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The 20 Funniest Restaurant Pun Names
Posted by Jillian Madison

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  1. Rae says:

    Some of these are surprisingly clever.

  2. Ferd says:

    A hot dog eatery located in an old bank building in St. Louis was called First Federal Frank and Crust, which I thought was clever.

  3. Jill (not Jillian) says:

    Love Brewed Awakenings. Very clever.

  4. NickF says:

    Just falafs, EN Thai Sing, Lettuce Eat, Fishcoteque, and Thai The Not are the best one.s

    Those crazy Thai people! So creative.

  5. Gayle King says:

    My favorite was Nin Com Soup. Made me giggle like a 6 year old.

  6. Jennie says:

    I wish I was this witty! I loved Thai Me Up!

  7. Dank Dillweed says:

    @Jennie: Don’t sell yourself short (I PRAY you’re not a dwarf or “little person”). If you’re at this site, chances are you’re just as sarcastic, cynical, and demented as the (mostly) rest of us, which in turn, makes oneself “witty”.

    Now go on, and make someone spit out their adult beverage, it’s in you.

  8. Leslie says:

    Filled of Dreams is my fave. It’s just unexpected!

  9. Dank Dillweed says:

    I heard Bobby Deen’s new grub-palace will bear the moniker of…

    “Filled with Cream”

  10. T-bone says:

    Just down the street from me is this place:
    http://www.soup-er-bowl.com/

  11. Automne says:

    I liked Thai Me Up! Kinky!

  12. CherryRose says:

    Can’t decide on a fave among these creative monikers.

    While not truly “punny”, there are a few eateries where I’ve been that have names with somewhat dual meanings:

    Let Them Eat Cake in Stratford, Ontario is obviously a tribute to Queen Victoria’s famous quote.

    Moveable Feast in Ann Arbor, MI is reminscent of the Paris memoirs of Ernest Hemingway.

    The Gandy Dancer, also in A2, is housed in a historic train depot. Railroad workers were known as “ganders” that morphed into “gandy dancers” for the movements that they used to lay tracks.

    • David says:

      It was Marie Antoinette said ‘Let them eat cake’, not Queen Vic – her famous quote is ‘We are not amused’.

      • Sandy says:

        In the spirit of keeping history as straight as possible. The saying “let them eat cake” was said long before Marie Antoinette’s time, and is often attributed to King Louis XIV’s wife, Marie-Theresa, who lived one hundred years earlier. It is a political reference to a ‘tax’ on bakeries that should have benefited the poor. Check out the straight dope web site for a nice little summary.

      • SaraCVT says:

        Yeah–actually, Marie Antoinette never said “Let them eat cake”. A lot of things that “everybody knows” about her personality actually aren’t true. Betcha didn’t know that she was interested in the poor and tried to make sure that everyone got enough daily bread to eat. Somehow, that never made it into the official histories.

  13. CherryRose says:

    “Let Them Eat Cake in Stratford, Ontario is obviously a tribute to Queen Victoria’s famous quote.”

    It was actually Marie Antoinette. Sorry! I think there’s a portrait of Queen Victoria in the restaurant, and that’s what made me think of her.

  14. Dank Dillweed says:

    @CherryRose, I have to say, my favorite name to date was this “male-friendly” establishment (now defunct) on North Clark St. here in Chicago, aptly named…..

    “The Manhole”

    It truly doesn’t get much better than that.

    http://www.planet99.com/chicago/bars/manhole.html

  15. a says:

    we have a chinese place around here called “wok of flame.” it’s delicious.

  16. Dank Dillweed says:

    @CherryRose: “Off with your Head” for that faux pas.

  17. CherryRose says:

    @CherryRose: “Off with your Head” for that faux pas.

    A little harsh, don’t ya think? LOL! I’d rather see some heads rollin’ at FN :))

  18. Dank Dillweed says:

    Cherry, nothing is too harsh for you Yanks when it comes to Haute Cuisine, you ignorant slobs! LOL

    I used to make stops in Kalamazoo and/or Ann Arbor on my way to Taylor/Dearborn a few years ago, good times up there, far less expensive/laid-back than here in Obamaland. And the women folk are real, friendly, people. Sometimes wish I didn’t have a wedding band on…

  19. Brie says:

    Down the street from me is a place called “Lettuce Feed You”

  20. CherryRose says:

    @Dank: Haven’t been to the “windy” city for a while, but there is surely some fine dining there. Shopping, too.

  21. Dank Dillweed says:

    @CherryRose: the only things that makes this the “windy” city now are all the blow-hard yuppies/yuppy wannabees.

    Granted, we have a tremendous amount of exquisite restaurants/nightlife/shopping, but it may possibly be out-weighed by the number of jagoffs/gold-digging milf/cougars/posers that invade/inflate everything “a-high-a-flutin”.

    I’d rather spend time in a greasy spoon in shitsville, ordering fried-chicken/pizza and a draft than go downtown and deal with Francois, the valet, and all the other ego-maniacs at Charlie Trotters or Frontera trying to impress their mistresses/sugar-daddies.

  22. Albert says:

    What’s the fishcothque mean I don’t get it lol

  23. Jenny says:

    These really aren’t very funny. This is the best you could do?

  24. oh_come_on says:

    @Albert fishcotheque = discotheque — wanna boggie?

    @Jenny:This is the best you could do?
    You’re welcome to offer a ‘better’ one. T-Bone sent a fun addition. Jillian did a great job IMO.

  25. Matt says:

    It could be worse:

    “Mussel Building”

    “Miso Corny”

    “The Soy of Texas”

    “Cumin Resources”

    “Ketchup Rising Star”

    “The Oxtail Incident”

    “A Really Good Porking”

    or “Garlic Me.”

    Let’s quit while we’re ahead. :-)

  26. Billy says:

    This is a Vietnamese restaurant here in Seattle:

    http://blogs.pointbridge.com/Blogs/ajgaonkar_hersh/Lists/Photos/WhatthePho.JPG

    Best_name_evar.

  27. robb says:

    planet of the grapes win.
    and thai me up sounds kind of fetish.

  28. anon says:

    There’s a place in Bellevue, WA called “What the Pho”

  29. Malarie says:

    I love the Thai Tanic one!

    I live outside of DC and there’s a place called Pho Real (and despite having a gimmicky name, is actually really good!)

  30. stella says:

    wow @Matt – You must do this for a living right?

  31. Katie says:

    Geez, the places around me should be embarrassed. The best we have is “Twin Peaks,” and their emblem is two snow-capped mountains. Very clever…

  32. UGH says:

    They were all great!

    Not a people eatery but this was the name of a pet bakery called Bone Apetit. Thought that was clever.

  33. Matt says:

    @Stella: do what for a living? Eat? Corrupt ingredients in my mind?

    (It would be nice to get paid to eat. As long as it wasn’t to eat Food Network food. I’m not sure what the overdose level of MAAAAH-SCAR-POHHH-NAAAY is, or of butter, but Giada and Paula would hit it pretty quick.)

  34. christina says:

    there is a restaurant in atlanta, georgia called “lettuce souprise you” as you can imagine it’s a soup and salad all you can eat type place. and then in palm beach gardens, florida there is a place called woof-gang puck bakery and its a dog treat shop. i thought those were adorable!

  35. Babylonia says:

    “Award Wieners” is at Disneyland (Disney’s California Adventure actually)

  36. Numb says:

    Another ‘Pho’ place with a great name: “Pho King.”

    Keep in mind that Pho is actually pronounced as ‘fa’ and the joke will be clearer.

  37. Leslie says:

    I think there’s a Pho King Giant here in the Midwest. I dunno if it’s stll open though.

  38. Milly says:

    There’s a place in my area called Mo Pho. I’ve not been there but I’d like to go one day. I liked a lot of the names of these restaurants, though!

  39. There is a restaurant in South Florida, Delray Beach, I think, called Thai Coon.
    Jacksonville has Wok N Roll, as well as Chinee Takee Outee.

  40. Arch Stanton says:

    There are definitely some good ones there. I know there’s a Teeny Thai in my parents neighborhood…not so much a play on words as it literally is in a tiny location.

  41. kristy says:

    @Matt – “Miso Corny” is my favourite so far!

    Thai shops always have the best names. Around me we have
    “Thai Foon”
    “Bow Thai”

    Or another favourite, a fish-n-chip shop called
    “The Codfather”

    And the noodle bars
    “Wok on in”
    “Wok Me”

  42. Paige says:

    I’ve totally eaten at Nin Com Soup and Fischotheque!!

  43. Rhandi says:

    I don’t have a picture but there was a Chinese restaurant in Springfield, MO called “Hard Wok Buffet”. It was great!

  44. RSMBob says:

    I don’t think it’s there any more but there used to be a Chinese restaurant in the Chicago suburbs called Ho Le Chow, which brings to mind a very popular phrase used by a well-known much-beloved Chicago sports announcer.

  45. Toria says:

    Funny as list, I can’t pick a favourite though but to add to the list of the is one here in South coast NSW called “Wok N Roll” <3 it.

  46. Travis says:

    Lol, those were good. DC has quite a few similar, hole in the wall sort of joints… though they always offer the best kind of food!

  47. Amber says:

    theres a place around here called “let there be bagles”

  48. Henke says:

    Hah, we actually have a “Wok’n'Roll” up here in northern Sweden too :p

  49. Thai Me Up came close, but none of them can beat the Poo Ping Palace in Tujunga CA

  50. Demoli says:

    There is a “Woks Wong” restaurant near my house.

  51. Tattoofu says:

    There’s an Asian restaurant in my hometown (Portland, Oregon) called “Miso Happy”.

  52. wade says:

    theres a place in san francisco called caliPHOnia (vietnamese food of course)

  53. rowrow says:

    In Savannah, GA there’s a coffee shop called “The Sentient Bean.”

  54. mpj says:

    One of the best fish’n'chip places in London is in Covent Garden. It’s called the Rock & Sole Plaice. That’s three fishes in one pun. Three!

  55. inknomanjin says:

    Can anyone explain the Fishcotheque, i don’t get it and it is demolishing my self-esteem.

    • Sara says:

      It’s a play on “Discotheque”, the original name for a dance club in the 70′s, which was eventually shortened to just “Disco”–probably because drunk people couldn’t say the long form.

      • Pishposh says:

        Glad I wasn’t the only one to get it! (I was thinking it was trying to sound like “Fishcotheque…Fishgothic?”) Is that the British spelling? I’ve always ever seen it spelled “Discotech” in America, but then again I wasn’t alive during the actual era so I didn’t witness firsthand the etymological root and shifts.

        • Me says:

          Discotheque is the French spelling…

        • JR says:

          You guys must be younger. Discotheque (or however you spell it) has been around since the 1960s, probably way before. It’s funny, though, the one I recall seeing as a kid, in the suburbs was definitely NOT what a “disco” is today. It was just a night club that had dancing too.

      • Tye says:

        Thanks, I didnt understand either lol. And here in Germany they are still called discotheques

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  57. Danana says:

    Stumbled on this! funny, but Pho King isn’t on there! >:]

  58. Bill says:

    The name ‘Wok’s Wong’ reminds me of a guy I met called Weng Wong.

    We called him Wat for short.

  59. Bob says:

    I’ve always wanted to open a shop called “Cheeses of Nazareth”

  60. Marc says:

    “Lord of the Fries”! Love that. ;)

  61. aggh!tea says:

    There’s a late night Indian place in Sydney called “Girlfriend in a Koma”… bonus makes ‘cos it’s opened up next door to a really posh place called “Oscillate Wildly” – yay The Smiths references!

  62. M says:

    Hahahah Pita Pan

  63. LennyBierke says:

    Near Hilton Head, S.C. is the “Squat and Gobble” Restaurant.I laugh every time I hear it.

  64. NYgal says:

    Add “Rice To Riches” in New York! They have the best rice pudding…

  65. Melanie says:

    There used to be a Chinese restaurant in Squirrel Hill (in Pittsburgh) called “How Lee Chow” It was pretty good, too!

  66. omnomicon says:

    I remember in Pittsburgh there’s a little restaurant underneath a church that used to be called Hot Dogma. I think its now called Franktuary. Delicious hot dogs.

  67. Courtney says:

    There’s a chinese restaurant near my old house called Wong Hua

  68. ThatPerson says:

    Award Weinners are at Disneyland’s California Adventure!

  69. Jillian says:

    Men-strual Cycles (bike shop)
    Cycle-path (bike shop)
    Cli-max (cinema)
    Half Baked (bakery)
    The Happy Clam (seafood restaurant)
    Doggie-Style (pet grooming)

    Need I go on? LOL

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  71. Bonnie says:

    I just saw your “Sandra Lee” post on Facebook. Gee, I’ve been trying to follow her mandate of cooking healthy meals ALL five nights a week plus decorating to go with each meal. Now I feel I have to do it seven times? I’ve run out of decorating ideas. Also, my family won’t eat Cool Whip. Any ideas?

    = )

    Best,
    Bonnie

  72. Shutup Man says:

    Some from toronto
    Hung Phat Deli, Somporn Thai Cuisine, Just 4 the Halibut, Kaka Lucky Seafood BBQ

  73. J-Man says:

    My favorite is “What the Pho”, which only works if you know that “pho” is properly pronounced “fuh.”

  74. Lorir321 says:

    So help me god, i’m embarrassed to say that there is a placed called Chinee Takee Outee where I live. I have to move…I really do.

  75. Nigel Tufnel says:

    I recently moved to Southern Maine and the entire Rt. 1 corridor is a goldmine for this shit.

    Brewed Awakenings
    Wok Inn
    Wok N Roll
    Thai ME
    Wild Willy’s
    Jamaican Jerk Center
    Mainiax
    Yum Mee Restaurant
    Run of the Mill Pub

    That’s what I can remember from the drive up.

  76. Nicole2 says:

    Theres this little japanese place by my house actually called “Miso Fishy”

  77. Goober says:

    Opening soon near me: Pho Kim.

    I shit you not. The sign is up.

    I bet not 10 people in this town know how to pronounce it and “get it.” I have to wonder if the owners do. They may not have the language skills to know what they have done.

    Google indicates this is not an uncommon name.

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  79. Giedrius says:

    “Beaver Liquors” in Avon CO….

  80. Brittany says:

    there is a Pho King in San Diego and also a place called Miso Harney on Harney street in Old Town San Diego

  81. stellapurdy says:

    Fook In Chinese in Cooperstown

  82. Protagonist says:

    There’s a restaurant in Indianapolis called

    When Eddie Met Salad.

  83. Jana says:

    Denver-on Colorado Boulevard there is a Chinese place called Ho Mei. Not kidding.

  84. KristenS says:

    You could dedicate a whole post just to Pho restaurant names. Like one of the ones near my house, called Pho King.

  85. LB says:

    There used to be a Chinese food place near me that was called “Lo Fat Chow”

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  87. Sun says:

    There’s a place in Bellevue, Washington called “What the Pho”

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  90. odongo ben says:

    there is a restaurant in our area called BUSY FINGERS

  91. TexSizzle says:

    There is a restaurant in Lewisville, TX, that serves hot dogs and beer that is called Frank ‘N Stein.

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