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 May 04, 2017
“What’s the best thing to eat with jacket potatoes?"/"Button mushrooms.”

A riddle about “jacket” potatoes and “button” mushrooms is:

Q: What’s the best thing to eat with jacket potatoes?
A: Button mushrooms.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1978.


Wikipedia: Baked potato
A baked potato, or jacket potato, is a potato that has been baked for eating. When well cooked, a baked potato has a fluffy interior and a crisp skin. It may be served with fillings and condiments such as butter, cheese or ham.

Google Books
The Crack-a-Joke Book
Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books
1978
Pg. 108:
What vegetable should you pick to go with jacket potatoes?
Button mushrooms.

Google Books
Father Christmas “It’s a Bloomin’ Joke” Book
By Raymond Briggs
London, UK: Puffin
1994
Pg. 70:
What vegetable goes best with jacket potatoes?
Button mushrooms.

18 December 1996, The Sun (London, UK), pg. 6:
What’s the best thing to eat with jacket potatoes? Button mushrooms!

Twitter
Anna‏
@loveholic198
What vegetable goes well with jacket potatoes? Button mushrooms!! *shot again*
2:25 AM - 30 Nov 2010

Google Books
The Bumper Book of Very Silly Jokes
By Macmillan Children’s Books
London, UK: Macmillan Publishing Limited
2013
Pg. 80:
Which vegetable goes best with jacket potatoes?
Button mushrooms.

Twitter
Active NT‏
@active_NT
Lunchtime Titter: Which vegetable goes best with jacket potatoes? Button mushrooms! #lovethefruitandveg
6:31 AM - 19 Oct 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, May 04, 2017 • Permalink