10 Tastiest Menu Items From Quentin Tarantino Movies
There are few things Quentin Tarantino loves more than symbolism, and he often combines that with a hearty appetite in many of his classic movies.
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Food means different things to different people, especially if you ask Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. It can bring people together, like at a diner before a robbery, or in a haberdashery to warm up in a winter blizzard. Sometimes it reflects a power dynamic, like fast-food during a morning mob hit, or an intimidating dessert in a Nazi-occupied French restaurant.
Regardless of its meaning, food in Tarantino’s stories always has just that: meaning. Tarantino hasn’t made a movie without at least one scene featuring some dish of significance, and, most of the time, it looks damn tasty too. Since it’ll be a while before his next feature, check out some featured foods and treat yourself to a few in the meantime.
10 Wolf’s Tooth Dog Food
We don’t discriminate here at ScreenRant, especially not against dogs. So, while it’s unlikely our human readers would enjoy tasting the fictional dog food brand from the recent Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019), our canine readers should be satisfied with this “Good Food for Mean Dogs.”
Maybe it was the fact that he was tripping on an acid cigarette, maybe the rat flavor was a tad too authentic—either way, stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) wasn’t impressed when he gave his dog Brandy’s dinner a taste, though he seemed amazed at the way it splash-landed into her bowl. Acid is a hell of a drug.
9 The Sandwich Of Life & Death
Prepared by the titular antagonist in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), this sandwich earns its name for the dialogue that accompanies its preparation. As Bill (David Carradine) explains how his adorable daughter (Perla Haney-Jardine) has learned the concept of death by accidentally stepping on her goldfish, he prepares sandwiches using an enormous chef’s knife.
Turkey, ham, American cheese, and Swiss cheese are stacked between slices of generic white bread, coated inside with a layer of mayonnaise and mustard. The sandwich preparation is simple yet mesmerizing, and the care Bill shows in cutting off the crusts without a reminder is a sign of his tender love for his daughter.
8 Sheronda’s Tacos
It’s during a crucial meeting at a food court mall that the titular hero in Jackie Brown (1997) meets with the charmingly nervous Sheronda (Lisa Gay Hamilton). While Jackie (Pam Grier) barely touches her lunch from Teriyaki Donut—a fictional chain—Sheronda wastes little time in devouring her delicious looking Mexican spread from Acuña Boys—another fictional chain.
In fairness to Jackie, she’s got a lot on her mind in this scene, as she’s focused on simultaneously robbing her dangerous, gun-dealing boss Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) while conning a couple of FBI agents that hold the keys to her freedom.
7 Hattori Hanzo’s Sushi
“Omakase” is a Japanese phrase that roughly translates to “I leave it up to you,” and, when sushi is ordered in this fashion, it’s the customer’s way of telling their chef that they trust their judgment completely. This sentiment makes it even more meaningful when The Bride (Uma Thurman) orders sushi this way when she first meets Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba), the man whom she’ll trust to craft her a perfect sword in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).
While according to Bill, Hanzo’s sushi leaves a lot to be desired, it looks delicious to us and The Bride, so we have to give the master swordsmith major points for presentation.
6 Calvin Candie’s White Cake
The circumstances surrounding this dish aren’t great: during dinner, the heroes of Django: Unchained (2012) have been outwitted by the villainous slave owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Never missing an opportunity to rub salt in their wounds, Candie invites his rivals to his parlor for dessert after dinner, where he serves them white cake, which he pronounces with an emphasis on the “h” like Stewie Griffin pronouncing “Cool Whip.” The situation may be bad, but the frosting-covered triple-layer cake looks delicious, an,d if Candie’s rotting teeth are any indication, it tastes that way, too.
5 Jack Rabbit Slim’s $5 Shake
What seems like an outrageously expensive milkshake to Vincent Vega (John Travolta) is a standard—if not cheaply priced one—by today’s standards. After taking a sip, Vincent’s review of the shake is too explicit to print here, but suffice it to say he finds it delicious, though he’d still prefer bourbon in it.
What’s never addressed in Pulp Fiction (1994) is the fact that Vincent and Mia (Uma Thurman) enter the restaurant’s dance contest halfway through their meal, meaning their stomachs are full of milkshake and bloody meat while twisting, but they don’t let that keep them from leaving with the first-place trophy.
4 Minnie’s Stew
From the movie’s opening frame, the icy, harsh, bleak Wyoming winter dominates the backdrop of The Hateful Eight (2015). Fleeing from a blizzard, the main characters hightail their way to Minnie’s Haberdashery, where they attempt to hole up and survive the blizzard… and each other.
As murderous tensions mount, the establishment’s inhabitants briefly set their differences aside to enjoy a stew together for dinner. The frigid environment plays a big part in making this dish look as desirable as it does as steam perennially permeates from the piping hot bowls of meat and vegetables and into the freezing air.
3 Death Proof Nachos
The second Mexican food entry to the list, when the character of Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) enters the story of Death Proof (2007), it’s as he’s eating an impressive nacho grande platter at a bar.
Maybe inhaling is a more accurate word than eating, though, as he shovels handfuls of crunchy tortilla chips covered in meat, veggies, and melty, gooey, greasy cheese into his pie hole using both hands. Stuntman Mike later proves to be a disgusting monster of a man, but that doesn’t change the fact that he knows the perfect bar food to pair with a few drinks.
2 Big Kahuna Burger
Though it’s briefly seen in the hands of Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) in Reservoir Dogs (1992), this famous fictional Hawaiian fast-food brand got its big break when Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) called attention to it during his intimidating interrogation scene in Pulp Fiction.
It’s hard to say exactly what makes the burger Hawaiian other than its name, as the ingredients appear to match a traditional American cheeseburger, but the look on Jules’s face when he takes an aggressive bite gives validity to his subsequent statement that it is indeed a “tasty burger.”
1 Strudel With Cream
Inglourious Basterds (2009) is a story that often feels like an interconnected collection of brilliant one-act plays, and the tension-filled interrogation of Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) at the hands of the terrifying Nazi Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) in a restaurant is no exception.
The honest emotions of Shosanna, who must focus all her mental capacity on hiding her secret Jewish identity, break through for one moment in the discussion when she takes a bite of the delicious-looking strudel topped with cream, showing that it tastes as good as it looks. Landa performs awful atrocities throughout the movie, and the worst one—aside from murdering innocent people—is his wasting of the remainder of his strudel by putting out his cigarette on it.