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Sunday Brunch


May 21, 2017

Sunday Brunch ' Family Dinner Night in the Nineteen Fifties!
Originally published July 24, 2011

One warm summer's evening, I found myself seated at a turquoise Formica countertop table, having just finished a delicious meat loaf platter and looking at pictures of Cousin Hassan's two children in their soccer uniforms.  Cousin Hassan coaches pee-wee soccer on the weekends and couldn't wait to tell us about it after the dinner he so graciously served.  He even let us watch The Adventures of Spin and Marty while we ate.  I couldn't wait to text my friends about my fun evening at Cousin Hassan's, but I had to wait to get my cell phone back.  At the start of our meal, I was texting my roommate what time I would be home, but I got caught by Hassan.  He took my phone away because dinner time is family time.

You'd think my cousin was a martinet when it came to family meals, but such a traditional all-American family dinner is commonplace at the 50's Prime Time Caf' in Disney's Hollywood Studios!  The restaurant opened in 1989 and has been serving family dinners and entertaining guests regularly ever since then.  The caf' is housed inside a 1950's home designed with strong lines, sharp angles, and long rectangular windows, reminiscent of the modernist homes like the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, CA designed by famous architect Richard Neutra.  Once inside, you feel as though you stepped into a bygone era, celebrating the artistic, retro feel of a country freshly rebuilt in a time of progress and innovation after the war.


Daring and bold shapes, colors, and patterns of the caf's bar area break tradition after the more conservative styles of the first half of the 20th century.


While waiting for your table, you know it's 1955.  Walt Disney is on television, introducing Disneyland to homes across the nation!


From the reservation desk, you get a glimpse of the kitchen dining area that is to come!

If you are not yet in the 1950's mood, you soon will be once you are seated in the dining room and your server comes by to make you feel like you're at Mrs. Cunningham's kitchen table.  Those of us with hats were ordered to take them off and those who refused were punished'


Brent, nicknamed Scooter, was ordered to set the table.  Cousin Brian and Princess Kayleigh thought it was a hoot!

The menu was loaded with traditional dishes and platters popular at American dinner tables in the 1950s to even today.  They are given special titles such as Uncle Charlie's Grilled Tuna Casserole and Cousin Barry's Olive Oil Poached Salmon.  The menu is also peppered with the house rules such as 'Keep your elbows off the table'


The Dessert Menu is seen through a Viewfinder, a popular toy in the 1950s.


Beer Battered Onion Rings


Dad's Traditional Meat Loaf


Aunt Liz's Golden Fried Chicken


Mom's old Fashioned Pot Roast

I am very intrigued to find out how the Disney chefs cook their dishes for 50's Prime Time caf'.  Usually when you eat out in restaurants, it's done in batch cooking (large volumes at one time) and speed for efficiency, but at 50's Prime Time, your meal tastes like it took all day to cook, just like Mom (or Dad) does.  My meatloaf was brimming with flavor, juicy and tender, just how meat loaf should be.  The mashed potatoes and gravy made a delicious side and the green beans were incredibly fresh and lacked the out of the can taste I've experienced at some chain restaurants offering home style cooking'

Everyone in my party could agree that the food was excellent and felt just like home, especially with Hassan making sure we had good manners.  Though he wouldn't offer dessert unless everyone cleaned their plate!  He made sure of it too, even if he had to do it himself.


I'm fed my last bite of potatoes before I can get my phone back.

Scooter didn't eat any of his vegetables!  No desserts for you!

Our family dinner at 50's Prime Time Caf' had sadly come to an end.  My friend Brian was gracious enough to treat us to the whole dinner and we definitely were thankful he let us join in on this rollicking ride to the 1950's.  We were lucky that Brian scored some reservations he made earlier that day, but Advanced Dining Reservations are definitely recommended as the caf' is very popular.  You may have some luck walking in if it's late at night during a Fantasmic presentation. 

Some people may find it rude for your server to be yelling at you or feeding you the rest of your dinner, but here, guests look forward to it and can't wait to see what they do next.  Sometimes, other tables watch you to see what you get yelled at, especially if you come to the table with your hat on.  In my experiences in dining at 50's Prime Time Caf', I've found the larger the party, the more fun you'll have, so definitely try and go with a large group, even if you're not family, because once you're there you'll certainly become one!


Family Portrait

(top row) Princess, Scooter

(bottom row) Skippy, Spanky, Cousin Brian


Past Sunday Brunch

     - Disney Theme Park Cookbook

     - Boardwalk's Chocolate Chip Crumbcake
     - Chef Mickey's Breakfast Pizza
     - Hamm Cupcakes
     - Honeydoodles
     - Kermit Cupcakes
     - Tonga Toast

Restaurant Reviews
     - 1900 Park Fare
     - 50's Prime Time
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 1)
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 2)

     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 3)
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 4)
     - Beaches and Cream
     - Bengal Barbecue (Disneyland)
     - Boardwalk Bakery (pre Refurbishment)

     - Boardwalk Bakery Post Refurbishment (Part 1/2)
     - Boulangerie Patisserie (France Bakery)
     - Captain Cook's (Polynesian)
     - Casey's Corner
     - Club 33

     - Columbia Harbour House
     - Coral Reef
     - Cozy Cone
     - Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store
     - Earl of Sandwich
     - El Pirata y el Perico
     - Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe (DCA)
     - Flame Tree Barbeque (part 1)

     - Flame Tree Barbeque (part 2)
     - Friar's Nook (Magic Kingdom)
     - Golden Oak Outpost
     - Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe (Disneyland)
     - Katsura Grill

     - Kona Cafe
     - Kouzzina
     - Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
     - Kringla Bakeri og Kafe (more snacks!)
     - Kusafiri Bakery

     - Landscape of Flavors (Art of Animation)
     - L'Artisan Des Glaces (France Pavilion)
     - Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie (France Pavilion)
     - Liberty Tree Tavern
     - Lotus Blossom
     - Main Street Bakery Starbucks
     - Main Street Bakery Starbucks (Part 2)

     - Min and Bill's Dockside Diner
     - Min and Bill's Dockside Diner Cones
     - 'Ohana
     - 'Ohana Revisted
     - Pepper Market (Coronado Springs)
     - Pinocchio's Village Haus

     - Pizza PlaNOT
     - Port Orleans Riverside Food Court
     - Prince Eric's Village Market
     - Rose and Crown
     - Sanaa
     - Sci-Fi Dine In

     - Tangaroa Terrace
     - Tangierene Cafe
     - Tokyo Dining
     - Trail's End
     - Tusker House
     - Tutto Gusto
     - Via Napoli
     - The Wave (Breakfast)

Tasty Treats
     - 4th of July Cupcake
     - Beignets (Port Orleans French Quarter)
     - Big Thunder Ranch dessert
     - Boardwalk Bakery Boxed Lunch
     - Caramel Apples (Karamell-Kuche)
     - Chicken and Waffles (Sleepy Hollow)
     - Chicken and Waffles (Trail's End)

     - Wolfgang Puck's Chinois Chicken Salad
     - Cinnamon Rolls (Main Street Bakery)
     - Crispy Cornflake French Toast (Wolfgang Puck)
     - Darth Vadar Cupcake
     - Disney Cruise Line Chocolate
     - Dole Whip
     - Dole Whips inside the Enchanted Tiki Room

     - Fish and Chips (United Kingdom)
     - Grilled Chicken Flatbread (Mama Melrose)
     - Guava Cupcake
     - Holiday Cupcakes
     - Holiday Sandwich at Earl
     - Japanese Disney Snack
     - LeFou's Brew

     - Mac and Cheese Hot Dog
     - Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine
     - Mexico Pavilion Tacos
     - Mickey's Magix
     - Mickey Fun Bar

     - Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar
     - Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar: Time for Seconds
     - Mickey Mouse Peanut Butter Cup
     - Mickey Mouse Pretzel
     - Milkshake (Whispering Canyon)
     - Mini Corn Dogs (Casey's Corner)
     - Peanut Butter Cupcake
     - Peanut Butter, Bacon, and Banana Pie (Boardwalk Bakery)
     - Pina Colada Bread Pudding (Disney Cruise Line)

     - Pineapple Cupcake (Sunshine Seasons)
     - Quiche of the Day (Boardwalk Bakery)
     - S'mores Brownie
     - S'mores Cupcake
     - Sacristain from France
     - Sunshine Tree Terrace Cup
     - Disney Parks Shortbread Rounds

     - Summer Delight cupcake (Hollywood Studios)
     - Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel
     - Teriyaki Chicken Handroll (2013 Food and Wine)
     - Marshmallow Kabob
     - Waffles around Walt Disney World
     - Yule Log (Sunshine Seasons)
     - Zebra Cupcakes and Zebra Domes

Forgotten Favorites
     - Mickey's Kitchen
     - Odyssey
     - The Odyssey of the Odyssey

Disney Food History
     - Cheshire Cafe
     - Village Fry Shoppe

Interesting Interviews
     - The World's Biggest Earl Fan?

     - Ratatouille Bonus Feature

     - Art of Animation Food Cart
     - Battle Gingerbread
     - Celebration, FL's Main Street Cafe
     - Culinary Adventures
     - Disney Mothers
     - Disney "Flower" Arrangements
     - Disneyland Popcorn Cart Avatars
     - Egg-celent adventure at Grand Floridian

     - Five Disney Restaurants
     - Pizza Planet's Easter Pineapple Coconut Cupcake
     - First French Toast ever served at Art of Animation
     - First Tonga Toast Experience
     - Food and Wine 2013
     - Food and Wine Part 1
     - Food and Wine Part 2
     - Food and Wine Part 3

     - Food and Wine Part 4
     - Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
     - Halloween Snacks around Disney
     - Holiday Homes Good Enough to Eat
     - Mama Melrose's Back Story
     - My Time at the Confectionary
     - Ode to Club Cool's Beverly

     - Sleepy Hollow Story
     - Snow White's Wishing Apple
     - Super Foods
     - Tales of a Magic Kingdom Nut Wagon Cast Member

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