Food & Wine Thursdays: Two Unfortunately Named Los Angeles Restaurants

2. Ginas Taco, Glendale

The name, and lack of punctuation, says it all.

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

Two Meanings, Both Bad

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.

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About David D.

I'm a wine professional. Like a real one who makes most of his living in wine and have for most of my adult life. I also write, but you can see that.
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