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KayceeK Jul 9, 2008 09:34 AM

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?

  1. Dimbulb Jul 9, 2008 09:47 AM

    Fukui Sushi on Bayview

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      AngelSanctuary Jan 14, 2009 04:40 PM

      that place is not bad~

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      lerkin Jul 9, 2008 10:22 AM

      The Strip Club, St. Paul, MN

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        soupkitten Jul 10, 2008 05:49 PM

        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!!!

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        Buckethead Jul 9, 2008 10:33 AM

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

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          southernitalian Jul 9, 2008 11:35 AM

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

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            small h Jul 9, 2008 03:11 PM

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

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              julesrules Jul 11, 2008 12:13 PM

              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.

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                small h Jul 11, 2008 12:32 PM

                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!

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                  cornflower55 Jan 5, 2010 02:20 PM

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

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                    small h Jan 5, 2010 05:04 PM

                    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.)

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                      BobB Jan 6, 2010 09:49 AM

                      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.

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                  TampaAurora Jul 24, 2008 05:09 PM

                  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.

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                    Buckethead Jul 25, 2008 09:47 AM

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

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                Potomac Bob Aug 5, 2008 08:13 AM

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

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                  FoiGras Aug 5, 2008 12:57 PM

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

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                    jumpingmonk May 10, 2011 09:10 AM

                    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.

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                      buttertart May 10, 2011 09:27 AM

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

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                        BobB May 10, 2011 10:55 AM

                        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..

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                          jumpingmonk May 10, 2011 03:19 PM

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

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                            buttertart May 11, 2011 07:09 AM

                            Why give up a lucky number?

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                              jumpingmonk May 11, 2011 02:31 PM

                              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!

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                                buttertart May 11, 2011 05:17 PM

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

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                          Caitlin McGrath May 12, 2011 09:07 PM

                          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.

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                        Potomac Bob Aug 24, 2008 03:21 PM

                        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.

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                      Sherri Jul 9, 2008 10:34 AM

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

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                        Glencora Jul 9, 2008 02:28 PM

                        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

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                          soupkitten Jul 9, 2008 03:21 PM

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

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

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                            cosmogrrl Mar 22, 2010 01:39 PM

                            Which was down the street from Fun Terminal!

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                            kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 06:44 PM

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

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                              Scargod Jun 7, 2009 11:49 AM

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

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                                alkapal Jun 7, 2009 12:00 PM

                                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?...

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                                  Pipenta Dec 14, 2010 04:53 AM

                                  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.

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                              FlaHopper Jul 9, 2008 11:44 AM

                              O'Boobigan's in Clearwater, Fla.

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                                grayelf Jul 9, 2008 12:43 PM

                                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.

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                                  TampaAurora Jul 24, 2008 05:11 PM

                                  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!

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                                    stephanieh Jul 24, 2008 11:26 PM

                                    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.

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                                      TroyTempest Aug 7, 2008 10:00 AM

                                      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.

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                                        TroyTempest Jul 10, 2009 10:27 AM

                                        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.

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                                  small h Jul 9, 2008 03:09 PM

                                  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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                                    amyvc Jun 7, 2009 09:49 AM

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

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                                      Lizard Jan 7, 2010 08:15 AM

                                      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.

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                                        tatamagouche Jan 19, 2010 06:11 AM

                                        Oh, how sad.

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                                          small h Jan 19, 2010 05:01 PM

                                          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.

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                                            jumpingmonk Jan 19, 2010 06:10 PM

                                            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.........

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                                              small h Jan 19, 2010 06:27 PM

                                              <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.

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                                                jumpingmonk Jan 20, 2010 03:03 AM

                                                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)

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                                                  tatamagouche Feb 17, 2010 10:22 AM

                                                  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.

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                                          melpy Jul 12, 2010 05:19 PM

                                          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.

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                                            small h Jul 13, 2010 06:10 AM

                                            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.

                                            http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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                                              jumpingmonk Jul 13, 2010 06:43 AM

                                              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

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                                          Ted in Central NJ Jul 9, 2008 03:29 PM

                                          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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                                            LaLa Jul 9, 2008 05:04 PM

                                            we have a place named Beefy King...yuck

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                                              AlyKen Jul 14, 2008 09:46 AM

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

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                                              Ted in Central NJ Jul 14, 2008 09:57 AM

                                              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.

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                                                Catskillgirl Jul 14, 2008 11:55 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  alkapal Jul 14, 2008 12:06 PM

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

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                                                    Catskillgirl Jul 21, 2008 11:40 AM

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

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                                                      alkapal Jul 25, 2008 04:39 AM

                                                      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! '=)

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                                                        Catskillgirl Jul 25, 2008 02:29 PM

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

                                                        :-)

                                            3. CindyJ Jul 9, 2008 05:10 PM

                                              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. CindyJ Jul 9, 2008 05:17 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  rudysmom Jul 10, 2008 05:52 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                    JBethell Jul 10, 2008 09:03 AM

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

                                                    1. DarthEater Jul 10, 2008 09:24 AM

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

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                                                        dd992emo Jul 10, 2008 10:45 AM

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

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                                                          alkapal Jul 14, 2008 11:00 AM

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

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                                                            lrostron Jul 21, 2008 10:49 AM

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

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                                                              alkapal Jul 25, 2008 04:40 AM

                                                              wow, in san francisco? how cosmopolitan!

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                                                                ChowFun_derek Oct 9, 2008 12:24 PM

                                                                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..........!

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                                                                  alkapal Oct 10, 2008 05:17 AM

                                                                  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!)

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                                                                    ChowFun_derek Oct 10, 2008 12:17 PM

                                                                    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....

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                                                                      alkapal Oct 15, 2008 04:50 AM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                    kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 06:48 PM

                                                                    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. ;)

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                                                                      KaimukiMan Dec 21, 2009 08:53 PM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                  cuccubear Jul 10, 2009 09:31 AM

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

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                                                                    pikawicca Jul 26, 2009 07:22 PM

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

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                                                                      Scargod Aug 19, 2009 06:31 AM

                                                                      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. BobB Jul 10, 2008 01:58 PM

                                                                      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. nofunlatte Jul 10, 2008 05:23 PM

                                                                        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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                                                                          Anonimo Oct 23, 2008 04:06 PM

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

                                                                        2. coastie Jul 10, 2008 06:04 PM

                                                                          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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                                                                            kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 06:50 PM

                                                                            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. soxchik Jul 11, 2008 07:16 AM

                                                                            All in the Boston area:

                                                                            Strip T's
                                                                            Wrapro
                                                                            Snappy Sushi

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                                                                              chow_gal Jul 11, 2008 08:30 AM

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

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                                                                                Spends Rent on Food Jul 11, 2008 11:16 AM

                                                                                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."

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                                                                                  alkapal Jul 14, 2008 11:01 AM

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

                                                                              2. mnosyne Jul 11, 2008 09:35 AM

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

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                                                                                  soupkitten Jul 11, 2008 12:29 PM

                                                                                  la cucaracha (the cockroach) st. paul

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                                                                                    weewah Jan 3, 2011 10:07 AM

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

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                                                                                    Neely_Ohara Aug 17, 2008 05:02 PM

                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                      small h Aug 17, 2008 06:08 PM

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

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                                                                                        cuccubear Jul 10, 2009 09:35 AM

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

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                                                                                    moh Jul 11, 2008 01:39 PM

                                                                                    New Big Wang Restaurant in NYC! Funny name!

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                                                                                      kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 06:54 PM

                                                                                      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

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                                                                                        jumpingmonk Jun 7, 2009 05:57 PM

                                                                                        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)

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                                                                                          moh Jun 7, 2009 11:49 PM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            jumpingmonk Jun 8, 2009 06:08 AM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              moh Jun 8, 2009 06:45 AM

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

                                                                                      2. Johnny Pastrami Jul 11, 2008 05:31 PM

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

                                                                                        Ketchup
                                                                                        Grub
                                                                                        Toast
                                                                                        Cut (actually good food)
                                                                                        Charcoal
                                                                                        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)
                                                                                        Meltdown
                                                                                        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)
                                                                                        Applebee's

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                                                                                          Glencora Jul 11, 2008 09:15 PM

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

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                                                                                            mnosyne Jul 12, 2008 11:35 AM

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

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                                                                                            Scargod Jul 13, 2008 05:53 AM

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

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                                                                                              stephanieh Jul 14, 2008 01:07 PM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                irisav Sep 30, 2008 06:45 PM

                                                                                                '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)

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                                                                                                  decolady Feb 16, 2010 04:34 PM

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

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                                                                                                    mollyomormon Feb 17, 2010 12:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                      carollins83 Aug 4, 2010 09:59 PM

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

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                                                                                                        jumpingmonk Aug 5, 2010 04:20 AM

                                                                                                        There's a Pickup Stix in NYC as well

                                                                                                    2. Passadumkeg Jul 12, 2008 12:24 AM

                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                        Scargod Jul 13, 2008 05:58 AM

                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                          Passadumkeg Jul 13, 2008 05:59 PM

                                                                                                          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?
                                                                                                          IHOP

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                                                                                                            Scargod Jul 13, 2008 06:25 PM

                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                              Passadumkeg Jul 13, 2008 06:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                                Scargod Jul 13, 2008 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                Scargod!

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                                                                                                              lagatta Jul 20, 2008 12:39 PM

                                                                                                              Yeah, pizza is a feminine noun. UNA Pizza.

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                                                                                                                mrbozo Aug 1, 2008 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                Yes, but what about pepperoni?

                                                                                                        2. Scargod Jul 13, 2008 06:08 AM

                                                                                                          Bulldog Burrito, New Haven.

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                                                                                                            garlicandwingnut Jul 13, 2008 09:11 AM

                                                                                                            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. Gio Jul 13, 2008 06:58 PM

                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                              dd992emo Jul 14, 2008 10:54 AM

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

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                                                                                                                Gio Jul 14, 2008 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                dd:
                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                  jodymaryk Jul 29, 2008 09:10 PM

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

                                                                                                            2. Scargod Jul 13, 2008 07:03 PM

                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                Father Kitchen Oct 10, 2008 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                maddogg280 Jul 14, 2008 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                Sip 'n Bite, Baltimore, MD

                                                                                                                1. monkeyrotica Jul 14, 2008 09:51 AM

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

                                                                                                                  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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                                                                                                                    BobB Jul 14, 2008 11:13 AM

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

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                                                                                                                      monkeyrotica Jul 15, 2008 07:39 AM

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

                                                                                                                      http://www.hewnandhammered.com/photos...

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                                                                                                                        kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                        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!"

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                                                                                                                        2442 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096

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                                                                                                                          salsailsa Jun 6, 2009 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                          LOL!

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                                                                                                                          Barbara76137 Nov 13, 2010 04:48 PM

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

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                                                                                                                            buttertart Nov 16, 2010 05:39 AM

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

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                                                                                                                              Barbara76137 Dec 17, 2010 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                              not so many restaurants here.

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                                                                                                                                alkapal May 12, 2011 04:48 AM

                                                                                                                                i just saw this miss tartaletta. i LOVE it!

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                                                                                                                                  buttertart May 12, 2011 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                  ;-)

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                                                                                                                          Gio Jul 14, 2008 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                          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.......

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                                                                                                                            weewah Jan 3, 2011 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                                            dmjordan Jul 14, 2008 09:38 PM

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

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                                                                                                                              Rene Erm Jul 14, 2008 09:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                mukalu Jul 15, 2008 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                  Blueicus Jul 28, 2008 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                  What if you pronounced it "Yoo-ky"?

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                                                                                                                                    mukalu Jul 29, 2008 07:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                  buspirone Jul 17, 2008 01:39 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                    FoiGras Jul 17, 2008 03:05 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                      rockycat Jul 18, 2008 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                      Run by a former Yalie, no doubt?

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                                                                                                                                      RGC1982 Jul 17, 2008 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                      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. monkeyrotica Jul 18, 2008 05:24 AM

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

                                                                                                                                        1. Gio Jul 18, 2008 05:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                            BobB Jul 18, 2008 06:12 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                              Bryn Oct 17, 2008 08:21 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                weewah Jan 3, 2011 10:17 AM

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

                                                                                                                                            2. mrbozo Jul 20, 2008 02:01 PM

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

                                                                                                                                              1. mnosyne Jul 20, 2008 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                  adamshoe Jul 20, 2008 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                  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....

                                                                                                                                                2. jodymaryk Jul 20, 2008 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Tony's teriyaki and Pho' Huh?

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                                                                                                                                                    carollins83 Aug 4, 2010 10:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                    emerilcantcook Jul 20, 2008 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                      moh Jul 20, 2008 09:11 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                        lagatta Jul 21, 2008 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                          mrbozo Jul 21, 2008 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Is the menu at least vegetarian?

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                                                                                                                                                            vorpal Dec 23, 2009 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                                            emerilcantcook Jul 21, 2008 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                            lynnlato Jul 25, 2008 02:41 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Jul 28, 2008 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                              i laughed at big peckers, so i looked it up. somehow, the big chicken surprised me ;-)
                                                                                                                                                              http://www.big-peckers.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                moh Jul 28, 2008 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                  lynnlato Jul 28, 2008 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  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).

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                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jul 29, 2008 05:33 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    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!!!
                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.crabby-dicks.com/home.htm

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Jun 7, 2009 09:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                        kattyeyes Jun 7, 2009 03:46 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                              2. mrbozo Jul 21, 2008 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                More from Toronto: New Ho King, Disgraceland.

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                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Jul 25, 2008 04:44 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    mrbozo Jul 28, 2008 09:09 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 07:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Jun 7, 2009 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        no hos on the bottle. looks very ho-made though with the font used on the bottle. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cocoabeachjoe/2915511353/

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

                                                                                                                                                                  2. lynnlato Jul 25, 2008 02:40 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      kpaumer Aug 26, 2008 12:37 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                    2. DockPotato Jul 25, 2008 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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. NYJewboy Jul 29, 2008 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                          mrbozo Aug 1, 2008 02:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Happy Seven.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Barbara76137 Nov 13, 2010 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Chow's Kosherama in Burbank, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                            WTBD Jul 29, 2008 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Noodle Foodle
                                                                                                                                                                            (London, England)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. jodymaryk Jul 29, 2008 09:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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. dcdavis Aug 1, 2008 02:02 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  grayelf Aug 1, 2008 02:24 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    mrbozo Aug 1, 2008 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Used to be good but grew fat on its laurels.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      grayelf Aug 1, 2008 02:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Mila Aug 27, 2008 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        cuccubear Jul 16, 2009 10:37 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        TroyTempest Aug 7, 2008 10:08 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        tvdxer Aug 2, 2008 03:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Steve Green Aug 2, 2008 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          "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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            monkeyrotica Aug 4, 2008 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              FlaHopper Aug 4, 2008 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Eat Bar in Clarendon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                soupkitten Aug 4, 2008 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                "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. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                southernitalian Jul 10, 2009 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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. monkeyrotica Aug 7, 2008 05:32 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. monkeyrotica Aug 17, 2008 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  On the way into Rehoboth, DE on Route 1:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Crabby Dick's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.crabby-dicks.com/home.htm

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. SweetPhyl Aug 17, 2008 10:25 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      mogo Oct 15, 2008 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        BaltoPhilFood Oct 16, 2008 06:45 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          southernitalian Oct 16, 2008 10:36 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          salsailsa Jun 6, 2009 07:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        phoenikia Aug 17, 2008 01:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          monkeyrotica Aug 18, 2008 07:47 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Barbara76137 Dec 19, 2010 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            cycloneillini Jul 19, 2009 06:35 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            LabRat Aug 18, 2008 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Aug 18, 2008 04:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                LabRat Aug 19, 2008 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. Firegoat Aug 18, 2008 10:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                phoenikia Aug 19, 2008 07:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Firegoat Aug 19, 2008 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would totally eat there. That makes me smile.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    phoenikia Aug 19, 2008 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vetter Jan 1, 2010 08:52 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezycom Aug 19, 2008 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://i.pbase.com/t6/33/82133/4/8615...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Aug 21, 2008 06:04 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. LA Buckeye Fan Aug 22, 2008 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KaimukiMan Aug 26, 2008 02:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dd992emo Aug 26, 2008 06:54 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            KaimukiMan Aug 26, 2008 03:40 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        phoenikia Aug 22, 2008 09:48 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lucia Aug 23, 2008 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's one in NYC too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Catskillgirl Aug 24, 2008 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. MC Slim JB Aug 24, 2008 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nsenada Dec 11, 2008 09:35 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tatamagouche Jan 8, 2009 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. Divamac Aug 24, 2008 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  small h Aug 25, 2008 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caitlin McGrath Jul 19, 2009 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. kpaumer Aug 26, 2008 12:39 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodiesnorth Sep 30, 2008 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nkeane Sep 30, 2008 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          monkeyrotica Jun 8, 2009 03:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cycloneillini Jul 19, 2009 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vorpal Dec 23, 2009 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cuccubear Dec 28, 2009 10:22 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How's that for cringe-worthy? lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                vorpal Jan 2, 2010 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL! Brilliant!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BobB Jan 5, 2010 01:09 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                KaimukiMan Mar 8, 2010 09:09 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jumpingmonk Dec 16, 2010 05:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rockycat Dec 17, 2010 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    *snerK*

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Al_Pal Sep 30, 2008 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                KevinB Oct 1, 2008 01:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  uppitycupcake Oct 1, 2008 02:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. irisav Oct 1, 2008 03:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. gmm Oct 8, 2008 01:56 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ugh...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Tee Oct 8, 2008 02:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeri L Oct 8, 2008 02:27 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. yamalam Oct 8, 2008 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. coney with everything Oct 9, 2008 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. BaltoPhilFood Oct 9, 2008 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Caitlin McGrath Jul 19, 2009 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. porker Oct 9, 2008 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sam Fujisaka Oct 10, 2008 04:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      grayelf Jul 10, 2009 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        blisstone Jul 17, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. Father Kitchen Oct 10, 2008 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here in D.C. we have Full Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. fresnohotspot Oct 10, 2008 11:07 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FrankieSandals Oct 15, 2008 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BaltoPhilFood Oct 15, 2008 06:53 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. MSPD Oct 15, 2008 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pushslice Jan 24, 2009 12:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tatamagouche Jun 17, 2009 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.denveater.com/denveater/20...

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vexorg Mar 20, 2010 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TroyTempest Jul 10, 2009 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KTBearW Oct 15, 2008 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tips for Tops'n in Provincetown, MA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. soypower Oct 15, 2008 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Foody Goody Chinese Buffet in Renton, WA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        salsailsa Jun 7, 2009 11:34 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        food kitten Oct 17, 2008 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lolabella Oct 17, 2008 08:46 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. kelvin8r Oct 23, 2008 12:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Taste of Greece". Oceanside NY.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Anonimo Oct 23, 2008 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. dinin and dishin Dec 12, 2008 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.pollyevans.com/articles/20...

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mark Dec 13, 2008 02:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jan 2, 2009 05:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "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. tracylee Dec 14, 2008 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nkeane Dec 14, 2008 11:57 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. PattiCakes Dec 15, 2008 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Jan 2, 2009 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.html 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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 8, 2009 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            KevinB Jan 26, 2009 02:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 23, 2009 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sampaguita Jul 26, 2009 09:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sam Fujisaka Jul 26, 2009 10:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Barmy Fungy Phipps"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BobB Jul 27, 2009 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From P.G. Wodehouse, dontcha know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tatamagouche Jan 8, 2009 11:38 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pemma Jan 8, 2009 12:30 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bill Hunt Jan 15, 2009 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hunt

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  salsailsa Jun 7, 2009 11:36 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. billieboy Jan 8, 2009 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dinin and dishin Jan 14, 2009 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nkeane Jan 14, 2009 01:31 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tracylee Jan 15, 2009 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yup, been there, drank there back in college.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bill Hunt Jan 15, 2009 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. JanPrimus Jan 15, 2009 02:51 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. jeni1002 Jan 15, 2009 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nkeane Jan 15, 2009 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bill Hunt Jan 15, 2009 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            monkeyrotica Jun 8, 2009 03:29 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cycloneillini Jul 19, 2009 06:42 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Smorgasbord Jan 15, 2009 03:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KevinB Jan 26, 2009 02:45 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. switters Jan 15, 2009 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                monkeyrotica Jun 8, 2009 03:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ginael Jun 6, 2009 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  salsailsa Jun 6, 2009 07:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Better "Up" than "Off!" :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      salsailsa Jun 6, 2009 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe that 's a name for their second location.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tuttebene Jun 7, 2009 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ikki Sushi in Toronto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      grayelf Jul 10, 2009 09:10 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      megmosa Jun 7, 2009 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "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!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      or

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nimeye Jun 8, 2009 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Jun 8, 2009 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          >>>>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!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nimeye Jun 9, 2009 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            God, I completely forgot about those skits!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          beachmouse Jun 8, 2009 06:46 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I immediately thought of this thread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kattyeyes Jun 8, 2009 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sauce Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            124 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, CT 06033

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BobB Jun 9, 2009 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tatamagouche Jun 17, 2009 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kattyeyes Jun 17, 2009 06:46 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jun 17, 2009 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ekammin Jun 16, 2009 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tatamagouche Jun 17, 2009 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You're kidding. I assume it failed?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                grayelf Jul 10, 2009 09:12 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. soniabegonia Jun 16, 2009 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Otafuku

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fickle Jun 16, 2009 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jun 16, 2009 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "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*!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JanPrimus Jun 16, 2009 02:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Jun 16, 2009 02:35 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Atahualpa Jun 16, 2009 10:27 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. alkapal Jun 17, 2009 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.bokx109.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kattyeyes Jun 17, 2009 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Jun 17, 2009 06:55 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            monkeyrotica Jun 17, 2009 10:45 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That website is worse than Hitler.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or, at least, Hitler's Restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://sweetness-light.com/archive/hi...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jumpingmonk Jun 17, 2009 12:34 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fruti Jan 24, 2012 10:13 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NellyNel Jun 17, 2009 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Jun 20, 2009 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.ranchogordo.com/Merchant2/...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                she must be "tasting the energy and the beauty" of mexican oregano!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kattyeyes Jun 20, 2009 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Scargod Jun 24, 2009 07:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rockycat Jun 17, 2009 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jun 17, 2009 07:15 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    what WERE they thinking?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reignking Jun 17, 2009 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes Jun 17, 2009 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kubasd Jun 18, 2009 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tatamagouche Jun 18, 2009 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tatamagouche Jun 17, 2009 11:31 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Jun 18, 2009 06:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          >>"with a beret on top"<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          priceless, tata!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 19, 2009 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ginael Jun 21, 2009 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. Snackish Jun 23, 2009 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tatamagouche Jun 26, 2009 06:22 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kattyeyes Jun 26, 2009 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gary Jun 23, 2009 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Jun 23, 2009 05:58 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                paper_bag_princess Jun 26, 2009 01:51 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. sd4life Jun 23, 2009 09:56 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Sampaguita Jul 14, 2009 05:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Faraway11 Jul 15, 2009 06:35 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jumpingmonk Jul 16, 2009 04:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BobB Jul 16, 2009 05:34 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jumpingmonk Jul 16, 2009 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. Rabbit Jul 16, 2009 09:16 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sampaguita Jul 16, 2009 02:15 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. cuccubear Jul 16, 2009 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tatamagouche Dec 22, 2009 06:41 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jumpingmonk Dec 23, 2009 03:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            try replacing "bob" with "die"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cuccubear Dec 28, 2009 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's it... :-\

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tatamagouche Dec 30, 2009 09:08 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cuccubear Jan 19, 2010 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            upsidedownorchid Jul 17, 2009 12:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Filthy Mcnasty's.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tatamagouche Dec 22, 2009 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, that's bold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. EWSflash Jul 19, 2009 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There used to be a place in Tucson called "Cluck-U Chicken".
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Why?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Because it's near the university, they said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never went there anyway. Cluck-U too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kattyeyes Jul 19, 2009 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HA HA HA, what a weird coincidence you'd mention this when you did. We were walking in and around The Village yesterday and I spotted Pluck U. It was so bizarre I had to take a photo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                230 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  billieboy Jul 19, 2009 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There was or maybe still is a resto in Hamilton, Ontario called "The Pheasant Plucker"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kattyeyes Jul 19, 2009 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wonder if they ever get tongue-tied when they answer the phone...if you start that off with "Pleasant" instead of "Pheasant," you're heading for trouble!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meanwhile, a cheesy tourist photo of this stupid restaurant name!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Jul 20, 2009 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  there are "cluck-u" chicken places in maryland, as well as other nearby states. http://www.cluckuchicken.com/location...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    monkeyrotica Jul 20, 2009 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Cluck U on H Street NE had the BEST fried chicken gizzards and livers. And not a hint of abusiveness, in spite of the name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wish I could say the same about "Fork U."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CDjockey Jul 26, 2009 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Midas Burger, in Arab AL. Their specialty is fried boneless chicken breasts, in buckets and on sandwiches. Arab got it's name as a result of a Postal Service typo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kattyeyes Jul 27, 2009 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Snack-It Jamaican Restaurant. I just noticed it on my way out of work today. Big neon "Snack-It" sign. What the hell kind of name is that for a restaurant?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.menupix.com/hartford/resta...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like whoever named it was close to "F*ck-It" in terms of creativity and settled on "Snack-It" instead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jumpingmonk Aug 17, 2009 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Got another one in Manhattan, Foo King 694 10th ave (Btwn 48-49) its on my route in about 3 weeks will let you know how it is

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    stephanieh Aug 18, 2009 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Me So Hungry in Austin, TX
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://mesohungry.biz/AboutUs.html

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's a restaurant in Phoenix called Aunt Chilada's. Won't go there, nohow. No way. Love the enchiladas too much to go to a bastardized name restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LisaPA Dec 20, 2009 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There's a lunch place in downtown Philly called Pandora's Box. Why would I want to eat there?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          penang_rojak Dec 21, 2009 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No Sign Board Restaurant in Singapore!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jumpingmonk Dec 22, 2009 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This one requires a bit of insider knowledge, but I cringe a little inside when I see any (usually Asian) resturant that calls itself something like "Lotus Noir". If you want to know why, do a webseach (especially in literature) on "Black Lotus"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            atomic_somebody Dec 22, 2009 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Flip, Toss and Thai always makes me smile!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yakitat jack Dec 22, 2009 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sign on old diner outside of OK. City, OK Jack-Eats-Helen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              burlgurl Dec 22, 2009 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Funky Tuna in Mississauga creeps me out a bit..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here in Ottawa, we have an amazing bakery called Art-Is-In, and a lovely gourmet foods shop called Thyme & Again. Both are exquisite, but the names make me cringe a little.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Naco Dec 23, 2009 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I once rode past a seafood restaurant in South Carolina called Toomer's Seafood. Pronounce it out loud.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I often dream of opening my own barbecue joint and calling it The Swine Flue.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jumpingmonk Dec 23, 2009 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I may have mentioned it earlier, but give the profusion of low end sushi bars around me, many of whome seem to get thier names by picking random Japanese words that will seem familar to Westerners (wther they have anything to do with food or not) I full expect, any day now to see a sushi place called "Hara Kiri", "Hari Kari", or "Seppuku"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      porker Dec 23, 2009 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr Moto? Yushida Maru?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jumpingmonk Dec 23, 2009 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The scary thing is, a lot of people would proably LIKE a sushi bar called "Mr. Moto", they'd think it was nostalgic. I'd bring up the name "kamikaze" but I'm failry sure that I actually have seen a sushi bar named that (hopefully they were referring to the wind that blew Kublai Khans navy away from Japan) Soetimes I wonder if they are all mistakes or is some of the proprieters really do have something agaisnt their clientele. I keep having images of an old Chas Addams cartoon of a (western) lady in a Manhattan Chinese resturant (circa 1940's or 50's) speaing to the waiter the caption was "You wished to speak to the proprietor?". The joke is that the proprietor is in the cartoon as well, and its very obviosly Fu Manchu, in all his evil glory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh and, as an aside, a friend of mine swears that, because he didn't understand the word (He though it meant something like "artistic") a freind of his named his Japanese resturant the Cafe Hentai.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          monkeyrotica Dec 28, 2009 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They better have a decent floorshow at Cafe Hentai or I only tip 5 percent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Uncle Yabai Jan 2, 2010 11:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hye Mar 16, 2010 11:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are two locations of Hurry Curry (they serve Japanese-style curry) in Los Angeles.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Jan 7, 2010 03:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        naco, i'd go to the swine flue. i like baby backs, thank you! well....actually pork ribs in general. and pulled pork -- e. carolina style. good tater salad and slaw....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oh, when did you say you were opening? i'm getting hungry. can i have a coke while i wait for a table?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Claire Dec 28, 2009 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rhythm 'n Booze
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Both unfortunate names.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          neh Dec 30, 2009 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I used to live near 78th and 1st by a place called East Side Bagel & Appetizing. Not necessarily dumb, just pretty funny.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MMRuth Dec 30, 2009 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I thought "appetizing" was a descriptive word for the kind of establishment that sells smoked fish etc. Like "Deli", for meats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rockycat Dec 30, 2009 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, pretty common once upon a time in NY. As in, "What's for breakfast Sunday?" "Appetizing, what else?" Or "I need to stop at the appetizing store. We're out of whitefish and schmaltz herring."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To me this speaks more of the demise of a hallowed institution than anything else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MMRuth Dec 31, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've never heard of schmaltz herring - sounds like a great combination.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rockycat Dec 31, 2009 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shmaltz herring doesn't actually have chicken fat in it although a non-kosher version of it may have at some point. It's a fine point of kosher laws but, although fish, being pareve, and meat may be served at the same meal, they cannot be on the table at the same time nor used in the same dish. I've never really understood it but that's how it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Schmaltz herring is whole herring with insides intact but the head off. Heavily in salt, its brine also has brown sugar added to it. This can be used by people who want to make their own pickled herring or the salt can be soaked out and the fish cooked. Milker herring is basically the same but only the male fish are used, prized for their milk."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jumpingmonk Dec 31, 2009 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Given that it is male herring we are talking about, are you sure that you don't mean "milt" not "milk"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rockycat Jan 1, 2010 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't mean much of anything. I copied that paragraph whole from fish vendor's website. You could very well be right. My knowledge of all things ichthyological is miniscule.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jumpingmonk Jan 2, 2010 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm pretty sure I am, since, of course fish don't produce milk especially male ones. Most male fish however produce "milt", i.e. sperm, just as most female fish produce eggs or "roe"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinsdale45 Dec 31, 2009 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There was a fantastic little eclectic restaurant in Salem NH back in the late 90s with the unfortunate name of "Metastasis". The owners wanted to covey a "change of position, state, or form", but most people associate the word with the spread of a cancerous tumor. The chef still runs a bistro in Manchester, without that name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tatamagouche Jan 3, 2010 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, dear. There've been so many of those, all failures, in the Boston area—Apocrypha, Conundrum, etc. While yours is even worse, it goes to show that, like a book title, a name should convey at least a hint re the dining experience.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BobB Jan 5, 2010 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not to mention the unfortunate Typhoon, which actually had to shut down when business dropped off precipitously after the eponymous event in Indonesia a few years ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart Jan 23, 2010 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Conundrum is especially bad - everyone would be left wondering what they served there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tatamagouche Feb 17, 2010 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The sad part was it was a decent restaurant, run by nice people.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Feb 17, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That is too bad. Why ever did they pick such an odd name?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BobB Feb 17, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Because it's an anagram of "U drunc, mon!" ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          small h Feb 17, 2010 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ah, so it's a Jamaican restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Feb 17, 2010 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your mind works in interesting ways, indeed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tatamagouche Feb 17, 2010 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think they might've been looking for a synonym of, like, "Intrigue." Going for romance/mystery but ending up with head-scratcher.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Feb 18, 2010 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quite possibly. The dangers of the thesaurus!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BobB Feb 18, 2010 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So I've been told. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lil magill Jan 2, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    there used to be a place in one of the carolina's -- north, i believe -- called Sam and Ella's. Then there was Julia's Cheeser in my hometown for a while. just a cheese shop... but I thought that was pretty catchy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tatamagouche Jan 3, 2010 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Why, oh, why would anyone name a place Sam and Ella's? That's mind-boggling. Even if those were their actual names, what were they thinking?!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KaimukiMan Mar 8, 2010 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ok, that one I had to google......
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wouldn't Sal-N-Ella at least have been closer?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (for those as dense as me.... salmonella)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        People do the strangest things when they are drunk.... I used to work for an architectural firm called Trans-Oceanic-Architectural-Design, one of the bosses used to love to answer the phone using the acronym.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Mar 9, 2010 03:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ribbit! <hiccough> "may i help you?" http://barista.media2.org/wp-content/CANE-TOAD.jpg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and if ya drink too much, you might see like this one: http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        purple bot Jan 19, 2010 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Thai-tation" in Boston, Fenway area...huh?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There really should be a restaurant called, "The Sanitary Napkin." It'd put all those Thai pun restaurants to shame.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Parigi Feb 20, 2010 04:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like a real winner !

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            moltmonster Jan 22, 2010 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beefy Beef Noodles in Vancouver. The small print under the name says "Salty Peppery Chicken". I haven't been and wonder what they serve??

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