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Every time I go by "Dazzling" on King West in the Entertainment District, I feel sick to my stomach. What a silly name for a restaurant!! It makes me not want to go in there, as does "Superior" on Yonge, though for all I know, it could be a great spot.

Are there any restaurants you won't go to, just because of their unfortunate name?

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    1. The Strip Club, St. Paul, MN

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      1. re: lerkin

        aw, the strip club has great food! :) they continue the red light district shtick to some of the names of the menu items though, xxx sauces. . . i forget what else.

        i will say that i have had two business meals at the strip club, and it caused our accountants to come scurrying out with the cc receipt (w/ bill naming "strip club" & generous gratuity), and the "erm, was this really a business expense, or was this-- pleasure? conversation) p.s. my business partner is also my husband! LMFAO!!! woohoo!!!

      2. Any place that uses its numerical address as the name of the restaurant.

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        1. re: Buckethead

          They should have outlawed it after "21". It's become obnoxious. I am surprised to see how many restaurants are still doing it.

          1. re: southernitalian

            Have to disagree. It's very uncreative, but it does help me remember where a restaurant is.

            1. re: small h

              But it's so hard to google, especially if you can't quite remember the number. Bad business if people can't even find your address and phone number on the internet.

              1. re: julesrules

                Gotta go a little Luddite here and say that something being "hard to google" is not a black mark against it, as far as I'm concerned. When the revolution comes, those of us who've taken care to preserve some of our actual memories will Rule! the! World!

                1. re: small h

                  If I can't google it to figure out how to get there, then it's a problem. This is the 21st century!

                  1. re: cornflower55

                    It was a quite a bit earlier in the 21st century when I wrote that. How are you at googling today's date? (Kidding, kidding, go in peace.)

                    1. re: cornflower55

                      Allow me to reverse that - if YOU can't figure out HOW to google it, then you haven't got a handle on Web searching. It's no more difficult to remember a number than a name. If a place is called just by its number, then google {number] restaurant [city]. If you can't remember the name (or number), throw in whatever you do know - street name, signature dish, chef's name, anything relevant. If you haven't got an accurate name or any other info to throw into the search, you can't google it - but that's not google's (or the restaurant's) fault.

                2. re: small h

                  It does help me remember where it is, but only in why I should avoid it. I appreciate a bit of creativity beyond naming for the address. I tend to avoid if only because the only ones around me are fairly pretentious. I like to know before I go what the food is and that the place is all about the food not just the locale.

                  1. re: TampaAurora

                    What the numerical address says to me is "we couldn't think of anything that makes our restaurant unique except for the address".

              2. re: Buckethead

                Thought "21" took its name from the 21st amendment, not an address.

                1. re: Potomac Bob

                  Possibly--but the "21" Club's actual address is: 21 West 52nd Street, NYC, NY.

                  1. re: FoiGras

                    My only real problem with number names is in those cases where the resturuant moves, but decides to keep the orginal name even if it no longer makes sense with the new adress. For example there are two branches of Noodles 28 in Manhattan and NEITHER is on 28th street (one is between 29th and 30th) the other is somewhere around 25th. My view is, you are free to put your location in the name but if that isnt the location anymore, you change it.

                    1. re: jumpingmonk

                      Sorry, sir, but no Chinese businessman is going to change a name that has an 8 in it.

                      1. re: buttertart

                        And NYC's famous 2nd Avenue Deli is not about to change its name even though it's now on E. 33rd. It would be flat-out stupid to give up that brand recognition..

                        1. re: buttertart

                          So I guess Home on 8th's locked as well.

                            1. re: buttertart

                              I guess that's the reason Joe's ginger is still around, I took a look at it's menu when I was in ctwn today, and its primary phone number ends 8888!

                              1. re: jumpingmonk

                                Must be! You see that a lot with Chinese businesses of all sorts.

                        2. re: jumpingmonk

                          Wait, they DID change the name - the original location, on the corner of 28th and 3rd Ave, was called Noodles On 28. So at least the name no longer says it's "on" 28, now that it's not.

                      2. re: Potomac Bob

                        I was wrong. It could not have been named for the 21st amendment, which dates from 1933. The place became "Jack and Charlie's 21" when it moved to its present location in 1929 (according to article on Wikipedia), at least four years before the 21st amendment was approved by Congress and submitted to the states for ratification.

                    2. Aunt Chiladas' in Phoenix AZ and The Terminal Lunch in Norfolk, VA

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                      1. re: Sherri

                        The Terminal Lunch is funny! There used to be a drugstore near the bus terminal in S.F. called Terminal Drugs.

                        I nominate Dead Fish in Crockett CA

                        1. re: Glencora

                          there is a terminal bar in minneapolis. and it is, it is.

                          "relax. . . enjoy" also should not be a restaurant name imo.

                          1. re: Glencora

                            Which was down the street from Fun Terminal!

                          2. re: Sherri

                            There's an Aunt Chiladas in Hamden, CT, too--and we used to have a C O Jones (think about it).

                            1. re: kattyeyes

                              Nasty! What kind of food did C O Jones have? Ttrout, lizard, Pperch, bologna surprise?

                              1. re: Scargod

                                when you look at their website, it is easier to "get": http://www.c-o-jones.com/

                                and, it's trademarked, to boot! LOL. "c.o.jones ballsy mexican cuisine." i kid you not!! http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?...

                                1. re: Scargod

                                  It's a limited Mexican-sort of menu. Not horrible, but not impressive. But this is primarily a drinking spot for a youngish crowd. It's in a cute little storefront spot on State Street, and the dining area is sandwiched between two bare brick walls. When they are full up and folks are lubricated with tequila, it starts getting very noisy.

                                  Not a tenth of a mile from C. O. Jones, just off State Street on Mechanic Street, is Mezcal, which is quite good. They make really nice fresh salsas which, along with chips, are complimentary. And if you are the sort of person who feels a meal at a Mexican restaurant is not complete without good beer or a tequila cocktail or so, Mezcal does a particularly fine job there.

                            2. O'Boobigan's in Clearwater, Fla.

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                              1. re: FlaHopper

                                Flux in Vancouver BC. None of the definitions of this word would make me want to eat there but the medical one is especially egregious.

                                1. re: FlaHopper

                                  They are packed every time I drive by! I guess the patrons know what they sell from the name! No different that Tilted Kilt in the same city!

                                  1. re: TampaAurora

                                    We have a Tilted Kilt here in Austin... and a Bone Daddy's... and this is the one that's most annoyingly named... Twin Peaks. Yeah. It's what you think it is.

                                    1. re: stephanieh

                                      FWIW, those are all chains, too.
                                      Speaking of bad names in Austin, while it's not really bad, just lacking in forward thinking:
                                      Castle Hill Cafe
                                      Once it moved from Castle Hill, it made no sense.

                                      1. re: TroyTempest

                                        What's even more stupid, now it has changed to a Mexican Restaurant, but retains the previous owners. Now it is Corazon at Castle Hill. This would have been a great time to just drop the Castle Hill from the name altogether.

                                2. Wok & Roll, because it's a stupid pun. However, I have no problem going to A Salt and Battery, because it's a smart pun.

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                                  1. re: small h

                                    small h, I probably don't live near you but I agree!

                                    1. re: small h

                                      I was recently at the Gare du Midi in Bruxelles where I saw a restaurant called 'Wok Away' so I did.
                                      A poor choice of name in at least two ways.

                                        1. re: Lizard

                                          Dammit, I thought I'd come up with an awesome restaurant name, but Wok This Way has already been mentioned. And Wok On By has the same issues as Wok Away.

                                          1. re: small h

                                            Me and a friend once saw a place called the Wok Anne Chu-Gumm. He said "Sorry, can't do that"

                                            I also recall a 24 hr place in Australia called Wok around the Clock.

                                            Then of course the was the Bao house, their buns look really good, but they always seem a little cold.........

                                            1. re: jumpingmonk

                                              <Then of course the was the Bao house, their buns look really good, but they always seem a little cold.........>

                                              But I bet they hold together well and still appear fresh even after a few decades.

                                              1. re: small h

                                                you bet!

                                                Oh almost forgot my pair of Chinese noodle joints Lotsa Fun and Ain't we Having Some Fun Now?

                                                Oh and the al fresco branch Fun in the Sun

                                                On the flipside there are a few places I'm GLAD don't mix lagauges like this. As a fellow NYC chinatown visiter you undersand when I say that Yummy Noodles is better off as Yummy Noodles, Yummy Fun just sounds too disturbing, doubly so for me (for reasons I can't define the mascot on Yummy Noodles really creeps me out)

                                                1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                  Bau House and Wok Ann Chu-Gumm. No way. Brilliant. small h: if I were ever inclined to use an acronym like ROFL, which I'm not, this would be the time.

                                        2. re: small h

                                          Not that I have ever been but if Wok and Roll sells both stir fry and sushi I think it's pretty clever. If it only sells wok meal then it's lame.

                                          1. re: melpy

                                            It's your standard issue cheap Chinese. You should call them about the sushi thing, though, 'cause that would go a ways toward un-laming the name a little.


                                            1. re: small h

                                              The big (and possibly not affiliated, as they used a different menu setup) branch in the West Village (now closed I beleived) was a little more upscale and they did do sushi, I think.
                                              BTW just to keep things clear the one that the link abouve is to is Wok N' Roll as was the one in (now closed) in the 80's and one place in Brooklyn (the one on Church ave.) There IS also a place called Wok & Roll (with the ampersand) it's also in Brooklyn (where Metrotech center north crosses Jay street) but as far as I can tell, they don't do sushi either

                                        3. In a stripmall in Princeton, NJ, a Chinese restaurant opened up during the winter, and the name on their sign was "Wild Oily". My theory at the time was that the name was SUPPOSED to be Wild Lily, but the name on the sign kept me from wanting to patronize the place or even to inquire about the name.

                                          Well, guess what? After many months, the sign was finally changed to "Wild Lily", but I just can't get the image of overly oily food out of my mind, and as a result, I still don't want to try their food.

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                                          1. re: Ted in Central NJ

                                            we have a place named Beefy King...yuck

                                            1. re: LaLa

                                              Lala are you in Orlando? There is one there that is an old favorite and been there for decades.

                                            2. re: Ted in Central NJ

                                              Update on "Wild Oily/Wild Lily", located in a Princeton, NJ strip mall:

                                              Now, it is named "Tiger Noodles".

                                              Yes, I know that the Princeton football team is called The Tigers, hence the new choice of name. However, I think that the name sounds like something that an ill tiger would excrete on the floor of its cage.

                                              1. re: Ted in Central NJ

                                                Picky picky picky. LOL! Yes, Tiger Noodles is not a huge improvement over Wild Oily!

                                                I have to wonder if the sign makers are snickering as they knowingly take advantage of restaurant owners with limited English.

                                                1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                  the sign makers -- if i had to guess -- painted exactly what was given to them....

                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                    Yes, but would it kill them to point out what are obviously glaring errors in translation???

                                                    1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                      maybe the signmakers are also language-challenged.
                                                      and with weird names all the time, who's to say "wild oily" is not the name?
                                                      maybe that's paula deen's new resto! '=)

                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                        Naw, her new resto is called "Ridiculous Amounts of Butter". Memorable, isn't it?


                                            3. Not exactly a restaurant, but I always thought the name "Krispy Kreme" was really weird. Cream can be a lot of things, but if it's crispy, something baaaaaad happened to it!

                                              1. There's a new bistro in my neighborhood that JUST opened, and for the life of me I cannot read the name of the place on the outside sign. Here's what I know: the name may have 4 letters, or maybe 5. The first letter might be an "F", or it might be an "E". The second letter is definitely an "L". The third letter... I don't know. There's something where the third letter should be that looks like a flame, but maybe it's supposed to be a letter. The fourth letter is a "G". The last letter is an "A". Elga? Flga? Fl_ga? El_ga? None of it makes any sense to me.

                                                1. just saw this newly opened one in today's paper..."Sam Buca's." probably won't rush to check it out.

                                                  "Wok on the Wild Side"--haven't been, but that one makes me smile.

                                                  1. There's a chinese take-out in Clearwater, FL called Wok Out...I like the name personally...

                                                    1. I don't care about the name as long as the food is good.

                                                      1. I could never bring myself to stop at "Squat and Gobble" off I-95 in South Carolina...

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                                                        1. re: dd992emo

                                                          i wanted to stop there JUST to take a photo of the place!!!

                                                          1. re: dd992emo

                                                            There's a Squat and Gobble in San Francisco in the West Portal area as well, love it!

                                                            1. re: lrostron

                                                              wow, in san francisco? how cosmopolitan!

                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                In addition to San Francisco's mini chain 'Squat and Gobble", there's "Good Frickin Chicken", and "Phuket" American pronunciation, it is a Thai restaurant, and if one doesn't know the proper pronunciation..........!

                                                                1. re: ChowFun_derek

                                                                  derek, what is the squat and gobble concept? what foods do they serve?
                                                                  (to me, the concept sounds like it should be gobble and squat. eeew. oh, no she dih-n't say that!)

                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                    They have breakfasts, crepes, salads....pleasant people, they bring water for your dog, if you're sitting in the outdoor section!
                                                                    They are located in a number of neighborhoods here in San Francisco....

                                                                    1. re: ChowFun_derek

                                                                      oh, that is interesting. i wonder if it is connected with the one off of i-95 in georgia. the road sign advertising it did not look like the georgia resto would be related to the places there in sanfran that you describe.

                                                                  2. re: ChowFun_derek

                                                                    I used to have Phuket printed out three times and taped to my monitor at work (before I realized that's not how it was pronounced). It was an innocent form of stress release. ;)

                                                                    1. re: ChowFun_derek

                                                                      Isn't it amazing what we get used to. Phuket is a very popular resort city in Thailand (that was devastated by the tsunami a few years ago). At the same time what could possibly give more pause than the name of the Thai Capital, Bangkok.

                                                                2. re: dd992emo

                                                                  Sounds like a Guy Fieri kind of place, and it's just "in-your-face" offbeat enough to intrigue me.

                                                                  1. re: dd992emo

                                                                    The word "squat" should never appear in the name of a restaurant. I don't think that anyone will debate this.

                                                                    1. re: dd992emo

                                                                      I always considered it slightly derogatory that they called an all you can eat catfish restaurant, in Lake Dallas, Texas, the "Duck Inn". We would say, "you duck in and waddle out". Lots of overweight people ate their weight in fried foods, especially catfish!

                                                                    2. Not that I'd particularly avoid it, but on the topic of cutesy names, one would have to include C.O. Jones Mexican restaurant in New Haven.

                                                                      1. Well, I have yet to eat at Almighty Lord's (which offers fare like King David's Chicken Nuggets, or something like that). Frankly, though, I may have to drop in sometime!

                                                                        While I don't really like stupid names, they won't keep me from a restaurant, unlike the words "All You Can Eat" and "Buffet".

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                                                                        1. re: nofunlatte

                                                                          Nix to any restaurant with "Golden" or "Gold" in the name, except for Asian places.
                                                                          Just my little quirk.

                                                                        2. Ronnie's sushi - (actually good sushi)
                                                                          But - I don't associate the name Ronnie with Sushi , Not like, Luigi's pizza......makes sense - the name is trying to tell you an Italian owns the place ......who is Ronnie and why does he make sushi?
                                                                          I'd still eat there because I know it has a good rep - But I sure wouldn't pick it if I didn't know

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                                                                          1. re: coastie

                                                                            Luigi's Sushi would be a whole lot scarier...or maybe fusion, ya never know. ;) Kinda like that "Mambo Italiano" song: "Try the enchilada with the fisha baccala!"

                                                                          2. All in the Boston area:

                                                                            Strip T's
                                                                            Snappy Sushi

                                                                            1. Todd English's family-style failure in NYC: English is Italian

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                                                                              1. re: chow_gal

                                                                                Agreed, we ate there once, and after the miniscule portions a member of our party proclaimed: "English is not italian, English is too cheap to serve us a full meal."

                                                                                1. re: Spends Rent on Food

                                                                                  "English is not italian, English is too cheap to serve us a full meal."
                                                                                  su-perb quote!

                                                                              2. La Poubelle (the Garbage Can), Los Angeles. Yuck!

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                                                                                1. re: mnosyne

                                                                                  la cucaracha (the cockroach) st. paul

                                                                                  1. re: soupkitten

                                                                                    I've been to La Cucaracha in Phoenix. Thay did a brisk trade in t shirts.

                                                                                  2. re: mnosyne

                                                                                    Is that place still there? Many, many moons ago, I lived right around the corner from La Poubelle, and couldn't bring myself to go there for that exact reason! The name was such a turnoff!

                                                                                    1. re: Neely_Ohara

                                                                                      I'm sure this will get deleted post haste, but I wanted to give a shout out to your user name. VotD!

                                                                                      1. re: small h

                                                                                        Was that who I heard screaming in the streets last night? (Must have just come from La Poubelle...lol)

                                                                                  3. New Big Wang Restaurant in NYC! Funny name!

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                                                                                    1. re: moh

                                                                                      Our local Asian market in West Hartford, CT is A Dong. I took two of my friends there a couple of months back and one took a picture of the sign he was so amused.

                                                                                      Not a restaurant, but in the same vein, the Perfection Screw company on of all places Route 69 (!) in CT. We always giggled about that driving by in high school. YEEEHAAAAAA!

                                                                                      A Dong Grocery
                                                                                      160 Shield St West, Hartford, CT

                                                                                      1. re: moh

                                                                                        Not to deflate the joke, but are you sure you don't mean New Big WONG. I dont know of any New Big Wanf in NYC (though I suppose it could have closed since you were there).

                                                                                        Speaking of NBW, given how many branches of the original Wing Wong have opened in NYC's Chinatown (NBW, New Wing Wong, Fu Wong, New Wong King, Hong wong, Hoy Wong, Tan Wong, Wing Wong Inc.) I've often though they should all be given new location on a street of their own and that street could be called Wong Way.

                                                                                        Oh and I'm not sure if it was meant to be a joke but there's a Chinese takeout in Yonkers called The Lion King.

                                                                                        to finish up I could of sworn when I was on the bus last week in NYC I saw a places called "Hu's on First" (maybe they sell baseball cards)

                                                                                        1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                          Jumpingmonk, it was definitely New Big Wang. We took a picture of the sign, but sorry, I couldn't find the picture to post. We had a good laugh.

                                                                                          I just googled it, apparently it is now called something else, but there is still a goggle map for this place.

                                                                                          1. re: moh

                                                                                            Oh, how could I have been so STUPID, I was THERE back when I was New Big Wang (I reconized it the monet I went online and saw the street sign), I even Still have old MENUS with the name somewhere in my room (as an effort to reduce waste/spending, when a resturaunt I have gone too chages ownership/name/menu, any old obsolte paper takeout menus I have get put in a big bag and, when needed get used as wrapping paper when I need to send a package) . Guess my mind went straight to the new name (plus when I was looking it up I went to menupages, which never listed EITHER place) My apologies.

                                                                                            1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                              OMG! I would laugh hysterically if I received a gift wrapped with New Big Wang menus! That is stag night material!

                                                                                      2. Los Angeles is Land of the Bad Restaurants with Stupid Names:

                                                                                        Cut (actually good food)
                                                                                        Krust (nice touch with the spelling, jerk!)
                                                                                        Piknic (do we see a one word trend?)
                                                                                        Flying Leap Cafe
                                                                                        Main Course
                                                                                        Out To Lunch
                                                                                        Oinkster (also good)
                                                                                        Eat Well
                                                                                        Earth Wind & Flour
                                                                                        Spin Rotisserie
                                                                                        Wacky Wok
                                                                                        Lettuce Wok & Roll
                                                                                        Rok The Wok
                                                                                        Wok & Roll
                                                                                        Wok On The Run
                                                                                        Wok'n Sushi
                                                                                        Wok This Way (the Woks should have it's own thread)
                                                                                        Giggles 'N' Hugs
                                                                                        The Munch Box
                                                                                        It's a Wrap
                                                                                        Souper Salad
                                                                                        Pickup Stix
                                                                                        Pomona Valley Mining Co.
                                                                                        Steer N' Stein (Palmdale)

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                                                                                        1. re: Johnny Pastrami

                                                                                          Giggles 'N' Hugs is awful. What kind of food does it serve?

                                                                                          1. re: Glencora

                                                                                            It seems to be a place where children can take their parents for a meal.

                                                                                          2. re: Johnny Pastrami

                                                                                            Big Wang, The Munch Box, O'Boobigan's and Hooter's should all have to be in the red light district!

                                                                                            1. re: Johnny Pastrami

                                                                                              Johnny, what a list! Very funny! I have to admit I laughed out loud at Earth Wind & Flour. I believe I'd go there if I lived nearby, just to reward their cleverness.

                                                                                              We have a place in Austin called Nutty Brown Cafe. The food is actually good there, but the name conjures a nasty mental picture for me.

                                                                                              1. re: Johnny Pastrami

                                                                                                'Wok this Way' always brings a smile to my face - me? I love a pun - as long as I don't have to eat from it.

                                                                                                Canton D'Lite (doesn't inspire confidence but is actually really good)

                                                                                                1. re: Johnny Pastrami

                                                                                                  Ketchup opened another location in Huntsville, AL. The food and service were so bad they had to close.

                                                                                                  1. re: Johnny Pastrami

                                                                                                    I have to add Kreation Kafe and Cafe W as (sic) to the list.

                                                                                                    1. re: Johnny Pastrami

                                                                                                      Pickup Stix is actually really good. Have a few in Fresno/Clovis. An import for No. Cal tho is 'Pita Pit'.

                                                                                                      1. re: carollins83

                                                                                                        There's a Pickup Stix in NYC as well

                                                                                                    2. There used to be a restaurant in Canaan, Me., named The Outhouse! No kiddin'. One entered the building through a wooden outhouse, complete w/ crescent moon on the door. I never went and not surprisingly, it didn't last long. I wonder if the food was shi**y?

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                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                        It didn't last long because when you asked for anything they just replied, "eat s**t" and they used Sear's catalogs for napkins!

                                                                                                        1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                          He's back! Just got from thwe North Atlantic Blues Festival. Great stuff That Texs Lady of Gospel & Blues, Ruthy fosater was our fave. Elvin Bishop wasn't shabby either.
                                                                                                          How about Uno Pizza? It ain't Uno w/ me!
                                                                                                          If well endowed women work at Hooters, where do one legged ones work?

                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                            What do you call a flaming candy bar and bananas? Ruthie Foster!
                                                                                                            I think your comments about Uno pizza was not PC. I like big, juicy pizzas!

                                                                                                            1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                              And how do you like your coffee? What do you call a Texan mixed w/ Scotch?

                                                                                                            2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                              Yeah, pizza is a feminine noun. UNA Pizza.

                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                Yes, but what about pepperoni?

                                                                                                          1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                            Ho Lee Chow
                                                                                                            For Crusts Sakes
                                                                                                            The Hoar House
                                                                                                            The Last supper
                                                                                                            I Feel Like Crepe
                                                                                                            Hot Buns
                                                                                                            Blazing Salads
                                                                                                            Hawg Heaven
                                                                                                            Garden of Eat'n

                                                                                                          2. I was thinking of Roadkill Cafe....
                                                                                                            Some of my friends from South Cakalaki thought it was better than the Ritz. Of course I've nevah been.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                              There is also a Roadkill Cafe in the thriving metropolis that is Elberta, AL...

                                                                                                              1. re: dd992emo

                                                                                                                There used to be a RC in southern NH near the coast a few years ago. DH would not stop to check it out.. But I think they really just served burgers and such. It's been closed for a while.

                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                  Also on Hwy 20 by Winthrop, Wa in eastern Washington.

                                                                                                            2. The Duck Inn is a real place in Lake Dallas, Texas. There was a saying (since they served "all you can eat" catfish), "Duck in, waddle out!"

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                                                                                                              1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                Stanwood, Washington, has a Duck Inn, a favorite breakfast place for duck hunters and a lot of other folks. Small, good food, nice folks, and great duck murals.

                                                                                                              2. Sip 'n Bite, Baltimore, MD

                                                                                                                1. Don't think it's possible for a restaurant to be worse than Hitler's.


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                                                                                                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                    Right you are! "Hitler's Cross" with a swastika logo? We have a winner!

                                                                                                                    1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                      There's also Pho King. I don't WANT to know what they've done to the food.


                                                                                                                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                        Our favorite server at Pho Mai in Middletown, CT shared with us there's a What the Pho restaurant in Georgia. Gotta say it's darned clever. And it's certainly helpful in getting across the correct pronunciation of "pho!"

                                                                                                                        What the Pho Restaurant
                                                                                                                        2442 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096

                                                                                                                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                          A place around the corner from my house has gone through a bunch of names and the latest is "Pho King Way".

                                                                                                                          1. re: Barbara76137

                                                                                                                            Sister restaurants "No Pho King Way" and on the other side just "Way"?

                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                i just saw this miss tartaletta. i LOVE it!

                                                                                                                        2. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                          I was so surprised to see that logo! OTOH the reference in India is diffferent than here in the U.S. and elsewhere. But still.......

                                                                                                                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                            That website is no longer showing the article on Hitler's Cross restaurant, here's another one: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/5275866.stm

                                                                                                                          2. Chef Jeff's Imagine--that doesn't even make sense!

                                                                                                                            1. I recall 20 or 30 years ago in California seeing a joint called the Scarf and Barf.

                                                                                                                              1. Yuki Sushi in Owings Mills, MD. One of my friends refuses to go to somewhere named "Yucky", but it has my favorite chirashi sushi.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: mukalu

                                                                                                                                  What if you pronounced it "Yoo-ky"?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Blueicus

                                                                                                                                    I think that is how it is supposed to be pronounced, my friend was just being funny :)

                                                                                                                                2. Actually I will go to, and highly recommend Fiasco in Halifax, but the name does make one look twice.

                                                                                                                                  1. There used to be a place in (if I recall/remember) the Coral Gables, Fl area called Whiffenpoof. FoiGras

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                                                                                                                                      Run by a former Yalie, no doubt?

                                                                                                                                    2. The Filling Station in Ocean City, MD. Food was fine, the the image of a bunch of yahoos stuffing their faces with the table manners of hogs prevented me from going there for years.

                                                                                                                                      1. I steer clear from any place with "Pump Room" in the title. I keep thinking of stomach pumps, sump pumps, shoes, etc.

                                                                                                                                        1. I have often wondered just what exactly a Fuddrucker is.....

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                            I suspect they'd like you to think it's a sort of Spoonerism. (Or should that be Knife & Forkerism?)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                              I loved that restaurant as a child. It was one of the few places you could get mayo on your burger.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bryn

                                                                                                                                                Huh??? I always get mayo on my burger!

                                                                                                                                            2. Ding Dong Pastry. Wise Guys Bar & Grill. Toronto.

                                                                                                                                              1. A friend just told me about his visit to the Organ Stop Pizzeria in Mesa, Arizona, where the owner has a full size theater Wurlitzer which he plays, along with a huge one-man band setup. Oh, and pizza.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: mnosyne

                                                                                                                                                  Oakland, CA here. We've got a couple winners just within a few blocks of home.
                                                                                                                                                  "pick and bite" chinese buffet; sounds like what to do with a nasty scab!!
                                                                                                                                                  "King Dong" sounds like an asian porn flick.
                                                                                                                                                  "Hot and Chunky" burgers...used to be called Hot & Hunky bcuz they were in The Castro, but must've been sued over the name so they changed it to Hot and Chunky. Yecch; sounds like a descriptor for puke!!!
                                                                                                                                                  "Four Star Pizza, Tacos and Chinese-American Food" 4 Star, indeed, according to whom? Loving this thread....

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jodymaryk

                                                                                                                                                    Fresno has got this chain of pho places... Pho 99, Pho 99 Two, Pho 49, Pho 49 two, etc. It has gone so far to have Pho 99 on first and Pho 99 on First and McKinley.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Captain Cock in Bodrum, Turkey (I am hoping that it was an honest mispelling):

                                                                                                                                                    Attached is the picture of their sign

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                                                      If I passed by this resto, I could not resist going in and seeing what was on the menu!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                                                        I'd assume they served chicken. Outside North America, the penile use of "cock" has not made rooster displace it as a term for a male fowl.

                                                                                                                                                        One that always gets me here is "Restaurant Gandhi" (Indian, obviously). Still, strange to name a restaurant after a person famed for such non-violent resistance tactics as prolonged hunger strikes.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                          Is the menu at least vegetarian?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                            Gandhi in Montreal is not vegetarian, but they do have absolutely fabulous Indian food. We stopped there on a whim without doing any research while visiting old Montreal (and we're somewhat Indian snobs), and we were absolutely delighted!

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                            This is a non-English speaking country we are talking about, so I doubt that it referred to the fowl. My guess was that someone who doesn't speak the language misspelled Captain Cook (there are a million examples of Turkinglish signage masterpieces). The menu, if I remember correctly, was traditional Turkish fast-fare: soups, flatbreads, grills, salads; chicken might have been present, but wasn't the centerpiece.

                                                                                                                                                          3. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                                                            They had a Big Pecker's Bar & Grill in Ocean City, MD.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                              i laughed at big peckers, so i looked it up. somehow, the big chicken surprised me ;-)

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                Oh my, Alkapal! That is a funny site! "home of the bodacious burger", not to mention the Bad Ass Cafe... And who can forget to stop off at "Hooties Clothes Bar" (hmm, sounds awfully familiar)

                                                                                                                                                                No way I'm ordering their "crab cakes"! Eeek!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                  Ha! Wow, alkapal, thanks for the trip down memory lane. This was a popular place back when I was in my early 20's. Everyone had the t-shirt. Which, i notice, has not changed in 15 years. Yea, another popular watering hole in OC MD was The Brass Balls Saloon. Yea, it was more of a drinking place (i.e. rum runners) than a resto back then (and probably still).

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                                    when i go to oc, i'll check out the happy hour. $2 heineken? yeah buddy!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                    My sista alkapal, aren't you somewhere in the vicinity of Crabby Dick's? I thank you for directing me here to have fun (however late) with you all. A friend bought me some souvenir from Crabby Dick's and, ya know, I just didn't feel like keeping it around!!!

                                                                                                                                                                    Crabby Dick's
                                                                                                                                                                    30 Clinton St, Delaware City, DE 19706

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                      no, i'm in northern virginia. no crabby dicks around here -- except for the ones on capitol hill.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                        HA HA, so still plentiful, I'm sure. ;)

                                                                                                                                                              2. More from Toronto: New Ho King, Disgraceland.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                  reminds me of a very good bbq sauce i get at publix in florida: "pat's ho-made bbq sauce."

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                    New Ho King is open 'til 4AM and delivers. Can't beat that. Denny Crane.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                      STOP IT! LOL! Are there pictures of the hos on the jar?!!! :)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                        no hos on the bottle. looks very ho-made though with the font used on the bottle. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cocoabea...

                                                                                                                                                                        i see pat's made it into the flickr group "unfortunate names" http://www.flickr.com/groups/993003@N21/

                                                                                                                                                                  2. All My Chicken, Harrisburg PA. It always cracked me up. They had damned good fried chicken late night.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                                      Lynnlato, Thanks for the memory, it was right around by my house! and they did have "damed good fried chicken late night"

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Does anyone recall a tavern at Coxwell and Danforth originally called the "The Coxwell Tavern" sometime when beer was legal again in Toronto?

                                                                                                                                                                      At the time the area was doubtful and authorities mandated another name.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. You cant beat the chinese for deadpan flat ridiculous names. There was a place here in NYC called 'Good Taste'. I also remember a place years ago called 'Kings food'. These are not funny, but they typify a coomon approach.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. Stiffy's in Renton, WA. Never made it in there before it closed so can't tell you a thing about it! I think it was only open six months or so.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I was told there used to be a french restaurant in NYC called Chez Stadium. I hate bad puns!

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dcdavis

                                                                                                                                                                                  Reminds me of a place in Kingston ON that was all the rage in the early 90s: Chez Piggy. I never did go...

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                    Used to be good but grew fat on its laurels.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                      There's a pun in there somewhere... thanks for the update, mrb.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                        Used to be owned by Zal Yanovsky, member of Lovin' Spoonful, now gone. He was quite a personality with a quirky sense of humour ( and temper ) who no doubt was the originator of the name.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                        FWIW, I just found the Chez Piggy cookbook at a book sale. Had never heard of the place, but it looked interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: dcdavis

                                                                                                                                                                                        And what would be an example of a good pun?
                                                                                                                                                                                        I actually think that's pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Minimalist, overly-simple names really annoy me because of their pretentious sound. "Daniel" comes to mind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tvdxer

                                                                                                                                                                                          "Donut Field" in Mountain View, CA, sounds like some sort of mistranslation. I'm not sure what to think of "Restaurant Zur Puke" somewhere in Germany.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: tvdxer

                                                                                                                                                                                            God yes. DC is full of these places: Rice, Creme, Zola, Proof, Hook, Central, Oya, Matchbox, Indebleu, Dino, Ceiba, Corduroy.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I keep expecting to see restaurant open called Pants, or Feet, or Eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                "matchbox" may be pretentious in dc--in msp, it's a completely appropriately named weensy coffee-shop in northeast-- very "power to the workers." i think the place is maybe 120 sq feet total, seating for 8. also locally, i do like "snap" and "pop"-- for names-- not food, owned by the same folks. i don't hear that "crackle" is forthcoming, though. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: tvdxer

                                                                                                                                                                                                I was watching a rerun of 30 Rock last night. Tina Fey was standing outside a pretentious club called "Duvet". it cracked me up!

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Confusious Chinese Cuisine. I have no idea what I would get there and neither do they.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. On the way into Rehoboth, DE on Route 1:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Crabby Dick's.


                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Dirty Dick's Crab House and Awful Arthur's...both on the OBX of NC

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SweetPhyl

                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's a chain of pubs here in Ontario called Philthy McNasty's. I just can't bring myself to go into a place called "philthy" and "nasty".

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mogo

                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is/was a place in Charlotte called Tipsy McStumble's, I think yours wins!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BaltoPhilFood

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Charlotte, NC? If it was still here, I'd be a regular!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mogo

                                                                                                                                                                                                          yeah, I can't bring myself to go to Philthy's either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Ka ka Lucky.in Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Crabby Joe's in London, On
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Szechuan Aroma in NY
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cluck U in NY

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                                                          We've got Cluck U's here in DC. One of the few places where you can get fried chicken livers and gizzards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                            About 15 years ago flew into New Jersey and by the time we all got checked into our hotel the only place we could get food delivered was from Cluck U!! Ah, being "on tour" is so glamourous.....NOT!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                                                            We have one called Crabby Daddy's. I wonder if Daddy's name is Joe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. A new ice cream shop just opened up in Chicago. The idea is that you pick your base, sweetener, flavorings and add-ins, then the staff uses liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze the ice cream in a mixer a la Richard Blaise on Top Chef. The shop is called iCream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LabRat

                                                                                                                                                                                                              oh, is the pun that "i" devise the (ice) cream?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My guess is that it's a play on iPod, since it's a hi-tech way to make ice cream. But who knows what pun lurks in the hearts of men?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Blimpie's - a chain of sandwich shops, have them in Tulsa.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also "Porky's" a Tulsa diner. With a pig on the front.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Supermodel Pizza in Toronto. Underneath the restaurant's name, it says something like "Our crust is as thin as supermodels".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would totally eat there. That makes me smile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It makes me smile, too. I've never seen a customer inside the place so I wonder how they have managed to stay in business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The other funny thing about Supermodel Pizza is that there's a picture of an infant's head on the sign- sort of reminds me of the dancing babies on Allie McBeal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Really? I find the very idea of supermodels off-putting! I'd skip that one. No reason to glamorize starving women in this culture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Alexandria, Va has a restaurant called Vaso's Kitchen -- not a bad name, but under the name on the sign out front it says "A little piece of Greece."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And it's additionally burdened (by the local historical society) by having to keep a '50s neon sign of a dancing pig in a chef's toque & apron that says Dixie Bar-B-Q on top of the building.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's supposed to be good, but I can't quite bring myself to actually go in.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: weezycom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weezy, that server link is forbidden when i click on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I know this isn't as clever as the other posts. But there is a breakfast place in my town that has really good, creative breakfast offerings. They start each breakfast with a complimentary crepe with lingonberry jam. I avoided going to it for years because it's called "Eggs n things". I figured if they didn't know what else they were serving, I wanted no part of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        an Eggs N Things has been a late night/early morning favorite in Honolulu since the mid '70's. Rumor is they are finally closing their doors at the end of August, but its not the first talk of their demise, so we shall see. They are known for their 3 egg omelette (portugese sausage, maui onion, and cheese my fav) and for their pancakes. I never found anything too unusual about the name, thats what they served... eggs n things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! They can't close! Where will Mrs dd get her macadamia nut pancakes and warm coconut syrup next summer???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dd992emo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            next spring go on the Elsewhere In America board, will let you know what's going on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The Chat 'n' Chew in Assiniboia, Sask. Unfortunate name, but I still eat there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There's a small place in Stone Ridge NY called the "Nibble Nook". Never been there, never plan to go - the name just irks me. LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. My Hall of Shame for Greater Boston includes these clunkers:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            INQ, a bad restaurant with a stupid name, though not as bad or as stupid as its successor, Luigi and Roscoe's @ INQ (now mercifully closed, too, though supplanted by the almost-as-stupid Cafeteria)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Apocrypha (now expunged from the canon of still-operating restaurants)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Prose (don't expect lyricism on the plate)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Blunch (was that breakfast or lunch that I just heaved?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BOKX 109 (I know, honey, let's go to that "Vegas-style steakhouse" named after a slaughterhouse term for a carcass container)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chung King Rick's Cafe (of all the canned-Chinese-food joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No Name Restaurant (the retirees on cut-rate package tours dining here by the busload probably don't appreciate the paradox)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            T.J. Scallywaggle's (winner, Cognitive Dissonance Division: sounds like a casual-dining chain that serves Steak Quesadilla Towers and Shrimp Poppers, is actually a vegan pizzeria)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Let's not forget Boloco, which I can't help but pronouce "bollock-o."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I knew you were going to list Luigi & Roscoe's @ INQ and BOKX 109 the second I saw this heading!! Hahahaha....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I still hate Mooo.... (complete with ellipses, as I recall) for an upscale steakhouse too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Don't know if they're still around, but there was a small chain off stromboli shops in NJ called Stuff Yer Face. I didn't see a problem with the name in college, but now...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some will know this as the place Mario Batalli worked in college. He was in the North Brunswick location while I frequented the location in South Orange, thankyouverymuch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ETA: Still around: http://www.stuffyerface.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Divamac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There's a whole section of Heat in which Batali reminisces about his time there. I went to the one near Long Branch boardwalk all the time. The food was really good, but yeah, the name is stupid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Divamac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There was a soup/sandwich shop in Berkeley, CA, called the Stuffed Inn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bakeries called Toots Sweets and Just Desserts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Toots Sweets supplied the desserts served at the Edible Complex. That's been closed for many years; now in that location is an outpost of a local mini-chain, Crepevine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Restaurants love those punny names.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. How about the Blow-Fly Inn, Gulfport MS, every meal comes with a little plastic fly on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I LOVE the name of a restaurant in Edmonton Alberta Canada (my home town) that had the best vietnamese food. It was called Le Charles Mansion. A very, very wierd (surreal?) place with mismatched plates and glasses...one sometimes two employees/owners. You went in, told the chef/washer/everything person what spic elevel you wanted and she brought food until you told her to stop. The food was all fabulous and cheap cheap cheap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. any of the stoooopid Thai puns.....Beau Thai, appe-thai-zing, Thai-phoon......cringe inducing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        also, mash ups of food items. Gumbolaya, Pota-to-go(a baked potato food cart. good spuds, ridiculous name, but it is a cart....they almost get a pass!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I keep expecting to see a restaurant called Thai My Pecker to My Leg. I should probably register the name. That, and Seamus O'Chimichangas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That reminds me of Carlos O'Kelly's which we used to call Carlos O'Smelly's. It's at least a midwestern chain. Not sure if they've expanded further.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yup... the bad Thai puns get my votes... you beat me to posting them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I always joke that to take it to the extreme, should I ever open a Thai restaurant (a real possibility), I would name it "Thai-po" and the whole menu would consist of really bad Engrish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: vorpal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You open Thai-po and I’ll open Thai-pay B -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How's that for cringe-worthy? lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: vorpal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Of course, only a Thai-pay personality would actually get up and do it instead of just talking about it...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: vorpal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the new one here is "To Thai For"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (the food is pretty good)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I get the feeling that somewhere, in Australia there a place called "Thai me Kangroo Down"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. It's not necessarily a bad name for a restaurant. We have one down the street from us...this little Mexican Grill. Pretty nice place, actually. But it's called La Fonda. And I can't help but think of Napoleon Dynamite every time I walk by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Two more from Toronto:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lick'n Chicken (the joke is its vegan, and has a rubber chicken hanging by the neck with a sign saying "Sorry, no chicken").

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And there's a Chinese place in the Beaches which has a sign out front that's supposed to say "Good Food". However, half the letters burned out, and they have not been replaced in over 20 years. It is universally known as "The GooF".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Here in Sydney we have ThaiTanic, Thai Me Up and Thairiffic. Also Pink Peppercorn (Laotian resto in the gay club district), the inventively named PAD THAI FIVE DOLLAR (guess what they sell?) and the usual assortments of Wok On Ins, Wok and Rolls etc. My personal favourite though is the sushi place at the Sydney Uni food court: Miso Honi. I'm not joking, and I feel deep sympathy for whichever staff member has to answer the phones!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I know this is meant to be about dumb resto' names but I just have to get one out there that I love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Silly Yaks - it's a cafe that specialises in producing tasty food for celiacs. I said it earlier I love a good pun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. In the greater Seattle area:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thai One On
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What the Pho


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. El Titanic - Mexican restaurant- Shelby, NC.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not exactly confidence inspiring.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I used to see a sign on I-5 for Hawks Prairie Pizza, which I thought sounded like a euphamism for road kill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Feed Bag - Mesa, AZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any place in the suburbs with "Urban" in its title, especially if a colon is involved. The punctuation kind that is, e.g. Saute: An Urban Bistro.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And I don't think anyone mentioned Pink Taco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. There's an Indian resto in the Detroit area named "Mysore Woodlands". As the newspaper review said, "unfortunately named", but the food was well received.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Duckworth's Cheessteakery and Quaker Steak and Lube in Charlotte and next door to each other. Thai One On in Towson, MD to add to the list of puns. There are a couple bars/restos in baltimore about 2-3 blocks from each other- owned by friends- named Don't Know and No Idea. I also remember a No Idea in NYC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BaltoPhilFood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, the banner sign on No Idea in NYC explains, as it says in small print above the bar's name, Where were you last night?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I just stumbled across this entertaining thread yesterday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After reading through, I thought I'd add montreal's Mysore (apparently coney trumped me in Detroit). OK, perhaps a once regal, far-east city, but I always think the chef is talking about HIS sore, open and oozing a yellowish liquid...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But the wife maintains I have the pronounciation all wrong, its actually 'misery'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another montreal resto, Hwang Kum. OK, in korean, this might sound good, but in street gutter english, I find it...ahhhh...nevermind. There's also a Chez Hwang (from the french, 'At Hwang's')...see above.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Along the pho lines; Good Pho Me!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A swish steak house, La Queue de Cheval sounds pretty suave in french...you can translate it to 'At the Horse's a$$'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is a cheapo chinese near my place called Sun-K. They re-did their sign awhile back and the dash isn't quite visible, its now "Sunk"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and a pun in Vermont, The Pour House.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My folks went to a wedding just south of Cornwall Ontario years ago. There was a simple ceremony followed by a reception at an establishment owned by one Mr. Shovett. It was a resto/hotel called, what else, The Shovett Inn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Shovett Inn" coming from you, porker, is pretty risque.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Porker, we now have an unrelated Pourhouse in Vancouver.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But the one that's got my goat (groan) is the new Judas Goat here. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Actually La Queue de Cheval would translate either as The Horse's Tail or The Horse's Dick if you read it as slang. I believe the former was intended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Here in D.C. we have Full Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The Bull Shed in Waipouli, Kauai, and Bar Acuda in Hanalei. I still recommend the latter to friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I still go, but I hate the name "Blunch." It's a great sandwich and coffee shop in Boston that serves breakfast sandwiches all day, thus the name. Hate the name, love the sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FrankieSandals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              eww "blunch" sounds like onomontopeia...sound it would make coming back up, yuck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I just stumbled on this one as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mine are more general:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Anything with exclamation marks like MSP's yum! and snap! and enjoy! and relax! I say vomit!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Along those lines, things like yummy (also in MSP) and good (NYC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - I am highly suspicious of any restaurant with "Grill" in the name. "Bar and Grill" is even worse. Anything with "Grille" is almost certainly a crummy restaurant. There are a few exceptions, but it's about 98%.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Anything with an "x" or "xx" at the end, or in the middle. Taxxi, Marxx, Marx. And we have a place in MSP called Restaurant Max. That just sounds like a cheap hotel restaurant. It's totally unfair, but I just can't get enthusiastic about trying a place called Restaurant Max. Max, to me, instantly evokes Max Klinger from M*A*S*H* or Valley Girl slang from the 80s "...to the max!" Same with Marx Wine Bar. Have I mentioned, Wine Bar is generally attached to a lame place too?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Like "Grill", anything with "Bistro" oozes "we lack creativity".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MSPD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in Seattle there used to be a place that went awry of your 'Bar and Grill' observation. It was called King St. Bar and *Oven*. it sounds like they *tried* to avert the B&G cliche, but made it worse by picking an awkward sounding name.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh, and come to think about it, the name was a FAIL on more than one front as it also employs the unoriginal name-of-street restaurant naming scheme.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                IIRC the only reason it survived as long as it did was that it was located in front of the Kingdome and could pretty much guarantee solid patronage on game days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pushslice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, yeah, I always flip out when I see stuff like that. Here in Denver there's a "Jordan's Bistro & Pub." I once did a blogpost railing on the name.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As for "xx," in Boston there's a steakhouse called BOKX 109. Ridiculous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pushslice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually, the place is still around. I work a couple of blocks away from it (haven't been there though, and probably don't care to.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: MSPD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There was a Yummy Chow Chinese buffet in Houston about 20 years ago, it was not, btw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You struck a nerve with the mention of Grille with an E on the end. Its like look at us, we are so fancy. I always thought that was stupid.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Likeways, anything with the word company in it sound pretentious as hell, especially the myriad of blahblah Land and Cattle companies out there. Look I don't want to buy Land or Cattle. I want a steak, jeez.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Tips for Tops'n in Provincetown, MA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Foody Goody Chinese Buffet in Renton, WA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are three of those in Winnipeg and I have heard foodie not so goodie!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. In New Brunswick, NJ there used to be TWO "Pick'n Chick'n"s a couple blocks from each other - each claiming to be the original.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now there is just one...but I still won't go into it...yuck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. In Toronto (Parliament & Wellesley I think?) the Tender Trap restaurant...eeewwwww....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. "Taste of Greece". Oceanside NY.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just the thought of it gets my gag reflex up and running.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Years ago (in the 70s) there was at least one "Squat and Gobble" in the Topeka, KS area. There was also a "Chet's Chat 'n Chew".
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The tiny town of Shirley, AR had "The Last Supper Cafe", where the owner would get up and preach during your meal. We didn't even make it to a "first supper."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Puke Pub - New Zealand. (actually pronounced to rhyme with cookie).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They actually serve road kill and specialize in Possum (which were imported and are now taking over with no predators).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The menu includes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Roadkill of the day - You kill 'em we grill 'em
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Guess that mess (possum straight from the highway to you)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tourist Sandwich (all sorts of foreign filling)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Volved Venison (Tenderized Swedish style)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Headlight Delight (fresh from the roadside)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sandfly steaks (human's revenge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gag 'n' Bag (the daily special - anything dead on bread)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can read more here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes it really exists and no, we didn't eat there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. recently reopened at a new location in my town is "scratch", as in "made from..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i get it, but it's still not a good name (the website is even worse, scratchasheville.com - sounds like a link to cdc/health dept site).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  place used to be called 28806 deli/bakery/catering. not imaginative, but at least you knew what it was. food was good, so the name alone won't make me shun it..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "scratchasheville.com" alone cracked me up!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it DOES sound like the health inspector should be called if this is a restaurant. i mean, is this what the cooks do?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Here in Oregon:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hung Far Low - Portland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pig'n Pancake - Lincoln City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dog House Restaurant - Eugene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Samurai Duck - Eugene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jail - Eugene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    China Faith - Salem
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Capitol Dog - Salem
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spud Brothers Pizza - Salem

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tracylee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      adding to the P-town names:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wine Down( a wine bar)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thai noon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tapalaya(a soul food tapas place)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. There used to be a bar in my neighborhood called The Slick Duck. It's now gone, but the name lives on in the form of a Mummer's New Year's group (ya gotta be from Philly to unnerstand).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Western PA has a chain of restaurants, similar to Bob's Big Boy, called Eat 'n Park. I could never figure that one out since you really need to park before you eat.......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A bizarre name usually has no effect on whether I will eat at the place or not since I am an equal opportunity foodaholic. I'm not fond of places with names that do not roll easily off the tongue, however -- Ruth's Chris comes to mind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        somehow, in my twisted little brain, i read "The Slick Duck" with another vowel instead....and it made me think of a can of "spotted dick" http://www.englishteastore.com/cak004... i saw in the "english" foods section of publix supermarket the other day. ;-). i'm curious why we haven't seen any "spotted dick" restaurants..... on the other hand, who wants a spotted dick?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        speaking of "ducks", there is the "mucky duck" on captiva in sw florida.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.muckyduck.com/history.htm -- not known so much for the food......but the view is nice.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        happy new year!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Actually, there's a pub on Bloor Street in downtown Toronto called the Spotted Dick. I've never eaten there, so I don't know if they serve the titular dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gone now, I'm afraid; the whole block is being turned into a giant condo tower. Perfect timing, as condo prices in Toronto are dropping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: KevinB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Since this thread has been reactivated, I thought I'd mention that I was in downtown Toronto over Labor Day weekend and it seems like you've been misinformed. The Spotted Dick is still there -- it's the next block over that's been razed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm wondering....with a Chowhound name like yours....thought about opening a restaurant? Pronunciation pwease? (Love ur post by the way....)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From P.G. Wodehouse, dontcha know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I never understood the possessive in Ruth's Chris either. Does anyone?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, I believe she bought a restaraunt called Chris steak house and changed it to Ruth's Chris. Stupid, yes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, that is an odd one. Mrs. Ruth purchased "Chris Steakhouse," in New Orleans, and then added her name to the restaurant, hence Ruth Chris Steakhouse (or Ruth's Chris Steakhouse). When Paul Fleming took it into franchise, the name went with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Even knowing the history, it still does not roll of my tongue.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow. That cleared up a big mystery for me. It was one of those things I was afraid to ask.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Many, many years ago there used to be a Chinese resto on Queen St. E. In Toronto. Don't remember the real name.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They had a neon sign that said "Good Food", but a lot of the letters were burned out and all that was left was GOOF...Everybody I knew just called the place that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fond memories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: billieboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I remember the GOOF. Good times.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There was a Chinese restaurant I used to frequent in East VAncouver called:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wong Kee. I loved there wonky wonton soup. I often wonder if these Asian places really get the play on their names or if it is accidental.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dinin and dishin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    well Thai restaurants DEFINATELY get the pun! a place called Hung Far Low, has to by now, get it (its been there for decades).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yup, been there, drank there back in college.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nkeane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In the Valley of the Sun, there is/were several Chinese-themed restaurants, Long Wong's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reminds me of the restaurant (I think, but maybe a character) in "Sweet Sixteen," Long Duck Dong... As I speak no Chinese dialects, I have no clue how that translates in English.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Mercury Fish and Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kitty's Restaurant (Chinese Food)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Not dumb, but strange:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pancho McGillucuddy's (Williams, AZ) - Irish - Mexican cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DH still reminds me what a cop-out I was for not trying it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jeni1002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ahhh, come on!? who doesnt love corned beef and cabbage empanadas? or mutton chimichangas? what about Bushmills and pinto beans? man, you could play this game all day.......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jeni1002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe because of the Irish inclusion in some of Mexican history, or maybe for the "shock factor," there are seveal similarly named restaurants. I have yet to find one that did good Mexican, whether Tex-Mex, Sororan or Bajan. Some migh actually have historical ties, but I'd guess that most do not.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jeni1002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Are they trying to be a Carlos O'Kelly's knockoff?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just posted a few minutes ago about Carlos O'Kelly's. We called it Carlos O'Smelly's!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. There's a place in Toronto called "New Ho King"... I always wonder if only young pimps eat there [groan].

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Smorgasbord

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And of course, Toronto boasts (cringes?) at the interesting name and disappointing food from the chain "Ho Lee Chow".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. here in the colombia heights neighborhood of DC, which has a large hispanic population, there is a chinese restaurant named o'tasty's. it might not be a bad name, but i love the juxtaposition of culinary and cultural confusion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: switters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There used to be a Chinese carryout in Georgetown called McWang's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. "My Big Fat Greek Restaurant". Not only do I refuse to go in there based on the fact it is based on an overrated movie, but the word "fat" is not exactly enticing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Apologies if someone already mentioned this. Too lazy to read all the posts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. "Toss it up" in Ottawa- a custom salad place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe that 's a name for their second location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tuttebene

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's an Iki Sushi in Vancouver, too, tuttebene. Sigh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. "It's Greek to Me."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seems there is a proliferation of restaurants with this name. But I think it's a stupid name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What is it supposed to mean?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "I don't understand this food at all!"


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "It's not REALLY Greek food, but heck, I can't tell the difference!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Okay, so they're bars, but when talking about stupid names I think of these two in Omaha: I Don't Care Lounge, and 120 Blondes (located near 120th and Blondo).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, what's the deal with Applebees? There's no apples, and no bees! (Sorry, channeling Seinfeld here)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nimeye

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          >>>>Also, what's the deal with Applebees? There's no apples, and no bees! (Sorry, channeling Seinfeld here)<<<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...or you're channeling linda richman http://oybay.files.wordpress.com/2006... , who would then add: "DISCUSS!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            God, I completely forgot about those skits!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I saw a sign for a new pizza/pasta restaurant today: Sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I immediately thought of this thread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: beachmouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We have one in CT, too. So it's very original as well as a dumb restaurant name!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another one that loses points for cleverness quickly is not having a name. Several years ago in Hartford, we had the bar with no name. But "Bar With No Name" became the name. After all, how would you be listed in the phone book or promote your nameless restaurant otherwise. Just silly. And extra negative points for lack of originality as I know it was done elsewhere. Rant, rant, rant. On a positive note, we had lots of fun there during the Swing revival of the late 90s when we were into dancing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sauce Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            124 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, CT 06033

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bar With No Name reminds me of a UK chain of bars called Bar None. The clever bit is how they play off the name in labeling the restroom doors. Instead of Men and Women, they're labeled | and O.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, there's a No Name in Boston, and there used to be Bar Code without an actual name, just a bar code, etc.—annoying...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Again, great fun to find in the phone book (or online), I'm sure. Dumb! I'm looking for |||||||| ||| ||||||||...do you have that listing?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hey, those "information" operators can't even get real names or numbers right! how hard is it, for example, to tell a caller the number for the "u.s. district court for the district of columbia" IN the district of columbia? apparently, it was very hard, 'cause they told me the wrong number.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. A Toronto restaurant whose owners thought that an Italian name would be nice and picturesque.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So the named the place ":Fiasco".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ekammin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You're kidding. I assume it failed?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ekammin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ekammin, we had a Fiasco in Vancouver attached to of all things a clothing store. Store still there, resto not so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. LA Food Show - whaaat? is this a convention or a restaurant!?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                also, some Asian names just don't transliterate well...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Soot Bull Jeep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Young Ho

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. "Tapas by Personal Touch" just didn't work for me. I was turned off by the name so I never tried the restaurant despite some good reviews. It ended up closing and sometimes I wonder if it's name had something to do with it's fate. The place looked absolutely presentable, white linen tablecloths, up and coming neighbourhood in Toronto but that sign, with "personal touch" in some swirly font just didn't appeal. Now in it's place a new restaurant has opened up called "Room Service" fine dining Caribbean cuisine. Maybe it's me but I'm thinking this name is going to bring down this restaurant as well!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fickle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "by personal touch"? lol! that sounds like it might've harbored some kind of massage parlor in the backroom! ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and "room service" -- yeah, i certainly get "caribbean" from *that*!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There was not a massage parlor out back or it would have had a "Happy Ending".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JanPrimus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        <oooooh, that's some dangerous territory there, my friend who looks like darth vader.> ("luuuuuke, you ate my tortillaaaaaaa!")

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Recently deceased (http://tinyurl.com/d6tvg8) Toronto place: Cluck, Grunt and Low.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. someone upthread just mentioned this boston steakhouse "bokx 109"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      you've gotta see their website -- esp. the photo collage in the intro.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suggestive (see the gal at the top lying on her back, mouth wide open, about to swallow a monster old-fashioned microphone)? hmmmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      they actually call themselves "swanky." i kid you not!!! they even are proud of their self-proclaimed "swankitude."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      no....i'm not kidding, i promise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think that gal is attempting to "taste the energy and beauty" of that microphone..."where the best in style and substance come together to create a swanky, high-energy dining experience. We call it swankitude." What do YOU call it? If it's in Boston, why do they have a picture of the Chrysler building? I guess 'cause it's so swanky. UGH. I attempted to look at their menu and was blasted by "Ain't That a Kick in the Head"--ironic, huh?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Edit: I think we've surpassed dumb restaurant names and moved on to dumb website concepts. New thread?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you're crackin' me up, sister katty! {;^D)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ugh. They even spell "Snacks" "Snakx."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That website is worse than Hitler.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or, at least, Hitler's Restaurant.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I wonder if this place is the one that mispelled "Nasi Goreng" as "Nazi Goering" No wait, that was an Indonesain place

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not a restaurant but film supply in SF called Adolph Gasser. I'd be changing my name(s) pronto.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You're right!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was worth having a look! Pretty hilarious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But I have to say the menu sounded good! (maybe I'm just really hungry right now!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                along the lines of perceived swankitude, this "new world specialty food company" must have been inspired by bokx 109's website: http://www.ranchogordo.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                she must be "tasting the energy and the beauty" of mexican oregano!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HA HA--exactly! But I think she has some of that Mexican oregano stuck in her teeth and is trying to extricate it. Oh, to have one's 15 minutes of shame immortalized on not just one label, but the entire company line of Rancho Gordo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reaching for the treat, just out of reach (no hands allowed).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. New restaurant that just opened in Raleigh, NC. Gravy. That's it, just "Gravy." And even though I'm from Brooklyn, am I supposed to guess that a restaurant in the South named "Gravy" serves cutesy-poo so-called Italian-American style food rather than homestyle Southern cooking? Other than the fact that the name is fairly unappealing, I wonder how many customers will wander in and then stomp out after discovering that biscuits and sausage gravy are nowhere to be found on the menu?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rockycat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it's in raleigh, calls itself "gravy" and doesn't serve southern food?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    what WERE they thinking?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Chez Fish, outside of Charleston SC on the way to Kiawah (although I've heard it is good)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Food 101, Atlanta -- sounds like a cooking school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gyro & Teriyaki, Atlanta -- weird combo, decent take-out/delivery food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Abattoir, Atlanta -- French for slaughterhouse. I'm fine with it, but I know a lot of people that hate it. The recently-refurbished building was an Abbattoir decades ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Taco Mac, Atlanta -- sports bar that was in a old taco restaurant. Very confusing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My Friend's Place -- I think it is a deli, based here in Atlanta, but the name is so uninspiring that I expect the food is -- so I've never been.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Reignking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We used to have a "My Brother's Place" in Cromwell, CT which was confusing because my uncle actually had a restaurant and my mom would refer to it as "my brother's place" with some regularity. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        there's a "my brother's place" in dc. I met a guy and he said he bartended down town, and I said "where?" and he said "my brother's place" and I said "what's it called?" insert confusion here..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's also a My Brother's Bar in Denver—but no one confuses that, cause it's got an illustrious history as a Beat hangout. Kerouac was a regular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Reignking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Abattoir?! That's awful! Are their servers dressed like Leatherface (but, you know, with a beret on top)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          >>"with a beret on top"<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          priceless, tata!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. There's a coffee shop in Union Square in Somerville, MA that I refuse to go to because the owners thought it would be a good idea to call it "Bloc 11."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Um...you mean like the Bloc 11 that was the part of Auschwitz where all of the most horrific abuses of the prisoners took place? Because that's JUST the mental imagery I want while I'm enjoying my morning croissant!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's a horrible association for restaurant Bloc 11. I wonder how the owner(s) would explain the meaning behind this name. The spelling of "bloc" leads one to assume an Eastern European allusion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Worst ever: "Something's Fishy" on Ventura Blvd in the San Fernando Valley.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Chili My Soul" is also down there...what is that even supposed to mean? A pun that I don't get?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And it took me forever to eat at "Thai-Rriffic" in San Luis Obispo because the name was so stupid, but once I ate there, I liked the food and went back repeatedly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now I'm going to be thinking about what Chili My Soul's supposed to be a play on all day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Filet of Sole, maybe? It's all I can think of and agree it's a dumb name. Like my soul needs seasoning? I think not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Thai-Rriffic" is kinda funny--glad the food is tasty. We have "Typhoon" in my hometown--and borrowing from those Weight Watchers cards, "This snack not for me."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Two obvious clunkers from the Toronto area:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Marc Thuet's high-end restaurant was renamed "Bite Me!" for about a year before he apparently came down from his acid trip and renamed it again. Good call.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - There's a seafood restaurant in Mississauga called "The Funky Tuna". Dunno about you, but if my fish is funky I toss it out, I don't eat it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gary, they should've named it "the tuna watusi" -- or "tuna tango" -- because "funky" goes with "chicken." ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bite Me is now called Conviction since he is employing ex convicts for a reality show....much worse imo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Fix Me A Plate Cafe, San Diego. Funny name...great Southern style food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Pho' King in San Diego
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (prounounced: "fuh")

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. There is a chinese place in Chico, CA called "Flavor Falls" I've never been.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      once again in manhattan, on 2nd avenue in the 30's is a Chinese Place called simply "Profit" . Neither I (nor anyone else I know who has eaten there, has ever profited by the experiance, so I sometimes wonder is there just being honest about why they opened the place....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also in Manhattan: Thai Me Up, on E. 14th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oh, yeah the sandwitch place Also a while ago (five or so years) the was a Chinese place on 2nd and about 46 on the same block with the west side of Dag plaza (it's now a turkish place called alladins palace or something like that) called Hsin Yu, which already sounded a little suspicios to me (as if the place was a sort of culinary purgatory) This place closed before the I got into the habit of actually eating at Chinese places on my walking routes so I never actually tasted the food there (then again as it was closed by the health deparment so that may be a good thing) but I did have one of thier menu's once and rememembered two major typos one was "lobster and style" (which was just funny) but the other one really set alarm bells off; one of the Chefs Specials was called "Three Muskiest in Garlic sauce" with no further explination (I assume someone was trying to translate some Chinese term that meant "fragrant" or "aromatic" and really screwed it up.) To my mind my colgone and aftershave shoud be "musky" not my food (though I do understande in in the middle ages there were dishes cooked for kings that invoved things like musk, camphor, and ambergris)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. A book name... surely meant to be cute, but gone quite horribly wrong:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Cooking with Pooh"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Rabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, that's so funny! I love simplicity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Right down the road from me is “Bob-a-rea’s”. Good place for a great pizza or breakfast, but the name conjures images of – well, you get the point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some of the old local pub/bars were: The Mystic Den, The Broken Spoke and the Elbow Room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Back in the 70’s there was “The Generation Gap”.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Old post, I know, but...I actually don't get the point? What am I missing?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Aha. My brain failed me on that one. What was the point of the name supposed to be, do you know?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Probably Bob-a-Rea rhymes with Pizzaria, that kind of thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hard to deny the others rhymes when you're a kid, and then the nickname sticks and all the kids start saying it. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Filthy Mcnasty's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A pub in Edmonton.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Apparently they actually have decent food.

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