Lord of the Fries

What is in a name? The pun-tastic world of restaurant names

From the perspective of a restaurateur, naming your establishment is a tricky thing. Do you go for something that tells people the style of food you’re serving and where it is? what about a pop culture reference? or just something that sounds cool? or do you go for the pun?

Lord of the Fries

Lord of the Fries Melbourne, by mugley; Flickr

Many restaurant and cafe owners choose the straightforward option. Marrickville Thai & Seafood is a case in point. As customers, there’s no confusion about what kind of food the restaurant serves and where it is. This can definitely make it easier if you’re trying to organise a night out with friends.

Another popular choice is to give your establishment a person’s name, like Annie’s Restaurant or Micky’s Cafe. It doesn’t matter whether this person is real or fictional, a name like that just sounds friendly and inviting – “See you at Micky’s!”.

On the other hand, going for the pun can be a risky, yet memorable option. Is it funny enough to transcend the groan-factor? or is it so bad it’s good?! Is the reference a culinary turn-off? how many layers of meaning are being milked? there’s no doubt that Thai restaurateurs in particular have been making the most of the pun-tastic possibilities for years now ;)

At Delivery Hero, we want to know what you reckon. What’s the best restaurant or cafe name you’ve seen? did the place live up to its name?

Our current favourite is “Lord of the Fries“. What’s yours?? (if you have photographic proof of it’s existence, even better!)

Posted on: March 31, 2012 | by: Louisa Peterson

About the Author

Louisa Peterson is a food, lifestyle and travel blogger living in Sydney. When she isn't blogging about all things food related, she can be found baking, hanging out at the beach or chowing down on dumplings in Chinatown.

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    Doughboy Pizza – says it all really!

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