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The Name Game: Restaurant Puns

The Name Game: Restaurant Puns

Steve Schmadeke | Chicago Tribune

In Lynn Westney’s paper “Dew Drop Inn and Lettuce Entertain You: Onomastic Sobriquets in the Food and Beverage Industry,” she collected more than 200 punning restaurant names, everything from Grill from Ipanema to Lawrence of Oregano.

She says Chicago-area folks demonstrate the most creativity, as evidenced by their dominance of the hot dog category, with spots such as Franks for the Memories in Mundelein, Relish the Thought in Chicago (above) and Mustard’s Last Stand in Evanston.

Westney, a reference librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago who studies names, says Chicago provides “the most clever appellations.”

Click through the slideshow to see some our favorites, from across the world.

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