A few weeks ago, I was able to get a media sneak peek and food preview of Cars Land.
While we were there, every single attendee was in awe of its landscape, then we were blown away even more when we were led into Flo’s V8 Cafe for a tasting!
At that time, no photos were allowed. But, guess what? After 5 years, the time has come, the walls are down, and Flo’s is open for business!
Flo’s V8 Cafe was modeled after a Route 66 stop called Midpoint Cafe in Midpoint, Texas.
And the backstory in Cars Land is that Flo’s caters to the growing number of Route 66 visitors and race fans coming to Radiator Springs, with a “showroom” dining area that overlooks the Radiator Springs Racers attraction. This is one of the amazing views…
The minute you walk into Flo’s, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. To me, it felt like the scene in Back to the Future when Marty enters the soda fountain to find his dad, George McFly sitting there.
You’re in complete awe of the music, the colors, the decor; everything. Flo’s is, in fact, so gorgeous that they have a Photo Pass photographer set up with a tripod out front to take pictures of people in front of the restaurant!
Here’s some of the fun outside “decor” that makes Flo’s so much fun to explore.
The cool thing? It’s just as amazing inside as it is outside.
When you first walk in, you will notice the color changing light fixture on the ceiling, cleverly made out of tail pipes. The fancy “mood” lighting was so pretty that I couldn’t control myself and had to take several different photos of the different colors.
OK, enough time with the lights, moving on.
Seating and Dining Rooms
The cafe also is home to Flo’s personal memorabilia, collected during her glamorous career as a singer with the Motorama Girls. Half of the restaurant (the side that faces Radiator Springs Racers) is decorated with Flo’s goodies, while the other half of the restaurant (the side that faces the Cozy Cone Motel) features a Repair Shop theme.
On the opposite side of the restaurant you will find another large dining room. This one features the repair theme that I mentioned. I love the decor in this area too. So many fun details.
OH? You wanted to see food in this review? You got it!
Since I was very lucky to get some preview taste testing done a few weeks ago, I won’t go into too much detail about taste here — we’ll focus more on showing you the photos! Head over to our Flo’s V-8 Cafe Tasting Review here to get the full-blown food review!
Now, I was here during dinner time; there is also a full breakfast menu, which we will review in the near future. When you’re ready for food, you feed into one of three “lanes” to place your order.
The menus are posted above, but the lighting is so funky in there that I prefer to look at one of their pretty paper menus!
Since there are display cases in front of each one of the “lanes” that feature Flo’s “Pie-o-Ramas,” we’ll start with dessert first!
The history of these “ugly-crust” pies is actually quite interesting, and you can read all about it here!
The flavors are Apple Cheddar and Chocolate Mud Pie, which are offered daily. Blueberry Peach and Strawberry Rhubarb are rotating flavors. I also heard a rumor about cherry pie!
Now that you’ve had your fill of dessert, let’s check out the entrees! Please note that we were recently alerted to the fact that peanuts are an ingredient in the signature Coca Cola BBQ sauce used here at Flo’s. The sauce is delish, but if you or a member of your party has a peanut allergy, please be aware — as of now there is no signage to alert you.
With each adult entree, you get a choice of two sides: mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, roasted corn medley, “radiator” pasta salad, cole slaw, and vegetarian baked beans.
Here’s the Pork Loin with that yummy Coca Cola BBQ Sauce, served with vegetarian baked beans and mashed potatoes.
The Turkey Breast with peas and carrots, and mashed potatoes.
The New York Strip Loin with roasted corn medley and cole slaw.
And here’s the kids’ mac and cheese meal, served with plenty of fruit and veggies!
I can promise you, the food here is comfort food to the max, and it’s very tasty. It’s a great pit stop when you’re in Cars Land!
Night Time at Flo’s
And because I am totally obsessed with the neon lights in Cars Land, here’s a little tour of Flo’s V8 Cafe at night! I also had to take a photo of the adorable cast members at the front door. Their costumes are just great!
I am in love with Flo’s V8 Cafe. The food is great and the atmosphere is amazing. In fact the outdoor patio seating might be one of my new favorite places to dine. A view of Ornament Valley and Radiator Springs Racers while eating some Ugly Crust Pie? Heaven.
Will you be heading to Flo’s when you visit Cars Land? Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner? It’s a tough call if you ask me!