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Classic Chinese-American restaurant names

I'm trying to think of some. The first one that came to mind for me was Hunan Garden. What else?

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  1. Great Wall
    Empress Garden
    Lee Ho Fuk's (but that's in Soho London)
    The Rickshaw
    Jade Palace
    The Pagoda

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    1. re: syrup09

      Good ones. Are there lots of Golden Temples (besides the infamous one in Brookline MA)?

      1. re: tatamagouche

        I'm from Michigan, so I don't know why the Golden Temple in Brookline MA
        is so imfamous.

        1. re: syrup09

          Very gaudy, pretty awful, but a decades-old institution for Xmas meals among Brookline Jewish families.

      2. re: syrup09

        According to Zagat's there's a Lee Ho Fuk's in Philadelphia as well. I've never been there (too aftraid of werewolves g>) but the guise says there salt baked squid is incredible

        1. re: syrup09

          syrup09, I have an Empress Garden right around the corner in Houston. We also have two Yao restaurants, owned by Yao Ming of Rockets basketball fame.

        2. There's a fantastic Sichuan place in town here. The American name is Chopstick Express, but apparently, the Chinese lettering means Golden Dragon.

          http://bitchinberlin.wordpress.com/20...

          1. New Far Eastern
            Bamboo (garden, hut, inn...)
            House of (chang, lee...)

            1. I was thinking of patenting a chinese restaurant naming kit that had three wheels with spinning arrows that would pick color, city in china and/or architectural structure.

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                1. re: gourmaniac

                  Better get moving on that mechanical naming device as there are a few computer driven ones out there:

                  http://www.skilmnet.net/pete/old_site...
                  your basic, no frills random chinese restaurant name generator.

                  http://www.newmoanyeah.com/2004-featu...
                  Another basic model with a small background explanation.

                  http://glossynews.com/funnyhitman/chi...
                  Added bonus of showing home city of restaurant as well as their specialty dish.

                  http://nine.frenchboys.net/chinese.php
                  Very good site with lotsa bells and whistles:
                  - allows you to choose number of names to generate (1,5, 10, 15...up to 50).
                  - They're listed alphbetically.
                  - Links to "Community Name Generator" and "Japanese Female Name Generator" (I like that second one.
                  - A link at the bottom of the page to their "Main Generators Page"
                  - Lotsa bang for the buck!

                  1. re: gourmaniac

                    PS, I'm Tweeting that (as Denveater), with credit to you (slightly edited for space).

                  2. Ho Ho Choy- I think we have 3-4 unrelated restaurants in my part of the city that have this name.