09/20/2012 05:42 EDT | Updated 09/21/2012 10:45 EDT

Restaurant Name Fails: 15 Restaurants That Sound Far From Appetizing


Ever wonder what goes into naming a restaurant? It could be something as simple as tacking your own last name onto the awning, or finding a word in another language that perfectly describes the place's vibe — with that extra foreign quality, of course.

But what happens when a name goes very, very wrong? It could be lost in translation, or simply a double entendre that doesn't quite strike everyone's fancy.

Every new opening I deal with wants to have a catchy name,” Maureen Mills of Network London, a restaurant PR company, told The Economist. “There are three rules: make sure it’s not rude, people can spell it, and it’s not in an obscure language.”

We took a look at some of the biggest restaurant name fails in the world, and were pretty surprised at how easily they were found. Have one near you to add? Let us know in the comments below:

Restaurant Name Fails

What: Dirty Dick's Crab House

Where: Various locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida

Type of restaurant: Seafood

Fail type: Innuendo to the max

What: Fu King Chinese Restaurant

Where: Lake City, Florida

Type of restaurant: Chinese food (obviously)

Fail type: Language barrier

What: The Chocolate Log

Where: McLeod Ganj, India

Type of restaurant: Dessert and coffee shop

Fail type: Unfortunate mental image

What: Soon Fatt Chinese Takeaway

Where: Dublin, Ireland

Type of restaurant: Chinese food

Fail type: Hits a little too close to home

What: The Spotted Dick

Where: Toronto, Ontario

Type of restaurant: Pub

Fail type: Gives perpetual fear of pub's toilets

What: Pu Pu Hot Pot

Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Type of restaurant: Chinese Restaurant

Fail type: Just imagine telling a friend that's where you're going to eat

What: Poopsie's

Where: Pembroke,

Type of restaurant: Sport's bar.

Fail type: A restaurant is not a 3-year-old girl with pigtails

What: Chickpizz

Where: Stoke Newington, London

Type of restaurant: Chicken and pizza

Fail type: All words are not meant to be shortened

What: A & K Lick-A-Chick

Where: Little Bras D'Or, Nova Scotia

Type of restaurant: Chicken house

Fail type: Both in the animal and human form, this just sounds gross.

What: The Slug And Lettuce

Where: Various locations across the U.K.

Type of restaurant: Brunch, lunch and snacks.

Fail type: We'd all like to pretend there are no insects in the produce

What: Captain Poo's

Where: North Myrtle Bch, South Carolina

Type of restaurant: Bar and grill

Fail type: An "h" at the end of Poo would have helped -- this one's too explicit

What: Cabbages & Condoms

Where: Bangkok, Thailand

Type of restaurant: Asian cuisine (and a space to raise awareness about family planning)

Fail type: At least your food will be protected

What: Butty Boys

Where: London, England

Type of restaurant: Sandwiches and more

Fail type: Immature sense of humour alert

What: Beaver Tail

Where: Across Canada

Type of restaurant: Pastries

Fail type: In no way conveys the deliciousness of deep-fried pastry, and instead brings to mind dead pelts

What: Jamaican Cuisine Jerk Spot

Where: Orlando, Florida

Type of restaurant: Jamaican cuisine

Fail type: Let's put it this way -- would you want to tell someone you met your soulmate there?