Takeout Dinner and a Movie Ideas

Whether you’re looking for stay-at-home date night ideas or just need inspiration for delivery, takeout or curbside pick-up, these pairings will help you decide what to watch and eat while practicing safe social distancing. These suggested movies feature famous West Virginians or were filmed or set in the Mountain State.

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Suggested Movies: Super 8, The Mothman Prophesies

Craving a film that will have your heart racing? Try Super 8 (2011) a science-fiction, thriller directed by J. J. Abrams, produced by Steven Spielberg and filmed in West Virginia. Or perhaps mix in a little horror with West Virginia folklore and watch The Mothman Prophesies (2002), starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney. This film tells the story of a reporter following the sightings of a mysterious Point Pleasant legend.A close up of a pizza from Pies and Pints

Stay on the edge of your seat and pair one of these films with an unexpected tasty combination. There’s nothing more thrilling than a creative interpretation of a classic dish, like the grape and gorgonzola pizza from Pies & Pints (Charleston, Fayetteville, Morgantown). Or surprise your taste buds with a coffee-rubbed steak or chicken and waffles from Vagabond Kitchen (Wheeling).

Romantic Comedy

Suggested Movies: Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, 13 Going on 30, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Get caught up in a love story while sharing a few laughs with these romantic comedies. Filmed in familiar locations, like Fayetteville, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2003) features West Virginia small town charm and a juicy love triangle. Wanting a feel-good flick? Watch Charleston native, Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30 (2004) for an amusing story of a girl who is suddenly is transformed into a full-fledged adult overnight. For something close to home, add Feast of the Seven Fishes (2018) to your watchlist. Filmed in Marion County, join a large Italian family on Christmas Eve as they prepare for the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes, reminisce about the past, and seek love in the future.

A plate of spaghetti and meatballs from Muriale's Italian Kitchen

Indulge in something savory and pour yourself a glass of wine when you sit down to watch one of these films. Place an order for something tasty, like the manicotti or spaghetti with one of their famous meatballs at Muriale’s Italian Kitchen (Fairmont). Be sure to save room for dessert and treat yourself to a serving of frozen yogurt from Sweet Frog (Parkersburg).


Suggested Movies: Hidden Figures, October Sky, Patch Adams

Looking for a movie to inspire you? Hidden Figures (2016) tells the story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA, including West Virginia native, Katherine Johnson. Continue your curiosity with space and watch October Sky (1993). Based on the novel “Rocket Boys” by West Virginia native Homer Hickam. This film recounts Homer’s teenage years in a coal mining community in the early 1960s. Also based on true events, Patch Adams (1998) tells the story of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, a physician, comedian and social activist who founded the Gesundheit! Institute‚ a holistic health care facility, in Pocahontas County in 1971. Dr. Adams, played by Robin Williams, organizes a group of volunteers who travel the world dressed as clowns to bring humor to orphans, patients and others in need.

Elevate your takeout order based on the inspiring stories featured in these films. Barkadas (Charleston) offers Philippine-inspired dishes with a gourmet twist. Be sure to try the “Fili” cheesesteak with fries for a unique take on a familiar sandwich. The Dish Café (Daniels) serves up an elegant cajun shrimp over creamy polenta or check online and try one of their featured daily specials.


Suggested Movies: Lassie, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Trolls World Tour

What better way to spend the evening than watching a movie with the whole family? The classic film Lassie (1994) features Sandstone Falls in Hinton and tells a heartwarming story about a family’s lovable dog. The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) stars Morgantown native, Don Knotts. Watch this playful film where Knotts’ character transforms into a fish. Looking for a film you can sing along to? Huntington natives and nationally known podcasters, Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy voice characters in the animated film Trolls World Tour (2020).

Storefront sign that reads, "The Corner Shop Diner and Soda Fountain Experience"

Burgers and fries are always perfect when feeding the whole family. The Corner Shop (Bramwell) serves up classic burgers and old-fashioned milkshakes. Try the Elvis burger and pair it with a peanut butter cup milkshake. Craving something different? 21 at the Frederick (Huntington) features family-style limited menu options that will sure to please the group. Order one of their specials, like a whole herb roasted chicken and pair it with a side of their house 21 mac and cheese.

What’s your favorite takeout dinner and movie idea?  

This post was last updated on February 28, 2022