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Old Apr 13, 04, 11:50 pm   #1
 
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Unusual / Funny Restaurant Names

Have you have eaten at or come across a restaurant with an unusual or funny name? Lots of time the name is more intriguing than the menu, and it is usually the thing you remember long after?

For me,
The Crabby Oyster -- southern VA seafood house
The Happy Clam -- Fredericksburg VA
Shang Chai -- Kosher Chinese in Brooklyn (chai is Hebrew symbol for luck)
Chip n' Dales -- the names of the 2 owners of a rather seedy diner in Southern NJ
Chez Wat -- soul food/Chinese restaurant in Philly in 1970s

And, although the restaurant name was not unusual, the signs throughout central PA were and said (I kid you not):
"Stop at Mary's Kitchen for good food and gas" -- I assume it was a restaurant with a service station attached.
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Old Apr 14, 04, 7:22 pm   #2
 
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A Salt & Battery in West Village in NYC. It's a fish & chip place.
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Cabbage and Condoms Bangkok, Thailand

Cabbage & Condom Restaurant
Sukhumvit, Soi 12
Main/Specialty: Thai. Very nicely laid out – Eat in or outside – no they are not balloons on the walls. Condom photos everywhere, with lots of condom paraphernalia adorning the walls etc. (Started by the Minister for Family Planning (Khun Mechai) several years ago to heighten the awareness of safe sex) Heaps on offer with an English Menu. This is an enticing restaurant – it welcomes you from the Soi; the ambience is quiet and the decorations ‘interesting’. The check/bill came with a condom.

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There's two places in Cave Creek, AZ (near Scottsdale) that serve really good BBQ - The Horny Toad and The Satisfied Frog.

Of course, there's the oft-discussed BBQ joint here in Van Nuys, Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler, Texas BBQ.

Ciao Mein was an Italian/Chinese place at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki (and a favorite of mine, esp. when I was in Turandot)

Wok 'n Roll Sushi is "da bomb" over in Old Town Pasadena.

Then there's Legal Seafood in Boston, as well as No Name Seafood.

I was passing through Tracy, CA about 15 years ago and passed a place called Paco's Chop Suey - Mexican/Chinese food. I did not stop.

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Old Apr 16, 04, 2:59 am   #5
 
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Old Apr 16, 04, 7:48 pm   #6
 
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[quote=FlyinHawaiian]There's two places in Cave Creek, AZ (near Scottsdale) that serve really good BBQ - The Horny Toad and The Satisfied Frog.QUOTE]

Slightly OT:

I would not recommend the Horny Toad anymore. While they make some fine BBQ sauce, their prices are becoming outrageous. Last time I was there they wanted over $35 for a single rack of ribs.

Better head down Scottsdale Rd and head to Grilled Expedition at Desert Ridge which IMHO has the best ribs in the Valley right now. Not really BBQ ribs per se (They're basted in a Hoisin-Coffee sauce) but damn are they tender. The meat just falls off when you pick up the rib.
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There's two places in Cave Creek, AZ (near Scottsdale) that serve really good BBQ - The Horny Toad and The Satisfied Frog.
Not really BBQ ribs per se (They're basted in a Hoisin-Coffee sauce) but damn are they tender. The meat just falls off when you pick up the rib.
Even more OT:

If tender ribs is what you're looking for, don't stop by this back yard late tonight. Doing them nice and dry today in the smoker today. =)

And now back in the direction of Slightly OT:

And I wasn't impressed with The Horny Toad 5 years ago.

And now OnT:

"He's Not Here" on Harlem in Forest Park. Well, actually, more of a bar, but they served pub grub. Too bad they're not there any more. Wonder if they changed the sign to "We're Not Here" the day they closed.
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There is a chain of Chinese restaurants here in Madrid called "Thong" and a well known bar called "Cock."

Both are very normal/mainstream places and the meanings seem to be lost on the Spanish...
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There is a Chinese place on Fairfax in L.A. called Genghis Cohen.

No word on the quality of their matzoh.
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There is a Chinese place on Fairfax in L.A. called Genghis Cohen.

No word on the quality of their matzoh.
I swear I was JUST gonna mention this place. Never been but I LOVE the name of the place.
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My dad used to go to a pub in the Hague called "the office"
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Old Apr 19, 04, 6:38 pm   #12
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Chi-Chi's

Which in Spanish it stands for

"Tits"

Imagine coming home and telling my wife where I went

<SLAP>

Thank God they don't have one in ELP
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Old Apr 20, 04, 5:26 pm   #14
 
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Not a restaurant, but....

there is a store in San Diego called "Dick's Liquor."

Sorry, makes me chuckle every time.
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Old Apr 21, 04, 12:29 pm   #15
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A Chinese restaurant called Foody Goody in Renton, WA. Typical low cost Chinese buffet. Name is good but food is, well, it won't cause your demise.
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