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Dec 21, 2009 07:26 AM

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.

          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:

                  your basic, no frills random chinese restaurant name generator.

                  Another basic model with a small background explanation.

                  Added bonus of showing home city of restaurant as well as their specialty dish.

                  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.