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The Seattle (Quarantine) Dinner & A Movie Guide

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

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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. 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 classic movie you should pair it with. We’ll be updating regularly, but for now, here are 11 combinations to keep your quarantine nights feeling fun, and hopefully, just a bit more normal.

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Taurus Ox

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$$$$ 1523 E Madison St

Movie Pairing: Camp (Prime)

“Around ten years before Pitch Perfect ruined the reputation of collegiate a cappella (riff-offs are not a thing), Anna Kendrick got her start in Camp, a film that provides a marginally more realistic look into a world I’m also quite familiar with: theatre camp. If you, too, were a drama nerd in 2003, this movie was your bible, and if you weren’t, you probably had no idea it existed. Every time this ragtag group of absolute weirdos open their mouths to sing, the sound that comes out just makes your whole soul feel good. Which is why I’d replicate that feeling with a huge spread from Taurus Ox. Just like the cast, this Laotian counter on Capitol Hill isn’t afraid to be colorful and a little bit funky, with dishes like beef jerky and sticky rice, pad Lao topped with pickled radishes and crispy chicken cracklins, and an incredible double smashburger with provolone to bring you back to your childhood summers.” - Aimee

Dough Zone Dumpling House

$$$$ 504 5th Ave S Ste 109

Movie Pairing: Vertigo (Prime)

“In Vertigo, Jimmy Stewart plays a sad, broken, and slightly creepy man, sort of like if his character from It’s A Wonderful Life lost his bank, got divorced, and decided to start over in San Francisco. This is a tough movie to summarize, but just know that it’s about a man who falls in love with a woman who looks like this one person he used to know (who thought she was possessed by her great grandmother). Sort of. I glossed over a few things. It’s a long, complicated story, and you’re going to want to continuously fill your mouth with small bites of food while you try to figure out what’s going on. Get a bunch of dumplings, wontons, pork buns, and pancake rolls from Dough Zone.” - Bryan

Ezell's Famous Chicken

$$$$ 501 23rd Ave

Movie Pairing: Men In Black 1, 2, & 3 (Prime)

“I don’t know how many times I’ve seen all three Men In Black movies (I refuse to acknowledge MIB International), but I never get sick of them. They’re some of the best buddy cop movies ever made, except that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones aren’t policemen really - they work for a highly-funded, yet unofficial government agency that monitors extraterrestrial life on Earth. Similarly, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve eaten Ezell’s spicy fried chicken. For me, there’s nothing better than going to town on a pound of tenders and some freshly-baked rolls while watching a Men In Black movie. Even if Will Smith neuralyzed me (which WOW what an honor!), I’m convinced I’d somehow find my way back to Ezell’s - erased memory and all.” - Carlo

Vendemmia

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PastaItalian  in  Madrona
$$$$ 1126 34th Ave

Movie Pairing: Tampopo (Youtube)

“The last movie that made me laugh - like really, really laugh, was Tampopo - a Japanese parody on the American Western. On the surface, it’s about a cook who tries to perfect her ramen recipe, but really it’s about death, sex, and food - and it’s hilarious. One chef apologizes to the pork in his bowl, another trains like Rocky to find her strength behind the ramen counter. But I live for the ‘spaghetti scene.’ To know what I’m talking about, order yourself a plate of spicy spaghetti from Vendemmia, queue up the movie, and get ready to slurp along with a table full of women who have never had spaghetti before.” - Arden

Cafe Con Leche

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SandwichesCuban  in  SoDo
$$$$ 2901 1st Ave S

Movie Pairing: Chef (Prime)

“Surprise, surprise. A food writer recommending Chef. I understand that the ‘cool thing’ now is to groan at all 115 minutes of Hollywood actors feigning fake passion for food, but it deserves a watch because we’re all missing restaurants right now - and at least it’s not Burnt. If this movie opened my eyes to one thing (aside from spaghetti aglio e olio’s ultimate sex appeal), it’s that Cubanos are the perfect sandwich. Unfortunately, Seattle is the farthest major city from Miami in the contiguous United States. But when all you want is a classic pressed mess of ham, roasted pork, melty swiss, pickles, and yellow mustard, nothing but Cafe Con Leche will do. I like getting a side of fries and some of their cilantro-y green sauce for dipping, too - it makes for a perfect spread while watching Jon Favreau completely rip a snooty restaurant critic (that’s not me) a new one.” - Aimee

Homer

$$$$ 3013 Beacon Ave S

Movie Pairing: Kramer vs. Kramer (Prime)

“In Kramer vs. Kramer, Dustin Hoffman’s wife (played by a 30-year-old Meryl Streep) leaves him to raise their child by himself. And, at first, he’s pretty terrible at it. Which is to say, this is a deeply relatable film. (I, personally, don’t have any children, but I imagine I’d be a pretty poor father.) During one memorable scene, Dustin Hoffman’s son tries (unsuccessfully) to eat ice cream for dinner - and that’s where Homer comes in. In addition to wine, pantry items, and takeout meals, this Beacon Hill restaurant is also selling their soft-serve to go. You need this, because A) it’s amazing (the current flavors are matcha and vegan salt roasted banana), and B) there is, most likely, no one at your house who’s going to stop you from eating soft serve for dinner.” - Bryan

DeLaurenti Food & Wine

$$$$ 1435 1st Ave

Movie Pairing: Goodfellas (Netflix)

“The best part of Goodfellas (besides when Joe Pesci starts yelling at people) is the prison scene. We’ve got Paulie slicing garlic with a razor blade, Vinnie throwing too many onions in the sauce, and Henry coming in with a bag of the good stuff - bread, peppers and onions, salami, prosciutto, cheese, and red wine. Placing a DeLaurenti order feels like the equivalent of Henry bribing the guards to let him smuggle in a bunch of Italian specialties, except you don’t need to participate in organized crime to get the goods - all you need to do is go to their website. You can even get their charcuterie plates, cheeses, tons of pantry staples, and wine delivered on the same day, which is a luxury even those wiseguys don’t have.” - Carlo

Deru Market

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$$$$ 723 9th Ave Ste D

Movie Pairing: Maltilda (Prime)

“We all remember the first time we watched this Roald Dahl adaptation and wished desperately for psychokinetic abilities - and even more desperately for Miss Honey to be our teacher. But the most iconic moment has to be when Trunchbull forces Bruce to eat an entire chocolate cake that’s the size of a manhole cover. Call me crazy for saying this, but even though that scene is meant to ruin chocolate cake, it kinda makes me want a big slice of it. Is that bad? Deru’s version with layers of salted peanut butter frosting is just as decadent as you’d imagine frail old Cookie’s creation would be in real life. Order a big piece (along with some wood-fired pizzas and rosemary pecorino fries), and enjoy some of Danny DeVito’s best work. And because it’s impossible not to also associate Matilda with baby carrots flying around, you better add Deru’s incredible farm salad with roasted carrots, feta, herbs, and pepitas.” - Aimee

Korean Bamboo

$$$$ 2236 3rd Ave

Movie Pairing: Enter the Dragon (Prime)

“Back in the 90s, when VHS was still a thing, I used to go to Blockbuster and rent Bruce Lee movies. Sorry, that was misleading. My father would rent them for me. I was far too young to use money or negotiate the rental of films featuring excessive violence. Anyway, Enter The Dragon was always a favorite, and we’d pretty much always eat some Korean food before we watched it, because, um, we’re Korean. So while you watch Bruce Lee travel to an island fortress and participate in a deadly martial arts tournament, it’s important to me that you order from Korean Bamboo in Belltown. My sister and I eat there every time I’m home, and I strongly suggest their bulgogi, tofu soup, and jajangmyeon. (I live in New York now, by the way.)” - Bryan

Un Bien

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$$$$ 6226 Seaview Ave NW

Movie Pairing: Bad Education (HBO)

“I don’t know about you, but I could watch Alison Janney read a phone book. But in the case of Bad Education, we get to watch her siphon off $11 million from the Long Island public school system, and feed Hugh Jackman a sandwich on some high school bleachers. Stream it on HBO, order a roast pork sandwich from Un Bien, and feed your quarantine buddy the perfect synergy of bread-crunch, juicy meat, and aioli while this true story of the largest public school embezzlement in history unfolds.” - Arden

Ristorante Machiavelli

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$$$$ 1215 Pine St

Movie Pairing: Hitch (Netflix)

“If you can tell anything about me by my captions in this guide, it’s that I’m super Italian and really like Will Smith movies. Which is why Machiavelli and Hitch are both guilty pleasures for me. Hitch is basically your everyday rom-com, and it’s no The Pursuit Of Happiness, but dammit, I love watching Will Smith sing Earth, Wind & Fire as he’s drinking cough syrup like a juice box. Similarly, even though Machiavelli’s carbonara includes bacon, garlic, and chiles (which my extremely Italian family would disapprove of), it’s still a delicious plate of pasta you can get for under $20. I would happily order this pasta for takeout any day of the week - even if doing so would get me uninvited from my Uncle Gino’s yearly Feast of the Seven Fishes.” - Carlo

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