The Magic Time Machine in Addison

The Magic Time Machine is a really fun restaurant with such an unusual ambience that it is really more than just a place to go for dinner. It's more of a dining "experience" that's fun for kids and adults as well.

We went on Saturday night and had about a 30-45 minute wait, which the hostess said was rather short for a Saturday night. There were some chairs in the lobby where we could wait but if you actually want to enjoy waiting for your table then you've got to venture upstairs.

There we found a game room, a psychic who gave tarot card and handprint readings, a live magic show, and a caricature artist.

Wow! That's pretty impressive to us since the most exciting time we ever had waiting for a table involved being able to throw empty peanut shells on the floor.

We got the call that our table was ready and we were amazed as we walked through the restaurant. Nicholas loved seeing the school bus coming out of the wall. There was actually at least one other school bus in the restaurant and people were sitting at a table in it enjoying their dinner!

There were dining tables in little wooden huts, lunch boxes, a box of crayons, and a carousel, just to name a few. My curious son had to peek in to every little window at an interesting table. Poor people trying to eat!

It was so fun just to peek around each corner because we never knew what we would see next!

We were seated on the Pirate's deck and our waitress was wearing an Ariel know, Ariel as in the Walt Disney mermaid.

While we looked over the menu, we couldn't help but people watch...or really just waiter watch. We saw waiters walk by dressed as G.I.Joe, Captain Jack Sparrow, Alice in Wonderland, the Tooth Fairy, and Mario from the Mario Brothers game. Many of them stopped by our table to visit with us and sign the Magic Time Machine autograph books that the kids were given with their menus.

Everyone was silly and joking around. How can you not have fun in a place like this? My favorite was the overhead announcement, "Would the customer with the red Mercedes, license plate 342DJO please come to the front desk. Your car is on, just joking. It's about to rain and your windows are down!"

All meals, even the kids meals, come with unlimited trips to the salad bar...I mean the salad CAR! Ha ha ha!

The menu has lots of great offerings for kids and adults. The kids were most excited about the Bubbly Magic Time Machine Potion which come to the table bubbling and smoking with their choice of colors - red, yellow, green, blue, or "ugly"!

The kids meals were a bit pricey at $7.99 but they had generous portions and the inflated costs were well-made up for with the entertainment from the staff that stopped by our table.

I had the shrimp scampi for dinner. It was well-flavored and full of big shrimp and more reasonably priced for what you get.

The food was great but obviously the atmosphere is the real reason to go to Magic Time Machine. You just can't have such an unusual dinner experience anywhere else.

And Rachel just lit up when Cinderella came over to get her picture taken with her.

Nicholas got a picture with G.I. Joe. They were quite a team as Joe gave Nicholas a water gun and kept the grenade for himself.

And of course, we had to get the kids some of the cool balloon animals. Nicholas got a leopard and a rocket so of course the leopard had to ride IN the rocket.

We had so much fun at the Magic Time Machine restaurant.

But I've got to warn you, don't ask anyone that works there for directions to the restroom. If you do, they just might announce to everyone that you have an itty bitty bladder or clap for you when you return to your seat.

The Magic Time Machine Resaurant is located on Beltline Road near the North Dallas Tollway. Their address is 5003 Beltline Road in Addison. For more information, please call them at 972-980-1903 or visit the Magic Time Machine website.

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