We went on a mission for Fried Chicken and ‘Oh Boy’ did we have quite the adventure at 50s Prime Time Cafe!
Hollywood Studios is home to a lot of fun things, but it is my least favorite park for food allergies. Yes, there’s some pretty decent options and some are better than others, but it seems like dietary needs were overlooked when designing some menus.
I’ll have to say that the exception to that is 50s Prime Time.
They added a lot of options to 50s primetime menu and it really shows (especially when we are talking about options at Hollywood studios!) ! It was also one of the few places we talked to a chef almost an hour before eating there, but I’ll explain that below!
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What’s so special about 50s Prime Time Cafe?
Now I’ve heard about this gluten free and allergen friendly fried chicken on message boards and forums for years. It’s so elusive that pre-covid you had to give them an hours notice to even get a chance at ordering it.
We stopped by (we had reservations of course) and let them know about 10 minutes before we were seated that we wanted to speak to a Chef about the fried chicken.
When he came out, we told him about our allergies. He said that the chicken is top 8 free with the exception of soy oil (which we knew about and had planned for).
The fryer is a dedicated fryer and breading is made with a rice flour.
Needless to say, we were excited!
***As Always, please speak to a qualified restaurant employee when ordering food. In order to see the most accurate ingredients and risk assessment, you will need to confirm allergy safety in real-time. This is my personal experience, I am not employed or endorsed by companies or brands mentioned.***
The Ambience and what to expect at 50s Prime Time Cafe
Normally I don’t say too much about the restaurant. I’ll be honest, I’m here for one thing and one thing only.
So we’ll get to the food in a second.
But I’m sharing the restaurant because it is an experience. Much like Sci-Fi Diner in that you are transported to another era, 50s Prime Time gives you all the feels with old kitchen decor and bulky black and white TVs.
If you’re too young to remember that, then you most certainly need to go for an education lesson.
But for us ‘older’ adults (and I debated that sentence for almost 10 minutes because I don’t think I’m older but I guess I am!) it is a walk down memory lane.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, at 50s Prime Time you are family. They call you cousin, and they can be sweet as pie to you or mean as your old Aunt Sally.
I’m not even kidding. It’s certainly a place filled with old timey shenanigans and (mostly) good humor.
Allergy Friendly Food and our Review of what we ate
Let me hit it to you straight. I haven’t had fried chicken in a restaurant in 6+ years. And I’ve had it twice that I made myself and hated it.
So like Regal Eagle captured the long missed BBQ, this fried chicken was everything I had missed about southern cooking.
And it brought me back, the same way the thin mint cookies at Erin McKenna’s made me think of Girl Scouts, to simpler times when food allergies and dietary restrictions didn’t rule every visit outside of the safety of our home.
I’d love to tell you more, but I really only remember that the chicken was mind blowing. And that they gave you an incredibly large serving!
If you order some for the kids (and we did, their first ever fried chicken!) they serve you only drumsticks. I certainly appreciate that!
And I got dessert! This was Enjoy Life cookies topped with marshmallows and a dairy free chocolate sauce. Absolutely heavenly for gluten free, soy free and dairy free!
The Allergen Menu for 50’s Prime Time Cafe
So food allergy fam, we will most certainly be back. We might even try some other things on the menu, but I think we’ll at least get the fried chicken to go!
If you aren’t able to get a reservation at 50s Prime Time, I’d recommend Mama Melrose for all things pasta, this incredible allergen free smores sandwich if you can have egg, and galactic eats at one of the newest restaurants on property over in Galaxy’s Edge.
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