The Most Inappropriate Restaurant Names in L.A.
Sometimes we wonder what people were thinking when they named their restaurants. It's almost as bad as the hippie Hollywood baby names. Here are 10 of the top offenders:
Fishing With Dynamite We love David LeFevre's cooking, we really do. But this is a bonehead choice for the name of a seafood restaurant, especially for a chef who's known to champion sustainability. We get that he meant that it's a "no brainer," but fishing with dynamite, also known as blast fishing, destroys entire reef structures and habitats and decimates species. Not cool.
Fickle LA When we first saw the signage for this Little Tokyo restaurant, we thought it was some sort of street art joke. It's true, trends in LA can be fickle. But we wouldn't suggest naming your restaurant off such truths. http://ficklela.com/
Muddy Leek Sounds like a personal problem, or something you should call a plumber for. Whatever it is, it's not appetizing. http://www.muddyleek.com/
Barbershop We do not want anything involving hair trimmings or shaving cream to be near our plate -- or a pop-up. Thanks. http://barbershop-venice.com/
ROFL The name of this restaurant, which took over the former 8 oz. Burger Bar space, got us laughing. Aziz Ansari has proven that food can be funny, but you don't want your restaurant's name to be the thing that's laughable. http://www.roflcafe.net/
This is Not a Pop-Up We can get behind the idea behind this culinary incubator, but it's sort of confusing because they actually are hosting pop-ups. There's some Magritte-type ish going on here. www.thisisnotapopup.com
Eat. Good. Clean. Food. We're all about eating food the Alice Waters way. But this restaurant's name had far too much punctuation involved, which is probably why it was changed to Cafe Livre. And then it closed.
FOOD Could you be any more nebulous? Or less creative? Kudos to their web gurus for figuring out how to get the search terms "food Los Angeles" to actually return their website. That's major. http://www.food-la.com/
Toe Bang Located in the K-Town plaza that houses Korean celeb-owned Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, this unfortunately named late-night drinking spot hopefully translates to something more appropriate than foot fucking. http://www.yelp.com/biz/toe-bang-los-angeles
The Happy Ending Maybe we're pouring on the Haterade, but can you blame us? This is by far one of the most douchey bars in L.A. We attribute it mostly to the hyper-sexualized name that draws in the lowest common denominator. Same goes for Big Wangs. Ick. http://www.thehappyendingbar.com/
Bad pho puns: You see them all the time driving around Los Angeles. Places like 9021pho and Absolutely Phobulous are just a few of the shameless culprits we can think of off the top of our heads. Wouldn't it be pronounced 9021-FUH? Another annoyance are the Vietnamese places using "phuk" and "condom" to draw people in. Let the food speak for itself. You don't want the Happy Ending types coming in anyways.