Valentine's Day

5 Places for Reenacting Romantic Movie Scenes in Portland

From the spaghetti and meatballs of Lady and the Tramp to the pricey milkshakes of Pulp Fiction

By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Cozy up over spaghetti and meatballs at Gabbiano's—accordion player not included.


The “Bella Notte” from Lady and the Tramp: Gabbiano’s

Got a new girlfriend? Be sure to visit your buddies at Gabbiano’s, NE Killingsworth’s Italian American newcomer, so they can meet her and feed you the finest spaghetti and meatballs—heavy on the meatballs—and red wine. Use your nose to roll the last meatball over to her side of the plate for maximum twinkle in those puppy-dog eyes. 5411 NE 30th Ave

The Jack Rabbit Slim’s scene from Pulp Fiction: The Yard Milkshake Bar 

Want to know what a five-dollar—I mean, $18.63—milkshake tastes like? Put on your white button-down and bolo tie and head to the Yard Milkshake Bar, a nationwide Shark Tank–funded chain that opened its first Pacific Northwest location on Vancouver’s waterfront. The specialty milkshakes come in at nearly $20 a pint, significantly more expensive than a $5 shake in 1994 (with inflation $5 would be the equivalent of $9.41 today). But unlike Uma Thurman’s “Martin and Lewis” plain-Jane vanilla shake that’s, as John Travolta says, nothing more than milk and ice cream, these come topped with stacked toppings like a chocolate lava cake with whipped cream and orange marshmallow cream, or a whole slice of cheesecake with crushed graham crackers, strawberry topping, and whipped cream. 656 Waterfront Wy, Vancouver

Counter-service burgers in Good Will Hunting: Fuller's Coffee Shop

You don’t have to be a math genius to take your date to Fuller's, belly up to the counter for a burger and fries, and give your chuckling, British-accented date a good-night kiss—just don’t forget to slip them some of your pickle. Bonus points if you bring a Bluetooth speaker and play Portlander Elliott Smith’s “Say Yes” in the background. 136 NW Ninth Ave

Cuban sandwich cart in Chef: Havana Station

Looking to rekindle things with your ex? There’s nothing like professing your love on the phone over the din of Cuban sandwiches sizzling on the plancha so you can pretend you were saying something else when what you really said was “I love you.” 7238 SE Foster Rd

Breakfast dates in 50 First Dates: Waffle Window

Does your love interest enjoy building houses out of waffles? Does the object of your desires also suffer from memory problems? Look no further than Waffle Window, whose square Belgian-style liege waffles are especially good for construction projects, squeaky hinged door included. 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd

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