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  • Post #61 - January 26th, 2011, 12:33 pm
    Post #61 - January 26th, 2011, 12:33 pm Post #61 - January 26th, 2011, 12:33 pm
    happy_stomach wrote:I guess, like the comfort of Avec's chairs, the utility of LTH threads is in the eye of the beholder.

    Or the ass.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

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  • Post #62 - January 27th, 2011, 12:18 am
    Post #62 - January 27th, 2011, 12:18 am Post #62 - January 27th, 2011, 12:18 am
    Apropos of nothing, but possibly relevant to thread title (and nominally the thread subject as well), I saw a barbecue joint in Harvey somewhere on Sibley yesterday (sorry I cannot pinpoint the exact location) called "Slop 'n' Lick BBQ"

    I hope to report back with a review at some point in the future. It is possibly the least appetizing (barring The Money Shot) restaurant name I've ever heard but I feel like I have to take one for the team here.
    Ronnie said I should probably tell you guys about my website so

    Hey I have a website.
    http://www.sandwichtribunal.com
  • Post #63 - January 27th, 2011, 2:07 am
    Post #63 - January 27th, 2011, 2:07 am Post #63 - January 27th, 2011, 2:07 am
    JimTheBeerGuy wrote:I saw a barbecue joint in Harvey somewhere on Sibley yesterday (sorry I cannot pinpoint the exact location) called "Slop 'n' Lick BBQ".

    Sounds like one of the most honest names I can think of for a BBQ joint.
  • Post #64 - January 27th, 2011, 11:54 am
    Post #64 - January 27th, 2011, 11:54 am Post #64 - January 27th, 2011, 11:54 am
    I get particularly annoyed with overly gimmicky, cute, or twee names - just think about how many nauseatingly sweet cupcake place names you've heard opening over the last year. But it extends beyond bakeries.

    Oh, what comes to mind. What about the 50/Fifty? Why must one be numerical and one be alphabetical? The nonsensical spelling is exacerbated by the menu, which features both a "fifty burger" and a "50 burger." Its confounding to think how a patron might go about ordering one and trying to distinguish his order from the other. Why be deliberately confusing? It just makes me think (and going into this bar doesn't change my perception) that there just isn't much thought about substance over style. Although, I do like that my bloody mary there comes with a piece of bacon in it...

    Puns also rub me the wrong way, and the lame jokes (even though I always nerdily laugh at them) get old real quick. Eleaven, for instance. Sure, it's cute you worked a reference to bread's rising agent into your bakery/sandwich shop's name. But why are you referencing the number 11? Does that have something to do with the food or store, or did it just fit in with your punny name? Eggsperience works a little better, I guess, but they all make me think about Denny's-esque names like "moons over my hammy."
  • Post #65 - January 27th, 2011, 12:21 pm
    Post #65 - January 27th, 2011, 12:21 pm Post #65 - January 27th, 2011, 12:21 pm
    amyliz wrote:Puns also rub me the wrong way, and the lame jokes (even though I always nerdily laugh at them) get old real quick.

    I was on a Metra train heading west recently and spied a cafe called 'That' Cafe somewhere along the way. Very difficult to Google, and I'm curious how regulars refer to it.

    I know that it refers to an herb, but that's not what I think when I hear the restaurant name Sawtooth. Not a pleasant association. Maybe I'm more afraid of the dentist than I thought.
  • Post #66 - January 27th, 2011, 2:21 pm
    Post #66 - January 27th, 2011, 2:21 pm Post #66 - January 27th, 2011, 2:21 pm
    amyliz wrote:Puns also rub me the wrong way, and the lame jokes (even though I always nerdily laugh at them) get old real quick. Eleaven, for instance. Sure, it's cute you worked a reference to bread's rising agent into your bakery/sandwich shop's name. But why are you referencing the number 11? Does that have something to do with the food or store, or did it just fit in with your punny name? Eggsperience works a little better, I guess...

    Bakin' & Eggs on Lincoln isn't an awful place (and in this case, the pun at least works, in the sense that they major in baked goods as well as "bacon flights"), but I would undoubtedly go there for breakfast more often if they didn't have such a stupid name. Give me S & G (down the block, with its no-nonsense initials for Sam and George) any time.

    It's kind of like by even just going into Bakin' & Eggs, you're giving your tacit approval to dumbass puns, and I just can't do that lightly.
  • Post #67 - January 27th, 2011, 2:50 pm
    Post #67 - January 27th, 2011, 2:50 pm Post #67 - January 27th, 2011, 2:50 pm
    amyliz wrote:Puns also rub me the wrong way . . .

    Me too but puns don't necessarily mean a place isn't great. For example, Wiener & Still Champion is an exemplary hotdog stand.

    Some others that immediately come to mind:

    As for Once Upon a Bagel
    Upper Crust Bagels
    U Dawg U
    Wiener Takes All
    Wieners Circle

    One that always cracked me up was the fictitious Souper Crackers from the now-defunct Showtime series Party Down (probably nsfw) . . .



    =R=
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    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

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  • Post #68 - January 27th, 2011, 2:57 pm
    Post #68 - January 27th, 2011, 2:57 pm Post #68 - January 27th, 2011, 2:57 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:...puns don't necessarily mean a place isn't great. For example, Wiener & Still Champion is an exemplary hotdog stand.

    There is a special pun exemption for hot dog stands and Jewish delis.
  • Post #69 - January 27th, 2011, 3:02 pm
    Post #69 - January 27th, 2011, 3:02 pm Post #69 - January 27th, 2011, 3:02 pm
    riddlemay wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:...puns don't necessarily mean a place isn't great. For example, Wiener & Still Champion is an exemplary hotdog stand.

    There is a special pun exemption for hot dog stands and Jewish delis.

    Apparently so! :D

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #70 - January 27th, 2011, 3:16 pm
    Post #70 - January 27th, 2011, 3:16 pm Post #70 - January 27th, 2011, 3:16 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    riddlemay wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:...puns don't necessarily mean a place isn't great. For example, Wiener & Still Champion is an exemplary hotdog stand.

    There is a special pun exemption for hot dog stands and Jewish delis.

    Apparently so! :D

    =R=


    Add Thai and pho places to the list.
  • Post #71 - January 27th, 2011, 3:26 pm
    Post #71 - January 27th, 2011, 3:26 pm Post #71 - January 27th, 2011, 3:26 pm
    amyliz wrote:Puns also rub me the wrong way . . .

    Though I have no opinion on his food, I've had enough of Foss's Meaty Balls Pun. Yes, balls are slang for testicles -- hilarious! How much mileage can he possibly get out of this joke?
    I mean, schweddy balls?

    This joke =
    Image

    --Rich
    I don't know what you think about dinner, but there must be a relation between the breakfast and the happiness. --Cemal Süreyya
  • Post #72 - January 27th, 2011, 4:32 pm
    Post #72 - January 27th, 2011, 4:32 pm Post #72 - January 27th, 2011, 4:32 pm
    JeffB wrote:
    Add Thai and pho places to the list.


    http://www.thaimeupnyc.com/
    http://www.bowthai.com/
    http://9021pho.com/
    http://www.whatthepho.net/
  • Post #73 - January 27th, 2011, 4:40 pm
    Post #73 - January 27th, 2011, 4:40 pm Post #73 - January 27th, 2011, 4:40 pm
    Let's not forget about the now closed Once Upon a Thai
  • Post #74 - January 27th, 2011, 4:44 pm
    Post #74 - January 27th, 2011, 4:44 pm Post #74 - January 27th, 2011, 4:44 pm
    And for a disastrous meal, try one of Washington D.C.'s crappy Thai chains, Thai Tanic or Thaiphoon. Bleurgh.

    --Rich
    I don't know what you think about dinner, but there must be a relation between the breakfast and the happiness. --Cemal Süreyya
  • Post #75 - January 27th, 2011, 4:56 pm
    Post #75 - January 27th, 2011, 4:56 pm Post #75 - January 27th, 2011, 4:56 pm
    Hi,

    I was just talking to a friend about puns used as business names earlier today. I thought people fall in love with the joke, then really use it as their business name. It's a joke, but one repeated so often it begins to loose currency real fast. All these comments validate what I felt.

    Long ago when I was in high school, I remember turning heads when I asked a friend, "Being called a lush isn't a compliment, is it?" Nope, not back then. I do have a hard time separating the negative connotations when there is now a trendy liquor store named Lush.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #76 - January 27th, 2011, 5:03 pm
    Post #76 - January 27th, 2011, 5:03 pm Post #76 - January 27th, 2011, 5:03 pm
    There's always A Salt and Battery (fish & chips, New York)
  • Post #77 - January 27th, 2011, 5:42 pm
    Post #77 - January 27th, 2011, 5:42 pm Post #77 - January 27th, 2011, 5:42 pm
    amyliz wrote:Puns also rub me the wrong way, and the lame jokes (even though I always nerdily laugh at them) get old real quick.

    Better stop reading right now.

    riddlemay wrote:There is a special pun exemption for hot dog stands and Jewish delis.

    Certainly owners of hot dog stands seem fonder of puns than other restaurateurs. Here are some in and around Chicago (many are no longer in business): Dog Day Afternoon, Dog House, Dog Pound, First National Frank, Frankly Speaking, Frankly Yours, Franks A Lot, Franks a Million, Franks for the Memories, Hot Diggity Dawgs, Hot Diggity Dog, Hot Diggity Dogs, Hot Doug's, Hound Dogs, Irving's For Red Hot Lovers, Lulu's Hot Diggity Dog, Mustard's Last Stand, Red Hot Mamas, Relish the Thought, Three Dog Night, U Dawg U, Uncle Frank's, Underdog, Wiener and Still Champion, Wiener Take All, Wiener's Circle.

    For delicatessens, I'm having a hard time coming up with anything other than Barnum & Bagel. What names did you have in mind?
  • Post #78 - January 27th, 2011, 6:34 pm
    Post #78 - January 27th, 2011, 6:34 pm Post #78 - January 27th, 2011, 6:34 pm
    I've always wanted to open up a pancake house called "The Crepes of Wrath"
  • Post #79 - January 27th, 2011, 9:22 pm
    Post #79 - January 27th, 2011, 9:22 pm Post #79 - January 27th, 2011, 9:22 pm
    riddlemay wrote:There is a special pun exemption for hot dog stands and Jewish delis.

    I recall a hot dog stand in the western or near west suburbs named 'Eat It and Beat It".
  • Post #80 - January 27th, 2011, 11:07 pm
    Post #80 - January 27th, 2011, 11:07 pm Post #80 - January 27th, 2011, 11:07 pm
    Rene G wrote:For delicatessens, I'm having a hard time coming up with anything other than Barnum & Bagel. What names did you have in mind?

    That was the one. :)

    I've always wanted to open up a pancake house called "The Crepes of Wrath"

    Which brings to mind Allan Sherman's song about the Jewish vintner, "The Grapes of Roth."
  • Post #81 - January 28th, 2011, 1:42 am
    Post #81 - January 28th, 2011, 1:42 am Post #81 - January 28th, 2011, 1:42 am
    riddlemay wrote:Which brings to mind Allan Sherman's song about the Jewish vintner, "The Grapes of Roth."


    I believe that was from The Ballad of Harry Lewis, in the cloth industry, who worked for an Irving Roth, so he knew where "the drapes of Roth" were stored.

    Full lyrics: (to the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic)
    I'm singing you the ballad
    Of a great man of the cloth
    His name was Harry Lewis
    And he worked for Irving Roth

    He died while cutting velvet
    On a hot July the 4th
    But his cloth goes shining on

    Glory, glory Harry Lewis
    Glory, glory Harry Lewis
    Glory, glory Harry Lewis
    His cloth goes shining on

    Oh Harry Lewis perished
    In the service of his Lord
    He was trampling through the warehouse
    Where the drapes of Roth are stored

    He had the finest funeral
    The union could afford
    And his cloth goes shining on

    Glory, glory Harry Lewis
    Glory, glory Harry Lewis
    Glory, glory Harry Lewis
    His cloth goes shining on

    Although a fire was raging
    Harry stood by his machine
    And when the firemen broke in
    They discovered him between

    A pile of roasted Dacron
    And some french fried gabardine
    His cloth goes shining on

    Glory, glory Harry Lewis
    Glory, glory Harry Lewis
    Glory, glory Harry Lewis
    His cloth goes shining on
  • Post #82 - January 28th, 2011, 7:53 am
    Post #82 - January 28th, 2011, 7:53 am Post #82 - January 28th, 2011, 7:53 am
    nr706 wrote:
    riddlemay wrote:Which brings to mind Allan Sherman's song about the Jewish vintner, "The Grapes of Roth."


    I believe that was from The Ballad of Harry Lewis, in the cloth industry, who worked for an Irving Roth, so he knew where "the drapes of Roth" were stored...


    Ah yes! Thank you. (For the correction, and for the fond memory.)
  • Post #83 - January 28th, 2011, 11:06 am
    Post #83 - January 28th, 2011, 11:06 am Post #83 - January 28th, 2011, 11:06 am
    Still waiting for someone to open Thaiarrhea or maybe the more subtle Thai-a-Ria. Or at least for Ria to have a France-meets-Thailand dinner tabbed "Thai à Ria."
  • Post #84 - January 28th, 2011, 11:34 am
    Post #84 - January 28th, 2011, 11:34 am Post #84 - January 28th, 2011, 11:34 am
    Matt wrote:Still waiting for someone to open Thaiarrhea or maybe the more subtle Thai-a-Ria. Or at least for Ria to have a France-meets-Thailand dinner tabbed "Thai à Ria."


    Thai Aree has been open for years, and I never fail to make the obvious joke in my head every time I eat there, though the name could be considered false advertising, since the food is quite excellent and well prepared.

    Thai Aree
    3592 N Milwaukee Ave
    Chicago, IL 60641
    (773) 725-6751
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #85 - January 28th, 2011, 12:47 pm
    Post #85 - January 28th, 2011, 12:47 pm Post #85 - January 28th, 2011, 12:47 pm
    Anyone name a bagel shop 'Everything Bagel' yet? Apparently, everything bagel jokes have circulating on Twitter the last few months.

    Jason Kotke wrote:Come on, Everything Bagels, who you tryin' to fool? You got like 6 seasonings on there. That's a lot, but it ain't everything.
    -- @patrickmarkryan

    Hey everything bagel, you don't have everything on you, so shut the f*** up.
    -- @ihatejeffbaker

    This "everything bagel" is great. Has onions, poppy seeds, garlic, cheese, q-tips, Greenland, fear, sandals, wolves, teapots, crunking...
    -- @johnmoe

    You call this an everything bagel?! Where are the french fries & the pizza & the pot brownie & the Taco Bell fire sauce?!
    -- @ronniewk

    Flossing after an everything bagel is important b/c as the name implies, you don't just have *something* in your teeth, you have every thing.
    -- @phillygirl

    Last time I had an everything bagel I got poppy seeds, Mira Sorvino, and Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit all over my shirt.
    -- @dwineman

    The title "everything bagel" is a gross exaggeration.
    -- @avphibes

    The "everything bagel" really only has like three things. Just what I want for breakfast. Lies.
    -- @missrftc

    You might want to scale back on calling yourself an "everything bagel." I mean, right away I can see there are no M&M's on here.
    -- @friedmanjon
  • Post #86 - January 28th, 2011, 1:00 pm
    Post #86 - January 28th, 2011, 1:00 pm Post #86 - January 28th, 2011, 1:00 pm
    I once ate at Diora and Ria in the same week. My admittedly sophomoric perception was that it was funny. :D

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #87 - January 28th, 2011, 4:17 pm
    Post #87 - January 28th, 2011, 4:17 pm Post #87 - January 28th, 2011, 4:17 pm
    Rene G wrote:Certainly owners of hot dog stands seem fonder of puns than other restaurateurs. Here are some in and around Chicago (many are no longer in business): Dog Day Afternoon, Dog House, Dog Pound, First National Frank, Frankly Speaking, Frankly Yours, Franks A Lot, Franks a Million, Franks for the Memories, Hot Diggity Dawgs, Hot Diggity Dog, Hot Diggity Dogs, Hot Doug's, Hound Dogs, Irving's For Red Hot Lovers, Lulu's Hot Diggity Dog, Mustard's Last Stand, Red Hot Mamas, Relish the Thought, Three Dog Night, U Dawg U, Uncle Frank's, Underdog, Wiener and Still Champion, Wiener Take All, Wiener's Circle.

    What, no Doggie-Style Dogs? :D 8)

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #88 - January 28th, 2011, 4:51 pm
    Post #88 - January 28th, 2011, 4:51 pm Post #88 - January 28th, 2011, 4:51 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:What, no Doggie-Style Dogs? :D 8)

    =R=


    Ask and ye shall recieve.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #89 - January 30th, 2011, 8:49 am
    Post #89 - January 30th, 2011, 8:49 am Post #89 - January 30th, 2011, 8:49 am
    Here's another: Olive or Twist
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #90 - January 31st, 2011, 1:31 am
    Post #90 - January 31st, 2011, 1:31 am Post #90 - January 31st, 2011, 1:31 am
    stevez wrote:Here's another: Olive or Twist


    Yes, but the message is unclear. Should we all refuse to go there because Fagin abused his position and forced children into thievery or should we all patronize it because eventually Oliver comes out on top? I'm still trying to come to grips with this whole notion of measuring restaurants only on their names and not on whether they are good restaurants.
    Objects in mirror appear to be losing.

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