One of our favorite restaurants to visit while at Hollywood Studios is the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. For table service, the food is maybe a half step up from most counter service restaurants in terms of selection and quality, but we absolutely love the theme here. Being big MST3K fans, we eat up the cheesy movies that are played on their approximate 45-minute loop, and we can quote pretty much the whole thing.
Of course, sitting in a dark restaurant doesn’t make for the prettiest food photos, so we tried to illuminate with the iPhone’s light to attempt to get better results than a flash (plus we wanted to work quickly so as not to disturb other diners). Matt completely threw a curveball and ordered the Salmon (!) BLT. He inquired with our server about it, and she noted it was really quite good. She even said that, since he’s kind of picky about cooked salmon, that if he didn’t like it, he could change it out for something else.
The sandwich is served on a crusty French Roll with Arugula, Vine-ripened Tomatoes, Bacon, Red Onion, and Chili-Chive Aioli. With a side choice of Cucumber Salad or French Fries, Matt stuck with the latter. (We knew from past experience that the Cucumber Salad is pretty bland, but that may have changed as it’s been a while.)
Surprisingly, Matt really did enjoy this sandwich. He had nothing to lose in ordering it, and it was better than he expected. The salmon wasn’t dried out nor was it overly fishy, and was complemented by all the other elements of the sandwich. I tried a bite and, while I wouldn’t order it myself, I didn’t regret it (I think all the other sandwich toppings helped to mask the salmon a bit for me). Going into this order knowing Sci-Fi’s food reputation for not exactly being the greatest, it was a pleasant surprise.
I ordered something we’ve both wanted to try for some time, The Famous All American Picnic Burger. The Flame-broiled Angus Burger Patty is topped with a Grilled Hot Dog, Sauerkraut, and Sauteed Onions, and “crowned” with a Pickle Spear. I too got mine with fries.
This sandwich is pure American gluttony at its finest. Actually, execution wasn’t that great, and I really would have liked more sauerkraut as there was hardly any on there. And some condiments, because otherwise it was just a meat-bomb once I nixed the bun after a bite (low-carb until the end of January; I picked at two or three fries). Some good notes were that the burger wasn’t dried out despite its gray appearance, and the hot dog didn’t seem to be one of the icky chicken ones they serve elsewhere in the parks. The char added some flavor to what would otherwise be quite bland. If I was in the mood for a burger, I’d go with the Build-Your-Own Angus Chuck Burger.
Here’s a look at the menus (click for larger):
Even though the food isn’t be the best on property, or even in Hollywood Studios, we are more than happy to visit for the entertainment and cheesy ambiance of the restaurant. Our server was attentive and accommodating, and we left pleased by the overall experience. If you’re looking for awesome food, your money will be spent better elsewhere, but if you are hungry for a lunch or dinner that’s unlike others on property, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is definitely worth a look.