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67mike
05-13-2010, 02:10 PM
From the sounds of things.........

The Derby is the only decent restraunt in DHS?????

I am cancelling my dinner res at H&V..

So, should I just book somewhere else on that day (I do not want to use 2 credits to eat at derby).:confused3

Thanks

tlenzendorf
05-13-2010, 02:11 PM
We are twice at 50s Primetime Diner and the food and atmosphere was good both times. We were there in August and March.

67mike
05-13-2010, 02:19 PM
We are twice at 50s Primetime Diner and the food and atmosphere was good both times. We were there in August and March.

We ate there last time.....Really enjoyed the place. Desert was HEAVENLY and Huge! The food was....decent.

We are looking to try new experiences/venues this time.:cool1:

principessa0ox
05-13-2010, 02:24 PM
I was torn between Sci-Fi and 50's Prime Time, I went with Sci-Fi. I haven't been yet so I can't tell you if it was a good choice. ;) We're also doing the character meal at H&V.

67mike
05-13-2010, 02:29 PM
I was torn between Sci-Fi and 50's Prime Time, I went with Sci-Fi. I haven't been yet so I can't tell you if it was a good choice. ;) We're also doing the character meal at H&V.

Sorry to dissapoint, but both those get dreadful reviews.:confused3

Pakey
05-13-2010, 02:37 PM
I have eaten at HBBD, 50s and Sci Fi plenty of times. HBBD is more upscale and expensive with a different caliber of offerings but it's not the "only" place to eat. Sci Fi has a great atmosphere and the burgers and shakes are decent. Nothing to rave about but we are talking burgers and shakes. 50s is fine too. I have had their chicken, the pot pie, the roast beef and the stuffed pepper. All were fine but I liked the chicken the best. Two years ago we took my best friend and her husband and did a lot of signature dining and they both thought 50s was the best meal of the trip.

AppleSister1
05-13-2010, 02:51 PM
I am huge Brown Derby proponent, but have also eaten at Prime Time and it's not bad for what it is. Have heard the same not so positive things about H&V and Sci Fi as you have. I haven't tried Mama Melrose, but seems to get fairly solid marks. What about trying there?

67mike
05-13-2010, 02:52 PM
I have eaten at HBBD, 50s and Sci Fi plenty of times. HBBD is more upscale and expensive with a different caliber of offerings but it's not the "only" place to eat. Sci Fi has a great atmosphere and the burgers and shakes are decent. Nothing to rave about but we are talking burgers and shakes. 50s is fine too. I have had their chicken, the pot pie, the roast beef and the stuffed pepper. All were fine but I liked the chicken the best. Two years ago we took my best friend and her husband and did a lot of signature dining and they both thought 50s was the best meal of the trip.

We ate at 50's. Very good atmosphere. Lovely and HUGE desert. Food was not memorable at all. Unlike Boma.

67mike
05-13-2010, 02:53 PM
I am huge Brown Derby proponent, but have also eaten at Prime Time and it's not bad for what it is. Have heard the same not so positive things about H&V and Sci Fi as you have. I haven't tried Mama Melrose, but seems to get fairly solid marks. What about trying there?

Mamm's is a possibility. We are in the park, so dinner there would be easiest.

AppleSister1
05-13-2010, 02:58 PM
OR, you could walk or take the boat to the Boardwalk area if you really want something different than MM or HBD. There you could choose from Kouzzina, Brewing Company, Cap May, Yachtsman's Steakhouse, Crew's Cup, etc., etc.

principessa0ox
05-13-2010, 03:03 PM
Sorry to dissapoint, but both those get dreadful reviews.:confused3

I know, thanks! :) ;) H&V we are doing for the characters for my DD and Sci-Fi for the "drive-in" atmosphere. We thought it seemed more fun than 50s.

67mike
05-13-2010, 03:05 PM
I know, thanks! :) ;) H&V we are doing for the characters for my DD and Sci-Fi for the "drive-in" atmosphere. We thought it seemed more fun than 50s.

50's is actually something I'd say to do at least once.

Really "neat" atmosphere. Decent food. Killer desert.:banana:

67mike
05-13-2010, 03:06 PM
OR, you could walk or take the boat to the Boardwalk area if you really want something different than MM or HBD. There you could choose from Kouzzina, Brewing Company, Cap May, Yachtsman's Steakhouse, Crew's Cup, etc., etc.

OK...out of these what is best 1 credit TS????:cheer2:

AppleSister1
05-13-2010, 03:36 PM
Ha! Well, I'm not a dining plan person, I have TIW, so I don't know off the top of my head, but I'd imagine the Steakhouse and Flying Fish are probably 2 TS. I'm not sure which places are on the plan, but the Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club gets high marks (I haven't been there for several years, not since it was the Galley or something, but it was good then, and I've seen several yummy reviews lately.) Cape May has a Clambake themed buffet for dinner that's pretty good. Are you looking at dinner or lunch?

Pixiedustspreader
05-13-2010, 03:53 PM
I just advised a friend making their ressies this week to cancel the H&V one they have and head over to Cape May instead. Last fall they were testing out crab legs on the buffet while we were there. I've since read they are now have a permanent spot on the buffet. Very good and also have non-seafood items on the buffet - prime rib, potatoes, etc. 1 table service. Cape May is my vote!

BlovesC
05-13-2010, 04:01 PM
Don't be disheartened by your choices due to negative reviews. EVERY single Disney restaurant, even places like Jiko, have their fair share of bad reviews. Pick your restaurant based on which menu and theme appeal to you, and what fits into your budget and timeline.

FWIW, we LOVE sci-fi. :thumbsup2

disneydreamer98
05-13-2010, 04:07 PM
We don't eat a TS meal at DHS very often, but when we do it's either Mama Melrose or 50's Primetime. We usually wait until we are leaving for the day and go have dinner at one of the resort restaurants.

taylor3297
05-13-2010, 04:14 PM
Every restaurant has gotten bad reviews. We loved 50's prime time. The atmosphere and food were great!

tedvdm
05-13-2010, 04:24 PM
We also enjoyed 50's Prime Time when we ate there. We are trying Mama Melrose's this time, though. We are trying not to go back to any of the same restaurants. Although, my dh loved the San Angel Inn in the Mexico pavilion, so we will be returning to that one.

Shih-Tzu
05-15-2010, 07:18 PM
We really enjoyed the Sci-Fi. More the atmosphere than anything but we found their milk shakes VERY yummy. We would eat there again no problem. (We had the smoked meat sandwiches....milkshakes....dessert....and a lot of photos - it was neat sitting in a car like you were at a drive-in and watching the old film trailers. Of course, my DH had to try to figure out the "year" and "models" of the cars and had me taking pictures of even licence plates....

amshowers
05-15-2010, 07:35 PM
We are heading to the boardwalk on our DHS day and eating at Kouzzina, then heading back for emh. We really like Kouzzina, but Captains Grille is also a good choice.

summerlady
05-15-2010, 08:40 PM
We really enjoyed the Sci-Fi. More the atmosphere than anything but we found their milk shakes VERY yummy. We would eat there again no problem. (We had the smoked meat sandwiches....milkshakes....dessert....and a lot of photos - it was neat sitting in a car like you were at a drive-in and watching the old film trailers. Of course, my DH had to try to figure out the "year" and "models" of the cars and had me taking pictures of even licence plates....

I am so glad to read this! I'm doing my ADRs on Wednesday and we'd like to have dinner at Sci-Fi on our arrival evening, just haven't read too many reviews that were good. Were you using the DDP and if so, were you permitted to get milkshakes as your drink?

Your DH sounds exactly like my DH. :laughing:

pixarmom
05-15-2010, 09:56 PM
For TS at DHS, we've been to Mama Melrose, Brown Derby and Sci-Fi - we're trying 50's next trip. For dinner, if you don't want to use the 2 credits for Brown Derby, I'd recommend Mama Melrose.

We have 3 boys and have enjoyed Sci-Fi for lunch in the past (it's fun to do once, and the burgers/shakes were good!) but we didn't enjoy it for dinner. Mama Melrose, on the other hand, has been consistently good (both food and atmosphere) and very convenient if you don't want to leave the park. We get a 5:30 or 6pm ADR, and then after dinner we run over to ToT and see Buzz and Woody one more time before park closing!

winterman
05-16-2010, 06:50 AM
We broke up our day at DHS by leaving the park and taking the boat to the Yacht Club and having lunch at the Captain's Grille. We arrived early so had a drink at the Crew's Cup Lounge first.

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Luv2Roam
05-16-2010, 06:56 AM
Lots of times we also head for the Boardwalk to eat. Not often do we eat in DHS. Anything half decent you can't get in last minute. And the counter service restaurants there we only do if we have to.
Most anything at the Boardwalk is good, sit down or counter. We tried ESPN Zone for the first time a few months back and we were both pleasantly surprised. I would probably be more apt to go there now first. Unless I wanted something specific at another location. For example, the Beer Cheese Soup at Big River Grille is hard to beat.

bookgirl2632
05-16-2010, 07:01 AM
From the sounds of things.........

The Derby is the only decent restraunt in DHS?????

I am cancelling my dinner res at H&V..

So, should I just book somewhere else on that day (I do not want to use 2 credits to eat at derby).:confused3

Thanks

We always eat at '50s Primetime Cafe. It's a fun time with good food, especially if you like "home cooking." I would definitely eat there.

Rootskate
05-16-2010, 07:02 AM
We broke up our day at DHS by leaving the park and taking the boat to the Yacht Club and having lunch at the Captain's Grille. We arrived early so had a drink at the Crew's Cup Lounge first.

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

We were planning on doing the same thing. About how long is the boat ride? And where do you catch the boat? Thanks

prttynpnk
05-16-2010, 07:14 AM
We like BD- but don't always consider it the best use of 2TS- so we're like the other posters that suggest taking the boat to the boardwalk area or even Epcot for a change of atmosphere. DHS kind of lacks variety for us. Great snacking,tho!

USAswimmer626
05-16-2010, 08:20 AM
If you're getting a Park Hopper, my suggestion is the hop to Epcot via the International Gateway and eat in World Showcase. That is always our plan. Usually with a 5:00PM reservation in World Showcase, you can get back to Hollywood Studios for Fantasmic at 8:30.

Pink Mouse Ears
05-16-2010, 08:34 AM
We were planning on doing the same thing. About how long is the boat ride? And where do you catch the boat? Thanks

The boat ride is very short. From DHS, it stops at the Swan/Dolphin first, then I believe the Yacht/Beach, then Boardwalk. This might take 10-15 minutes, but its a nice ride. After exiting the gates, you'll go towards the left. If this link will work, you can see the boat docks here:

http://www.wdwtourguide.com/img/DisneysHollywoodStudiosMap.jpg

When you're going back to DHS, if you miss the boat at the BW, then walk over to the Swan/Dolphin. Its not a long walk, but you'll still catch the same boat (since it stops at the Yacht/Beach Club) without waiting 20 more minutes.

You can also walk to the Boardwalk. Its about a mile (15-20 min.)

Rootskate
05-16-2010, 08:52 AM
The boat ride is very short. From DHS, it stops at the Swan/Dolphin first, then I believe the Yacht/Beach, then Boardwalk. This might take 10-15 minutes, but its a nice ride. After exiting the gates, you'll go towards the left. If this link will work, you can see the boat docks here:

http://www.wdwtourguide.com/img/DisneysHollywoodStudiosMap.jpg

When you're going back to DHS, if you miss the boat at the BW, then walk over to the Swan/Dolphin. Its not a long walk, but you'll still catch the same boat (since it stops at the Yacht/Beach Club) without waiting 20 more minutes.

You can also walk to the Boardwalk. Its about a mile (15-20 min.)

Thank you for the info!

*NikkiBell*
05-16-2010, 11:22 AM
The Hollywood Brown Derby and 50s Prime Time are the best TS options for dinner with the first being my preference. Sci Fi is good for lunch (burgers, shakes, etc.).

Shih-Tzu
05-16-2010, 07:39 PM
I am so glad to read this! I'm doing my ADRs on Wednesday and we'd like to have dinner at Sci-Fi on our arrival evening, just haven't read too many reviews that were good. Were you using the DDP and if so, were you permitted to get milkshakes as your drink?

Your DH sounds exactly like my DH. :laughing:

Yes, we were on the DDP. I remember the CM saying that we could use the milk shake for ?? or dessert - so, I'm thinking that we used ours as the drink..

YES - just checked my copy of the menus (scrapbooker...keep everything...) and my initial is beside the Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake for dessert (yummy too), which means my milk shake WAS my drink (we didn't stray from the dining plans while at the restaurants and we always asked the CM to let us know if there was something we were ordering that wasn't part of the plan or over the plan limit and they were VERY good about that....). Maybe she was being really nice to us as we had been caught in one of the September monsoon rains enroute to Sci-Fi, we probably looked like we had been swimming to get there;)

I hope your DH likes it - that is the one and only TS place mine wants to return to this time for sure.

elastigirl
05-16-2010, 08:20 PM
I really like Prime Time, and Mama Melrose. Love Brown Derby, but not for 2 credits. I usually just go there for the Cobb Salad - I order it as an entree.

PoohsFan1
05-17-2010, 08:25 AM
Don't be disheartened by your choices due to negative reviews. EVERY single Disney restaurant, even places like Jiko, have their fair share of bad reviews. Pick your restaurant based on which menu and theme appeal to you, and what fits into your budget and timeline.

FWIW, we LOVE sci-fi. :thumbsup2

I totally agree with you, we never base our decisions on what others say. There are more negative reviews that are posted than positive ones. With that said, we enjoy eating at 50's and we are going to be trying out Sci-Fi for our upcoming trip. DH and I think it would be fun to sit in a drive in with our kids watching old movies while dining on burgers and shakes. One restaurant that we were surprised by was Mama Melrose. I had read a ton of negative reviews on this, but decided to try it out anyway, and I am glad that we did. The Chicken Parm is awesome :goodvibes. Good luck.

summerlady
05-17-2010, 08:33 AM
Yes, we were on the DDP. I remember the CM saying that we could use the milk shake for ?? or dessert - so, I'm thinking that we used ours as the drink..

YES - just checked my copy of the menus (scrapbooker...keep everything...) and my initial is beside the Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake for dessert (yummy too), which means my milk shake WAS my drink (we didn't stray from the dining plans while at the restaurants and we always asked the CM to let us know if there was something we were ordering that wasn't part of the plan or over the plan limit and they were VERY good about that....). Maybe she was being really nice to us as we had been caught in one of the September monsoon rains enroute to Sci-Fi, we probably looked like we had been swimming to get there;)

I hope your DH likes it - that is the one and only TS place mine wants to return to this time for sure.

Thanks! PM'd you. :)

calngavinsmom
05-17-2010, 09:15 AM
Mamma Melrose is one of our faves. Their wood fired flatbreads are delish!

Smithkids
05-17-2010, 12:25 PM
Sci fi gets my vote- unless you are looking to do the F! dinner package...then I would choose MM.

Of course, like other posters have mentioned- you could leave the park and head somewhere else for lunch. Somewhere DTD perhaps...