Fun Stuff



A blonde with sand

Coffee with cream and sugar

A Murphy

A potato, so called because of their association with the Irish diet of potatoes, Murphy being a common Irish name

A spot with a twist

A cup of tea with lemon

A stack of Vermont

Pancakes with maple syrup

Adam & Eve on a raft

Two poached eggs on toast

All hot

Baked potato

An M.D.

A Dr. Pepper


Sandwich Man

Angels on horseback

Oysters rolled in bacon on toast

B and B

Bread and butter

Bailed hay

Shredded Wheat

Balloon juice or
Belch water or
Alka Seltzer

Seltzer, soda water

Beef Stick






Black and white

Chocolate soda with vanilla ice cream

Bloodhounds in the Hay

Hot dogs and Sauerkraut

Blowout patches



Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich

Blue-plate special

A dish of meat, potato, and vegetable served on a plate (usually blue) sectioned in three parts. This can also refer to the daily special.

Boiled leaves


Bowl of red

A bowl of chili con carne, so called for its deep red color.

Bow-wow or
Bun pup or
Tube steak or

a hot dog

Break it and shake it

Add egg to a drink



Bridge or
Bridge party

Four of anything (from bridge the card game)

Bronx vanilla or
Halitosis or
Italian Garlic


Bubble Dancer


Bucket of cold mud

A bowl of chocolate ice cream

Bullets or
Whistleberries or
Saturday night

Baked beans, so called because of the supposed flatulence they cause.

Burn one

Put a hamburger on the grill

Burn one; take it through the garden and pin a rose on it

Hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion

Burn the British

Toasted English muffin

C.J. Boston

Cream Cheese and jelly

Cackle fruit


Canned cow

Evaporated milk

Chewed with Fine Breath

Hamburger with onions


Rice pudding


A table knife

Coney Island chicken or
Coney Island

a hot dog, so called because hot dogs were popularly associated with the stands on Coney Island.

Cow feed

A salad

Cow paste or
Skid Grease or
Axle grease


Cowboy, western

A western omelette or sandwich


Draft beer


Three of anything (possibly from the saying "Two's company, three's a crowd")

Customer will take a chance



Poached egg

Dog and maggot

Cracker and cheese

Dog biscuit

A cracker

Dough well done with cow to cover

Buttered toast

Drag one through Georgia

Cola with chocolate syrup

Draw one in the Dark or
Flowing Mississippi

A black coffee

Draw one, a cup of mud

A cup of coffee

Dusty Miller

Chocolate Pudding, sprinkled with powdered malt


"Do not sell to that customer" or "The kitchen is out of the item ordered. To remove an item from an order or from the menu."

Article 86 of the New York State Liquor Code
defines the circumstances in which a bar patron should be refused alcohol or '86ed'.

The Soup Kitchen Theory
during the depression of the 1930s, soup kitchens would often make just enough soup for 85 people. If you were next in line after number 85, you were '86ed'.

The Eight Feet By Six Feet Theory
A coffin is usually eight feet long and is buried six feet under. Once in your coffin you've been 'eight by sixed', which shortens to '86ed'.

Eve with a lid on

Apple pie, referring to the biblical Eve's tempting of Adam with an apple. The "lid" is the pie crust

Eve with a moldy lid

Apple pie with a slice of cheese


A glass of root beer

First lady

Spare ribs, a pun on Eve's being made from Adam's spare rib.

Fish eyes or
Cat's eyes

Tapioca pudding

Flop two

Two fried eggs over easy

Flop two over easy

Fried egg flipped over (carefully!) and the yolk is still very runny. That means the other side is cooked for a few seconds

Flop two over hard

Tried egg, flipped and cooked until the yolk is solid all the way through

Flop two over medium

Turning over a fried egg and the yolk begins to solidify

Fly cake or
Roach cake

Raisin cake or huckleberry pie

Foreign Entanglements

Plate of Spaghetti

Frenchman's delight

Pea soup

Frog sticks

French fries

Fry two, let the sun shine

2 fried eggs with unbroken yolks


Grilled American cheese sandwich. This was also called "jack" (from the pronunciation of "GAC")



Gravel train

Sugar bowl

Graveyard stew

Milk toast, Buttered toast, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, and dropped into a bowl of warm milk





High and dry

A plain sandwich without butter, mayonnaise, or lettuce

Hockey puck

A hamburger, well done

Hold the hail

No ice

Hot top

Hot chocolate

Hounds on an Island

Franks and beans

Houseboat or
Dagwood Special

A banana split made with ice cream and sliced bananas

Hug one or
Squeeze one

A glass of orange juice

Ice the rice

Rice pudding with ice cream

In the alley

Served as a side dish

Irish turkey

Corned beef and cabbage

Jack Benny

Cheese with bacon (named after a radio comedian)

Java or


Keep off the grass

No lettuce


Fountain Man

Let it walk or
Go for a walk or
On wheels

An order to go, a takeaway order.
It’s to go

Life preservers



Bottle of ketchup


Prunes, so called because of their supposed laxative effect.


A toothpick

Machine Oil



Custard Pie



Mike and Ike or
The twins

Salt and pepper shakers

Million on a platter

A plate of baked beans

Mississippi Mud or
Yellow paint


Moo juice or
Cow juice or
Baby juice or
Sweet Alice


Mully, Bossy in a bowl

Beef Stew, so called because "Bossy" was a common name for a cow.

Mystery in the alley

A side order of hash

Nervous pudding


No cow

Without milk

Noah’ boy on bread

A ham sandwich

Noah's boy

A slice of ham (Ham was Noah's second son)

On the hoof

Any kind of meat cooked rare

One from the Alps

A Swiss cheese sandwich

Paint a bow-wow red

Gimme a hot dog with ketchup

Paint it red

Put ketchup on an item

Pair of drawers

Two cups of coffee

Pigs in a blanket

A ham (sometimes a sausage) sandwich

Pin a rose on it

Add onion to an order


Something burning, toasted or charred, so called because of the smokestacks once evident in Pittsburgh, a coal-producing and steel-mill city. In meat cookery, this refers to a piece of meat charred on the outside while still red within.

Put a hat on it

Add ice cream

Put out the lights and cry

An order of liver and onions ''Lights" is a term sometimes used for the edible, mainly internal organs of an animal


Hungarian Goulash

Rabbit food


Radar range

Microwave oven


Tuna salad sandwich on toast (a pun on "tuna down," which sounds like "turn it down," as one would the radio knob)

Radio Sandwich

Tuna Fish Sandwich



Sea dust


Shake one in the hay

Strawberry milkshake

Shingle with a shimmy and a shake

Buttered toast with jam or jelly, hence the reference to 'shake'.

Shivering Hay

Strawberry Jello

Shoot from the south or
Atlanta special

Coca Cola, probably a reference to the fact that the headquarters of Coca-Cola is in Atlanta, Georgia, and dragging anything is likely to get it muddy, ie, darker, which would be the same result as adding chocolate syrup.

Carbonated drinks such as Coca-Cola were originally served by pouring concentrated syrup into a glass and adding soda water, so they could be made to whatever strength the customer preferred.

Sleigh Ride Special

Vanilla pudding



Soup jockey


Splash of red noise

A bowl of tomato soup

Stack or
Short stack

Order of pancakes

Sun kiss or
Oh gee

Orange juice

sunny side up

The eggs are fried without flipping them, so the yolk looks just like a sun on white background.

Sweep the kitchen or
Sweepings, or
Clean up the kitchen

A plate of hash

Throw it in the mud

Add chocolate syrup

Two cows, make them cry

Two hamburgers with onions


Maple syrup, because maple syrup comes primarily from the state of Vermont in the U.S.




American cheese

Well dressed diner



Rye bread, as in rye whiskey

whiskey down

Rye toast, the 'down' part probably comes from the action of pushing down the handle on the toaster

White Cow

Vanilla milkshake

Windmill Cocktail or Adam's ale or
City juice or
Dog soup

Glass of water



Wreck 'em

Scrambled eggs

Yum Yum or




Zeppelins in a fog

Sausages and mashed potatoes

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