whimsical touches throughout. Is that a Felix the Cat clock? Look at those rooster tins. Oh, I remember those salt and pepper shakers. My aunt had that table. I suspect the restaurant's designers spent many long hours combing yard sales and thrift stores looking for the bric-a-brac you remember fondly from Grandma's house.
The dining room is over-the-top mid-century, and some tables even have their own black and white televisions showing clips from old shows. The tables are Formica (remember the boomerangs?) and the chairs are chrome with padded vinyl seats. Make sure to request a table with a TV.
Like the décor, the menu is a mishmash of 1950s blue plate specials and recipes from that red and white Betty Crocker cookbook all moms have, but there are accommodations for today's tastes and dietary considerations. Would you find Diet Coke, Omega-3 smoothies and No Sugar Added Cheesecake on Grandma's table? I think not.
Also from the fountain, there is a selection of milk shakes and malts, root beer and Coke floats, Cars-themed fruit punches and the aforementioned Mega-Berry Smoothies.
We started with an order of Beer-battered Onion Rings ($6.49) served in a small fast-food-like fry basket. Typical onion rings you might get anywhere, but fun.
Other dishes I sampled (thanks friends) were Mom's Old-fashioned Pot Roast ($18.99), Aunt Liz's Golden Fried Chicken ($17.99) and A Sampling of Mom's Favorite Recipes ($20.99).
But let's use a modern day term and "keep it real." The food served is nothing groundbreaking. You can get the same stuff at any diner in the country (and cheaper by far).
You're not eating here for the food really, you're coming for the experience, and no other restaurant on Disney property delivers this much whimsy, or this much retro fun. 50's Prime Time Café is a must visit for everyone, whether you grew up in the fabulous 50s or just wish you did.
4 Mom's Apple Pies out of 5