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 June 22, 2005
No pork on my fork
"No pork on my fork" is a phrase associated with the Nation of Islam. It's the name of a Harlem restaurant and it has been used in rap lyrics.

Big Daddy Kane is a member of The Five Percent (an offshoot of the Nation of Islam). He included "no pork on my fork" in the lyrics to "Young, Gifted and Black" on the record It's a Big Daddy Thing (1989).

Artist: Big Daddy Kane
Album: It's a Big Daddy Thing
Song: Young, Gifted and Black
Typed by: OHHLA Webmaster DJ Flash
No pork on my fork, strictly fish on my dish
The Kane fallin victim? *tchk* Sucker, you wish

TITLE GOES HERE "So, do we want to go to No Pork on My Fork for Groundhog Day?" It was the vegetarian restaurant in Harlem that served fish. ...
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rachelleb.com: More from Harlem
No Pork on My Fork, Harlem. No Pork on My Fork may seem, at first thought, to be a Kosher restuarant, but it's actually a Muslim one. ...
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LUDACRIS - HIP HOP QUOTABLES LYRICS put no pork on my fork i dont even speak pig Latin I go fishen on my lake wit your bitch as the bait Plus i eat many MC's but i dont gain no weight ...
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14 October 2000, The Guardian, Saturday Review, "Harlem - the new theme park" by Gary Younge, pg. 1:
As more corporate fast-food outlets open, small businesses whose names are a taste of Harlem life 'No Pork on my fork' and 'Nuff Niceness' will be threatened.

5 August 2001, The Observer (London), "New boy in the 'hood - Bill Clinton opened his new office in Harlem last week" by Esther Selsdon, pg. 10:
Adam Clayton Av at African Square
Self-explanatory Nation of Islam restaurant for Louis Farrakhan supporters only.
Didn't dare go in and ask.

10 September 2002, Houston Chronicle, "New York City will never forget" by Ken Hoffman, pg. 1:
In Harlem, I stopped by a restaurant called No Pork On My Fork. I thought, such a funny name, and what an unusual place for a kosher restaurant. I asked the owner behind the counter, "What made you put a Jewish restaurant here?"

I mean, from the name, I just assumed . . . He said, "Not Jewish . . . we're Muslim. We don't eat pork, either."
Posted by Barry Popik
Food/Drink • (0) Comments • Wednesday, June 22, 2005 • Permalink