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johnb Aug 1, 2010 12:08 PM

I just saw a reference to a new restaurant called "The Cork and Cleaver." To me, a name like that says "don't eat here, the food is out of date and really bad." I can't explain exactly why, it just does. "House of China" is another one that leaves me wondering.

Do restaurant names sometimes tell you, even if you know nothing else about the place, to run the other way? Or perhaps the opposite, that the food is likely to be really good?

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  1. BubblyOne RE: johnb Aug 1, 2010 02:38 PM

    House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer opened fairly recently near me in Laguna Beach. As soon as I saw the sign go up, I wanted to try it.
    On the other hand, Tastes of Greece-well, not the most apt choice.

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      Querencia RE: BubblyOne Jul 30, 2011 08:37 PM

      Too funny that this is up now. Today I picked up a copy of "Here Speeching American", a compilation of mangled English used abroad on signs, notices, menus. Restaurant names include Dead Fish, Cafe de Cancer, and Nightmare Italian Food. Offerings include Fried Uterus, Shrimps in Spit, Grilled Potties, and Fried Rice From Hell. "All water served has been personally passed by Manager". Or you can drink an orangeade called Pipi. And "If you finger the waitress and still she does not come, report to Manager".

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        johnb RE: Querencia Aug 2, 2011 08:03 PM

        This one is not food-related, but in Santiago, Chile, there was a store owned by someone who appeared to be interested in gambling, according to the dice and playing cards painted on his sign, and he called his place the "Crap Store."

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          John E. RE: johnb Aug 2, 2011 08:22 PM

          It appears the store owner learned some English but not enough. If they really wanted to have the store to be naned after that particular dice game, it should have been named the Craps Store.

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            porker RE: John E. Aug 3, 2011 03:23 AM

            True, but if the owner really knew English and naned it "Craps", perhaps it wouldn't be as funny.

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              John E. RE: porker Aug 3, 2011 10:33 AM

              Did you hear about the goose that went to the casino? He crapped out.

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                porker RE: John E. Aug 3, 2011 07:54 PM

                Would the joke work with a duck?

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                  John E. RE: porker Aug 3, 2011 08:52 PM

                  Not so much. Ducks are known for their farts. (Did somebody step on a duck?) Geese are known for their, ahem, crap. Remember when U.S. Army General Patton encouraged his troops to go through the enemy like crap through a goose? Plus, we have way too many geese here in Minneaota. They are pests and our parks and golf courses are covered with, ahem, goose crap. I've been told they, ahem, crap a kilo a day. So the joke really only works with a goose.

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                    porker RE: John E. Aug 4, 2011 03:22 AM

                    Well shut the front door, I wasn't aware of the goose's reputation as a crapper! Thanks for the heads up.

    2. iluvcookies RE: johnb Aug 1, 2010 09:03 PM

      Today I ate at a place called Big Wong. Now this alone would only get a giggle if you are in the 3rd grade. But on the way to the resto I passed a clothing store called Miss Hoe.

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        Harters RE: iluvcookies Aug 12, 2010 05:37 AM

        Assuming this is the Big Wong's in New York City, then actually somewhere I'd insisted we go to eat on our last trip from the UK. Place regularly features in the Kinky Friedman books which I'm a great fan. Just had to have lunch there (the name doesnt immediately raise a snigger in British English, BTW, although I understand the reference)

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          iluvcookies RE: Harters Aug 12, 2010 09:18 PM

          Big Wong is terrific... I love the soups and the roast pork omelets there (it is the one in NYC Chinatown). I had no idea that it had been mentioned in the books. Thanks for the info :)

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            Harters RE: iluvcookies Aug 22, 2010 01:20 PM

            He always has "roast pork over rice". So did I, of course. Pretty good.

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              iluvcookies RE: Harters Aug 30, 2010 08:31 AM

              I was at Big Wong yesterday and had Roast Pork in soup with mai fun noodles. The coating on the pork infused the broth and was heavenly. My DH ordered congee (bland) and I had to fight him off my soup.
              And I thought of this post while eating... who says CH doesn't take over ines life???

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                jumpingmonk RE: iluvcookies May 10, 2011 05:32 AM

                Big Wong is in fact part of a sort of chain within Manhattans Chinatown as far as I can tell the head chef founder of each branch got his training at the orginal Wing Wong, and then kept the Wong part of the name (either that, or theyre all part of the same cooking family). Certainly they all share nearly identical menus. There Fu Wong, Hong Wong,Hon Wong New Big Wong, New Wong, Ho Wong. Please don't take this racistly, but I have joked thay maybe each one shoud set up shop next door on the same street, then they could put up a big sign at one end that said "Wong Way". As far as I can tell most are about equal on food (very good, but basically equal) though on personal opinion, I tend to be put off a little by the logos on Fu Wongs, and Hon Wong's menus (I know that bats are considered good luck signs in Chinese culture, but why did they have to draw such scary ones, and why do they look like they have swizzle straws?) There was even once a branch in Flushing, May Wong Though they chaged there name to Dragon Town (still same meu though)

      2. monku RE: johnb Aug 1, 2010 09:07 PM

        One of my favorites:

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          BubblyOne RE: monku Aug 1, 2010 09:19 PM

          Both good ones!

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            vanierstudent RE: monku Aug 1, 2010 09:47 PM

            they stole the Idea from Pho King restaurant. =)

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              thew RE: vanierstudent May 9, 2011 04:40 AM

              pho king is rather a recent name

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                jumpingmonk RE: thew May 10, 2011 05:35 AM

                Maybe, maybe not. There a Foo King in Manhattan (on 10th in the low 40's). And Fu Can Fried rice (Fukien?) is a fairy common sight on menus (one of my friends used to do a very bad comedy ruotine about this basically about Jack Nicolson trying to order in a Chinese Resturaunt.)

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                  thew RE: jumpingmonk May 10, 2011 05:52 AM

                  fu king is not pho king. thats my point - they did not take the idea of fu king from pho king.

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              John E. RE: monku Aug 1, 2010 10:04 PM

              There used to be a Chinese restaurant in Maplewood, MN called Fu Xing, but I think your sign/restaurant has them beat.

            3. lavaca RE: johnb Aug 1, 2010 10:42 PM

              Coming soon to Seattle: "Staple and Fancy Mercantile" and "The Walrus and the Carpenter". In the same building, no less. Maybe not BAD, but certainly not evocative of, y'know, food.

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                iluvcookies RE: lavaca Aug 2, 2010 08:18 AM

                "The Walrus and the Carpenter" ... these are characters in Alice in Wonderland so OK, the owner loves Lewis Carroll.
                But Staple and Fancy Mercantile? Sounds like it belongs in a bad western movie :)

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                  lavaca RE: iluvcookies Aug 4, 2010 08:38 AM

                  "Staple and Fancy Mercantile" was a phrase on a sign uncovered during the restoration of the building, so I guess we are lucky that the building wasn't previously, say, a doctor's office. The same guy also runs a restaurant named for MFK Fisher's "How to Cook a Wolf".

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                    Fydeaux RE: lavaca Aug 6, 2010 07:09 AM

                    I have no idea if any of them still exist, but in Cincinnati during the late 70s/early 80s, there were many restaurants that were more or less named after the businesses that previously occupied the buildings. I remember The Edwards Manufacturing Company, Zino's Firehouse, The Last National Bank, and Tom Powell's Funeral Parlour. There were probably others.

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                  applehome RE: lavaca Aug 11, 2010 03:53 PM

                  The Walrus and the Carpenter has been a raw bar (how appropriate) in Boston's Quincy Market for over 20 years.

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                  beevod RE: johnb Aug 2, 2010 08:21 AM

                  House o' Giblets in Westchester -- they do a wonderful stuffed derma.

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                    applehome RE: beevod Aug 11, 2010 04:02 PM

                    Where is this place? Is it home made (the Kishke)?

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                    Buckethead RE: johnb Aug 2, 2010 10:59 AM

                    There is a huge thread on this subject:


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                      TuteTibiImperes RE: johnb Aug 2, 2010 08:32 PM

                      There's a place that opened recently near me called 'Hot Fish'. When I drove by the first time, I was a bit perplexed, as when you think fish, you normally want to think fresh, and when you think fresh, you think sitting on a bed of ice, not hot and sweltering.

                      Still, after driving by a few more times I stopped in, and, true to the name of the place, the guy serves hot (well, fried) fish. It's actually pretty good, and he does a great cuban beans and rice as a side.

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                        Leper RE: johnb Aug 4, 2010 08:02 AM

                        There was a short-lived restaurant in Tacoma called "Sarrs." Unfortunately, it opened during the Sarrs epidemic in Asia.

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                          soypower RE: Leper Aug 6, 2010 08:01 AM

                          That's funny. There's a grocery store in Renton called Saars. Should I be wearing a mask when I walk in?

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                          adamshoe RE: johnb Aug 4, 2010 05:58 PM

                          In San Francisco: "Flour+Water" (I always want to add " = library paste") - good restaurant, stupid name... In Oakland, "Boot & Shoe Service", also named for a prior business and unearthed sign. Oaktown also lays claim to "King Dong", "Yummie Chinese" (which isn't), "4 Star Pizza, Chinese Food, Donuts, Taqueria & Falafel" (Ok, I exagerate, but it's sumpin' like that...) and the winner...."Pick and Bite", an Asian buffet. adam

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                            Sherri RE: johnb Aug 4, 2010 06:59 PM

                            Terminal Lunch, Portsmouth VA

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                              Will Owen RE: Sherri Aug 13, 2010 02:02 PM

                              Sort of the midday version of the Last Supper?

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                                Sherri RE: Will Owen Aug 13, 2010 09:09 PM

                                Maybe a new chain -- Terminal Lunch & The Last Supper! If only I could think of a terrible breakfast name, we'd be all set for the IPO.

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                                  meatn3 RE: Sherri Aug 22, 2010 10:00 AM

                                  Morning Gruel 'n Grind?

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                              tastesgoodwhatisit RE: johnb Aug 4, 2010 09:55 PM

                              I remember a Mexican chain in southern California called "The Green Burrito" that always made me think of moldy meat.

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                                nanette90278 RE: tastesgoodwhatisit May 8, 2011 05:29 PM

                                Still is - "married" to Carl's Jr.

                              2. monku RE: johnb Aug 6, 2010 08:26 AM

                                Years ago there was a chain called Cask and Cleaver. Our nickname for it was Crotch and Cleavage.

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                                  DC in DC RE: monku Aug 30, 2010 02:28 PM

                                  There's a disgusting bar in Ocean City, Maryland called the Bottle and Cork. Everyone calls it the Cork & Screw.

                                2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: johnb Aug 6, 2010 10:54 AM

                                  Not so much a bad name, but everybody gets a chuckle out of it. There's a Sonoran hot dog cart on 22nd street in Tucson with a big sign "Beaners selling Weiners", the guys that run it said it was the best move they made, the sign brings them in.

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                                    TuteTibiImperes RE: mrbigshotno.1 Aug 6, 2010 02:18 PM

                                    Not exactly the same thing, but there is a Middle Eastern (seems mostly Moroccan with a little bit of other stuff thrown in) in my old home town that always had a sign in the front window that read 'We do not respect the credit card'. After walking by and giggling at it several times we decided to go in and the food was awesome, I might not have even noticed the place had it not been for their poor vocabulary choice and cash only policy.

                                  2. gaffk RE: johnb Aug 11, 2010 03:32 PM

                                    We have one here in PA called "Thai Tanic." I like Thai food, but somehow I am not tempted to try this place.

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                                      sunshine842 RE: gaffk May 9, 2011 12:50 AM

                                      but points for clever.

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                                        gaffk RE: sunshine842 May 9, 2011 04:39 PM

                                        Just gives me a sinking feeling in my stomach ;)

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                                          sunshine842 RE: gaffk May 9, 2011 11:05 PM

                                          ah, but the heart will go on, even if the stomach won't.

                                          (gah. make it stop)

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                                        monkeyrotica RE: gaffk May 10, 2011 09:01 AM

                                        DC also has both Thai Tanic and Thai-phoon.

                                        Still waiting on "Thai My Pecker to My Leg."

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                                          flavrmeistr RE: monkeyrotica Aug 1, 2011 12:57 PM

                                          There's one in the mission called "Phuket Thai", (pronounced poo-ket) which I know refers to a province in Thailand, but I can't help feeling the food preparation might be a little careless. There is also Thai One On in Houston, which is famous for their deadly mai tai.

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                                          DarkRose RE: gaffk Jul 6, 2011 01:03 PM

                                          There's a Thai place here on the Central Cali coast called Thai-rriffic.

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                                          balabanian RE: johnb Aug 11, 2010 03:39 PM

                                          i always do a double take at "Hot n' Crusty" (a bread/bakery chain in NYC).

                                          In oakland, CA there's a dim sum place i like to go to called "Old Place Seafood". somehow not that appetizing.

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                                            Island RE: johnb Aug 11, 2010 04:02 PM

                                            In San Diego
                                            "Pho King" Amusing.
                                            "Urge Gastropub" Urge and Gastro together; are you serious?

                                            1. scubadoo97 RE: johnb Aug 13, 2010 01:56 PM

                                              Walley's nuts. A nut shack some where in Georgia

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                                                Radical347 RE: johnb Aug 13, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                There's "Pho King"s everywhere.

                                                My friend told me there used to be a Middle Eastern restaurant in Virginia called "Osama's". It went out of business shortly after 9/11... :-\

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                                                  lagatta RE: Radical347 Aug 22, 2010 08:37 AM

                                                  Osama is a common name in Muslim countries; a filmmaker here made a documentary about ordinary, non-terrorist, citizens bearing that name. Not everything named Timothy went under after the Oklahama City bombings.

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                                                    thew RE: lagatta May 9, 2011 04:42 AM

                                                    but timothy is a common name in the USA, most americans never heard of an osama otehr than bin laden

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                                                  Philly Ray RE: johnb Aug 13, 2010 08:33 PM

                                                  There's a place that just opened near Philly called Doghouse Gourmet Burgers. Does that sound at all appetizing?

                                                  1. CharlieKilo RE: johnb Aug 21, 2010 06:29 PM

                                                    In October 1976, I once ate at a walk-up sandwich counter in Burbank across from NBC studios called "Greasy Dick's".
                                                    No lie.

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                                                      flavrmeistr RE: CharlieKilo Aug 1, 2011 12:59 PM

                                                      There is a chain of "Dirty Dick's" down south.

                                                    2. meatn3 RE: johnb Aug 22, 2010 10:02 AM

                                                      In rural SC I came across a place called the "Chat 'n Chew" - just made me picture cows chomping away in a field.

                                                      I had to try it, nothing to write home about.

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                                                        melangeinc RE: meatn3 Aug 22, 2010 10:39 AM

                                                        Chitoise in Redondo Beach

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                                                          Caitlin McGrath RE: meatn3 Aug 22, 2010 01:40 PM

                                                          There's a place called Chat'n Chew in NYC.

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                                                            meatn3 RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 22, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                            Is it any good?!

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                                                              small h RE: meatn3 Aug 30, 2010 02:58 PM

                                                              It's a comfort food place, fried chicken and macaroni & cheese and the like. It's pretty good, reasonably priced and pleasant to hang in. The name always struck me as retro, like calling a place the Dew Drop Inn (we used to have one of those, too).

                                                        2. Naco RE: johnb Aug 22, 2010 12:25 PM

                                                          There's a Chinese place in Kinston, NC called "House of Wang".

                                                          I once saw a place called Toomer's Seafood in South Carolina between Charleston and Savannah.

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                                                            Saddleoflamb RE: Naco Aug 22, 2010 12:50 PM

                                                            Dirty Dick's ....on the Outer Banks, and Besa(sp) mi Burro.....in Chapel Hill, NC

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                                                              Naco RE: Saddleoflamb Aug 22, 2010 01:07 PM

                                                              Ah yes, I forgot about Dirty Dick's. That one is intentional though, they play it up on their billboards.

                                                              Speaking of rude names and burros, there's a local Tex-Mex place that has a menu item called "El Burro de Chocho", chocho being Mexican slang for the vagina. I asked about this once and elicited a lot of nervous giggles from the staff and not much else.

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                                                                foodsnob14 RE: Naco Aug 22, 2010 01:22 PM

                                                                Lung Fung near Gettsburg PA. My husband ate there in college.

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                                                                  meatn3 RE: foodsnob14 Aug 22, 2010 03:00 PM

                                                                  Sounds like a place that only serves folks with a 3 pack a day habit.

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                                                            DC in DC RE: johnb Aug 30, 2010 02:32 PM

                                                            I have a childhood memory from San Jose, CA of a Vietnamese restaurant downtown called Duc Phuc.

                                                            1. absurdnerdbird RE: johnb Aug 30, 2010 02:47 PM

                                                              Crapitto's Cucina Italiana in Houston, TX.

                                                              1. weewah RE: johnb Aug 30, 2010 10:47 PM

                                                                Had to eat at La Cucaracha's (the cockroach) in Phoenix 'bout 25 years ago. It was ok, but the name brought in the people. It wasn't that great and I don't know if it's still there.

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                                                                  recipelover RE: weewah May 12, 2011 03:48 PM

                                                                  It is still in Phoenix.

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                                                                  LeoLioness RE: johnb May 8, 2011 06:39 PM

                                                                  Girl and the Goat.

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                                                                    soupkitten RE: LeoLioness May 8, 2011 09:53 PM

                                                                    plus. one.

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                                                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: LeoLioness May 8, 2011 10:56 PM

                                                                      Top Chef alums have a history of choosing questionable restaurant names.
                                                                      - Ilan Hall's place is called The Gorbals.
                                                                      - Brian Malarkey's first restaurant is Searsucker.
                                                                      - the name of Malarkey's latest project is even worse - Burlap...for what he describes as “Asian Cowboy cuisine where the West Eats Meat.” yikes.
                                                                      - Stephen Asprinio - Forté di Asprinio
                                                                      - Angelo Sosa - Social Eatz (yes, with a "z")

                                                                      and not related to Top Chef, two of the worst here in LA:
                                                                      - LA Food Show
                                                                      - Food
                                                                      yes, there's actually a restaurant named "Food." not exactly Google-friendly!

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                                                                        small h RE: goodhealthgourmet May 9, 2011 12:57 AM

                                                                        There was a restaurant in Manhattan for a few years named Food Bar - not sure if that's better or worse (it was certainly accurate). This one's the champ, though, and it's a decade old, so someone's doing something right.


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                                                                          chileheadmike RE: small h May 10, 2011 09:44 AM

                                                                          There's a restaurant in KC called Fud. With two dots over the "u" and pronounced "food" not like Elmer's last name.

                                                                          It's very popular with the vegetarian crowd.

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                                                                            buttertart RE: chileheadmike May 10, 2011 09:47 AM

                                                                            They should have used a - over the top, the umlaut makes it more like Fued.

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                                                                              small h RE: buttertart May 10, 2011 10:39 AM

                                                                              I would've just thrown a few extra o's in there. Foooood.

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                                                                                buttertart RE: small h May 10, 2011 10:44 AM

                                                                                Guess they were going for the veg Motley C r u umlaut e fancying crowd...

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                                                                                  small h RE: buttertart May 10, 2011 11:00 AM

                                                                                  Who knew this was a large enough group to keep a restaurant afloat? A "u" with an umlaut over it looks vaguely like a smiley-face. Maybe people react positively to it without knowing why.

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                                                                                    buttertart RE: small h May 10, 2011 11:04 AM

                                                                                    Maybe so.

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                                                                              sunshine842 RE: chileheadmike May 10, 2011 12:34 PM

                                                                              anybody remember the Far Side cartoon where the dog was luring the cat into the clothes dryer with a sign saying "Cat fud" and an arrow?

                                                                              I'd be afraid the room would start spinning.

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                                                                                buttertart RE: sunshine842 May 10, 2011 12:36 PM

                                                                                Yes, one of the best Far Sides ever.

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                                                                                  CrazyOne RE: sunshine842 May 11, 2011 07:30 PM

                                                                                  Cracks me up. One of THE most memorable Far Sides for me anyway, and I always write "cat fud" on the shopping list. ;-) "Fud" also lives on in LOLcat speak of course.

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                                                                                    sunshine842 RE: CrazyOne May 12, 2011 03:12 AM

                                                                                    ROFL - I though I was the only one on the planet who writes 'cat fud' and now 'dog fud' on my shopping list.

                                                                                    Welcome to my corner of Ca-ray-zee.

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                                                                                      mamachef RE: sunshine842 May 12, 2011 07:04 AM

                                                                                      sunshine, feel free to stop by for a visit on our home planet: fugginnuts. It's just a hop from here to the galaxy of yousocrazy.

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                                                                                      gaffk RE: CrazyOne May 12, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                                                      "cat fud" has been a staple grocery list item in my house since . . .well, since I first saw that Far Side.

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                                                                                        tracylee RE: gaffk May 12, 2011 06:56 PM

                                                                                        My sister and I always call it cat fud ever since it came out!

                                                                                        My other favorite was the "boneless chicken ranch"

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                                                                                          gaffk RE: tracylee May 13, 2011 03:27 PM

                                                                                          I loved the boneless chickens! Still have that image in my mind when I buy them.

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                                                                                            buttertart RE: gaffk May 15, 2011 05:09 PM

                                                                                            The cows standing on their hind legs chatting in the field until one says "CAR!" and they get down on all fours while the car passes always tickled me too.

                                                                                    3. re: sunshine842
                                                                                      cosmogrrl RE: sunshine842 Jul 30, 2011 05:15 PM

                                                                                      I have the coffee mug with that cartoon on it. Makes me giggle first thing in the morning.

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                                                                                        John E. RE: sunshine842 Jul 30, 2011 08:09 PM

                                                                                        Here it is:


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                                                                                          Taffy2003 RE: sunshine842 Sep 17, 2011 08:58 PM

                                                                                          Yes! And the dog is saying, "Please..."

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                                                                                        Caitlin McGrath RE: small h May 12, 2011 06:03 PM

                                                                                        I used to live a few blocks from there, and while I always shook my head at calling your restaurant Good, I had a number of meals there, and the name fit.

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                                                                                          small h RE: Caitlin McGrath May 12, 2011 07:43 PM

                                                                                          I had brunch there a mess of times, and I concur.

                                                                                  2. mariacarmen RE: johnb May 9, 2011 12:37 AM

                                                                                    There used to be a hot dog place on Hollywood Blvd. called "Big Wienies Are Better".

                                                                                    In my neighborhood, the sidewalks can sometimes be more, ahem, unsavory than in other areas of the City, especially after the weekend. I do not frequent a place across from me called Sidewalk Juice (juice and coffee bar take-out window.)

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                                                                                      toomuchfat RE: johnb May 9, 2011 04:57 AM

                                                                                      Saucy Balls and Soul Daddy

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                                                                                        Mona Williams RE: johnb May 9, 2011 05:28 AM

                                                                                        A chef I once knew told me he wanted to open a restaurant called The Dead Chicken. I thought it would probably attract a certain crowd.

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                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: Mona Williams May 9, 2011 10:23 AM

                                                                                          i guess it's better than The Live Chicken - that's certainly not something i'd want to eat!

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                                                                                          achtungpv RE: johnb May 9, 2011 05:31 AM

                                                                                          There's a assuredly horrible Chinese restaurant outside of San Antonio called "Aw Dang". I have visions of a chinese buffet with waiters in cowboy hats.

                                                                                          1. thew RE: johnb May 9, 2011 05:49 AM

                                                                                            Hung Ry

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                                                                                              buttertart RE: thew May 9, 2011 10:53 AM

                                                                                              I hate that too. So annoying and cutesy.

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                                                                                                thew RE: buttertart May 9, 2011 07:22 PM

                                                                                                but the menu looks so gooooood

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                                                                                                  buttertart RE: thew May 10, 2011 06:38 AM

                                                                                                  Awfully modish.

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                                                                                                    thew RE: buttertart May 10, 2011 07:10 AM

                                                                                                    wonderfully modish

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                                                                                                      buttertart RE: thew May 10, 2011 09:14 AM

                                                                                                      As the Romans said, suum cuique.

                                                                                            2. Gio RE: johnb May 9, 2011 06:24 AM

                                                                                              Prune in NYC

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                                                                                                junescook RE: Gio May 9, 2011 11:01 AM

                                                                                                Seems to work for Gabrielle though.

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                                                                                                SherBel RE: johnb May 9, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                                                                The Fontanelle restaurant in Ottawa Ontario.

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                                                                                                  buttertart RE: SherBel May 9, 2011 11:42 AM

                                                                                                  Oh, no. That's terrible.

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                                                                                                  juli5122 RE: johnb May 9, 2011 04:45 PM

                                                                                                  There is a restaurant in Naples Florida call Vergina , for some reason every time I see it mentioned I turn into a 12 year old.

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                                                                                                    sunshine842 RE: juli5122 May 9, 2011 11:06 PM

                                                                                                    thank you! I have to work hard to not snicker when I see that, too.

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                                                                                                    hamboney RE: johnb May 9, 2011 06:00 PM


                                                                                                    There used to be a 'Cork & Cleaver' in Des Moines in the 70's. I agree on the 'out-of-date'. Colorado Feed & Grain and The Husker must've made us feel like we were eating exotic foods?! The chain Zeider Zee never made me think about seafood, even though it was a bay in the Netherlands, sorry.

                                                                                                    Not a resto, butt Bunghole Liquors makes me wonder.


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                                                                                                      Gwendolen RE: hamboney May 9, 2011 06:20 PM

                                                                                                      In Ocean City, Maryland - two of my favorites:

                                                                                                      Big Peckers
                                                                                                      The Bearded Clam

                                                                                                    2. monkeyrotica RE: johnb May 10, 2011 09:00 AM

                                                                                                      The classic bad restaurant name thread.


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                                                                                                        chezdy RE: johnb May 10, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                                                                        In Florida there's a place called Chinee Takee Outee...ouch...

                                                                                                        1. mamachef RE: johnb May 10, 2011 04:41 PM

                                                                                                          Pink Taco

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                                                                                                            small h RE: mamachef May 10, 2011 05:13 PM

                                                                                                            Why, why, why did you remind of this, just when I thought I'd scrubbed it from my brain.


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                                                                                                              CarmenR RE: mamachef May 11, 2011 09:05 PM

                                                                                                              We had an "El Taco Rosado" in wilmington, NC for about...45 seconds. It even had PINK taco shells. I actually thought the idea was kind of awesome but a conservative southern town (and a kind of crappy location) proved to be too much for it...

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                                                                                                              CarmenR RE: johnb May 11, 2011 09:08 PM

                                                                                                              Also Watana Siam (what-an-ass-i-am) here in brooklyn has now been changed to just Watana Thai. Great food. I have no idea if this was a (really) longrunning joke or an honest mistake but it certainly made me want to patronize the place even more.

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                                                                                                                Fydeaux RE: CarmenR May 12, 2011 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                It's a very old joke, going back to early vaudeville, perhaps earlier. I think I first heard it in an old movie featuring an unremembered vaudeville team, an Abbott & Costello knock-off of some kind, with one of them dressed in a turban & silk robe:
                                                                                                                "Sahib, repeat after me: Owah"
                                                                                                                "Now say it all together and repeat."
                                                                                                                "Owah tagu siam"

                                                                                                                And so on. The routine later evolved into "Owah Tanah Siam."

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                                                                                                                  thew RE: Fydeaux May 12, 2011 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                  i suspect, in vaudville, the ass joke predated the goose one. vaudville was bawdy as hell - but they cleaned it up for film, and later radio and eventually tv. so the only records we have are of the tamer versions of things, but i assure you, that was not all there was

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                                                                                                                  mamachef RE: CarmenR May 12, 2011 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                  We had an awesome restaurant in Sebastopol for the longest time called "Thai Pot." I never did find out if that was intentional or not, but they sure had addictively good food.

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                                                                                                                    mamachef RE: CarmenR May 12, 2011 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                    I like your sense of humor, CarmenR. It's all about irreverence sometimes, isn't it? I love those plays on words. I have heard that NC does have a large Hispanic population, so I guess it shouldn't suprise me that the folks of your town were able to translate El Taco Rosado and make such a.....prurient connection. : )

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                                                                                                                    jdub1371 RE: johnb May 12, 2011 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                    Crepe place in San Francisco called (The?) Squat & Gobble. I love the food there, but I have taken to calling it "S & G" because I hate, hate, hate the name.

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                                                                                                                      smartie RE: johnb May 12, 2011 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                      there is a chain of pubs in the UK called the Slug and Lettuce - does not sound appetizing to me.

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                                                                                                                        sunshine842 RE: smartie May 13, 2011 02:17 AM

                                                                                                                        having been the unwitting recipient of exactly that in my salad bowl, I concur.

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                                                                                                                          Harters RE: smartie Jun 1, 2011 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                          The modernisation of many British pubs has led to "modernisation" of names as well. Many pub names that have stood the test of, literally, centuries thrown out ot be replaced the likes of Slug & Lettuce. S & L is, actually, one of the better ones. You get random names linked - like the Pitcher & Piano or the Goose & Granite. I wait, with bated breath, for the Dog & Bollocks.

                                                                                                                          Dunno what's wrong with the longest pub name in Britain which is only a few minutes from me - the "Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn". It's in Stalybridge - or StalyVegas as the locals call it since they out some lights along the canal.

                                                                                                                        2. inaplasticcup RE: johnb May 13, 2011 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                          Pastagina - for what I think is an obvious reason. Some have disagreed...

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                                                                                                                            Uncle Yabai RE: inaplasticcup May 15, 2011 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                            Reminds me of the Italian bombshell character in Austin Power's Goldmember.

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                                                                                                                            nooyawka RE: johnb May 18, 2011 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                            Not a restaurant, but the Gourmet Garage. Absolutely put off by that name. Went in once; never again.

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                                                                                                                              small h RE: nooyawka May 18, 2011 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                              Gourmet Garage got its name because when it first opened, it was in an actual garage, a truck bay in the far West Village. I used to go there to buy excellent fish and produce; it was pretty cheap, since it had very low overhead. Now it's just another fancy food place, but it didn't used to be.

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                                                                                                                              wayne keyser RE: johnb May 18, 2011 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                              A Pennsylvania chain ... when I first heard about it, I thought "what a lovely name, Eaton Park."


                                                                                                                              "Eat 'n Park".

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                                                                                                                                johnb RE: wayne keyser May 20, 2011 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                My daughter used to love Eat 'n Park. She made me stop there for lunch every xmas when we drove to her grandmother's. Mile 119 on I-79 in West Va. Terrible food. I never could understand the name--seems like it ought to be Park 'n Eat. One would think maybe it was a play on Eaton Park, but the customer base didn't support that theory.

                                                                                                                                Or maybe it did.

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                                                                                                                                  BobB RE: johnb Jun 1, 2011 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                  Or a contraction of Eating Park.

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                                                                                                                                    MonMauler RE: johnb Jun 2, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                    Eat 'n Park is somewhat of an institution around southwestern PA.

                                                                                                                                    It started off as a drive-in, where you would park your vehicle at the restaurant, be waited on by waitresses in rollerskates, and eat in your vehicle.

                                                                                                                                    Anyway, from what I've been told the reason they named it Eat 'n Park instead of the more logical Park and Eat, as you suggest, is because the founders were looking for a name they could copyright and trademark. Apparently, Park and Eat was a fairly ubiquitous sign back in the day when drive-ins were common, and they could not have gotten broad protections under prevailing copyright and trademark laws using Park and Eat. So to be able to obtain copyright and trademark protection for their restaurant the owners decided to reverse the phrase; hence, "Eat 'n Park."

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                                                                                                                                      flavrmeistr RE: MonMauler Aug 1, 2011 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                      Folks up there refer to it as "Shit 'n Git".

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                                                                                                                                  joeyjoejoe1 RE: johnb Jun 1, 2011 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                  There's a place near me called "Bill and Harry's Chinese Cuisine". For some reason I just cant muster up the will to walk in there.

                                                                                                                                  1. weewah RE: johnb Jun 9, 2011 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                    There was a first class sandwich shop in Sedona in the mid 80's called "Eat Your Heart Out". I get what they're trying to say w/ the name: eat your hearts desire; but it always sounded embittered and jealous to me. Or even gruesome (mental picture of crazed man tearing into a bloody heart).
                                                                                                                                    They had a cracking business though, and the best sandwiches I ever ate came from there. They used only very high quality meats and cheeses and homemade bread. And had kick-a** chocolate chunk cookies. Sigh.

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                                                                                                                                      runwestierun RE: johnb Jul 5, 2011 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                                      There was a French restaurant in Minneapolis in the 80's that was part of the Accor hotel group called Tant Pour Tant. It had a takeout deli called Quiche and Fish. We called it "Ish and Shit".

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                                                                                                                                        Luna2372 RE: runwestierun Jul 5, 2011 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                        In Northern BC there is a drive thru called "the Dog and Suds" really...and they don't serve beer.

                                                                                                                                        Also I always hated "Fuddruckers" and "Mother Tuckers"

                                                                                                                                        And my personal favorite...Alley Cats...and they had a line drawing of a cat walking away from you as they're logo. Some one was always drawing something nasty with marker on they're door.

                                                                                                                                        Needless to say they only lasted about a year.

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                                                                                                                                          sunshine842 RE: Luna2372 Jul 6, 2011 01:11 AM

                                                                                                                                          Dog and Suds serves root beer!

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                                                                                                                                            Luna2372 RE: sunshine842 Jul 6, 2011 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                                            I know..but really...and I do love root beer..But it needs beer! Real Beer.

                                                                                                                                            But I still show up everytime I'm there!

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                                                                                                                                            tracylee RE: Luna2372 Jul 9, 2011 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                            Going to college in Corvallis, OR, there was a joint bar/laundromat called "Suds and Suds". It was a really popular place for students who lived off campus!

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                                                                                                                                              Luna2372 RE: tracylee Jul 9, 2011 10:21 PM

                                                                                                                                              Did they have real beer or just "rootbeer" ?

                                                                                                                                              LOL...drinking and laundry...Ahh I miss college

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                                                                                                                                                tracylee RE: Luna2372 Jul 10, 2011 02:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                They had real beer...hundreds as I recall. There was some sort of "name on the wall" thing for drinking a large variety. Even in college, I didn't like beer. I tried because it was cheaper than wine, but it was a no-go. It was a fun place to hang out and get laundry done, though!

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                                                                                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: tracylee Jul 10, 2011 04:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I didn't like beer in college, either...until I got old enough to get to Europe and find out what beer is *supposed* to taste like! (nothing like room-temperature Bud to put you off of a whole category of beverage)

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                                                                                                                                                  flavrmeistr RE: Luna2372 Aug 1, 2011 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Oh, man. We had a place in St. Thomas called "Go-Go's Washboard-Home of the Continuous Happy Hour". There was a bar along one wall and washers/dryers along the other. Drinks were a dollar, sports on TV. There were ladies to wash and fold your clothes for a small consideration. Wash day was the highlight of my week.

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                                                                                                                                            kimmer1850 RE: johnb Jul 6, 2011 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                            There's a bar in Rosedale, MD (that also serves food) called "Dick's Halfway Inn."
                                                                                                                                            Wrap your collective heads around that.

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                                                                                                                                              inaplasticcup RE: kimmer1850 Jul 6, 2011 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                              That reminds me of a place in Temecula (where I lived for 6 months) named Swing Inn, which was apparently aptly named because a friend of mine warned me before I moved there about the town's apparent reputation for being a SwingERs' haven. :|

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                                                                                                                                                ricepad RE: inaplasticcup Jul 6, 2011 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                There's nothing else to do in Temecula!

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                                                                                                                                                  inaplasticcup RE: ricepad Jul 6, 2011 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I'm afraid that's probably true. :)

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                                                                                                                                                Luna2372 RE: kimmer1850 Jul 6, 2011 10:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                I really really really am trying to contain myself for this...OK..LOSING IT...*snort*..

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                                                                                                                                                  porker RE: kimmer1850 Jul 30, 2011 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                  There was an inn, but more of a cafe, just south of Cornwall, Ont. owned by one Mr. Shovett. Name: Shovett Inn.

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                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: porker Aug 1, 2011 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Named perfectly innocently, of course. Right!

                                                                                                                                                2. sunshine842 RE: johnb Jul 6, 2011 10:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Showing my age, I know, but wasn't there a Cork and Cleaver in the Midwest in the 70s? In my mind's eye, I'm seeing a matchbook with a black graphic of a bull holding a Champagne cork in his teeth -- probably in the giant snifter of matchbooks my mom collected at that time.

                                                                                                                                                  found it -- still around: http://www.corkncleaveronline.com/

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                                                                                                                                                    AnneBrunt RE: johnb Jul 30, 2011 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                    This one always cracks me up: in North Kansas City, MO there's a Chinese restaurant called Jeff Chinese.

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                                                                                                                                                      TexSquared RE: johnb Aug 1, 2011 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                      There used to be a butcher shop near where I grew up, called "Al Mumtaz Butt Foods". Sign used to have "BUTT FOODS" in bold caps in bright red with a yellow background. You couldn't miss it!

                                                                                                                                                      Looks like they changed the name of the store to Al-Mumtaz Supermarket and Farm....


                                                                                                                                                      I like to beat this dead horse as much as I can, but I couldn't resist. Really bad restaurant name is "Kelly's Cajun Grill" or "Bourbon St. Grill" because they serve junk Chinese food...

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                                                                                                                                                        painperdu RE: johnb Aug 1, 2011 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                        The fast food/fry chain in Maritime Canada, Lik-a-Chick...

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                                                                                                                                                          LittleBee RE: johnb Aug 12, 2011 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                          In-N-Out Burger, to me, is waaaaay too descriptive.

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                                                                                                                                                            porker RE: LittleBee Aug 12, 2011 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Could have been worse: ifn it was a hot dog joint...

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