Magic Time Machine, located on Beltline and Addison Rd is a restaurant designed for kids, and kids at heart. Each section has its own special theme accompanied by a special waiter/waitress dressed as some of your families’ favorite characters. When walking into the restaurant, its filled with energy and excitement as you watch happy kids leave the restaurant with balloon animals, swords, hats, caricatures and an autograph book (signed by Magic Time Machine’s famous server of course).
My visit to Magic Time Machine however, was a highly disappointing one as I had read so many reviews about how awesome the atmosphere was, and about how much fun my child would have here that I didn’t expect it to go so… well, horribly!
After waiting merely 15 minutes on a Saturday night, we were escorted to the Christmas section and told that our waiter would be Shaggy. I was not at all impressed by the restaurants’ décor as it looked as if someone had gone dumpster diving for the furnishings. The air had a strong mildew-y stench which obviously came from the old stinky rotting furniture,carpets, and random cloth Santas . Although reluctant, I sat down at my table with the gross velvety fabric chairs from someone’s dead Aunt Patty’s attic and waited. When our waiter Shaggy finally came, I suppose he looked like Shaggy. He did have on brown pants and a green shirt, and he even attempted to do the high pitched “Shaggy voice” which was pretty funny since it was so bad. What bothered me more than that terrible voice, was that his costume. It just lacked the imagination I was expecting, and now that I think about it I suppose my expectations were just a bit too high. I read reviews and was expecting a Disney-like experience with the servers in full costume, people getting into their character, chirping birds… maybe not chirping birds— but, to see a pair of brown pants and a green shirt was so anti-climatic. The others weren’t much better. There was a Lilo from Lilo and Stitch with a red skirt , white t-shirt and stitch purse, a tired looking Tinkerbell, a fat Robin from Batman and Robin…you get my point.
Anyway, after putting in our order (fried shrimp for me, herb smoked chicken for my husband, and chicken tenders for the little one) we were told to follow our Shaggy to the salad bar where we were subsequently assault by the heavy duty fan they had facing the salad bar…perhaps to keep the lettuce cool?
Situated in a 1950’s something or other automobile, the salad bar was very limited, but I was excited to try the homemade cheddar cheese croutons since I loooovvvvveeee croutons. But, of course I was disappointed! The croutons tasted like they had absorbed and transformed into what that room would taste like if it were a food; they were soft, and had a really awful flavor to them, just— no bueno.
Food comes, and my shrimp are so dry I have to drown them in cocktail sauce, my husband’s herb chicken was so disgusting that even he, a person who will eat just about anything, couldn’t eat it. And, my daughter was smart— she just threw hers on the floor. While I found the food to be absolutely gross, and wholly overpriced might I add, I must say that the dinner bread was actually quite tasty (don’t quote me on this one as I was pretty hungry, and it was edible).
While I won’t say never ever ever ever take your children, friends or family to this place… I will say, do not believe the reviews that tell you the subpar, overpriced food is worth it because the servers really give you a show, because they don’t. Magic Time machine is your great grandmother’s dark dank attic… with food. On the plus side however, you’ll never appreciate fresh air more! Thumbs up for that!!!