Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Not About Food >
Jul 9, 2008 09:34 AM

dumb restaurant names [Moved from Ontario Board]

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. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. The Strip Club, St. Paul, MN

      1 Reply
      1. re: lerkin

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

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

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

        20 Replies
        1. re: Buckethead

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

          1. re: southernitalian

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

            1. re: small h

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

              1. re: julesrules

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

                1. re: small h

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

                  1. re: cornflower55

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

                    1. re: cornflower55

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

                2. re: small h

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

                  1. re: TampaAurora

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

              2. re: Buckethead

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

                1. re: Potomac Bob

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

                  1. re: FoiGras

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

                    1. re: jumpingmonk

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

                      1. re: buttertart

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

                        1. re: buttertart

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

                            1. re: buttertart

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

                              1. re: jumpingmonk

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

                        2. re: jumpingmonk

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

                      2. re: Potomac Bob

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

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

                      7 Replies
                      1. re: Sherri

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

                        I nominate Dead Fish in Crockett CA

                        1. re: Glencora

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

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

                          1. re: Glencora

                            Which was down the street from Fun Terminal!

                          2. re: Sherri

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

                            1. re: kattyeyes

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

                              1. re: Scargod

                                when you look at their website, it is easier to "get":

                                and, it's trademarked, to boot! LOL. "c.o.jones ballsy mexican cuisine." i kid you not!!

                                1. re: Scargod

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

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

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

                              5 Replies
                              1. re: FlaHopper

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

                                1. re: FlaHopper

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

                                  1. re: TampaAurora

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

                                    1. re: stephanieh

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

                                      1. re: TroyTempest

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