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Dec 5, 2010 06:11 AM

Songs with restaurant names in the lyrics

Whaddyathink--shall we play a game? Bet we can compile quite the list. Bonus points if you actually *like* the songs you post--I love these:

"I'm in this dumb hotel by the Taco Bell without a hope in hell, I can't believe that I'm still around..."
Supertramp - "Gone Hollywood"

"Got a job at Chik-Fil-A"
Ben Folds Five - "Army"

Of course, there's always Alice's Restaurant, but I'm not a big fan. :) Whatchoogot?

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  1. This is a stretch, but Moon River as the theme song to Breakfast at Tiffany's is a classic forever.
    Your huckleberry friend.
    And Harry Chapin's 30,000 pounds of bananas never made it to the Tasty Freeze for banana splits in Scranton.

    1. Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London has two - Lee Ho Fook's and Trader Vic's.

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      1. re: MGZ

        Ah, yes the pina colada at Vic's. Rupert Holmes never told us where he sipped his.

        1. re: Veggo

          "His hair was perfect!" HA HA HA! Ah-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

          1. re: Veggo

            At a bar called O'Malley's is where they planned their escape.

            1. re: kimmer1850

              Holy guano batman! What a memory jog. I saw Rupert's show at the Fountain Blue or whatever it's called in Miami, spring break about 1978, with my buddy Vince, we invited 12 girls from the University of Delaware. I broke my wrist earlier in the day vaulting over a parking meter in Lauderdale after a few breakfast beers, but I got out of the hospital in time to enjoy the show. And I fell in love with A.B.

          2. re: MGZ

            Warren Zevon also has "Carmalita", with the line: "He hangs out down on Alvarado, by the Pioneer Chicken stand" Of course, I don't think there's a Pioneer Chicken there, isn't it on Echo Park Blvd?

          3. And they were all impressed with your Halston dress
            And the people that you knew at Elaine's

            Big Shot by Billy Joel. Elaine passed a few days ago...

            1. "In the corner of my eye, I saw you in Rudy's, you were very high..."
              Steely Dan - "Black Cow"
              Uptown, baby--uptown, baby--we gets down, baby...

              You guys are great--keep 'em comin'!

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              1. re: kattyeyes

                O kattyeyes fellow Dan fan, how about "Meet me at midnight at Mr. Chow's...Szechuan dumplings after the deal has been done/ I'm the one/ It's a glamour profession..." Glamour Profession, Gaucho, the nec plus ultra of their albums.

                1. re: buttertart

                  We listen to SD at our house CONSTANTLY so I'm embarrassed I didn't think of these! SD and The Who are my DH's cooking soundtrack.

              2. just googled Alice's Restaurant - looks like it wasn't a real place.

                Does Margaritaville count? Jimmy Buffett named his restaurants after his song. However, Bama Breeze was a real place before a hurricane brought it down.

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                1. re: smartie

                  Alice's restaurant most certainly was a very real place. The owner's name was Alice May Brock, and she wrote a great book about the restaurant. I wish I could've eaten there.

                  1. re: mamachef

                    there was an Alice but apparently the restaurant wasn't called Alice's. That's what I read, it may be incorrect.

                    1. re: smartie

                      Yes, the restaurant she opened AFTER the recording was made was called Alice's Restaurant. The church referred to in the song was one she bought and resconstructed and lived in with her first husband, and it was where they served the Thanksgiving dinner being consumed that day, the one that generated the trash in the first place.

                      1. re: mamachef

                        But.. But... But...

                        It was only half of the trash, the rest was already at the bottom of the hill. I wonder if they ever caught the original litterers.

                        1. re: chileheadmike

                          : ) if they did, I bet they took 'em straight to the Group W bench.

                  2. re: smartie

                    Well............. I happened upon the full 20 minute+ version by Arlo Guthrie on NPR the other night. I don't much care if there ever really was an Alice's Restaurant. That song, especially that version.................. is priceless!!!

                    1. re: smartie

                      Concerning Jimmy Buffett - Is Captain Tony's in Last Mango in Paris a real bar in Key West?