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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Entry from September 02, 2015
“Heart attack on a rack” (biscuits and gravy)

“Heart attack on a bun” (a nickname for biscuits and gravy) is a dish loaded with potentially artery-clogging food. “Heart attack on a rack: biscuits and gravy” was printed in The Frugal Foodie Cookbook (2009) by Lynette Shirk and Lara Starr.
Similar expressions include “heart attack on a bun” (since February 1992), “heart attack on a plate” (since April 1988),  “heart attack in a bag” (since January 1995), “heart attack on a stick” (since August 1995), “heart attack in a can” (since February 1998) and “heart attack in a bottle” (since July 1999).
Google Books
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook:
Waste-Not Recipes for the Wise Cook

By Lynette Shirk and Lara Starr
San Francisco, CA: Viva Editions
Pg. ?:
heart attack on a rack: biscuits and gravy
12 January 2011, Sarasota (FL) Herald Tribune, “Diner language” by Linda Brandt, pg. E29:
At some point, biscuits and gravy became “heart attack on a rack.”

Gina Hernandez
Search: Food slang - Food slang - 1: Search: Food slang. I’ll have a cup o’ joe and a heart attack on a rack. Lo… http://bit.ly/jssYaA
7:49 AM - 16 Jun 2011
Garrison Leykam PhD
Today’s diner slang: Ask for a “heart attack on a rack” next time you want biscuits & gravy. Have fun with it!  http://tiny.cc/rit98w
7:58 AM - 3 Feb 2014
Unravel Magazine 
The Delicious Guide to Diner Lingo
by Daniel Adler on September 1, 2015
Heart Attack on a Rack Biscuits and Gravy
Connecticut Magazine
Diner Lingo: How to Talk Like a Short Order Cook
Jun 1, 2017
Heart attack on a rack: biscuits and gravy
7 June 2018, Pasadena (CA) Star-News, “In Pasadena, a classic American diner experience is at The Reyn” by Merrill Shindler, pg. ?:
The one bit of modernism is a computer screen, near the kitchen, that seems to let servers know what dishes are ready. It’s jarring. “Heart attack on a rack” (lingo for “biscuits and gravy,” of course), hollered from the kitchen, would seem more appropriate. Or at least more colorful.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, September 02, 2015 • Permalink

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