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 July 23, 2016
“A taxi is not a restaurant” (joke)

A taxi is not a restaurant, and there’s a joke:

“A man enters a taxi with a hot dog. The driver says, ‘Excuse me, but this is not a restaurant.’ The guy replies, ‘I know. That’s why I brought my own food.’”

The taxi joke has been cited in print since at least 2015. A school classroom version of the joke is from at least 2008.


Google Books
101 Relaxation Games for Children:
Finding a Little Peace and Quiet in Between

By Allison Bartl and Klaus Puth
Alameda, CA: Hunter House
2008
Pg. 79:
Fred walks into the classroom, loaded down with sandwiches and soda The teacher yells, “What do you think you’re doing? This isn’t a restaurant!” Fred replies, “I know, that’s why I brought my own lunch.”

Twitter
mister chloe
‏@chlosephine_
“EATING AT TWO AM? THIS ISN’T A RESTAURANT CHLOE” i know dummy that’s why i’m making the food myself in my underwear holy fuck
12:48 AM - 5 Jul 2011

Twitter
TΔSH
‏@tashhrecollet
*eating in class* teacher “this isn’t a restaurant” well that’s why I brought my own food lolol
9:20 AM - 16 Apr 2013

funniest-jokes/com (2015)
6) A man enters a taxi with a hot dog.
– Excuse me, this is not a restaurant!
– I know. That’s why I brought my own food!

reddit
A man enters a taxi with a hot dog.
submitted July 24, 2016 by DooleyMTV
The driver says “Excuse me, but this is not a restaurant”
The guy replies, “I know. That’s why I brought my own food.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Saturday, July 23, 2016 • Permalink