7 Different Ways To Do Dinner & A Movie DiningIn Style
Movies and food…
The two go hand-in-hand like a big, fat bag of buttery popcorn and a late-night trip to the local poorly projected multiplex. One of the many problems with this metaphor is the simple fact that when you see a movie at a multiplex, chances are the food you’re being served (or are force-feeding yourself) isn’t nearly as healthy, nutritious, and most importantly delicious as the cuisine that everyday Joe and Joan are eating onscreen.
I don’t know about you, but there truly isn’t any other combination out there, to me, that’s as good as a great movie with a side of some great food that comes directly from that movie. It’s almost like eating a hot dog at a baseball game except, well, you’re at home, in your own vicinity, with the power to do whatever you feel the need to do without facing the consequences you would have faced had you done that action in public. You can get food on your face, forget about table manners, and potentially eat while lying down. Even better, you’re not just limited to eating a hot dog.
Therefore, I’ve prepared this list for all of you wonderful foodies so that whether you’re in Boston, Chicago, Dallas or Philadelphia, you’re able to pair up one of your favorite movies with a delectable dish from one of your favorite restaurants that we can bring to your door!
BREAKFAST: “Pulp Fiction”
If you can find a better diner conversation over pancakes and bacon within a movie, go find director Quentin Tarantino and tell him yourself.
BOSTON: Zaftig’s Delicatessen, Trident Booksellers & Café
CHICAGO: Yolk, Breakfast House
DALLAS: Dream Café, The Egg & I, Neuhaus Café
SUSHI: “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi”
Of all of the pairings, this was by far the easiest one – a documentary that idolizes the art of crafting and serving sushi. It's an amazing look at the desire and passion of a masterful, world-renown chef.
BOSTON: Douzo, Haru, Sushi Man, Super Fusion
CHICAGO: Japonais, Union Sushi, I Love Sushi, Yuki Hana
DALLAS: Deep Sushi, Hypnotic Sushi
PHILADELPHIA: Pod, Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge, Uzu Sushi, Zento
PIZZA: “Do The Right Thing”
Ever been to Sal’s Pizza? Not to the original, you haven’t! Sal’s Pizza joint is the centerpiece of one of the most iconic American cultural movies of all time in “Do The Right Thing.” (Option #2: “Saturday Night Fever” - Because nobody looks funnier eating a slice of pizza than John Travolta).
BOSTON: Regina Pizzeria, Ernesto’s
CHICAGO: Uno’s, Gino’s East
DALLAS: Bacci’s Pizza & Pasta, California Pizza Kitchen
PHILADELPHIA: Paulie’s Pizza, Jake’s Pizza, Zio’s
CAKES: “Marie Antoinette”
When Marie Antoinette was told that her French subjects had no bread, her response was, “Let them eat cake!” Therefore, because of her obvious obliviousness and obnoxiousness, Sofia Coppola’s movie about Marie Antoinette titled “Marie Antoinette” is the crystal clear choice for something to watch while eating hoards of cake.
BOSTON: Lyndell’s, Modern Pastry
DALLAS: In The Mix
PHILADELPHIA: Swiss Haus Bakery
TEX-MEX: “Death Proof”
Upon first glance, it may seem like with this movie Tarantino is trying to make the images of Stuntman Mike forcing nachos into his mouth seem like something a bit more on the disgusting side, but that’s just how Tex-Mex food is. If you’re not ready to make a mess, you’re not ready to consume good food - that's the Golden Rule.
BOSTON: Sunset Cantina, Zuma Tex-Mex, El Paso Enchiladas
CHICAGO: Uncle Julio’s
DALLAS: Abuelo's, Chuy’s, and MANY MORE (see full list here)
PHILADELPHIA: Mexican Post Express
ITALIAN FEAST: "Goodfellas”
Having seen Scorsese’s classic probably over 200 times from start-to-finish in my life, I can truly say that every time it gets to the scene where the wiseguys enjoy their Italian feast in their jail cell, I get really, really hungry. “I felt he used too many onions, but it was still a very good sauce" - Henry Hill
BOSTON: Davio's, Chateau, Maggiano's, Antonio’s
CHICAGO: Maggiano’s, scoozi!, Carmine's, Tocco
DALLAS: Patrizio, Maggiano’s, Taverna
PHILADELPHIA: Maggiano’s, Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, Gnocchi
CHINESE TAKE-OUT: "The Godfather”
The most memorable scene involving food within Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” is a very tense moment following the shooting of Don Corleone where the Corleone brothers enjoy Chinese take-out for dinner in their dining room. That dining room isn’t normally used to eat Chinese take-out – it is used to showcase grandiose Italian dinners where there’s enough food to feed five times as many people that are there.
BOSTON: New Jumbo Seafood, Changsho, Absolutely Asia, Royal East
CHICAGO: Hong Kong Chef, Wow Bao, Big Bowl
DALLAS: P.F. Chang’s, Jasmine, May Dragon
PHILADELPHIA: Sang Kee Peking Duck House, Spice 28