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16 Vietnamese Restaurants Obsessed With Puns

This trend in L.A. restaurant names is getting Hannoi-ing.

1. SIMPLY PHO YOU

Good.

2. PHO-NOMENON

Would have gotten bonus points if it were “Pho-nomnomnom” but this will have to do.

3. PHO’ EVER

Not bad… but there has to be a way to make this a little more cloying…

4. PHOever YUM

Nailed it.

5. 9021-PHO

For the record, this restaurant is located in Glendale, CA, which is actually ZIP code 91210 (sorry, I mean 9121-“Pho”).

6. ABSOLUTELY PHO-BULOUS

Because nothing says “traditional Vietnamese food” like a cult ’90s Brit-com about drug abuse and alcoholism.

7. PHORAGE

You know, like “forage” — meaning to find / scavenge food, like an animal does.

8. PHO-NOMENAL

But wait! What’s that on the wall inside? It looks like… it looks like…

YES! TWO “PHO” PUNS IN THE SAME RESTAURANT!

UnPHOgettable, indeed.

9. BUN ME!

Oh great, now the banh mi guys are getting into it. Stay out of this, banh mi guys!

10. PHO SHOW

That’s better.

11. GOOD PHO YOU

Good for you. You came up with yet another “pho” pun.

12. PHO KING WAY

Their website would lead you to believe they are not, in fact, in on the joke…

But don’t worry…

13. SO PHO, SO GOOD

OWNER #1: We need a mediocre pun for our business. Help me brainstorm. Remember, it HAS to be mediocre!
OWNER #2: Ok. How about “Pho-Tosynthesis”?
OWNER #1: Too nerdy. “Pho-skin?”
OWNER #2: Gross. “Pho-bidden Zone?”
OWNER #1: “Friend or Pho?”
OWNER #2: Not mediocre enough!
OWNER #1: “Homo-PHO-bia”?
OWNER #2: What?
OWNER #3: Hey guys, how’s the brainstorm coming?
OWNER #1: So far, so good!
ALL THREE OWNERS: Heeeeeeey…..

14. iPHO

Because every year there is a meaningless cosmetic redesign and people are forced to line up around the block to get in.

15. PHO KING DELICIOUS

See? If you’ve got a solid pho-king pun on your hands, then why not commit? Go pho-king big or go pho-king home.

But the best / worst “pho” pun isn’t in LA at all.

It’s up in Renton, Washington.

You ready?

16. PHO SHIZZLE

Abra Alani / Via yelp.com

(Honorable mention: This one is not a pun, just an unfortunate choice of name.)

Apparently it’s pronounced “me-yoon.” Judging by the Yelp reviews, the name is bringing in a decent amount of business… and a dollar spent ironically is worth the same as one spent in earnest, so maybe the owners of My Dung know exactly what they’re doing.

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