Sure, you can pre-game for the Oscars by viewing all the Best Picture nominees or entering one of those “guess the winners” contests. But for a different and decidedly more delicious way to get in the spirit for the award ceremony, I suggest eating and drinking your way through all of the various meals and dishes around town named after Oscar-nominated movies (and characters within them). Here are five places serving film-inspired food and drink.
Named in honor of the 2009 Quentin Tarantino revenge drama, the Inglorious Bastard sandwich is a killer combination fried schnitzel and swiss cheese topped with peppery buffalo sauce and jaeger (German, appropriately, for “hunter") mushrooms that provides more than enough fuel to defeat Nazis. Or do those three loads of laundry.
Gone With the Gin is one cocktail you should give a damn about. It’s composed of lemon juice, matcha syrup, lemon juice, club soda, and (duh) gin, and has a sprightly citrus kick that makes it a fitting precursor to a heavier pasta dinner at Rosalie. I can't promise after one that you'll never be thirsty again, but I will assure you that two or more will turn you bright scarlet. Har.
If I were a rich (wo)man, I would make it my tradition to eat at Kenny and Ziggy's at least once a day so I could taste absolutely everything on the menu. But when it comes to the perfect match for a pre-Oscars meal, I will save my shekels for the Fiddler on the Roof of Your Mouth sandwich. This wonder of wonders, miracles of miracles triple-decker of corned beef, salami, and Russian dressing will have you dancing the hora all along the red carpet.
For more than 40 years, The Hobbit Café, whose interior is replete with Tolkien touches in homage to his much venerated books and films, has offered a bevy of hearty, vegetarian-friendly fare sure to satisfy the appetites of both hobbits and elves, respectively. Any of their sandwiches are named after aspects and characters of Middle Earth, so they’re all likely to put you in the spirit, but our favorite is the Dwalin (named after a character in The Hobbit series, whose films were nominated for technical Academy Awards). Loaded with chicken salad boasting large chunks of white meat, grapes, slivered almonds, and laced with curry powder, it’s crowned with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Alas, it’s not lembas bread but we promise the thick slices of whole wheat are almost as good.
Not only is Better Luck Tomorrow the name of an under-appreciated 2003 crime film, but it also is the source of another motion-picture-monikered potion called June Bug. The film (Junebug) garnered Amy Adams her first Oscar nomination; the cocktail, a tropical blend of coconut rum, midori, lemon, pineapple, and banana, tastes deceptively like Hawaiian punch, and if you’re not careful, will give you a hangover.