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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Fast Food (Fast Food Restaurant)

Slow Food


“A man walks into a bar…” (bar jokes)

“Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!”

“Never eat at a place called Mom’s”

“Never eat Chinese food in Oklahoma”

“If you can’t see water, don’t order fish”

“Recessions catch what auditors miss”

Apple Annie & Apple Mary

Airline Food (Airplane Food)

“Coffee, tea or me?”

Red Flannel Hash

“Say ‘Cheese!’”

“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable”

“Anyone can steer the ship in calm waters”

“Smooth seas make poor sailors”

“(Not for) All the tea in China”

“If you eat it, you wear it”

“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”

“It’s time, not timing” (Wall Street adage)

“Buy in gloom, sell in boom”

“Seven days without pizza makes one weak”

“Hot dogs taste better at the ball park”

“Is it soup yet?”

“Soup’s on (the table)!”

“Even turkeys fly in a strong wind” (Wall Street adage)

“Dress British, Think Yiddish” (“Dress British, Look Irish, Think Yiddish”)

“Jesus Saves, Moses Invests”

“Profits are an opinion, cash is a fact”

“Never convert a convertible stock/bond” (Wall Street adage)

Minute Steak

“Tastes like chicken”

“No one ever got fired for buying IBM/Microsoft/gold”

Corkage (Corkage Fee; Corkage Money)

“To Insure Promptness” (“tip” false etymology)

Great Recession

Great Depression

“Mm” or “Mmm” or “Mmmm” (“Mm! Mm! Good!” & “MMMM…TOASTY”)

Popcorn at the movies

“Eat here and get gas” (“food and gas”)

19th Hole (Nineteenth Hole)

Bubbemycin or Bubbe-mycin (Jewish chicken soup)

Big Apple (drinks using applejack)

“You can’t eat just one” (“Betcha can’t eat just one”)

“Sugar is sweet and so are you” (“Roses are red…”)

“I love coffee, I love tea” (“Java Jive”)

Pay-What-You-Want (Pay-As-You-Wish)

“Sell when Business Week says buy” (Business Week cover curse/cover jinx)

Vanilla (plain or ordinary)

“Money is to New York City as power is to Washington, D.C.”

Plain Vanilla (simple financial tools and methods)

“Cooking Rule: If at first you don’t succeed, order pizza”

“No man is lonely while eating spaghetti, for it requires so much attention”

“(I will gladly pay you Tuesday for) A hamburger today”

“A stew boiled is a stew spoiled”

Apple Cider Donut (Apple Cider Doughnut)

Bronx Grape (Bronx Seedless Grape)


“When a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick”

Whoopie Pie (Whoopee Pie)

Wine Bar

Lemon (“Hand someone a lemon,” “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade”)

“Do you serve crabs here?” (joke)

Talk Turkey (Talking Turkey)

Hairbag (veteran police officer)

Mexican Truffle or Mexican Corn Truffle (huitlacoche or corn smut)

Mexican Caviar (huitlacoche or corn smut)

Mexican Caviar (ant larvae or escamoles)

Caracas on the Hudson

La Paloma (cocktail)

Cube Steak

“The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”

“If it moves, tax it”

“Breakfast Anytime” (”...so I ordered French toast in the Renaissance”)

Texas Wedgie

Cosmoquila (cocktail)

Aggie Punch

Candy Cane

Cotton Candy (Candy Floss; Fairy Floss)

“Take all you want, but eat all you take”

“The bread never falls but on its buttered side”





“Cut the mustard”

Bar Chef

Variety Meats

Recessipe (recession recipe)




BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast)

“I love cooking with wine—sometimes I even put it in the food”

“Champagne to our real friends, and real pain to our sham friends”

“Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?”

“A man takes a drink…then the drink takes the man”

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”

“No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut”

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