appeared on Spadina a few weeks ago, we wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. Number Two is “with it,” we thought. By openly admitting its inferiority, it is indulging in that grand hipster ideal known as “irony.” Well, we were wrong. As Now Magazine reports, Number Two has already changed its name. It’s now known as Ivan’s Kitchen Dim Sum Fusion Cuisine.

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Toronto’s worst restaurant names


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When Number Two Restaurant appeared on Spadina a few weeks ago, we wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. Number Two is “with it,” we thought. By openly admitting its inferiority, it is indulging in that grand hipster ideal known as “irony.” Well, we were wrong. As Now Magazine reports, Number Two has already changed its name. It’s now known as Ivan’s Kitchen Dim Sum Fusion Cuisine.

We’re not sure which name is worse. Actually, we’re torn about whether Ivan’s Kitchen is the worst name or the best name for a dim sum joint. Surprisingly, though, this venue is not the only place in the city that has grappled with an unfortunate moniker. Below, some of Toronto’s worst restaurant names, in no particular order.

  1. Thymeless Bar & Grill. This is just a bad pun all round. As if anyone would expect to encounter any kind of green herb at a reggae bar anyway.
  2. Kom Jug Yuen Restaurant. Yeah, we know. Chinatown is too easy for bad restaurant names. This is the last one, we promise.
  3. Big Chubby Burger. The worst part about this name is that it used to be Craft Fat Burger, which managed to rip off Fatburger and Craft Burger all at the same time. The new name is still pretty bad.
  4. The Spotted Dick. Explanation unnecessary.
  5. Guu. Everybody loves Guu, but it must be said: it’s a terrible name. Brings up images of Nickelodeon and You Can’t do That on Television.
  6. 17 Steps Restaurant & Bar. It’s simply way too far to walk for lunch.
  7.  Fickle. The name of this Vietnamese restaurant is bad enough, but check out the interior. Guaranteed acid flashblacks.
  8. Pizza Pide. Apparently, it’s pronounced “pee-day,” which is bad, but everyone just says “pide,” is in, “I really want to say ‘pie’ right now, but I can’t, because the owners of this restaurant are weird.”

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