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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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JalapeƱo (State Pepper)

Swiss Enchiladas

Texas Mickey

The Greatest City in the World

Puffy Tacos

“If a man can’t curse his friends, whom can he curse?” (Sam Houston)

Chicken Fried Chicken (CFC)

Lu Ann Platter & “Good Food From Good People” & “Tastes Like Texas, Feels Like Home” (Luby’s)

Mexican Combination Plate

“Brooklyn-Style” Pizza

Manske Rolls

“Gentleman from Odessa (TX)”

Texas Spaghetti (or Mexican Spaghetti)

Machaca (Machacado con heuvo)

Harlem Big Apple Club Plaque Removed (2006)

Cowboy Capital of the World (Bandera)


Big Enchilada; Full Enchilada; Whole Enchilada

Texas Tommy (ice-box cookies; hot dogs)

Texas Tommy (dance)



Chili Mac

“Land of Tall Women and Virgin Pines” (Piney Woods, East Texas)

Pecosin’ (Pecosing) & Pecos Swap

ShittyField, in Flushing (Citi Field ballpark, in Flushing, Queens)

Stable Row

Poppy Seed Dressing

Charlie Taylor (butter substitute)

Enchilada Red (color of San Antonio Public Library, Central branch)

Crawfish Taco

Chocolate Whiskey Cake

Right Side of Texas (Beaumont slogan)

Golden Triangle (Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur)

“If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent Texas and live in Hell” (Philip Sheridan)

Mountain Oyster (or Prairie Oyster)

Waco We Do (Waco slogan)

“Everything’s bigger in Texas”

“If you see a turtle on a fence, he had help getting there”

Crystal District

Toy District (Toy Center)

Millinery District

Insurance District

Newspaper Row

Snow Cone

Texas Dip (debutante curtsy)

2-3 (Austin’s 78723 zip code)

New York Yankee (deli sandwich of corned beef and pastrami)

Texas Dip (sandwich)

Printing District

Restaurant Supply District

Shoe District

Billionaire Pie (Furr’s cafeterias)

Millionaire Pie (Furr’s cafeterias)

Little Alsace of Texas (Castroville nickname)

ATX (Austin nickname)

The Town Without a Toothache (Hereford slogan)

Financial District

Buzzard’s Breath Chili

“From the Country of 1100 Springs” (Pearl Beer slogan)

Monument District

Laredo Salad

Chicken Laredo

Texas Mudslide (cocktail)

Texas Island Dressing

Texas Bulldogger (cocktail)

San Antonio Chicken; San Antonio Chicken Roll-Ups; San Antonio Chicken Wraps

Texas Twister (drink)

Texas Twister (chili dogs)

Texas Twister (barbecued cutlets)

“We eat all we can, and we sell the rest” (Blue Bell Ice Cream slogan)


Carne Asada (Carne Asado)

New York 7s (Seven-a-Side Rugby)

“Just Like You Like It” (Whataburger slogan)


Taco Salad

“If it doesn’t say ‘Texas,’ it’s not Texas Roadhouse” (restaurant slogan)

“If God didn’t want us to eat meat, he wouldn’t have invented steak sauce”

“I wish it would rain—not for me cuz I’ve seen it, but for my 7-year-old”

“Give a Texan an enema, and you can bury him in a matchbox”

“Why the hell not?” (2006 Kinky Friedman campaign slogan for governor)

Blue Santa

New York State: Vampire State (nickname)

Russian Dressing

“Turn out the lights. The party’s over”

“Stick a fork in him (he’s done)”

“If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a merry Christmas”

Michelada (“my cold beer”)


“A bird’s nest on the ground” (East Texas saying)

Ostionera (Ostioneria)

Chicken Fajitas

“Chile Today, Hot Tamale” (or “Chili Today, Hot Tamale”)

Posole (Pozole)

“The Friendly Frontier” and “Keep Abilene Beautiful” (Abilene slogans)

Cowboy’s Ten Commandments (Cross Trails Church, Fairlie, TX)

Key City (Abilene nickname)

“The Big OD” & Slowdeatha (Odessa nicknames)