What is your favourite restaurant name? As in the restaurant name you like the most, as opposed to the name of your favourite restaurant. You can vote at the bottom of this post.
Our likelihood of liking a restaurant’s name is probably related to what they have on offer, and how we feel about that offering. Canoe, for example, sounds mundane until we know it offers ultra high-end, quintessentially Canadian foods. Suddenly the quintessentially Canadian canoe is the basis of a great name (and it sure beats Donut Hole, Scraper or Shovel).
We may feel conflicted about I Feel Like Crepe, a name that suggests both an all-crepe menu (good) and feeling rotten (bad) at the same time. I ate there once and the crepes did not make me feel like crepe/crap, but considering the restaurant does a booming business after the clubs close, I can see the association the proprietors might have been aiming for.
Then there is The Real Jerk. Being in Toronto, one would naturally assume that the servers are the jerks. But no: the service on my one visit was perfectly pleasant, and the jerk chicken delicious. Conviction pushes the potential jerk factor to its limit, in that all staff hired by the Vancouver restaurant (as seen on reality TV show Conviction Kitchen), are ex-cons. Their employer is celebrity chef Marc Thuet, who admits he has not always “lived above the line” and combines his twin convictions – that customers should get fine food, and jailbirds a second chance.
Any of these names your favourites? Want to suggest another one? You can vote just below.
BAD NAME OF THE WEEK:
Genitrans – a Toronto charter bus company. Just plain weird.
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Coming soon: the Best and Worst new brand names of 2010.