National News: 4 Outrageous Food Truck Names

By Lauren Wilson of    |   Yahoo!


When naming a business, most people believe that the name should say it all. In the case of some food trucks, though, we sincerely hope that these names don’t.

You may have seen that we recently compiled our 2013 list of the 101 Best Food Trucks in America. We considered more than 400 trucks from across the country; some were ultimately notable for their menus or popularity, and others stayed on our radar thanks – for better or worse – to their chosen name or slogan.

Not to say that these qualities are mutually exclusive, though; trucks with crude, unpleasant, and/or too “punny” names still made our final cut (see Slap Yo Mama) based upon our evaluation criteria of popularity, critical review, and originality. However, we can’t say that their questionable names helped to boost their ranking.

Don’t think we’re being priggish here – we get that it’s all about catching the potential customer’s attention. Also, of course, we don’ actually think the names should be banned – we’re all for free speech. Even still, and all in good fun, some of these names cross the line enough to end up in our list.

NAT-get-shavedGet 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.

NAT-baby-badass-burgers-truckBaby’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 plannerLori 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.

In any case, they were ranked in this year’s list of the 101 Best Food Trucks at #63.

NAT-me-so-hungryMe 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?

NAT-dump-truck-2The 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.

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