Hollywood Studios is supposed to transport you into ‘Hollywood’ and we love the theming (and the food) of 50s Prime Time Cafe!
The Cafe is set up like it’s in the 1950’s, complete with black and white TV’s and Sassy Servers (plus all the decor to remind you of your grandma!)
This post was originally published in 2020, so we went back to catch up and confirm that the menu items are still the same!
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 (and this was from our first visit in 2020).
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.
***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.***
Food Allergy + Gluten Free Options for 50’s Prime Time
Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Fried Chicken. That’s a yes! The wheat based fried Chicken is recommended for the top allergies (minus wheat!) so technically top 7 friendly.
If you’d like the Gluten Free/Wheat Free Fried Chicken, you can get that made in a dedicated fryer and it’s made with Rice Flour. It is recommended to stop by before your reservation to give them time to prepare it so you don’t have to wait (at least an hours notice) or you can wait at the restaurant.
and if you are a chicken eater, I 10/10 recommend this secret menu item. It was INCREDIBLE.
Other Items include the Pot Roast (friendly for egg, fish/shellfish, peanut and treenut)
The Meatloaf (friendly for gluten/wheat, fish/shellfish, and peanut treenut)
Sides include salads, green beans & carrots, corn, mashed potatoes (And plant based smashed potatoes) and fruit salad.
As if the Fried Chicken wasn’t enough of a winner, they also had an incredible dessert option!
Meet the Top 8 Friendly Smores. This smores dessert is made with enjoy life chocolate, allergy friendly marshmallows, and then housemade graham cracker. The cracker base is Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 mix (which some people can’t use because of the shared lines concern).
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- 2020
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.
Food Allergy Touring Plans + Planning Guide
We’ve done the researching and eating for you, and put it in an easy to use 7 Day touring guide perfect for any combination of allergens.