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Dine in Movie Theaters. Specifically the AMC in the Marina


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Dine in Movie Theaters. Specifically the AMC in the Marina

foodiemahoodie | Jun 29, 2013 08:07 PM

I stumbled into this theater a few weeks back - to discover a whole new movie experience - motorized, Lazy-Boy like seat, plenty of legroom (like first class on a plane) and arm rests that fold up for snuggling.

And you can order cocktails, beer and wine! Push a button and someone comes, takes your order, punches it in on a pad device and 15 later you're being served. It's pretty great. Even if the food isn't great, under the circumstances it's a lot of fun.

And you can order food. There is an extensive, illustrated menu (see it on the link) which brings me to Chowhound. It would be nice to figure out what to order there. What is downright awful, what is passable. Is anything actually good? My experience so far...

The seafood sampler. Comes with "Thai Bang Shrimp", "Lobster Carbonara Pizzetta" and a "Crab Cake."

First off the food came as I was watching the world being taken over by crazed killer zombies. Not exactly the ideal atmosphere for a proper dining experience, but it was certainly novel. And it came in relative darkness so I couldn't really tell you much about how it looked or was presented, but the portions were fairly generous. - the shrimp is fried crispy with some kind of sweet-ish sauce. I'd say it was Jack in the Box fast food quality. (Lower thy expectations immediately - this isn't Melisse, it's an effing movie theater!). The "Pizzetta carbonara" - lobster, alfredo sauce, bacon, tomato, cheeses and fresh arugula. Again, fast-food satisfying. A bit gloppy. Sounded good on paper, but was that lobster? Really? Didn't really taste that.

The crabcake just sucked. Fishy-tasting.

We also got a wedge salad - blue cheese, bacon, etc. Which was Denny's quality, but generous portions and satisfying. Not easy to eat in those circumstances, but my GF and it traded it back and forth. When you're hungry and in the dark and the world is coming to an end, this is a good dish.

The mojito I had was serviceable. Good enough to get another. Could've been a touch sweeter (I would have expected it to come too sweet).

Popcorn comes in a large bowl - but isn't freshly popped. Not stale, but not fresh. Reeses pieces were as advertised!

My advice when eating during a movie and laying back? Tuck that napkin right under your chin or you're certain to get food on yah.

Just wonder what other Hounders experiences are like in finding gems on that menu.

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