Thursday, March 20, 2008

Amusing Restaurant Names

Someone actually took the time to compile a pretty extensive list of crazy restaurant names broken down by cuisine type. Enjoy!

Dew Drop Inn and Lettuce Entertain You: Onomastic Sobriquets in the Food and Beverage Industry


COFFEE HOUSES, ESPRESSO BARS and PASTRY SHOPS

Aroma Borealis, Alberta, Edmonton, CN

Brew Ha Ha, Phoenix, AZ

Brewed Awakenings (chain)

Bump and Grind Café (American chain and also one with the same name in Sydney, Australia)

Common Grounds, Syracuse, NY

Cup-A-Cabana, Corvallis, OR

The Daily Grind, Oceanside, NY and Seattle, WA
The Daily Grind Coffee House and Bakery, Cullman, AL
The Daily Grind Cyber Café, Oak Park, IL

Espresso Yourself, Juneau, AK

Full of Beans (defunct) Mystic, CN

Gotta Hava Java, Saskatoon, CN (chain)

Grounds for Divorce, Santa Barbara, CA

Happy Endings, Syracuse, NY

Higher Grounds, (chain)

Hot Shotz, Washington, D.C.

In the Black, NY, NY

Jolt N Bolt Coffee & Tea House, Washington, DC

Just Desserts, (5 in the San Francisco Bay area of California; another by
the same name in Sydney, Australia)

Late for the Train, Flagstaff, AZ

Latte Da, Anchorage, AK
Latte Da Coffeehouse, San Leandro, CA
Latte Da Coffee Cafe, Longmont, CO (chain)
Latte Da Coffee Club , Sarasota, FL
Latte Da Coffee Stop Cafe, Chelan, WA

Legal Grounds, Dallas, TX

Northern Lattes, Anchorage, AK

Perked Up, Denver, CO

Pony Espresso, Dubois, WY, on the pony express route (and also a few in UT)

Sacred Grounds, San Francisco, CA

Some Things Brewing (chain)

Spill the Beans Espresso Cafe, Sheboygan, WI

Sufficient Grounds, Berkeley, CA

Sweet Dreams, San Francisco, CA

Thats Aroma, Edmonton, CN

Uncommon Grounds, (chain) based in Berkeley, CA

HOT DOGS

The ubiquitous hot dog is found everywhere in the United States. In fact, on May 11, 2001, a special program on the hot dog and hot dog businesses was aired on PBS.

CHICAGO STYLE HOT DOGS

A classic Chicago-style hot dog is served on a poppy seed bun with yellow mustard, pickle relish, hot sport peppers and celery salt. Chopped raw onions, sliced tomatoes and pickle spears are also routinely served with them. However, there is one hard and fast rule which distinguishes the Chicago-style hot dog from those of any other city--no catsup. Sauerkraut is best left to the street carts of New York City. The following twenty-one hot dog purveyors are located in the United States. The most clever appellations, however, are concentrated in Chicago.

Als Fun in the Bun, Chicago, IL
Bobs Barkers, Syracuse, NY
Dog House, (chain)
Dog Day Afternoon, Chicago, IL
Eat It and Beat It, Western suburbs, Chicago, IL
First National Frank, Chicago, IL (defunct)
Franks A Lot, East Dundee, IL
Franks for the Memories, Mundelein, IL
Frank n Stein (chain)
Hot Diggity Dawgs, Gurneee, IL
Mustards Last Stand, Evanston, IL
There is another of these in Colorado which serves purportedly Chicago-style hot dogs
Puppy Love, Plymouth, NH
Red Hot Mamas, Chicago, IL
Relish the Thought, Chicago, IL
Red Hot Lovers, Ann Arbor, MI
Tail o the Pup, Los Angeles area, CA
U DAWG U, Niles and Glenview, IL
Wiener and Still Champion, Evanston, IL
Wiener Take All, Buffalo Grove, IL
The Wieners Circle, Chicago, Il
3 Dog Night, Chicago, IL (defunct)

ASIAN RESTAURANTS

Proprietors of restaurants serving up Asian food have exhibited some marvelous creativity in their naming practices. Here are some of the best.

Beau Thai, Portland, OR
Bow Thai, Margate, FL
Once Upon a Thai, Chicago, IL
Shang Chai, a Kosher Chinese Restaurant, Brookline, MA
Shang was for an early pre-500 B.C. dynasty. Chai is Mandarin or Cantonese for tea; in addition to chi being the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet, it is a Jewish letter/symbol for lifelchim in Hebrew/Yiddish. So it constitutes a triple word play!
Seoul Food (Korean bar-b-que), CO
TenPenh, an Asian-inspired restaurant so named for its location on the corner of 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
One that should be popular among attorneys is the Sue Mee, Mt. Prospect, IL
Thai Foon, San Diego, CA and Newton, New South Wales, Australia
Thai Panic, Sydney, Australia
Thai Tanic, Sydney, Australia
Tokyo Rose, Charlottesville, VA
Try My Thai, Hollywood, FL
Wok n Roll, (chain)
Wok-N-Roll, (Japanese cuisine), Pasadena, CA
Wok N Roll Buffet, Manassas, VA

WORD PLAYS

Adams Rib, Riverdale, IL
Ally Gators Restaurant, Kissimmee, FL
Bowled-Over, Morton Grove, IL
Casa Too Mucha, New Hartford, NY
Counter Culture, Portland, OR and Santa Fe, NM (sandwich shops serving ethnic food)
Crepevine, San Francisco, CA
Cross-Rhodes, Evanston, IL (Greek)
Crystal Pallas, Arlington, VA (Greek)
Custards Last Stand, Boulder Dam, NV (founded in 1946, it serves soft ice cream)
Eggspectations, Montreal, PQ
Great Eggs Pectations is the menu at the Fresh Start Cafe in Elmhurst, IL where they serve such dishes as the Empty Nest Egg, Eggs Actly, and Egg Cellent.
5 & Diner, Tucson, AZ
Food 2 U, Berwyn, IL
For Heaven's Cakes. Atlanta, GA
The Good Steer, Lake Grove, NY (as opposed to "a bum steer")
Once Upon A Vine, St. Louis, MO
Pelicatessen Fine Foods, Naples, FL
Queue de Cheval, Montreal, PQ (literally the Horses Tail, figuratively, the Horses Ass, a steak house." They bill themselves as vegetarian because their motto is "All our cows eat only grass."
The Real Macaw, Naples, FL
Sir Loins, Arkansas chain
The Steak Out, Tucson, AZ
Steak-Out Char Broiled Delivery, Mobile, AL
Star Spangled Bagel Boy
The Stinking Rose (a restaurant specializing in garlic dishes), San Francisco, CA
Sub Contractor, Pompano Beach, FL
Too Good Eggs, Margate, FL
II Jacks, Chicago, IL (named after the father and son proprietors, both of whom are named Jack)

BOOK and MAGAZINE TITLES and LITERARY CHARACTERS

Eaton Gogh, Norfolk, VA
Field and Stream, Minot, ND
Grateful Bread, Seattle, WA
The Hearty Boys, Chicago, IL
Jonathan Livingston Seafood, a defunct Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Chicago, IL
Lawrence of Oregano Pub, Halifax, NS
Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Tampa, FL
The Virginian, Charlottesville, VA
Zane Graze Caf & News, Albuquerque, NM
Ethnic Designations and Distortions
Bohemian Crystal, Westmont, IL,
Carlos Murphys (chain)
Carlos OKellys, Topeka, KS
Jose O'Shea's, CO
Panchos Villa, (chain)
Red Square, Miami Beach, FL
Films and Television
Breakfast at Tiffanys, Clinton, NY
Butterfield 9, Washington, DC
A Fish Called Avalon, Miami Beach, FL
Goodfellas, Tampa, Fl (and others)
The King and I, Minneapolis, MN
My Tin Man diner, Falmouth, Cape Cod, full of Wizard of Oz memorabilia
Pulp Kitchen, Santa Fe, NM
Notz Landing, CO
Shogun (sushi), CO
Tequila Mockingbird, defunct bar in Chicago, IL

HUMOROUS EPITHETS

The Honest Lawyer, London, ON
The Jewish Mother, Virginia Beach, VA
The Perfect Wife, Manchester, VT

WORDS and PHRASES

Auntie Pastos, Honolulu, HA
Bread Line, Washington, DC
By The Way, Syracuse, NY
By Word of Mouth, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Elbow Room, Vancouver, BC
"French Toast of the Town," is a cinnamon swirl confection at the Dennys chain.
Hook, Line & Sinker, New Hartford, NY
Its All Greek to Me, Tampa, FL
Its Greek to Me, Minneapolis, MN
Judge for Yourself, restaurant located a block from the courts, Santa Barbara, CA
Let Them Eat Cake (pastry shop, chain)
Lox, Stock and Bagel, (chain)
The Melting Pot, (a fondue chain restaurant)
Nut-N-Fanci, Syracuse, NY
Off the Eaten Path, Tampa, FL
Parma Johnnys, Champion, PA
Pasta La Vista, Winnipeg, CN
Pastabilities, Syracuse, NY
Rolling in the Dough Company 3, Hinsdale, IL
SideBerns in Tampa, FL is the "little sister" restaurant to the famous Berns Steak House
Veritable Quandary, Portland, OR
Whatever 4 Restaurant, Cicero, IL
Whats Your Beef, Syracuse, NY
The Whole Enchilada, Moss Landing, CA

PIZZA

Augies Tower of Pizza, New Orleans, LA
Pizzadelic, Montreal, Quebec, CN
Upper Crust, Santa Fe, NM

BARS

Bar None, 4900 sq. ft. party bar in Hoboken, NJ
Bar None, Singapore Marriott Hotel, China
Bar None Cafe, gourmet vegetarian cuisine, Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC., Canada
Carpool, a bar-restaurant w/pool tables that is housed in a former car dealership, Washington, DC
Chez When, San Antonio, TX
Daves Not Here, Santa Fe, NM
Hes Not Here, Forest Park, IL and Ontario, CN
Hung Jury, Washington, DC, (lawyer lunch crowd, lesbian/gay bar at night)
Rhythm and Brews, Jackson, MS
Sit and Bull, Chicago, IL
Stoned Crow, wine bar, Australia
Spread Eagle, Australia

SONGS

Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO
Boogie Woogie Bagel Boy, Alameda, CA
Brew Moon, Honolulu, HA
Catch A Rising Star, NY, NY
Chances R, York, New Brunswick, CN
Fus Rush Inn, Hewlett, NY
Grill from Ipanema, Washington, DC
Hello Deli, Albuquerque, NM
The Dennys restaurant chain has an item on the menu called "Moons Over My Hammy," which is a ham and egg sandwich on grilled sourdough bread.
Jamaica Me Crazy Chops are served at the Rainforest Caf chain.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (a full service restaurant company), Chicago, IL
O Salad Mio, Washington, DC
YesterDaves, Albuquerque, NM (50s restaurant)

BRAND and TRADE NAME PUNS

Barnum and Bagel (chain)
First Federal Frank & Crust, St. Louis, MO
Grub Med Greek Ristorante, Edmonton, Alberta, CN
Quaker Steak & Lube, a play on Quaker State Motor Oil originally from western PA
Snacks Fifth Avenue (chain)

SEAFOOD

The Angry Trout, Grand Marais, MN, specializes in grilled lake trout
The Boston Sea Party (chain)
The Contented Sole, West Palm Beach, FL
Justfor the Halibut Fish n Chips Caf, Haines, AK
Maine-ly Lobster, Albuquerque, NM
The Merry Crab, Seychelles Islands
Somethings Fishy, Santa Barbara, CA
Wholly Mackerel, Jackson, MS and Covington, LA

INNS

The Barge Inn, Syracuse, NY (once a canal town)
Come Back Inn (all over)
Come Along Inn, Fort Worth, TX
Dew Drop Inn, a search in Google, turned up almost 4,000 matches and in Yahoo over 1000 for businesses with this name. There were over 300 matches in Google for businesses with the moniker, Do-Drop-Inn.
Inn Between, Syracuse, NY
The Inn Place, Pittsburgh, PA
Follow Me Inn, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Pack-em-Inn, Tucson, AZ
Peer Inn Bar & Grill adjacent to Pier 39 on SFs Embarcadero
Stumble Inn, Buffalo, NY
Stroll Inn, Pittsburgh, PA
Tune Inn, Washington, DC
Welcome Inn, Syracuse, NY
The Yall Come Back Inn, Lockhart, TX

RESTAURANT DELIVERY and CATERERS

Food on the Move, Seffner, FL
Dine One One, Tampa, Fl (this is an establishment that delivers food from 40 different area restaurants)
Lettuce Deliver, Pompano Beach, FL

4 comments:

Donald said...

Funny stuff. I'm in Indianapolis and we have two that I love - "Thai One On" and "Side Wok Cafe".

JADTIR4152 said...

There's also an asian restaurant in Seattle that's called Phokit!

Aceline said...

Here is one of favorite restaurant in New York MENU - ERETZ KOSHER FOODS. I found lots of varieties of kosher food and dishes with such a good customer services.

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