The Boston (Quarantine) Dinner & A Movie Guide

Where to order from, and what to watch: We pick some of our favorite spots, and pair a movie with them.

Dinner and a movie is a timeless combination. And while you can’t exactly leave your house at the moment, you don’t really have to - there’s plenty to watch at home, and even more to order for delivery or takeout (how’s that for optimism?). So we’re here to make sure you’re doing dinner and a movie right. Below, you’ll find our picks for great delivery, and which movie you should pair it with - 15 combinations to keep your quarantine nights feeling fun, and hopefully, just a bit more normal.

The Spots

Movie Pairing:Parasite (Hulu)

Parasite is about a lot of things: class, ambition, economic anxiety, and moral relativism, just to scratch the surface. But it’s also about how much fun it is to eat in other people’s houses. This is particularly true when you’re house-sitting, and you can pretend to be the type of person who lives in a masterpiece of modern architecture, or, at the very least, buys higher quality toilet paper. Bondir has long been one of our favorite ‘feels like someone’s living room’ restaurants in Boston, thanks mostly to its small size and homey fireplace. And while you obviously can’t go there right now, take this opportunity to mentally house-sit for a night. Order up some really well-made farm-to-table type stuff, like sorghum-roasted celeriac, rearrange your furniture so you’re not staring at the same faded Ikea chair for the 29th day in a row, and pretend to be somewhere else. Just don’t go in the basement.” - DS

Movie Pairing:Little Women (Amazon)

“With Greta Gerwig at the helm, it was inevitable that Little Women would never be a simple tale - I thought the juxtaposition of Jo Marsh and Louisa May Alcott was pure genius. Back in the day, the Alcotts lived off their land, raising chickens, tending to apple trees, and pickling vegetables. That’s why farm-to-table spot Forage is the perfect takeout pairing for this stunning film, with things like wild watercress salad and roasted chicken with dandelion sauce on the menu. Of course, they have great desserts like herbed brioche bread pudding as well. The menu does change weekly, so be sure to check their website for more information. Call the restaurant at (617) 576-5444 to place an order - they’re open from 4-8pm, Tues-Sat.” - JA

Movie Pairing:Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse (Netflix)

Into The Spider Verse is easily the best Spider-Man movie to date (sorry, whiny Tom Holland and emo Tobey Maguire). Part of what makes it so great is its willingness to both embrace and mock its historical roots (not sorry, Tobey). That’s also why Sarma is one of my favorite spots. Good things, like fried chicken, are made even better with the addition of a tahini remoulade. And not so good things, like egg salad (I know I’m not alone in this), are actually enjoyable thanks to the addition of black truffles and pine nuts. The menu changes daily, so follow along on Instagram for updates.” - JA

Movie Pairing:Jaws (Amazon)

“What we need in movies right now is pure escapism, a breezy two hours spent in a cinematic universe that doesn’t constantly make us anxious about our daily existence. That’s why we recommend Jaws. This movie, about an inhuman killing machine that terrorizes a small New England island in part because local politicians prioritize the economy over the safety and well-being of the general population, has absolutely no relevance today… right? Pair it with some classic New England seafood from Summer Shack and spend the night thinking of better times.” - DS

Movie Pairing:Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)

“You can tell that Eddie Murphy had a lot of fun filming this movie - he’s grinning from ear to ear in basically every scene. It’s hard not to in an epic comeback featuring amazing suits, a recreation of one of the worst fight scenes in history, and the Grammy-worthy hit “Ring A Ling A Dong.” The last time I remember feeling similar joy was at La Morra, the Italian spot in Brookline. Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time wondering why people love Italian food so much, and I think I finally got a small glimpse here between the outstanding cichetti, salads, and pastas. They’re open for takeout every night from 5-7:30pm.” - JA

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Movie Pairing:The Farewell (Amazon)

“My days are blurring together like the drinking-game scene in The Farewell, even before any alcohol is involved. The one thing that I am definitely missing right now is meals with my family, which always entail way too much Chinese food atop Lazy Susan tables. In the meantime, I’ve been turning to Dumpling Kingdom in Allston for some semblance of familial connection. They’ve got a large variety of steamed and fried dumplings, whole fish, and mapo tofu all available for takeout and delivery. In case you’re wondering, I tried to double my record player as a Lazy Susan, but that didn’t work out so well.” - JA

Movie Pairing:Zootopia (Disney+)

“I didn’t think I had much in common with animated animals, but the RMV sloths and clothing-optional giraffes in Zootopia uncannily reflect my work and life moods right now. And I won’t even get into all the donuts, ice-cream, and cereal they eat. One of the little known facts about the movie, though, is that fish and insects are the main sources of protein in this post-predator-prey world. That makes no logical sense (shouldn’t they all be vegetarian?), and while I’m not turning to insects as food quite yet, I am getting seafood-centric takeout from Casa Portugal. I particularly enjoy their Bacalhau Assado and Camarão Grelhado, but it’s hard to go wrong with anything here. Call them at (617) 491-8880 between 12-6pm, Wed-Sun, to place an order so you too can eat protein in the “Mystic Spring Oasis” that is your home.” - JA

Movie Pairing:Jurassic Park (Hulu)

“Generally speaking, it’s pretty great being on top of the food chain and being able to eat whatever we want (though there are some animals that are probably only legal to eat on a Russian oligarch’s private island in the South Pacific). But having ground the global economy to a halt and forced us to grow more hair as a species than we’ve had since 1972, this period is showing us that we humans aren’t quite as all-powerful as we think. For a timely reminder of the natural world’s ability to overcome the hubris of man, give Jurassic Park a rewatch, and then give the rest of the food chain a break by ordering from Red Lentil. Everything on the menu here is plant-based - order something the brachiosaurus might enjoy, like chimichurri seitan with chanterelle mushrooms .” - DS

Movie Pairing:Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Hulu)

“I might not be living in 18th century France, or wearing a patriarchial torture device disguised as a piece of clothing, but boy do I sympathize with Marianne and Héloïse right now. That deep longing for life to be different is painfully palpable in both characters, particularly in the final minutes. Needless to say, I feel that same longing as well. For some semblance of normalcy, I’m turning to Bronwyn in Somerville, a spot I used to frequent often for sausage platters, tasty apple cake, and, of course, large pints of beer. It reminds me of warm summer patio days, both here in Boston and with my family in Europe, which is just the type of nostalgia I need at the moment. They’re open Wed-Sun, 5:30-8pm, with delivery available through Uber Eats.” - JA

Movie Pairing:If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)

“There’s only one thing worse than Green Book winning the Oscar for Best Picture, and that’s the fact that it won the same year that If Beale Street Could Talk came out. I’m still pretty mad about it, and if I think about it long enough, I have to eat something really comforting. The goat curry from Only One Jamaican, a counter-service spot in Dorchester, usually does the trick. It’s spicy, flavorful, has a good amount of meat, and goes really well with rice and peas. Oh, and about the movie - I definitely want a director’s cut where Regina King utilizes her Watchmen powers to bring some justice, both to the racist cop and the Academy’s voting body.” - JA

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Movie Pairing:Pulp Fiction (Hulu)

“In a world where time has lost all meaning, why not watch a movie with a nonlinear narrative in which the final scene actually takes place before a good 30% of the rest of the movie? The only problem is, you won’t be able to watch the scene where Jules downs a Big Kahuna burger and washes it down with a tasty beverage without wanting a burger yourself. And while Tasty Burger (which was actually named after the scene) is closed, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese in Allston is open for pickup and delivery. The double cheeseburger with Roxy’s sauce is almost as ethereally beautiful as whatever was in the briefcase, too.” - DS

Movie Pairing:Julie & Julia (Netflix)

“When I’m not writing about food, there’s a good chance I’m in the kitchen channeling my inner Julia Child. Admittedly, I’m no Meryl Streep, and sometimes after a long week at work, the last thing I want to do is stand over the stove and bathe chicken thighs in butter. That’s when I’ll get the family meal from Juliet, the kind-of-French spot in Union Square that feels like a cross between Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and that feeling I get when I see a bernedoodle. The menu changes weekly, but has included things like pan-seared hake and crudites with cloumage (a spreadable curd cheese). Orders must be placed online between 2-5:30pm on the desired pick-up day.” - JA

Movie Pairing:Hell Or High Water (Amazon)

“There’s a lot of thought-provoking dark humor about racism, capitalism, family, and medium-rare steaks in Hell Or High Water. This modern Western moves along at a calm and contemplative pace - which also happens to be both the way Jeff Bridges likes to talk and I like to consume food from Tawakal Cafe. This Somali spot in East Boston has perfectly crispy sambusas, great sandwiches, and my personal favorite - the coconut milk grits with chickpeas and spinach. Each bite is as satisfying as the ending of this movie, which - spoiler alert - involves White Russians and bathrobes. Or maybe I’m getting my movies mixed up. Place your delivery order through Uber Eats.” - JA

Movie Pairing:Knives Out (Amazon)

“The world swooned when Chris Evans wore a spandex superhero suit, then it swooned again when he wore a crisp, cable-knit sweater. Personally, I was more impressed with the scarf that enters the film at the hour mark, but no one’s paying me for my fashion opinions. Anyway, without spoiling too much, I really liked that coffee was used as part of the story’s redemptive arc because, well, I like coffee. When I get tired of bad home brew and need a real espresso drink, I’m grabbing takeout from the South End location of Cuppa Coffee, which is open 7am-1pm daily. They also have some meat pies and sausage rolls as well, which deserve an Ant-Man salute more than Evans’ glutes.” - JA

Movie Pairing: Literally Any Bond Movie (Probably Like Five Different Channels At This Very Moment)

“The best part of any Bond movie isn’t the car chase, the climactic shoot-out, or the laughably complicated weaponry. No, the best part is the veranda scene. This is the part (usually about a third of the way through the movie) where Bond and an associate meet on a marble veranda, sip alcohol served in proper glassware, and discuss a conspiracy to control the world’s supply of diamonds (or PPE). Those verandas with their flowering vines and British tax-payer-funded cheese plates are great, and to get a taste of that life without having to survive a fall from a Turkish railway bridge, give Coppa a call. They’re selling pure Euro refinement in the form of charcuterie, pasta, and Italian sparkling wine, available either for takeout or delivery every night.” - DS

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