Dining at Disney’s Hollywood Studios proves frustrating for me, primarily because the counter service restaurants fall short for me. I’ve experienced all the table service restaurants, with the exception of Hollywood & Vine (I’m typically just not a fan of buffets/all-you-care-to-eat establishments). I’ve had great experiences at each, but one place I keep returning to is Tune-In Lounge. It’s an offshoot of 50′s Prime Time Cafe, and while many guests stop in for a cocktail while waiting for their table, I like settling in for a bit longer and ordering food, be it a snack or a meal.
The bar itself is themed along with the restaurant, with 50′s style decor. Unlike the restaurant, they don’t do the schtick of being a Mom or Uncle. They’re usually pretty busy and most people are just stopping in for a drink, usually to go, so turnover is important. Personally, I can do without the act, so Tune-In is perfect for me!
On this particular visit, I ordered something new to me and got Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie. Let me preface the rest of this article by saying I LOVE chicken pot pie. Particularly, the recipe I use at home. Heck, I often skip making the crust because the filling is that dang good. This pot pie was going to have a lot to live up to, but I’ve never been disappointed in the food from 50′s.
The pot pie looks pretty impressive when it arrived. I like the choice of the puff pastry as opposed to a traditional crust. It’s obviously easier for the kitchen to plate, but it also promised something light to go with a relatively heavy filling. There was even an additional piece at the bottom of the plate, smothered in the roux.
The dish is unassumingly hearty. There was about half a small chicken’s worth of meat on the plate; some dark meat, some white. What I didn’t like was that it was basically kept whole, with two large chunks of meat hiding under the pastry. I’ve never had pot pie where the chicken wasn’t either diced or at least shredded, making this dish rather cumbersome to eat. The veggies were cooked wonderfully, though, with tender carrots, bright peas, and soft onions and celery. Button mushrooms were also incorporated, but only two were spotted. The roux was okay, but seemed to be missing something. Perhaps some bouillon for salt and umami and freshly ground pepper really could have made it stand out.
I’ll say that it wasn’t bad, and if chicken pot pie is your go-to comfort food, it could surely fit the bill. I’m just really partial to what comes out of my kitchen. Personally, I think there are so many other items on the menu that easily trump the pot pie, primarily Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken, but I certainly wouldn’t try to talk you out of ordering the pot pie. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!
Here’s a look at the menu from June 10th.:
If you’re interested in some of the other dishes on the menu, be sure to check out these reviews!
What is your favorite menu item that you have to order when you visit either Tune-In Lounge or 50′s Prime Time Cafe?