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Sep 6, 2007 05:33 PM

"Great" Restaurant Names

One my brothers and I fondly remember from back in the day on Broad St. (IIRC) in Providence:

U Wanna Pizza and Sandwiches

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  1. Emanon.

    No name spelled backwards.

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    1. re: Cheese Boy

      Y-NOT Pizza

      The owner, Tony spelled his name backwards to create "Ynot Pizza" - Virginia Beach Mom&Pop style pizza (& Italian Cuisine too) since 1993!

    2. A terrific Mexican place here in New Canaan, CT is named Tequila Mockingbird!

      And a take-out food shop in town, which serves up soups, salads, sandwiches and two or three hot entrées with sides daily, is named I Made It Myself, so when the dinner is served up at home, and appreciative family members ask, "Gosh, where did you get this awesome meatloaf?" the host or hostess can reply honestly...

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      1. re: WendyBinCT

        it's not a restaurant, but there is a bar where i went to college called "He's Not Here".

        1. re: strephking

          If it's the one in Myrtle Beach, I remember it.

          Sort of.

          1. re: strephking

            That's Kitzmiller's place in Chapel Hill. We were very good friends for many years, and it was a great place from day one.

          2. re: WendyBinCT

            Ahh I remember that place fondly, I also always thought that was a great restaurant name!

            1. re: WendyBinCT

              Hi Wendy - I grew up in New Canaan, but there were no creative restaurant names when I lived there. Even our beloved Deli-Bake is gone, Ive heard. I like the notion of a bar called "He's Not Here". It reminds me of one that was in Norwalk called "The Office" (as in "Im working late at The Office" or "Im meeting someone at The Office" etc.

              Now I live in Houston and would get a laugh when I passed the Chinese restaurant on the Gulf Freeway named "Yummy Chow"

              1. re: Cheflambo

                Someone just sent me a menu from a place downtown Houston called
                "Wok and Roll"..Tooooo funny!

                1. re: Tay

                  We have a Wok and Roll in Portland, ME too...Everytime I say the name, I feel like I am Long Duck Dong from Sixteen Candles...

                  1. re: Bunnyfood

                    You'd have Loved Yummy Noodles back when it was in Manhattan's Chinatown then. Though I'm glad they kept the end as "noodles". "Yummy Fun" might have been going a bit too far especially since their mascot was a drawing of a girl who gave me the serious creeps.

                2. re: Cheflambo

                  During college I frequented a bar called "The Library".

                  1. re: Sal Vanilla

                    We had the Judges Chambers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                      i used to go to ''The Library'' bar in downtown fort worth, always a fun time!!

                      1. re: forevercali5

                        there was (is?) a "bar association" bar in downtown fort myers, florida.

                      2. re: Sal Vanilla

                        Wow! That's a flashback. I had forgotten all about The Library near Iowa State's campus. I think it may have closed after my frosh or soph year. Either that or there was some reason I just didn't go there. Maybe the beer was more than 25 cents.

                        1. re: cycloneillini

                          Must have been lots of college bars named "The Library," as I too frequented one back in the day.

                          1. re: nomadchowwoman

                            yep, I didn't go to school there, but there was also one close U of OK. I thought that was ingenious.
                            Likewise bars called "The Office"

                            1. re: TroyTempest

                              There's a restaurant/bar in Malvern, PA called The Office. Excellent food!

                        2. re: Sal Vanilla

                          There is a pub next to the Science faculty at University of Toronto named "Ein Stein".

                        3. re: Cheflambo

                          never been there but saw the sign: ?Fill your belly deli in Bergen County, nj

                        4. re: WendyBinCT

                          I Made It Myself -- that's my favorite.

                        5. In the late 50s-early 60s there was a place in Morro Bay (or Cayucos?), California, named or sub-named something like, "Chat and Chew the Terrible Food". Our parents, brother, and I ate there--don't know if for the food or the name.

                          Later in the early 70s my fist wife and I (and any others) would make an I-5 stop somewhere between Fresno and Eugene at (as the lighted sign visible from the freeway said) "Andy and Chong's American and Korean Restaurant".

                          1. There's a pizza place in Victoria called The Thin Edge of the Wedge.

                            1. There's a pho restaurant near Seattle called "What the Pho." I'd be willing to bet it's not the only one...

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                                1. re: roma_girl

                                  and one in the Monterey, CA area called Pho King....

                                  1. re: susancinsf

                                    Many don't know the pronunciation thing going on here (pho), but the name mentioned above sounds similar to the way one would say Sofa King. Try saying the following, "It's Sofa King good". Thank you SNL. : )

                                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                                      We had Pho Kim in Calgary, closed sadly,but still fun to say- "He won't eat at Pho Kim? Well F... him!"

                                  2. re: roma_girl

                                    There's one here in LA called "Absolutely Pho-bulous" ha h

                                    1. re: roma_girl

                                      There used to be one in Monterey Park, CA on the corner of Garvey Ave. and Atlantic Blvd. called Pho Kym.

                                      1. re: roma_girl

                                        There's a great thai place in seattle called Phuket...I realize that it's pronounced (poo-ket) after the city, but, F___ it, who cares? :o)

                                        1. re: soypower

                                          There was a Vietnamese restaurant in downtown San Jose, CA called Phuc Duc.

                                        2. re: roma_girl

                                          Next to 99 Ranch on North Aurora there is a place called "Pho to Chau"
                                          Wonder if they like food bloggers?

                                          1. re: roma_girl

                                            My friends and I always try to come up with great Pho shop names when we are out eating Pho. So far the best ones include a sports themed shop called "Pho Tha Nguyen" , also a soccer specific one named "Pho Tha Ty".