5 Denver dishes to pair with rom-coms for Valentine’s Day

Meatballs from Angelo’s Taverna. Photo by Riane Menardi Morrison

Eat and drink

‘Cause the best way to watch The Wedding Singer is with a side of meatballs.


You could go out this Valentine’s Day for a sexy dinner date. But if Cupid shot you and you fell and landed on your couch with a bottle of wine in one hand and your remote in the other, then it’s probably best to stay and order takeout. Here, we’ve rounded up some classic rom-coms and paired them with some local takeaways. Call them power couples.

The Wedding Singer and meatballs

Put on your comfiest 80s rock band tee and sit back to watch Adam Sandler (who plays a wedding singer named Robbie Hart) bounce back from standing at the altar to fall for a waitress (Drew Barrymore) who is engaged. A memorable scene from this comic romance is when a little old lady — as payment for her singing lessons — pours two large homemade meatballs into Sandler’s open palms. She then insists that he eat the meatballs in front of her. He agrees to do it and gives us the quotable line: “That’s a good meatball.”

Where to find it: Choose from the meatball dishes at Angelo’s Taverna. Known for its pizza and oysters (an aphrodisiac, it should be mentioned), the Italian spot calls its meat-lover’s pizza Sir Psycho Sexy. It comes with sausage, pepperoni, pancetta, salami and, of course, meatballs. Or go the more obvious route and top your pasta dishes with meatballs. Enjoy said meatballs without anyone watching (and with utensils, if you prefer) from the comfort of home. 620 E 6th Avenue; 6885 S. Santa Fe Dr Suite A, Littleton

boobies rich asian and dumplings

Not only is boobies rich asian one of the best contemporary romantic comedies, but it’s also a fantastic culinary feature. As Rachel (Constance Wu) slowly discovers that her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) is Singapore’s most eligible bachelor, we simultaneously drool over dishes that have inspired movie-themed food tours. Shortly after landing in Singapore, the main characters reunite with friends at the Newton Food Centre, a bustling open-air market where Michelin-acclaimed chefs serve satay, whole chili crab,

Fortune Wok dumplings at the table. Photo by Brittany Anas

stir-fried noodles and generous steaming bowls of laksa curry from their stalls. But there is also a memorable and pivotal dumpling scene in the film. Nick playfully tells how to make his grandma’s dumplings by placing the baby (the meat and vegetable stuffing) in the bed (the dough) and then putting him to bed (folding him to close) .

Where to find it: Located in the crazy rich Cherry Creek, Fortune Wok to Table is a split level restaurant with a casual restaurant on the first floor and a fine dining restaurant on the second. You know what to do: Order handmade dumplings (6 for $11) at the casual level. Choose from pork, beef or vegetable dumplings stuffed with spinach, bok choy and vermicelli. Street noodles and fried rice dishes are also on the menu. 2817 E. 3rd Ave.

When Harry Met Sally and deli sandwiches

It’s the famous scene from one of the most iconic romantic comedies: Sally, Meg Ryan’s character, moans and hits the table, shouting “Yes, yes, yes!” in a crowded New York grocery store, proving to Billy Crystal’s character, Harry, that women can most definitely fake orgasms. He is humiliated as she coolly returns to her plate and takes a bite of coleslaw. The punchline of the scene is spoken by another guest who says: “I’ll have what she has.”

Where to find it: The New York Deli News, an old-school eatery on Hampden Avenue that serves huge sandwiches and chocolate egg custards, is the closest to Katz Deli here in Mile High City. You could order a savory and succulent pastrami on rye. But if you have what she has, go for the turkey breast sandwich (and don’t forget the coleslaw). 7105 E. Hampden Ave.

Steel Magnolias and red velvet cake

When Steel Magnolias was released in 1989, its tagline was “the funniest movie to make you cry”. The Southern sorority film stars big names including Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts and Sally Field. During a wedding scene – and much to the embarrassment of the bride (Roberts) – a red velvet armadillo-shaped “groom’s cake” is served. The ever sassy “Ouiser” Boudreaux (Shirley MacLain) cuts the tail off the original cake and serves it to the father of the bride with whom she is arguing. He replies, “Nothing like a good piece of ass.”

Where to find it: Forget armadillo-shaped desserts, but say “yes” to red velvet cake. Mermaid’s Bakery sells red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting crowns among other flavors like Lemon Drop Pie and Coconut Samoa Scout (Girl Scouts share February with Cupid). Single large cupcakes are $3.75 or order them by the dozen ($25 for small cupcakes; $39 for large). 1543 Champa St.

The father of the bride and guacamole

Guacamole from Los Carboncitos, the perfect snack for a The father of the bride watch the party. Photo by Brittany Anas

Budget conscious at first The father of the bride Steve Martin suggests that his daughter book her wedding reception at the “Steak Pit”, a rib restaurant with sawdust on the floor. The bride-to-be (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley) responds and says she wants a church wedding with a backyard reception. Martin lights up and says, “That’s a better idea than the Steak Pit!” We’ll get picnic tables, crepe paper and balloons and, you know, invite all our best friends. I’m going to make my famous guacamole.

Where to find it: Order creamy, garlicky homemade guacamole at Los Carboncitos, a family-run Mexican restaurant that serves tasty tacos and huge tortas. Dip lovers should step out of the script and also order the gooey choriqueso which marries melted cheese with chorizo. Multiple locations: 3757 N. Pecos St.; 722 Sheridan Blvd; 15210 E. 6th Ave, Aurora

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