2. Ginas Taco, Glendale
I feel bad about including this one, because it really is a great little taqueria, but I feel that some form of the word “vagina” transcends all Romance languages and I think vaginas have been around for a really long time, at least since the 1930s, so Gina really should’ve known better.
Honorable Mention: Pastagina (defunct), Westwood
1. Slaw Dogs: Woodland Hills, Pasadena, Duarte, West Hollywood
See? It’s a play on a well known slang term and famous cult movie! Aren’t we clever? Not really, because you basically have two options. Either your hot dog shop is an homage to a graphically violent Sam Peckinpah film (which I think is quite good, to be fair) that has been accused of, among other things, eroticizing rape and being a “fascist celebration of violence and vigilantism,” or your business is “something (an idea, or plan, usually) set up to be knocked down. It’s the dangerous philosophy of presenting one mediocre idea, so that the listener will make the choice of the better idea which follows.“
So, neither of those options is really the best choice for a business specializing in dealing good-natured tube steak to an upscale clientele. Believe, me I love ‘kraut and ‘slaw on my sausage as much as any red-blooded American male, but when the only image I get when I think of your shop is Dustin Hoffman’s broken spectacles, my appetite starts to wane.