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 March 02, 2009
“If you can’t see water, don’t order fish”

’If you can’t see water, don’t order fish” means that fish won’t be fresh if you’re not near the source. For example, Florida might be a better state to eat seafood in than Oklahoma. The origin of the saying is unknown.

Google Books
Second Wind;
Handbook for Happy Retirement

By Philip J. Kelly
Published by McIlvaine Pub. Co.
Pg. 55:
Grandma and Grandpa moved away, far away from any water. Once again, they’re on dry land and they never order fish in a restaurant or buy any fish in a store.

Google Books
The Traveling Curmudgeon:
Irreverent Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes on Dismal Destinations, Excess Baggage, the Full Upright Position, and Other Reasons Not to Go There

By Jon Winokur
Published by Sasquatch Books
Pg. 97:
If you can’t see water, don’t order fish.

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Old West Tales, Good Men, Bad Men, Lawmen
By Clifford Caldwell
Published by Lulu.com
Pg. 68:
He said “look out the window, do you see water...”? I did so, and did not see any water at all as we were in Iowa at the time. He then offers “well then, I guess it’s beef...never order fish if you can’t see the water”.

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U Luzického semináre 42 Prague, Czech Republic 118 00
Reviewed by bo1494374 on 06/04/2008.
as they always say ... if you can’t see the water, don’t order fish.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Monday, March 02, 2009 • Permalink