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Jan 4, 2014 11:27 AM

Bad names

Maybe just me but I have a hard time eating in a place called animal or bestia. Something about "gjelina" also annoys me. Honey, let's go to pink taco?? Anyone have a similar experience?

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          1. re: sandylc

            I guess either way, their food is either FK good or FK bad.

        1. even though the food would probably be right up my alley,
          i can't bring myself to go to "fishing with dynamite" for that reason.

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          1. re: westsidegal

            Westsidegal. You are missing a great restaurant….Just call it FWD instead.

            1. re: wienermobile

              i've had that argument in my head hundreds of times already.
              won't be going there unless someone else controls the decision.
              one of those "cannot unsee" visions

          2. Animal or Bestia don't bother me.
            Pink Taco and Ink Sack sound dumb to me. So does Trois Mec.

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            1. re: john gonzales

              Good ones.
              Jer-ne at marina ritz sounds more inglewood to me.

              1. re: jessejames

                sounds like the epitome of affectation to me

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Bad choice by ritz. Ruins a nice view

              2. re: john gonzales

                ink sack: definitely a no-go for me... "cannot unsee"

                1. re: john gonzales

                  Trois Mec(s). Someone should either learn French, or avoid names in it.

                  1. re: lagatta

                    You do know that the misspelling is deliberate? I'm guessing that Ludo Lefebvre speaks ok French since he is.

                    1. re: Bkeats

                      No, I've never heard of that restaurant, or know who runs it. I don't even know what city or country it is in. Could google it, of course.

                      1. re: lagatta

                        Its in LA. It was opened by Ludo Lefebvre who is a classically trained french chef. He used to do popups in LA and then opened this as his own place. The name is a bit of a joke. If you are in LA and have the opportunity, you should try it.

                2. Another one is Pho King Delicious in Northridge.

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                  1. There's Pho King Delicious in Northridge and Something's Fishy in Canoga Park. A sushi place should never be called that, IMO.

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                    1. re: boogiebaby

                      There's Miso Fishy in Santa Monica..... Again, I think it's supposed to be humorous and eye catching....

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            ... and just a little bit racist, to boot.

                            1. re: Tripeler

                              Do you feel all the "fishy" names are racist? I don't even think of them that way.....

                                1. re: melpy

                                  Speaking of poor/inappropriate usage of miso, I think this restaurant's website (again in my city) needs some re-wording
                                  (on menu cover):


                                  1. re: melpy

                                    I'm just not seeing it. Many many people in this city don't even know what miso is......

                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                      Have you ever seen the movie "Full Metal Jacket"?

                                      In the second part of the film, the part after boot camp, the first line is spoken by a Vietnamese prostitute. Her big line is describing how horny she is, using words that sound remarkably like the pronunciation of miso.

                                      That's why people think it's racist.

                                      1. re: 512window

                                        Yes, actually, I have. Oh, okay, I remember that scene now, had to really think for a minute.

                                        I see what your saying. I think my point is, though, that most people who own restaurants name them in a way to get noticed, whether in good or bad taste. I highly doubt the intention is to alienate potential customers with a racist sounding name. Then again, not all intentions are well received.