A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 04, 2016
“Diner: Is soup on the menu? Waiter: No, I wiped it off.”

An old restaurant joke about something “on the menu” is:

Customer: “Is there any soup on the menu today?”
Waiter: “There was, sir, but I just wiped it off.”


The joke was cited in the New York City humor magazine Life in 1921. Many foods—besides soup—have been used in the joke.


Google Books
3 March 1921, Life magazine, pg. 328, col. 2:
... the seedy Waiter, who explained that, “we did have soup on the menu, sir, but I wiped it off”; ...

Google News Archive
8 March 1941, New London (CT) Evening Day, “The Chatterbox,” pg. 8, col. 7:
Customer: “Is there any soup on the menu today?”
Waiter: “There was, sir, but I just wiped it off.”

Google News Archive
8 October 1969, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA), “Fun Time—The Chuckle Box,” pg. 2, col. 6:
Customer: Is there any soup on the menu?
Waiter: There was, but I wiped it off.

Google Books
Joys of Jewish Humor
By Henry D. Spalding
Middle Village, NY: Jonathan David Publishing
1996
Pg. 259:
“Waiter, how come there’s no coffee on the menu?”
“Because I wiped it off!

Google Books
The Everything Kids’ Joke Book:
Side-Splitting, Rib-Tickling Fun

By Michael Dahl
Avon, MA: Adams Media
2001
Pg. 15:
Luna: Is there any tapioca pudding on the menu?
Waiter: There was, but I wiped it off.

Twitter
Marvin Swartz
‏@popicomedyhour
A man asked the waiter if he has soup on the menu. The waiter says we did yesterday, but I wiped it off.
9:53 PM - 20 Jul 2009

Google Books
Jolly Jokes for the Young at Heart
By Bob Phillips
Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers
2010
Pg. 137:
Customer: “Is there stew on the menu today, waiter?”
Waiter: “No, sir. I wiped it off.”

Twitter
Frank Bunton
‏@TwistinFrank
Diner: “Is there any soup on the menu?”
Waiter: “There was, but I wiped it off.”
4:45 AM - 16 May 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Monday, April 04, 2016 • Permalink