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Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios
When the Brown Derby restaurant was first established in Hollywood,in the 1920s, it was the restaurant of choice of the movie and entertainment industry. The film stars made it their second home, and to have a booth reserved for you was a sure sign that you were one of the very top people. Many celebrities had their caricatures on the walls of the restaurant in ‘Derby’s Hall of Fame’, which was started in 1929, and is still added to today. The restaurant was known as a place for fine food, glamorous company and good times and it was at Brown Derby that Clark Gable proposed to Carole Lombard.
The Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios is continuing with these fine traditions and a meal there is a fantastic occasion, as you dine, and are treated like, a celebrity. The elegant interior is designed with mahogany and teak, the seats are luxurious, there is a crystal chandelier and the service is second to none.
It is a busy and popular eating place and it is a good idea to reserve a table in advance, but, if you turn up without a reservation you can give your name at the desk and you will be given a bleeper which will inform you when there is a table available for you. This means you do not have to sit in the reception area, but can go back out into the park and see a few more things, or do some shopping, while you are waiting. Of course, you may be glad of the opportunity just to sit in the air-conditioned comfort of their waiting area, and cool down a bit.
When you have taken your seat at the table you will be looked after very attentively by well dressed waiters and waitresses. The menu (lunch or dinner) is not huge, but it is varied and all the dishes on offer are excellent and, of course, have generous portions. As an appetiser you could choose, for example from Crab Cakes, Gaspacho Soup or Seared Sea Scallop, then for your Entrée perhaps you would like Roast Pork Tenderloin, Pistachio and Mint Crusted Rack of Lamb or Tanglewood Farms Rotisserie Half Chicken. Perhaps you would rather have a salad, so why not try Brown Derby’s famous Cobb Salad. This salad was invented in the 1930s by the owner, Robert Cobb, who raided the refrigerator one night to make a midnight snack for the theatre magnate, Sid Grauman. A Brown Derby Cobb salad contains turkey, egg, bacon, greens, blue cheese, tomatoes, avocado, chives and dressing. It is not a small salad – you need to have a good appetite to be able to finish it!
The desserts are magnificent and you will have a hard time choosing between Happiest Celebration on Earth (involving chocolate orange and pinot noir), Double Vanilla Crème Brulee or possibly White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Praline Cheesecake!!
The menus change on a regular basis, so the dishes I have mentioned here may not always be available, but they give a very good indication of the style of the cuisine.
If you have a special occasion to celebrate while you are at the Theme Parks then I would highly recommend that you book at table at Hollywood’s Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios.
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