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 September 18, 2016
“Where do you find stewed tomatoes?"/"Try the salad bar.”

People get “stewed” (drunk) at a bar. There’s a pun:

Shopper: I’m looking for stewed tomatoes.
Clerk: Try the salad bar.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2008.


Dave’s Garden
Tomato jokes
Farmerdill Augusta, GA(Zone 8a) Feb 15, 2008
From The American Vegetable Grower
“Just how hard is it to find jokes specifically about tomatoes? Well, we didn’t have to look much further than the University of California-Davis’ Web site. Take a look at these and let us know if they make you laugh — or cry. Why did the Tomato go out with a prune? Because he couldn’t find a date! How do you fix a broken tomato? Tomato paste! Why was the tomato blushing? Because it saw the salad dressing. Shopper: I’m looking for STEWED tomatoes. Clerk: Try the salad BAR.

Google Books
3650 Jokes, Puns, and Riddles
By Anne Kostick, Charles Foxgrover and Michael J. Pellowski
New York, NY: Black Dog & Leventhal, Publishers’
2009
Pg. 130:
Shopper: I’m looking for stewed tomatoes.
Clerk: Try the salad bar.

Twitter
Bill Helton
‏@7colonel7
Corny joke...Where do you find stewed tomatoes?  Try the salad bar!
1:47 PM - 21 Dec 2009

Facebook
Methodist Hospital
August 21, 2013 · Henderson, KY ·
Starting at 10am, local growers will be at the corner of 12th Street and Merritt Drive to sell fruits, vegetables, and many other items!
grin “CORNY” FRUIT AND VEGETABLE JOKES grin
(...)
Shopper: I’m looking for STEWED tomatoes.
Clerk: Try the salad BAR!

The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Vegetables will soon be on parade
By Page H. Onorato
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM
(...)
I’m looking for stewed tomatoes.
Try the salad bar.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, September 18, 2016 • Permalink