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 June 01, 2013
Golden Brown and Delicious (GBD)

"Golden brown and delicious” is a popular description of certain foods as served. “Golden brown and delicious” was said of bacon in 1909.

The initials “GBD” have been cited in print since at least December 2000 and were popularized by Alton Brown, of the Food Network’s Good Eats and other programs. A Washington, DC, restaurant on Dupont Circle called GBD: Golden Brown Delicious Fried Chicken and Fresh Doughnuts opened in 2013.


The Free Dictionary
Acronym Definition
GBD Golden, Brown and Delicious

9 October 1902, The Homestead (Des Moines, IA), pg. 40, col. 3:
MAKING COFFEE.
Many inexperienced persons imagine that to make good coffee, golden brown, delicious and fragrant, is the simplest of tasks, yet repeated failures prove the contrary.

29 August 1909, Muskegon (MI) News Chronicle, “Listen! Bacon Grease is 100 Per Cent Good,” pg. 3, col. 1:
Then it is a dish fit for gods, and for mortals who know what is good. Then there is left the grease, golden brown and delicious. Now the usefulness of bacon only begins.
(This article is also available in another newspaper from August 30, 1909 on Chronicling America—ed.)

Chronicling America
13 November 1912, The Breckenridge News (Cloverport, KY), “The Women’s Candidate” by Byron Williams, pg. 6, col. 2:
Pauline, the cook, whose eggs were always soft-boiled and whose toast was ever golden brown and delicious, fretted the former into blue-black globules surrounded by leathery gelatin, while the latter was burned and desiccated to a hard-tack condition decidedly disappointing to her usually delighted followers.

Google News Archive
4 February 1926, Spokane (WA) Daily Chronicle, sec. X, pg. 3, col. 6 ad:
Waffles—Golden Brown and Delicious
(The Washington Water Power Co.—ed.)

Google Books
30 April 1951, Life magazine, pg. 110 ad:
Pancakes golden-brown and delicious and easy, too.
(Pillsbury Pancake Mix—ed.)

30 January 1952, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Rice and Cheese Croquettes Are Delectable: They Make Thrifty Entree, Too Thursday Menu” by Mary Meade, pt. 2, pg. A3:
Rice and cheese croquettes, golden brown and delicious, are an economical entree you’ll enjoy making, especially if you have one of the oh-so-popular electric French fryers.

Google News Archive
14 August 1959, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune, pg. 10, col. 1 ad:
“Like home-fried, only better”...
That’s what you’ll say about McDonald’s French Fries, golden brown and delicious. Only 12c for a giant, brim-full bag.

Google News Archive
14 December 1977, St. Petersburg (FL) Independent, pg. 4D, col. 3 ad:
Jeno’s Pizza Rolls cook up golden brown and delicious, especially in a deep fryer like the Presto Fry Baby deep fryer.

Google Groups: rec.food.cooking
Leonard Lehew
12/12/00
(...)
5. Bake in a preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until bubbling and GBD (golden brown and delicious ).

Balls and Walnuts
July 29th, 2007
Eggplant Parmesan
(...)
GBD, as Alton Brown says. Golden, brown, and delicious.

Lake Neuron
08.25.08 by John
Golden brown and delicious
I made Alton Brown’s macaroni and cheese over the weekend — and I’d done that before. It’s delicious.
(...)
Then you deep fry them until done (or until “GBD,” as Alton says: golden brown and delicious).

onioncloute
Jamaican Beef Patties + Apple Walnut Turnovers
Posted on Dec. 3rd, 2009 at 12:45 pm
(...)
And speaking of GBD (golden brown & delicious,) these apple turnovers are crazy easy thanks to the use of puff pastry.

life is uncertain...eat dessert first!
Friday, October 14, 2011
G. L. D. (Golden Light Delicious)!
First things first: My cookies turned out well in practical! Here is a picture I took of them:

The Chef said they were a bit light and so the B part of GBD (Golden Brown Delicious) wasn’t quite there, but he said it was really an individual preference kind of thing, and they looked and tasted good to him!

Cuisine Queen
A Sneak Peak at GBD: Golden, Brown and Delicious
Posted on April 3, 2013 by Diva
There’s no better way to start a cold hump-day than free breakfast!

As I was just starting my day I received an email inviting me to try some breakfast items at the soft opening of GBD: Fried Chicken and Doughnuts, a new restaurant opening up in DuPont Circle. I have walked by the restaurant a number of times, watching the construction, and anxiously awaiting it’s opening. The good news: GBD is planning on opening at the end of the week.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, June 01, 2013 • Permalink