Tuesday, October 04, 2005

What's in a name

Found a terrific Indian restaurant called Chutney right across from Shalimar (of regretted memory) at Jones and Ofarrell. Great Lamb Vindaloo and Baigan Bartha, and decent breads (puffy and slightly charred - yum - but a little bland). Cheap, too.

So thank God the place is called Chutney and not Chutney's, because I can't stand restaurants named in after a food product in the possessive form. Portobello's and Thyme's and Calamari's...ugh. Normally I don't believe in cultivating silly prejudices, especially where food is concerned. But this just sticks in my craw.

So I'm wondering if there's anyone out there with equally random quirks. Not snobby quirks ("Ugh, the waiter called them g'nokeys. Idiot."). Quirky quirks.

Heading home now to bake some challah. Happy New Year!

7 comments:

Mona said...

That is so funny! That's never dawned on me before but now I might reconsider!!
I'm not Jewish but discovered challah bread recently at a diner in NY now I can't have breakfast without it!

Cuarentayuno said...

I hate hate hate it when a restaurant menu has spelling mistakes. I am particularly tired of Ceaser Salads, hors d'oeovres, pre-fix menus, Desert Carts and creme brulle, in that order. If a spic like me can spell, everyone should be able to do it. Am I a snob?

woolfman said...

San Diego, Mira Mesa has a new spiffy place called Kerala's. Check it out if you ever get a chance to go to SO CAL

Akki said...

I work in a gelateria and one of the flavours that we have is the Iced Vovo, which is coconut and marshmallows.

You have no idea how many people will ask me for a cone of Iced Volvo

sfwaterbaby said...

Have you tried Indian Oven in the Lower Haight? Best Indian in the City. More expensive, but spectacular.

God, I am jealous that you live in the best city in the world.

Chinedu Opara said...

How about when they take a common word or proper noun and make it, like, possessive. For example: "TGI Friday's" or "Denny's" or "Coco's". ARRRGH!! I think I'll open my own restaurant, "KickYourAss's"!!

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