Have you ever seen a sign outside a restaurant, café or bar that made you decide that you just HAD to eat there? It takes a clever mind and a gifted artist to be able to come up with such brilliant signs, but here and there, the signs are so good they even manage to make it off the street and onto the internet where they can live forever. Here are a few of the greatest street-side dining and drinking signs ever spotted online.
Brooklyn pizzeria Vinnie’s Pizza is so proud of the artwork and puns on their daily specials board that they actually have a Tumblr dedicated to them. We covered some of their Game of Thrones specials back in March, since then they’ve made some great new designs, including a whole slew of Arrested Development specials.
A few months ago, the restaurant made a special Grumpy Cat menu that might have even made Tard happy.
Personally, I’m pretty big on the Pear and Loafing in Las Vegan options, even if vegan spare ribs sound like they might cause some fear and loathing in my stomach.
Not A Burger Stand
Getting 10% off is great and all, but that’s still less than your standard tip. On the other hand, getting two meals for free (even at an inexpensive place like Burbank’s Not A Burger Stand) is a pretty big deal. In fact, I know quite a few people who would agree to be body slammed if it meant getting a free meal and even I would be willing to body slam a willing “friend” if it meant a free meal.
Not A Burger Stand is king when it comes to offering discounts for ordering in the voice of certain geeky characters. At one point, ordering in the voice of Fozzie Bear could have earned you a 10% discount and delivering jokes as Fozzie may have even won you some rotten tomatoes. For May 4th, ordering in Yoda’s voice would score you a discount and dressing in Star Wars gear would earn you a free meal.
At one point in time, doing the Truffle Shuffle would save you 10%. On another day, you could save 10% by reporting your order as Ron Burgundy and score a free meal with any jazz flute performance.
Perhaps the board that the majority of Neatonauts would most appreciate is this Dalek one that promises a free meal if you arrive in a TARDIS.
Order in the Voice of Sean Connery
Sometimes you can tell a discount was created by bored employees who just need something entertaining to help them get through the day. Of course, any Sean Connery impression would be lacking without a “the-rapists” joke and that just seems awkward to work into a restaurant order, so the employees very well may have been disappointed by their discount offer by the end of the day.
Why Hello There
I can’t think of anything that makes me want a burger more than cats. Actually, that’s a lie, for some reason cats and burgers just make me think of a hairball burger, which makes me never want to eat again. Regardless, this sign spotted by Redditor kenpachi11 that features a well-read cat still makes me want to support the burger joint that put it out, even if that just means buying a bottle of soda.
Summer Is Coming
Did the “Red Wedding” episode of Game of Thrones get you down, well, remember, contrary to what the Starks always warn us, summer is coming -and that means cooling down with some a Venti passion tea lemonade. Even Joffery couldn’t have an attitude about something that refreshing.
Winter Is Coming
Oh no! Ned is back from the grave to remind us that winter is, in fact, coming. Oh, wait, he’s just back from the grave to recommend we order an eggnog latte when the weather cools down again. Gee, that’s much less creepy.
Hey, at least the artwork, by Justin Lawrence Devine, looks fantastic.
It Sure Beats A Tauntan
No matter how cold it gets in the winter, Flying Saucer Pizza Company promises to be warmer than a tauntan and much tastier. As if this sign and the restaurant’s name didn’t already emphasize how awesome this place is, then don’t miss the rest of the photos on That’s Nerdalicious, which show off the place’s great Borg statue and fantastic art featuring space-travelling pugs.
A Public Service Announcement
A lot of coffee shop owners are hesitant to take a stance on divisive public issues. Fortunately, Fayes is willing to put themselves out there no matter what the detractors think about their beliefs.
I can’t help but wonder how many people went in to this cafe just to screw with the toilet paper dispensers after seeing this sign spotted by Redditor suburbanite.
The Value of $1
It’s hard not to wonder if a slice of pizza should ever cost more than a dollar if you find a place that offers a great slice of pizza for a dollar. But that doesn’t make the use of memes to explore that thought any less fantastic.
Imaginary Friends Drink Free
The only problem with this sign is that those who would be able take advantage of the deal would never actually realize their friends were imaginary, which means adult Calvin would probably waste money all night buying drinks for a probably very threadbare Hobbes. This was spotted by Redditor stinkyrat who was excited to finally have a place where he could go with all of his friends.
9 Reasons to Drink Here
You probably won’t get syphillus, can stave off the zombies and meet Zuul at Cajun Mikes? Count me in. Apparently this ad also suckered in Redditor scansinboy too.
So, would you guys eat or drink at any of these joints and have you ever seen any hilarious eatery, café or tavern signs that could have blown these ones away?