With the Oscars approaching, we thought we would do a little twist.. As you know, our blog usually centers around local Food Adventures. Thousands of fellow Miami Valley foodies discuss, like, suggest and comment on various Dayton area restaurants, festivals, photos and events. We even have a website, DaytonFoodies.com
What we don’t have (yet) is a movie studio. Being fanatical fans of delicious grub, we have developed a love for various movie scenes over our lifetime. With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, we thought the timing was right for a list of our favorite movie scenes with food…
A little unorthodox, but what the heck… here is our “Top 60 Food Adventures” of Hollywood.
So here , without further delay, Food Adventures with the Big Ragu, Chef House and Hungry Jax present our list of..
THE TOP 60 CLASSIC DINING and FOOD SCENES in MOVIES (click on the movie title for a link to see a video of the scene)
1—ANIMAL HOUSE – “BLUTO’S CAFETERIA SCENE”:
Who can forget this classic scene with Belushi scarfing down food at his college cafeteria. The scene ends with Bluto’s imitation of a zit and the famous “food fight” yell. This could easily be Big Ragu at MCL Cafeteria.
Incredibly tense scene at an Italian restaurant between two mob families that ends in murder. The other scenes in the Godfather that make honorable mention are “Leave the gun, take the cannoli scene” and “the Godfather’s Orange scene.”
3— OLIVER! – “PLEASE SIR, I WANT SOME MORE”:
The little orphan gets ballsy and approaches the mean orphanage director for seconds on soup. In this poor setting, it doesnt go over so well. Preceded by the classic song “Food Glorious Food.” A musical for the ages.
4— LADY AND THE TRAMP – “SPAGHETTI DINNER”:
One of Hungry Jax’s favorites. A Disney animated classic about puppy love. Who can forget the two dogs eating the same strand of spaghetti into a kiss? The first “nose nudging” of a meatball scene in movie history. If only every first date was like this one, with Italian music in the background.
Charlie Chaplin plays this lovable man who is down on his luck in this silent film. Hungry and poor on Thanksgiving, there is no food left, so he decides to eat his leather shoe. The result is one of the classic scenes in film history, from a true genius.
6— “GOODFELLAS BACKYARD PICNIC”:
A classic mob movie with lots of food scenes. Chef House loves this scene where everybody is eating sausages and taking care of business at the back yard picnic. Two other scenes worth noting are the “SPAGHETTI and KETCHUP” scene and the “DINNER IN PRISON” scene. Both classic views into the Italian mob life and how important food was to them.
A creepy scene where the witch tempts Snow White with a poisoned apple. Asking her just to “make a wish and take a bite.” Don’t do it Snow White, that bitch is cray cray… This Disney animated movie was groundbreaking artistic work at the time.
8—FORREST GUMP: “BOX OF CHOCOLATES”:
Mama always said “Life is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.” When Tom Hanks uttered these words, so was born one of the most famous lines in movie history. Ether Price agrees.
9— 9 1/2 Weeks – “EROTIC REFRIGERATOR SCENE”:
Who could forget this sexy scene with Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke when he still had his own face. Spilled milk, honey and strawberries never looked so good. Like many movie scenes, the background music made it a classic. Here it was the 1964 song “Bread and Butter” by the Newbeats.
A boxer has to do what he has to do to get some protein in this world. Sylvester Stallone gulps down some raw eggs before dawn in this unforgettable scene. Yo Adrian, he has to get ready for Apollo Creed ya know?
11— WHEN HARRY MET SALLY – “ORGASM AT KATZ DELICATESSEN”:
Meg Ryan does her best imitation of having a big “O” in the middle of a crowded deli. The scene is an instant classic and is cemented in the annuals in a movie mostly about the battle of the sexes. We have never seen anyone do this at DiSalvo’s Deli, 5th Street Deli or Flyboys
Deli, thank goodness. The scene ends with the customer across the restaurant saying the classic line “I’ll have what she’s having.”
12— CHRISTMAS VACATION – “TIME TO CUT THE TURKEY”:
Chevy Chase digs in with all the family, including cousin Eddie. He finds the turkey a bit overdone and dry. But hey, they are going to have the hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby danced with Danny friggin Kaye. Two other famous food line in this scene:
“Aunt Bethany, does your cat by any chance eat jello?” — I don’t know about the cat, but I sure am enjoying it.” Also “he’s just yackin on a bone”.. blllleeeaack.. he got it up.” And who could forget the egg nog scene1 and egg nog scene 2
13— THE BREAKFAST CLUB – “LUNCH SCENE”:
A Preppy, a Jock, a Nerd, a Stoner and a Weirdo unpack their lunch. From Sushi to donuts and pixie stix, the result is a classic foodie scene. This movie is a perfect look into high school life in the 1980’s. Thank goodness no one took Mike Bender up on his “eat my shorts” offer. There are a ton of great lines in this one including “Where’s your lunch?” — You’re Wearing it…
14— INDIANA JONES and THE TEMPLE of DOOM – “CHILLED MONKEY BRAINS”:
In another country, Indy Jones and his crew must learn not to insult “his highness” and eat the exotic and downright disgusting dishes served up one after the other. Snake Suprise? Chilled Monkey brains? Huge Beetles? When eyeball soup is the soup du jour, you might want to leave and go to Rue Dumaine instead.
15— WILLY WONKA – “THE CHOCOLATE ROOM”:
Gene Wilder unleashes the brats into his world of pure imagination. Ladies and gentlemen… the chocolate room. You can even eat the dishes. But the damn Augustus kid falls into the chocolate river and ruins all the fun.
16— E.T. the EXTRA TERRESTRIAL: “E.T. TRIES REESE’S PIECES”:
Drew Barrymore and Elliot get E.T. into the house by using a trail of Reese’s Pieces. This scene put that candy on the map. It is crazy to imagine that an alien would come all this way and love processed chocolate.
17— PULP FICTION – “ROYALE WITH CHEESE”:
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson have a classic discussion about McDonalds in France. Another great food scene in this movie worth mentioning is the “Big Kahuna Burger scene.” Don’t ever let Samuel L. Jackson take a sip of your soft drink.
18— FATAL ATTRACTION – “PET RABBIT IN THE POT”:
Horrifying climax to a stalker scene where Glenn Close’s character boils the pet rabbit. She’s “not going to be ignored.” We think the family probably ended up ordering out for delivery that night, after this scene. Worst Food Adventure on film.
19— SILENCE OF THE LAMBS – “LIVER, FAVA BEANS, CHIANTI”:
When psycho cannibals brag about eating whiners with wine, you have a classic movie clip. We don’t like whiners either, but prefer to avoid them, rather then sautee them. Oh well, Anthony Hopkin’s other mention is from Hannibal – WARNING in this GRAPHIC SCENE, he feeds Ray Liotta’s character a piece of his brain, lightly pan seared. Don’t look for this on any Food Adventure menus, anytime soon.
20—WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE – “RATS IN THE CELLAR”:
Bette Davis is a vengeful servant in this dark 1962 film also starring Joan Crawford. Blanch’s Lunch scene is unforgettable.To this day whenever we see a covered dish… we just don’t know what lurks beneath! She could have at least served her some side dishes with this meal, don’t you think ? Heartless wench!
21—KRAMER vs KRAMER – “FRENCH TOAST”:
A newly separated dad finds out that making his son’s favorite breakfast is not so simple. Also, it reiterates the importance of hot pads. Later in the movie you see the pair have come full circle and have turned breakfast into a well oiled machine… It is a sad scene because they have just found out they are going to be separated again by a judge’s order in divorce court. You’ll never look at French toast the same again….
22—RAGING BULL – “DON’T OVERCOOK MY STEAK”:
A look into an abusive Italian boxer’s relationship with his wife. When she has had enough of his grief she serves him his dinner, he flips out in return. Just remember this was based on a true story. Robert Deniro won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance of real life fighter, Jake LaMotta. The film was shot in black and white.
23—TALLADEGA NIGHTS – “DINNER PRAYER”:
A politically incorrect, yet very funny take on a NASCAR family saying a prayer before their meal. Hilarity ensues. Some of the best one liners on this list are in this scene. Not for the easily offended.
24—BRUNO – “PETE ROSE’S SUSHI”:
Although this scene was in the credits. It is one of the most hilarious food scenes ever. Pete Rose is brought in for what he thinks is a legit interview. There is no furniture so he has to sit on people, and the scene climax is dinner being served. The catch is, the sushi is laid out on the prone body of a hairy , large man. Bon appetite Pete! His reaction is priceless, as is his response. Now we know why he prefers Montgomery Inn.
25—A CHRISTMAS STORY – “CHINESE CHRISTMAS DINNER”:
Who could forget the waiters singing “Deck the Halls” to the family at Christmas dinner? This cult classic is a part of the holiday season each year. Also, we learn that Peking Duck is Chinese Turkey to a kid!
26—BLAZING SADDLES – “CAMPFIRE DINNER”:
See what happens when the cowboys sit down at the campfire after days of eating pork n beans. One of the first gas scenes in motion picture history. Lesson, if you have been eating beans, don’t turn your back to the camp fire. “How bout some more beans Mr Taggart?” — I’d say you’ve had enough…
27—THE PRINCESS BRIDE– WINE WITH VIZZINI:
The battle of wits has begun. Which glass is poisoned with the deadly iocaine powder? One of funniest character scenes in the movie. The unforgettable line, “Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! hahahahaha… (plop)” This scene had to make the list…
28— ARTHUR – “DINNER WITH A HOOKER”:
This one is broken up into 3 clips. a) Arthur meets his date for the evening. b) Arthur realizes his date’s occupation c) Dinner ends and Arthur’s aunt Pearl is across the dining room. This movie is a riot and the upscale restaurant scene is worthy of a top spot on this list. “Are you a hooka? Jezzus I forgot, I just thought I was doing great with you.” Probably not the thing to say in a posh, elegant eatery. We miss Dudley Moore.
29— THE BLUES BROTHERS – “FINE DINING RESTAURANT SCENE”:
The genius of Dan Akroyd and John Belushi’s characters in the most unexpected of places. Nothing says threatening your friends to join your band by showing up at their work and threatening to disrupt the entire place. Well.. actually disrupting the entire place and disturbing the entire dining room. All because they are putting the band back together and need the waiter in their horn section.
30— HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE – “FEAST at HOGWARTS”:
A giant feast in the hall has Harry Potter and his friends in awe. Does anyone know a Pepto Bismol spell? And you know it’s not a dinner party until “Nearly Headless Nick” shows up. Eat up Harry, your adventure awaits…
31— TOMMY BOY – “MY PRETTY NEW PET”:
Chris Farley’s scene in a diner, where he tells a
waitress why he ruins everything he touches. David Spade’s comments on Shrimp Cocktail are also classic. Farley wins the sympathy of the waitress who fires up the deep fryer to make Tommy Boy some chicken wings. “Tommy likey, Tommy want wingy..” Some people are now calling Big Ragu “biscuit” because of this scene.
32— MRS DOUBTFIRE – “PIE ON HER FACE”:
Without his female mask, Robin Williams’ character has to do some quick thinking when a guest stops by to visit Mrs Doubtfire. Thankfully a pie in the refrigerator helps save the day.
Putting whip cream on his face from the pie, Mrs. Doubtfire appears, apologizing for wearing her nightly meringue mask, part of her beauty regiment.” A great scene, where she even drop a bit of the mask cream into her guests coffee.
33—CADDYSHACK – “BABY RUTH IN THE POOL”:
When someone flings a candy bar into the pool, paranoia ensues. People bail and finally Spaulding snorkles up to the BabyRuth bar and screams “Doodie!” Another great food related joke from the movie is Rodney Dangerfield in the Country Club restaurant saying “This steak still has marks where the jockey was hitting it.” Or how about Rodney in the pro shop saying “buy a hat like this and you get a
34—THE UNTOUCHABLES- “BAT DINNER”:
Who could forget this intense movie clip? Robert Deniro’s classic scene playing Al Capone talking to his men, about baseball. This conversation has a surprise ending at dinner. It might be hard to eat dessert after this scene.
35—RESERVOIR DOGS – “I DON’T TIP”:
Steve Buscemi goes on a rant in this Quenten Tarantino film about gratuity. “Mr Pink” is pretty much every waiter and waitresses worst nightmare. A classic roundtable ensues of crooks and murderers discussing the finer points of manners.
36— BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – “BE OUR GUEST”:
Animated classic scene with marching of the banquet food. When your candle holders, plates and tea kettle start singing about how they are tired of collecting dust. It is time to throw a dinner party. One of Hungry Jax’s favorite scenes.
37— YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – “DINNER WITH THE BLIND MAN”:
Nothing pisses a Frankenstein monster off more that hot soup dumped on his crotch, a mishandled toast, and lighting his finger and cigar at once. This comical scene based on the original horror classic is unforgettable. Peter Boyle and Gene Hackman are perfect in this one.
Oh the change in language a few decades can cause. Marty McFly newly stuck in 1954, stumbles into a diner and learns it is more difficult to order something to drink than he expects. Then he realizes he is sitting next to his 18 year old dad.
39— ELF – “THE FOUR FOOD GROUPS”:
We learn from Will Ferrell that the four food groups are indeed candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. We had it all wrong! Oh well, the Christmas season is a time for learning, so we will try maple syrup on spaghetti during our next pasta night.
40— THE JERK – “SNAILS ON HER PLATE”:
Steve Martin’s character flips out when he orders escargot then goes ballistic because there are snails on the plate. “You would think at a fancy restaurant like this, at these prices you would be able to keep the snails off the food.” Equally funny is the line “2 boobs, that’s what he takes us for.” Watch the clip and you will see why. Also, check this clip of Navin’s birthday meal “Tuna fish salad on white bread with mayonnaise, a Tab and a couple of twinkies.”
41—ANCHORMAN – “A LITTLE JAZZ FLUTE”:
Ron Burgandy wows the dinner crowd like only he can. Suave 70’s style and seductive sultry flute notes is all he needs. “A little ham and eggs comin at ya.” If only every restaurant had jazz flute night.
42—ANNIE HALL – “LOBSTERS ON THE LOOSE”:
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton’s </strong>characters, try to cook live lobsters. The result is they are both scared to handle to
live creatures and they somehow end up crawling away on the kitchen floor, behind the refrigerator. Woody’s worried comments only add to the comedy.
43— MY BEST FRIENDS WEDDING – “I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU”:
When Julia Robert’s character attends an engagement dinner, her friend breaks out an old Dionne Warwick/ Bert Bacharach song. The result is the entire table singing an unforgettable
version of “Say a Little Prayer.” This scene was an instant classic, and propelled the career of Rupert Everett as well. Feast and song, every Food Adventure should be so fun.
44—STAND BY ME – “BARF-O-RAMA”:
A story of revenge is the reason for this scene. Never in the history of cinema has their been more people puking on camera in a scene. A pie eating contest gone wrong at the county fair is the premise of this legendary “barf” story. People projectile vomiting blueberry pies, for your viewing pleasure
45— BETTER OFF DEAD- “FRENCH BREAD, PERU”:
A foreign exchange student is welcomed to the USA by her host family in an absurd display of “french” food. This underrated teen movie classic, addresses obsession, foreign students, and paperboys just trying to collect… two dollars.
46— SIXTEEN CANDLES – “DINNER WITH GRANDPARENTS”:
Long duck Dong tries Keesh pie and explains at the dinner party that he pushes the lawnmower so Grandpa’s “Hyena” don’t get disturbed. This John Hughes classic shows the tough life of a teenage in the 80’s being embarrassed by your parents and grandparents, all while chasing the guy of your dreams.
Living the same day over and over can cause you problems. But one of the benefits is you can eat whatever you want to, and it doesnt matter. Bill Murray drinks out of the coffee pitcher, orders donuts and pancakes, all in a day’s breakfast.
When trying to get seated at a posh restaurant, Ferris looks at the guest book and sees the name “Abe Fromann.” When he tells the host, he realizes he has just claimed to be the sausage king of Chicago. This was one of Ferris’ few failures of the day.
49— THE NUTTY PROFESSOR – “KLUMPS DINNER and FART SCENE”:
When you invite the Klumps to dinner, you might want to make sure you have some renuiz-it air freshener on hand. Even little “Herc-a-leees” gets into the gas game. Eddie Murphy plays almost every character in this scene.
50— ROAD TRIP – “YOUR FRENCH TOAST IS ALMOST DONE”:
Before you say your waiter is a nice guy, make sure he isn’t dipping your French toast in his underpants to steam it. Horatio Sans is that waiter. Not Oscar worthy, but a scene you won’t soon forget.
51— MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING – “BUNDT CAKE”:
The fun of language barriers and cultural differences is exposed in this scene. A simple
gesture, such as giving a cake for a gift causes an English lesson and confusion. Next time, just bring the Greek family a bottle of Ouzo. OPA !
52— AMERICAN PIE – “ITS JUST LIKE WARM APPLE PIE”:
When asking his friends what it is like losing his virginity, his friend tells him it is like warm apple pie. Somehow this leads to him being caught by his dad while making it with a pie. Ahh the things parents have to deal with.
53— MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE – “BIG GUY IN A RESTAURANT”:
A large, “difficult” customer in every way, in an upscale restaurant sets the scene. This clip shows the inherent humor in the actions of waiters in posh restaurants, literally putting up with everything a client does. Enjoy the surprise ending.
54— NATIONAL LAMPOONS VACATION – “THE DOG WENT ON THE PICNIC BASKET”:
No worse time to realize you are eating a sandwich soaked in dog pizz, than when you are flirting with supermodel Christie Brinkley. Chevy Chase’s dance moves with wheat bread
are the best in the business.
55— ACE VENTURA 2- “DO I HAVE SOMETHING IN MY TEETH?“:
The over the top comedy of Jim Carrey on display in another one liner. This one involves food and holds the records for most asparagus in a mouth in movie history.
56—THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – “CHEST POUND at the RESTAURANT”:
You’re at a high rise restaurant, and your business associate starts humming and pounding his chest. In between the olives and martinis you listen to his speech. Is he crazy or a genius? You decide.
57— DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – “RUPRECHT”:
A great scene with Steve Martin and Michael Caine as they plan to scam a woman out of her riches. You wont look at applesauce and corked forks the same way ever again.
58— AS GOOD AS IT GETS – “RESTAURANT”:
When you have obsessive compulsive disorder like Jack Nicholson does in this film, someone sitting in your favorite restaurant table can be a bit difficult to deal with. There are so many good food scenes in this movie. From the many deli scenes, to using bacon for dog treats, it was hard to pin down one favorite moment.
59—NAPOLEON DYNAMITE – “TINA, EAT THE FOOD”:
What is more strange, Napoleon Dynamite or the fact that he has a Llama as a pet. The disgusted main character hates everything, including feeding the pet. “Tina you fat lard, come get some dinner.” Aaahh the frustrated life of a high school kid.
60—THE BIG LEBOWSKI – “GROCERY SCENE”:
The dude, in a bath robe at the grocery, decides to open a carton of half & half for a test smell. This is the opening scene of the movie. Sometimes there’s a man, who’s the man for his time and place and apparently the laziest man in Los Angeles county.
Honorable Mention: a) “The Donut Bribe Scene” in the Canadian classic movie “STRANGE BREW.” It is the famous scene that brought us the phrase ” It’s a jelly .” This film made Bob and Doug Mckenzie cult classic heroes, and introduced us to a whole new vocabulary of slang phrases like “who horked our clothes?” and “How’s it going eh?.” Ahh, such International education value from these beer loving “brothers!”
b) “Fink vs the Stomach Hot Dog Eating Contest” from the movie “MEATBALLS” It stars Bill Murray as the best summer camp counselor of all time. Look at those steaming wienies… Could this be the year that Fink beats the other camp eater, simply known as “The Stomach.” Watch the whole movie and learn why … “It just doesn’t matter…. it just doesn’t matter…it just doesn’t matter.”
So that’s it – our favorite food scenes. Did we forget any? Were there any on this list you disagree with ? Comment below.
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