Does anyone know a good name for a spanish restaurant that serves only breakfast?Does anyone know a good name for a spanish restaurant that serves only breakfast?

Expert Answers
elattarulo eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a great question.  In México, the words for breakfast and lunch are frequently interchanged.  (Desayuno and almuerzo).  The reason for this dates back to the early days of the "ranchos" and farm-like communities.  People got up very early to take care of the animals and had breakfast around 4 or 5 am.  This is commonly called "desayuno." But after working for a few hours, they were hungry again.  So they came back to the main house for second morning meal.  This could have been around 9 or 10, so this was frequently called "almuerzo." Hence the confusion for students of Spanish.  This is why you need to know a little culture sometimes before you can understand language. The two are very intertwined. 

So, having said that, I would suggest "Desayuno" or "Almuerzo." If you go to Mexico nowadays you will see both.  And now you don't have to wonder why!!!

I have been teaching Spanish for many years and have lived in NY, California and Mexico.  This is a fun lesson to teach and explain and I have done it many times.


Dra. Elena

lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You could name the restaurant after some of the words that exist in Spanish for breakfast or, choose one of the popular breakfast foods eaten in Spanish-speaking countries and name the restaurant after that. For example, in Spain, there is a version of what we call French toast that is popular as a breakfast item. It is called Torrijas. So, that might be a cool name for a restaurant. In other Spanish-speaking countries, very little is eaten for breakfast - perhaps just coffee with Churros, a type of fritter. So you could call the restaurant Churros. In Mexico, some people enjoy something called Chilaquiles, which are stale tortilla chips cooked with green chiles and smothered in cheese. In El Salvador, people enjoy Pupusas for breakfast.

If you don't want to go with a food, you can play around with some phrases such as:

Cantina de Desayuno - Breakfast Cantina

Barra de Desayuno - Breakfast Nook (I like this one)

Mesa de Desayuno - Breakfast Table

You get the idea.


brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, I have some suggestions for you.  You said a Spanish restaurant, not Mexican, right?  Here are some suggestions with reasoning:

*  The Madrugando Cafe -- Madrugando is hard to translate into English, but roughly means "the dawning" or "the awakening".  Has a nice ring to it and would be unique.

*  Buenos Dias - If you're looking for a name that advertises the breakfast only option.

*  La Manana Fuerte - The strong morning, I'd all but guarantee no one else has the name, and once again, it emphasizes breakfast in the name itself.

* Cafe Valencia - depending on what kind of Spanish flair the food has.  Cafe Madrid or Cafe Barcelona could work too.  Or Cafe Cordoba.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You could also call it "Rancheros" as in the dish of huevos rancheros which is oven consumed in the morning for breakfast. Although I still vote for "Las Mananitas".

Now, I think in your post you said if we know of ANY restaurant (already in place?) which serves only breakfast and is a Mexican restaurant?  Then the answer to that is that most Mexican restaurants offer the breakfast food options. The Mexican breakfast foods would include tortas de jamon (ham sandwiches, really big),  huevos rancheros (the eggs with hot sauce I just spoke about) and some soups for morning-after hangovers.

I hope we understood the question correctly.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Oh I love this!

I get these ideas from the myriad of morning shows in Univision that all refer to breakfast time in Spanish.

Desayunando! (having breakfast)

Mañana Alegre (happy morning)

Sabroso! (Delicious)

Las Mañanitas (the little mornings-an uber famous Mariachi song)

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
How about Desayunos? It's short and to the point, and kind of has a nice ring to it. It's whimsical and fun. It also stresses that the restaurant serves only breakfast, which is pretty unusual. Does the restaraunt serve breakfast all day long? In that case you might add todo dia to the name.
kathyspanish1970 | Student

In México we take the "almuerzo" in some small places called "loncherías". It´s very usuall that the students or an office workers have their lunch time in this places.

almuerzo= lunch

loncheria = place where you eat the lunch

A "lonchería" is a small place and the chef is usually the owners. Great place to eat cheap and delicious. :)

You can also check the word "quesadilla" a great choice to breakfast!!!

basketball-luver | Student

I have a couple names you could use-

1. Muy Buenos Dias! (Means Good Morning)

2. Lugar y Brillo (Rise and Shine)

Hope I could help!

barbiechickenhead | Student

pasar por desayunar

epollock | Student

I would suggest a play on some of the words for morning in Spanish. You could call it The Mad Rug, or Dia, or Man's; using a proper name in Spanish might lack creativity or uniqueness because it is such a common name used by restaurants, so you should choose something that is unique and it will stand out. You could separate your restaurant from all of the other breakfast Spanish restaurants by having a very unique name. And, branding is very important in today's consumer markets, provided that you offer a quality product at a price your target market can afford.