More Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
June 28, 2013
With the latest roundup of the country’s best food trucks, we also discovered some of the worst names
Slap Yo Mama (Los Angeles)
We can’t speak for everyone, but we’re unsure that we’ve ever had food that is so good that it makes us "wanna slap" our mamas. Actually, we’re unsure that slapping our mamas should ever be an innate reaction to good food, or good anything. But we’re not everybody, and the popular LA food truck seems to have quite the following. Name aside, they made our 101 Best Food Trucks for 2013 list at #65.
Love Balls Bus (Austin, TX)
"Takoyaki" (fried savory pancake spheres that are a popular Japanese street food) might not be the most truck-friendly name, but we don’t think that that’s an excuse to be so controversially explicit about one’s menu offerings. Like Bon Me, the cuteness of the website almost makes us believe that they didn’t realize their truck name faux pas, but then we read the P.S. note on the bottom of their "about us" page.
Bon Me (Boston)
The name may in fact be inspired by the classic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, but you might be prompted to look twice if you see one of these trucks roaming the streets of Boston. In scanning their website, we’re pretty convinced that the name is somewhat naïve, since they don’t seem to have many questionable innuendos — oh wait, is that a "bon me sandwich?" Never mind…
The Greasy Wiener (Los Angeles)
Props to "best wieners on wheels." You really have to tip your hat to any entrepreneur behind a food enterprise who can pull off the genitalia references and sexual innuendo that The Greasy Wiener seems to. With menu items like "The Package," "sack of fries," and the slogan, "Loads of fun... in a bun!" will take on any contender when it comes to a lewd turn of phrase.
Get Shaved (Los Angeles)
Look, it's a husband and wife team, and the product is innocent enough — Hawaiian-style shave ice — so get your mind out of the gutter. Pat and Kristin Roskowick have been selling Hawaiian-style shave ice in Los Angeles since starting their Get Shaved truck in 2008. They've since opened two brick-and-mortar locations in Northridge, Calif., and an additional in Torrance.
Besides, with Monkey Brains (strawberry and banana shave ice with sweetened condensed milk) and the Sour Puss (watermelon, lemon, live shave ice with sour spray) as the most outlandish menu items, there's little else on the menu to give any indication that there are any double-entendres at work.
Baby's Badass Burgers (Los Angeles)
The name isn't that outlandish. But, in the case of Baby's Badass Burgers, Eater LA noted that means tiny booty shorts, tight tank tops, and high heels worn by the "burger babes," who you can view here. But the truck, the creation of ex-New York restaurateur Erica Cohen and event planner Lori Barbera, does have a mysterious section named, "View the Goods," and the logo features a scantily-clad girl holding up two burgers near where, well, where the strap of her bra is falling off.
Me So Hungry (Los Angeles)
What is it about Los Angeles? Seems like several of these trucks originate in L.A. "Get ready for the bite of your life," claims the Me So Hungry website. Me So Hungry. Me So Hungry. Hmm, what could that possibly refer to (NSFW and more NSFW). Still, after the name, the menu gets pretty tame. There are "Big Monsters" (burgers and sliders), "Lil' Monsters" (sides), "Sweet Monsters" (desserts), and "Monster Sauces." Drinks don't get monsterfied — they're just called "beverages." What's that all about?
The Dump Truck (Portland, Ore.)
Dumplings. Food truck. The Dump Truck. You get it, you get it. But there's another joke there somewhere and it's probably not something you want to affiliate with food. Just saying.