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What to Eat with An Oscar Nominated Film: A Dinner and a Movie Recap

Spicy jambalaya and a spicy revenge flick.
Spicy jambalaya and a spicy revenge flick.

If you're still hustling to get all of the Best Picture nominees watched before the Oscars on February 24, don't starve yourself doing it. We've been pairing up dinner and movies just so you'd be ready for Oscar season. While we didn't hit all of the nominees, we got most of them and have ideas for those that we didn't try already. If you can contain yourself at the concession stand, there are plenty of tasty meals to go along with your movie outings.

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What to Eat with An Oscar Nominated Film: A Dinner and a Movie Recap
Heather Hoch

Django Unchained and Dinner at Baby Kay's

One of the only things we had in common with the horribly villainous Calvin Candie is our love of the French, but since we did French food last week, we decided to go Franco American down to the Bayou for some Cajun cookin' at Baby Kay's. The Cajun staple in the Town and Country shopping center has been a favorite of ours for years for their tasty gumbo and sides.

 

Nothing beats a case of the miserables better than Scratch.
Nothing beats a case of the miserables better than Scratch.

Les Miserables and Dinner at Scratch Pastries

While the main courses at Scratch are delicious and very reasonably priced, there's a reason pretty much every customer walks up to the counter right after being seated: the pastry case. The macarons are luxurious and rich, especially the buttery salted caramel and floral blueberry lavender. Luckily for us, the macarons, parfaits and mousse sang, even though Russell Crowe could not.

 

We believe in The Dhaba, even if we don't believe in Life of Pi's message.
We believe in The Dhaba, even if we don't believe in Life of Pi's message.

Life of Pi and Dinner at The Dhaba

Although Ang Lee's take on the book was visually stunning, with some exceptions to cheesy CGI effects, the forced sense of spirituality and the promise of a rekindling of faith fell short. However, we knew our faith in The Dhaba wouldn't be betrayed.

 

Southern comfort food and America's favorite president.
Southern comfort food and America's favorite president.

Lincoln and Dinner at Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe

I was sure this movie would make me sad, and it delivered. That's why I planned ahead to go to get some comfort food afterwards [at Mrs. White's].

 

How does a rom-com and a sports bar pair up? Just you wait and see...
How does a rom-com and a sports bar pair up? Just you wait and see...

Silver Linings Playbook and Dinner at Legends Sports Bar

While the ending is pretty obvious, the genuine moments of heartache, confusion, pain and anger make it worthwhile. Plus, Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver shine as Pat's flawed but loving parents. Hopefully, we can find something to love at [Legends] this week just like Pat and Tiffany found each other.

 

We didn't get a chance to see every Best Picture nominee this year, so here's what we'd pair with the movies we left out.

Zero Dark Thirty and Dinner at Al-Hana Restaurant

Amour and Dinner at Le Chalet

Argo and Dinner at California Pizza Kitchen

Beasts of the Southern Wild and Dinner at Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen

 

Honorable mention:

German food and a Danish film-- delicious and informative.
German food and a Danish film-- delicious and informative.

Best Foreign Language Film Nominee: A Royal Affair with Haus Murphy's

Overall, Haus Murphy's seems to be the kind of place you could take your great grandmother and youngest cousin; its lack of flavor is sure to satiate, but not intrigue, any palate. It's a pretty bad sign in my crowd when the desert doesn't even have enough flavor to keep our sweet teeth munching, but this time we left some of our strudel uneaten. What if we could make a restaurant with the authenticity of Haus Murphy's and the zest and spice of Struensee's lust? Surely it would end less tragically than both the movie and dinner did this week.

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Baby Kay's Cajun Kitchen - Closed

1582 E. Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85014

602-955-0011

www.babykayscajunkitchen.com

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Scratch Pastries - Closed

7620 E. Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-947-0057

www.scratchpastries.com

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The Dhaba

1872 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-446-2824

www.the-dhaba.com

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Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe

808 E. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

602-262-9256

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Legends Sports Bar & Restaurant - Closed

412 S. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-254-5272

www.legendsarizona.com

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Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market
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California Pizza Kitchen

2400 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-553-8382

www.cpk.com

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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

11051 N. Black Canyon Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85029

602-331-3434

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Haus Murphy's

5739 W. Glendale Ave.
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623-939-2480

www.hausmurphys.com


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