Don’t Worry Bud; it Will Catch On
Ed’s Real Scoop in Leslieville is asking the tough questions and coming up with the hard answers. The man who pioneered lifting your hand to slap it against another raised hand might have had a hard time spreading the word about this new technique, but he can relax in the knowledge people all over the world do it on a daily basis.
But who was it that invented the high five? Some sources say it was none other than famous basketball player Magic Johnson, while others say it was baseball players Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke. Still, others say it was a relative nobody named Derek Smith.
It's the Obvious Choice
Walking down the street when you see this sign should have you stopping in your tracks. It offers a simple binary choice: you can hang a left and stop in for some great drinks and fun, or you can keep going. What happens when you keep going? Just ask Bob “Eaten by a Bear” McGillicuty.
Ever wonder what happened to him? You're a smart one, we think you can figure it out. Of course, the sign doesn't say it knows what will happen if you pass it by; it just offers an option. One that is, by far, worse than having a seat and relaxing for a spell.
If you're a man or woman with a lot of foes, keep one step ahead of them, and never let them beat you down. Defeat them at every turn, and eventually, they will have no comeback except to weep delicious, delicious tears. Come in today for a bowl of that thirst-quenching liquid.
It will fill your belly like nothing else. No enemies? No problem? Get the empty bowl, head outside, and chuck it at a random person. Once you get away, bring the bowl back in and fill it up. We wonder what else this forthright establishment sells. We could go for fajitas.
Just Throw Away the Calendar
If you can never go outside, whether it's because you live in a snowy wasteland, in a boiling desert, or for some other, unnamed reason, it can be hard to keep things straight. Don't worry, everybody's favorite funny sign restaurant is here to help you figure out exactly when it is.
We just got past Octember, which means the corn is about to grow, and the apple trees are about to drop all the apples at once. Don't worry, the month-long festival that is Danuary is just around the corner. Everybody get your hockey sticks out for the big parade!
We're Going to Need Some Help With This One
There are a lot of funny, witty signs on this list, but this one is a bit different from them. We really, really do not know what it's trying to tell us here. Just the fact that the word “special” is missing a letter already has us trying to catch up, but “turkey with his clothes on” just defies the explanation.
The best we can come up with is it comes with all the sides, or Fixin's, as some people like to say when they're feeling fancy. What if you really do get a fully-dressed turkey at the Burger Nook? That just raises further questions.
There's nothing like knowing you're getting a good deal when you stop in for a drink. This bar is ready to cut costs to benefit you, the consumer. All you have to do is order the special two-for-one, and you're going to be drinking your fill in no time.
A savvy establishment knows that deals are essential for bringing customers back, and for attracting new ones, as well. There's nothing that does the trick to get people interested in giving your place of business a try like a word “free”...even if it's a bit of a smokescreen. Still, it looks like a fun place.
Crime Against Culinary Arts
Is this sign a good thing? A bad thing? Are they murdering tacos because they're so good at creating and serving them in a variety of different formats that they could be seen as “killing them”? Or are they doing dirty to everybody's favorite Mexican cuisine, putting them together in such a bad way that they are, in fact, killing them, as in dead?
We'll just have to take a trip to wherever this is and find out. It will have to be an undercover job – they'll be looking for people in police uniforms. Just be sure to bring your badge.
Answer the Call
When this pops up on your phone, you know it's time to quit working and head to your favorite watering hole. There's nothing like answering a call from a good friend, and what is beer if not a friend? Sure, it's a friend that might get you in trouble a little bit, but it will always be there for you.
Your phone is a tool to help you, and while a lot of the time it ends up distracting you with apps or – hold on, I have to check something...what was I talking about? Oh, I just got a call.
Talk About Advertising
Apparently, this restaurant is home to a poet. There are lots of ways to describe biting into a hot dog – both good and bad – but a “thunderous pop” is a new one to us.
Pink flesh is a bit of an odd choice since that could so easily equate to eating fellow humans to a lot of people, and “saline tang” might be even weirder, since saline is a word not many use frequently, and there are probably plenty who don't even know the meaning. It means salty, for the most part, and we guess that does make sense.
Encouraging Customer Turnover
If you've ever run a business, no doubt you are aware that customers are your lifeblood. If you've ever run a restaurant, you know that serving people who come in quickly, so that they can leave and give the spot to someone else, someone who will pay you more money.
This establishment, Bob's Grill, has a down-home and folksy way of making sure people don't linger too long, and that's putting their feelings upfront. This isn't a place to gather with friends and take up a table for a few hours, this is a place to shove some grub down your gob and move on.
That'll Fix It
El Arroyo is back and better than ever with a crack at a year we'd all like to forget about. If you've ever accidentally dumped a cup full of water – or any other liquid – onto your laptop or dropped your phone in a full sink, the first thing you should try is slipping it into a baggie full of rice.
The handy little grains aren't just good for eating – they absorb moisture like nobody's business. It might not get the device working perfectly again, but it's a good start. With 2020 past, attempts to fix it are now forgotten, but we'll try this next time.
Better Call Soon
If your girl or guy wants to feel like royalty when you take them out on February fourteenth, then there's no place better than a beautiful restaurant like White Castle. Don't delay – no doubt this place will fill up fast on the night of romance.
Get all dressed up in your stylish suit and tie, or your best Valentine's Day dress, and enjoy a bucket of sliders with your loved one. Pick up that phone and dial no matter what time of the year it is, or you might miss a chance at taking your significant other to a place where he or she can feel truly loved.
It Speaks the Truth
We have no idea what kind of restaurant put up a sign like this, but you can't deny that it brings a certain amount of wisdom. A diet is eating the right kind of food in the right amounts – eating too much or too little of something will throw your entire life out of whack.
But the most important part of your diet is the fact that you do, in fact, have to eat food. We know! We know it might come as a shock to some. But you do have to eat food in order to have a diet.
Check the Right Box
Valentine's day offers people around the world an important choice. Do they try for lasting love, or do they pick up the closest bottle and say farewell to their sobriety? This sign gets down to brass tacks about it, but they know the correct answer.
With tequila, you know exactly what you'll get – a kick in the tongue, a warmth in your stomach, and a pleasant, buzzing feeling in your head. You might also get those things if you go out on a date, but you might also get a lot of other things, such as a kick in the head, a bowl of soup in your lap, and a headache.
We Like Big Subs
There used to be a time when six inches was enough to fill anybody up. But times have changed, and this Subway knows that people need more these days. If you're trying to fill a hole inside you, then there's really only one option: head to your favorite sub shop and get a full twelve inches.
It doesn't matter what kind of footlong you're craving, you can make it perfect, just for you, when you go to the most famous sub shop in the world. But we all know it isn't about the size – it's all about the service.
Could Have Fooled Us!
There's nothing like a little bit of broken English to make a restaurant sign memorable and funny. It's hard to tell where this sushi restaurant has been set up, but it looks like it's both in a country that speaks English, and has been set up by someone who might have needed a little bit more help coming up with the right title.
But these little hole-in-the-wall places always have something great to offer. Japanese sushi and rolls are a treat for everyone, especially if you want something a little exotic, or you need to enjoy food from your home country.
Now That's an Advertisement
At Sherrill's, you can get everything you need, and we mean everything. Not only can you fill up your stomach, but you can fill up in other ways, too. Of course, whether or not you bring your car with you, you're going to get plenty of gas when you shop in Tipton, Indiana. What else could Sherrill's offer? Toys and games? Those are gas.
What about something to fill up your party balloons? Helium is a gas. No doubt this is the kind of sign that the kids in the town of Tipton love to point out and laugh at.
Hope You're Hungry
Picking a name for your restaurant can be tough sometimes. Most people go with something like the founder of the store – like McDonald's – or the founder's daughter – which is how we got Wendy's. Then there are your characters, like Popeye's, Burger King, or Dairy Queen.
And then there are some places that take a different route entirely, such as this restaurant, which is called “Lick-A-Chick.” We shouldn't really be surprised to find out that this chain isn't exactly national, since it probably attracted the wrong kind of clientele. Maybe the chicken is really great, who are we to judge? But the name just isn't appetizing.
Get Them While They're Young
When parents are driving kids around, they have to be in control of the vehicle at all times. If the kids had the wheel, they'd be pulling through every drive-through they could, especially those that dish out delicious treats like a Dairy Queen.
The sign attached to this advertisement not only has the phone number for the store but a tip for the kids – scream! Scream for ice cream! Scream until the parent or parents in the car have no choice but to stop and get everybody a blizzard. But here's the secret: the parents want a reason to stop too. It's a win-win-win!
Keep it Down
It looks like this establishment is tired of the police showing up every time someone tries their frozen treats. If you want a cup or cone, please try to fill your mouth with ice cream before you start screaming. It tastes so good, this sign tries to tell us, that once you eat some, the only thought on your mind will be the next bite, and not screaming.
A hot, fresh burger followed by some ice cream is a meal that will hit the spot no matter what you're looking for. People come here grumpy, but they leave happy – as long as there are no cops involved.
You Aren't Fooling Anybody, PJ
Papa John's Pizza says a lot of things these days that are actually lies, such as claiming that they sell pizza and not old cardboard with old shredded yellow crayon on top. At the top of the heap of falsehoods, however, is the idea that their dough is actually fresh.
This sign takes it another step further, claiming that they can even beat the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, in a contest of freshness. Please, John, your “dough” couldn't beat a sack of rusty Model T bumpers when it came to freshness, much less Will Smith.
Mmm, Thirteen-Year-Old Burritos
In this economy, a restaurant that turns thirteen is, in fact, a cause for celebration. The eatery biz is a tough one, with new places to eat popping up all over the place, and old ones shutting down because they just can't attract any more mouths.
“Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn” not only has a unique and memorable name, but it's been around for thirteen years, according to this sign, which means they're about to get WILD. You might think it's bad when a person turns thirteen, heads off to high school, and starts to change as a person, but you've never seen a restaurant go through its teen years.
We Never Said They Were Attractive
Most restaurant or bar signs mention something about the kind of food or drink you're going to get when you stop in, but some of them know that there are other things to offer as well. Of course, you have to be...special places to offer that kind of...advantage.
This is why this sign did a little bit of font trickery to highlight a few specific words while leaving the rest of the information hidden, yet still perfectly readable. Of course, the sign says nothing about what kind of bartenders they have, as well as whether or not you'd actually want to look at them while they aren't wearing clothes.
Guess What the Palate Cleanser Is
Starting the meal off with a cold beer is something millions or even billions of people around the world do every day. Cracking open a second one halfway through isn't as common, but there are still plenty of people willing to line up at the fridge. But what about after the meal is done, or when the dessert is being prepared?
Well, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has the answer. It's beer all the way done, baby, and you're going to end this meal sloshed and sloshing, but plenty happy. They worked all day to create that beer, and they're not going to let it go to waste.
A Balm for Every Problem
The Sierra Nevada has plenty of offers for someone who is on the street and doesn't know where else to turn. Have an ache in your belly for something hardy and tasty? They have meals that are ready to go. Need to get something to cool down your throat because you've been having a week of long workdays?
They have the right frosty mug full of the right kind of beverage to help you forget your cares. Nobody to comfort you when the times get tough? Read that part about the right kind of beverage again, and realize that beer doesn't only taste good.
No Reason to Read Closer!
Free beer! You might be surprised to see that this sign is advertising-free beer, but there's no reason to check the sign again to make sure you didn't miss any information. Come on in and enjoy our free beer from forty different taps. But...you brought your wallet anyway, right? You still have a way to pay, don't you?
Because of course the apps and meals themselves aren't free. But you can trust this sign when it says that there is free beer. Why would a brewery give away free beer, you ask? Don't ask questions. Just come inside and drink some beer.
Reading Between the Lines
Attracting customers to your establishment is something every business, brick, and mortar or not has to focus on. One of the easiest ways to attract customers is to promise them something they want, and this sign seems to promise such a thing.
Plenty of customers probably stepped in, cash already out and ready to spend. Read the sign a little bit closer, however, and you'll see that the sign was a bit of a smokescreen, and they're just showing the Olympics. Hey, watching the Olympics is fun, right? Getting a few cold brews, sitting with the guys, and watching some archery. There's nothing like it!
Scientists have been hard at work plumbing the depths of how just frigid and unloving something can get, which might be why you haven't seen the person who so cruelly broke your heart.
Plus, if you need something to help you forget that person, maybe around the middle of February – we're just throwing a date out here – then those same scientists have found out how to get your favorite bottle of suds down to temperatures chilled enough to directly attack the romance sections of the brain, and help you see things in a new, much-more-pleasant light.
Now here's an establishment that is dedicated to helping you save money. Bring in your girlfriend for five percent off your order. Nothing shabby about that. Put a ring on it, and suddenly you're getting ten percent off. It doesn't exactly offset the costs of a wedding, but that's okay. Bring both in, and hey, you get the entire meal for free! You may be paying in other ways, but think of all the good Chinese food you'll be able to enjoy.
Of course, when you're double-dumped and living on the street because your wife took everything from you in the divorce, the deal will be off. Still, a free meal. Throw in some drinks, appetizers, and dessert, and you'll end up saving a pretty penny.
El Arroyo drip-feeds the masses with little scraps of knowledge about themselves. Now they're telling us that "anything unrelated to elephants is irrelephant." What could it mean? Are the tacos El Arroyo selling made of the other, other, other white meat? Are they part of the illicit ivory trade, or are they part of the destructive and sad elephant-poaching industry?
Oh why hello there, the kindly officer of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, why don't you come this way. Yes, it is a funny sign, but why don't you take a look inside. Look at the wastebaskets – I've heard they turn ivory into wastebaskets.
Addiction is a struggle many people have to deal with. This sign-writer has made sure he or she is on the path to recovery by recognizing how important control over your own life is, and how important to the people around you – hang on, I've been handed a note. Let's see...hokey pokey... right-hand in...right hand out...oh.
Oh. Well, come on now, the sign is making light of a very serious situation that a lot of people are struggling with. Hokey Pokey addiction is no laughing matter – hang on I've got another note. Oh.
It Would Have Made it Into the News
The song tells us that everyone was kung fu fighting, but as this El Arroyo sign says, there's no way it was everyone. There would have been mass panic – the fights would have spilled into bars, hockey arenas, and homes of male feminists – places where there are never physical violence!
El Arroyo has taken a stand since they're tired of people overstating just how prevalent the kung fu fighting was. Thanks for raising a good point, El Arroyo, you mysterious leader of the funny signs industry. Maybe one day you will tell us some useful information.
Not a Secret Anymore
We expect better of you, Wendy's. You say that your burger meat is always fresh, never frozen, but you've just let slip the secret. Wendy, are you sure your name isn't...Jessica (DUN dun DUUUUUUN)? And you're even hiring right now, which means you must be running out of patties.
All jokes aside, this is in somewhat poor taste (despite how good Wendy's food usually tastes), since a famous news story from 2005 revealed a visitor found a finger in her bowl of chili – yet it was revealed this was a hoax, and the visitor herself was arrested. But still, Wendy's, please change the sign.
To Serve Man
This is the kind of sign that gets the restaurant trending, but not exactly for the right reason. Of course, the sign wants you to eat there...but what's that they're serving? Ah. Well. Maybe uh... I'm not really into that sort of thing. I mean, certainly, I'm sure they taste good. You wouldn't broadcast that sort of offer without getting the recipes perfect.
Uh, hey officer, could you go in and ask to talk to Jessica? Maybe ask a few questions? Ask about the kids? Yeah, because...yeah. The sign. Of course, that's just the name of the restaurant probably. Probably. Please just be the name.
Quick, Write it Down! We have detail, I repeat, we have detail!
El Arroyo has done something incredible – they've actually given us some sort of information about their restaurant with their sign. It is, of course, part of a stupid joke that they made because they want people to take pictures and get the word out, but we can at least surmise that this Texas restaurant sells Tex-Mex.
The sign is true: no one wants a small taco. But what kind of taco? Chicken? Beef? Are there fish tacos? Maybe a proprietary mixture, with just the right combo of rice, cheese, guacamole, and tomato?
Nothing Krabby About These Patties
Burger King is seen as the younger brother to the king of the fast-food burger store, McDonald's, but there are plenty of people who prefer their food to the Clown Prince of Fries. They've been trying to branch out into humor, and this sign is going to get a chuckle from any of the millions who watched this cartoon show while they were kids.
Or adults, even. Of course, if they are hiring managers and Mr. Squarepants is one of the employees, they might have a hard time finding someone who is willing to manage this establishment – Spongebob is well-known for his hard-to-manage working style.
This is like the risque, male version of that El Arroyo sign from a little while ago. If you're one of these professions – which are famous for their seductive ways, especially when that lonely wife gets them in her sights – you might have the opportunity to celebrate your first Father's Day.
This sign tells us nothing about what the store sells or what deals there are, but if you walk in there and announce that you were one of those professions (or a pizza delivery man, or a groundskeeper) you might get a cheer and a free drink.
You'll Never be Thirsty Again
You get some real bang for your buck at the golden arches, but this is ridiculous. From a one-dollar hamburger to a one-dollar soft drink of any size – including, according to the sign, a fifty-foot drink – if you're in need of a quick meal and don't have a lot padding your wallet, then McDonald's is the place to go.
Plus, once you're done with that drink, there are lots of uses for such a big drink cup. Collect rainwater, create a DIY swimming pool, or forego renting one of those big dumpsters for your next home improvement project.
Drinks Make the World Go Round
Do you know what the love languages are? They're the five ways people experience and show love: physical touch, quality time, acts of service, words of encouragement, and giving and receiving gifts. This sign has a clever and quick way to check a couple of those boxes with one simple act: buying a round of drinks.
Of course, there's the buying – that's a gift – there's the time spent sitting and drinking – there's quality time – and doing something for the other person – an act of service if we've ever heard of them. Go on, show your loved one how much you care.
The simple, understated egg. Comes out of chickens and lots of other birds. Some signs are simply better simple, and this sign is nothing if not simple. Whether it's omelets, a scramble, or hard-boiled, an egg has lots to offer you. At a mere seventy calories (on average) an egg is a lean protein food that will help you stay full and tastes great.
Remove the yolks for an even heart-healthier meal, but if you don't have a favorite way to eat eggs, don't worry, the egg will find you, the egg will come for you. You cannot escape egg.
Just Wait a Minute
Hipsters have single-handedly turned themselves into both a joke and a punchline, and the number of people who refer to themselves as a hipster has dropped off dramatically in recent years – though, in some way, we've all become hipsters, since we're always looking for the new cool thing, and if we adopt the style, activity, or thought first, then we get to hold some kind of superiority.
This simple joke, which tells us at least that the store sells coffee and nothing else, thus making it better than an El Arroyo sign, at the very least, is chuckle-worthy.
No Shoes, No Service
If you're a fan of pulling on some warm socks and then strapping on a pair of sandals, then maybe check to see if the restaurant you're headed out to will even allow it. Also, for Pete's sake, nobody thinks it looks good. If you need warmth just wear shoes, and if you like the feeling of sandals then don't wear socks.
Plus, if you're rocking this fashion faux pa, then some eateries will straight-up bar you from entering, as they should. It's not only the fanciest eateries, too, where you have to have a coat and tie – really, but you also shouldn't be allowed to leave the house.
The Sign Knows the Truth
Neon signs have the wonderful habit of malfunctioning in hilarious ways, and like the uneatable KFC meal that we saw at the beginning of this article, this neon sign has done us a solid and created something that is laughable. The only question is: Does this restaurant deserve such a fate?
Is it the kind of place you go once and then swear off after spending a night on the porcelain throne? Or do you see the sign while walking into the restaurant for the second time this week, ready to get your favorite moo goo gai pan, egg rolls, or sushi? Still, it's funny.
Good News, Bad News, it Doesn't Matter
Sometimes you need a pick-me-up. You've had a long day and you just need to go somewhere that will serve you something fun and help you forget about your problems for a little while. Sometimes you're the fun one, and you want to bring your party presence to others, or you want to celebrate with your friends because of the good news you've just received.
No matter which of the above is true for you, this eatery, bar, or diner will be ready to facilitate your need for your drink of choice, be it celebratory or soothing.
How Dare They
El Arroyo is back to their old tricks, putting up letters to make words, and thus construct sentences with those words. Now they're wishing us a "happy whatever doesn't offend you," which is a pretty wishy-washy way to wish someone a happy...day. Of course, all of these El Arroyo signs are built not to even do something for the passerby, but to get them noticed.
To get them trending. They're like...a stamped ticket. You show your friends a picture of the most recent sign, and they know you've been out on the town.
Just Eat the Dang Food
Don't take a picture of it. No! Stop! It's for your own good – just look at what might happen. This restaurant is getting tired of people whipping out their phones and snapping pics of their food for Instagram instead of tucking their napkins into their collars and tucking into their warm meals. If the meals cool, they might not be as tasty, and you might not appreciate them as much.
So do the fine people who took your order, prepared your order, and delivered your order a favor, and take a picture of your empty plate instead. It helps you stand out.
The Title of this Sign is "Trying Too Hard"
El Arroyo has put up some zingers, but this one doesn't pass the test. Yeah, the pun is there – the mean of a set of numbers is a synonym for an average – but it's so obvious, any eighth grader can see the punchline coming from a worksheet away.
It will get a laugh from kids who think they're privy to some kind of FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE about math, most people will just roll their eyes and walk past the El Arroyo sign, which we're starting to think is something that happens a lot more than the restaurant would care to admit.
Now We're Talking
This is the kind of sign that ticks all the boxes and is interesting to read. First off, we know right away what kind of food this restaurant is selling – meat. Second, we know they're actually interested in advertising their food and advertising it hard. Third, it's got humor in it.
Every ending of this flowchart gives us something punchy, and always pushes the reader to try out the food being offered.
Well, That's Good News, I Guess
This is...sort of the bottom of the barrel when it comes to positive reviews, but at least the owner is being honest with us. Of course, we expect the owner to want to eat at where he works – a man or woman must have pride in his or her work, artistic or otherwise. But, we wonder if the approval goes any deeper.
Is the owner happy with the food being served? Does he/she think it could be improved? Is he/she worried about the quality of the food compared to the cost and speed of preparing and serving it? Let's hear more.
We Wonder if Chameleons Eat Here
Here's another sign that seems to think that a threat is a good way to bring in the bucks. There are no menus? You'll be served what you deserve? What could they possibly know about me? You don't know me! You don't know what I've done! Or...haven't done!
But the sign is a lie – we're not going to be served what we deserve, we're going to be served what the people working here think we deserve.
Those Halcyon Days
Back when you could look someone in the eye and not have them look back at their screen. Back when if you were out eating and the phone rang, too bad. Back when a coffee shop was a place for conversation, congregation, and nice, regular black coffee. This enterprising store has brought those days back, and we're buying what they're selling.
1995 is a bit far back – WiFi didn't get started until midway through the two thousand – but perhaps they mean to return to when the internet was just a gleam in a bunch of nerds' eyes.
This One Isn't Even Very Good
Come now, El Arroyo – two signs on one page – this sign isn't your best. It takes a little bit of thinking even to understand what they're talking about, and once you do figure it out, you'll groan and roll your eyes and go across the street to the Taco Bell, because there's no way you're going to reward that sort of creative output.
What does El Arroyo sell? Do they actually cook food? Is it just a bunch of writers who sit around a table and come up with witty – or hopefully witty – signs?
Choose Your Opponent
The choice is a classic one: one, single, solitary horse-sized duck? Or 100 duck-sized horses? Are they working as a team? Are the animals aware they're at a different size than they should be? Does the huge duck see you as a big piece of bread? Are the animals in a fight to the death or will they run away?
Most importantly, why can't we settle our differences with conversation rather than violence? Do you have any idea how many people would like to have a duck-sized horse? Heck, I'd be fine with a horse-sized duck. El Arroyo has raised these questions and more.
Look, Boss, I Followed Orders
Having a good relationship with your superior at work makes working easy, and following orders is part of that give-and-take relationship. However, we wonder if the boss will actually be happy to hear how literally the sign-writer took his order. The sign is meta, here meaning only interesting if you have prior knowledge.
They're good for getting the word out on social media and might get people to remember the sign and thus the restaurant, but like many of these signs, we know nothing about the restaurant, what kind of food they offer, or what the specials are.
Please Just Tell us About the Food
So, there's this famous song called "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot, with the lyrics "my anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hun." El Arroyo decided to spin the words a bit, it's a feeble attempt, but we like that they're trying.
The sign may be a little punny, as long as they're having fun!
Yeah, the poem is kind of stupid, and it might get a chuckle out of some people, but I doubt a lot of people on the street saw it and decided to stop in. But let's talk about that name. "The Alex Restaurant." Does Alex own the restaurant? Are all the workers named Alex? Are only Alexes allowed to eat there?
We can figure out why they're desperate for customers. Also, steak can be blue? Are you sure about that one? Seems like the quality of the poetry and the food might be similar at "The Alex Restaurant."
For the Last Time
In some restaurants, words aren't enough. Especially when the restaurant in question is one that serves ethnic food or is from another country. At this restaurant, things must have gotten pretty bad at one point, because the proprietors had to put a sign asking – begging – people not to flick over the tables.
Whether it's because of Yakuza deals gone wrong, badly-prepared sushi, or just tables that are oh so flippable, it's happened enough that the sign not only has English and Japanese but also a stick figure image, just to make sure the message gets across.
Cheap Pizza is the Best Pizza
Another great sign for this list. It tells us what the restaurant sells, a great deal – for real though, one dollar pizza? That's a steal – and something that is memorable and funny. The Philosoraptor is a classic deep thinker of the internet age, and now here he is wondering why every pizza place doesn't sell pizza at such an affordable cost.
We couldn't agree more. Someone on staff is talented with the chalk and did their best to make the raptor inquisitive and thoughtful. It's another sign that ticks all the boxes and is the kind of thing that makes for an actually good sign.
A Visual Aid
A lot of times, a restaurant will just have a quick list of what kind of drinks they offer, but this off-the-beaten-path establishment has done something a little different. They took individual pictures of every drink, including classic soft drinks, lemonade, tea, and "strawberry." It might not be all that necessary, but it's certainly going to be a help for those who can't see that well, or who just prefer to point to their drink of choice.
Of course, the big problem is that the "Pepsi," "Diet Pepsi," "Dr. Pepper," "Root Beer," and "Tea" pictures could all be the exact same liquid. Also, the small drink size is a dollar – a far cry from the incredible deal McDonald's offered a little bit ago.
Just Pick Already
We're going to let you know upfront: you're going to see a lot of El Arroyo signs, so get used to them. This sign focuses on the difficulty that a lot of people have in picking a place to eat, especially couples. But like all of these El Arroyo signs, it gets you thinking.
If you and your beloved can find a place you both like to eat quickly, you can be sure your compatibility score is higher than most. And we have to give El Arroyo credit because at least this sign has to do with restaurants.
Eat Here or Else
Ah yes. The best way to get people to eat at your restaurant: a threat. Money makes the world go 'round, they say, and this sign has cut to the quick of the matter when they say they need the passer-by to stop in and spend some of their money, so they can then turn around and spend that money to buy their own food. The sign is punchy and gets its message across in a mere seven words.
Of course, you can see the problem: You and I know how to make our own food. Just yesterday I made a Greek salad, garlic bread, cacio e pepe, and pineapple upside-down cake.
Cheese it, it's the Cops
El Arroyo yet again. They're doing their best to bring in the eyes and ears of the populace with yet another clever sign, this one anthropomorphizing dogs who spot K-9 units on the street. It will make you laugh when you stop in for some of, we assume, El Arroyo's good food, but once again it tells us nothing about the restaurant, its prices, its deals, or what kind of food it sells.
Maybe one of these days we'll see a sign from them that tells us what they're selling or something like that. Or, maybe we'll just see plenty more funny signs that you laugh at online while not eating their food.
Turning a Bad Review in Good Business
Yelp has been a mixed bag for business all over the world, with good words and bad words spreading at the exact same rate. One Yelp reviewer said that this restaurant had the worst meatball sandwich of his life, and somebody had the bright idea to make the fact into a sign. How bad can a meatball sandwich really be?
Everybody likes a meatball sandwich. What kind of bread do you think they used? What were the other pieces of the sandwich? Most importantly, what kind of meat was it? One way or the other, this sign probably got people talking.
The signs that we've seen so far have gotten people to laugh, think, and save money, but this one seems designed to do little more than cry. Nothing is special inside the store or out, including you. We go about our mundane lives thinking we're destined for great things, but sometimes we just aren't special, just like the sign says.
For regular eaters at...uh...GNTRBT, they know they aren't special, but hopefully, they're at least able to enjoy some good coffee, or bagels, or pad thai, or whatever else GNTRBT offers.
You'll be Purring Thanks to the Savings
There are plenty of places that have strange stipulations and offers if their guests do this thing or that. This sign takes the kitty cake though since if you work in ten meows while you order, they'll slash a whole ten percent off the price. The drawing is a good one, but it has nothing to do with cats or their meows.
It's little more than a way to draw the eye, attract some customers, and maybe have some fun. We really like the idea of an entire restaurant pretending to be cats, though, so we're sure if the employees didn't get sick of it, it was a fun day to work.
Happy Mother's Day!
El Arroyo is back again already with a sign that brings out a nervous laugh to plenty of students young and old. We've all done it before – you're working hard on a math problem, and instead of calling out Mrs. Pike, or Mrs. Kirkcaldy, or Mrs. Ross, you call the woman mom. Poor her.
But at least she can take solace in the fact that they are at least a motherly figure for the kids in her class. This is the kind of sign that El Arroyo hopes will go viral and doesn't actually market much, but at least it's funny.
Quite the Let-Down
There are some people out there who cannot go a day without getting outside and grooving their way to a healthier body. Those people love their bodies, but everybody needs a day off once in a while. Of course, when a friend invites you to pie and lattes and you end up at a yoga studio, it can be a letdown of epic proportions. Pilates might not burn enough calories to give you the space to splurge, but nothing ever stops you from stopping in for a treat after working hard.
Making it a habit, however, will reverse any calories you burn – remember, abs begin in the kitchen!
All Good Things Come to an End
Friend. Best friend. Girlfriend, boyfriend. They all eventually come to an end, but food doesn't. So step in all alone and eat some food, the only thing that won't leave you. It's also the only thing out of this list that will lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and higher clothing costs. Of course, if you walked into this depressing restaurant with a few friends, we're sure that the owner will be much happier than just watching as people pass by.
Whoever came up with this sign might need to talk to someone, and stay away from the emotional eating.
Deserves Another Look
At first glance, this sign looks like it's saying something quite mean about the food that the restaurant is serving. However, a smart combo of wordplay from another language and a nod to famous recording artist Snoop Dogg creates a restaurant name that is memorable, funny and gets you hungry for some hot and tasty Vietnamese soup.
Creating a sign that not only talks about what kind of food you serve but brings a chuckle as well as is a winner in our book, and with the addition of some bubble tea and other Vietnamese food, this small restaurant seems like a winner.
Philosophical Thoughts from El Arroyo
El Arroyo has some incredible signs that you'll see throughout this article, and this one gives the passer-by pause. The Austin-based restaurant has gone from dad puns to cheeky jokes, and now they give us something to really think about as we stop in to enjoy some of their food. People must really like El Arroyo's food if they have this much time to think about what exactly clapping is and isn't, but we have to admit the sign brings up an interesting point.
El Arroyo loves these kinds of things, because before you know it, you've been staring at the sign for an hour, and need something to eat.
Better Check the Calendar Again, Fellas
Plenty of restaurants pride themselves on the fact that they stay open for six days a week, or even seven, but only one restaurant has the gumption, the verve, and the chutzpah to stay open eight days a week and stay closed on Sundays! We're unsure which restaurant this is, but their food must be mind-blowing if it's able to change time in such an immense way.
We do wonder what kind of food they're slinging – is it incredible future food that has stepped over the bounds of time to shift our very nature? Maybe the sign creators are just stupid. It could be either one.
Freudian Slip from the Colonel
Kentucky Fried Chicken is one of the mainstays of fast food. If you have a hankering for some crispy chicken and sides, then there's no easier place to get it. It's not everyone's favorite eatery, however, and this sign makes it seem like even an employee has gotten sick of it.
Instead of advertising an unbeatable feast, a critical letter was forgotten, which almost certainly got a laugh from pretty much anyone who drove past and has eaten at KFC before. Whether the letter fell off, was stolen, or they just didn't have one, to begin with, it doesn't matter – this sign gets a laugh from us.