A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 22, 2022
Splash Out of the Garden (vegetable soup)

"Splash Out of the Garden” is lunch room slang for vegetable soup. ”Splash out of the garden—bowl of vegetable soup” was printed in the book Hash House Lingo (1941) by Jack Smiley. “Splash out the garden—Vegetable soup” was printed in the Brooklyn (NY) Eagle on January 27, 1950.

Lunch room slang became rare after 1960, and the term is mostly of historical interest.

27 January 1950, Brooklyn (NY) Eagle, “Night Life” by Al Salerno, pg. 15, col. 4:
Splash out the garden—Vegetable soup

3 August 1950, Scranton (PA) Tribune, “Broadway and Elsewhere” by Jack Lait, pg. 13, col. 1:
“Splash out the garden”—Vegetable soup.

3 December 1951, Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune, “A Line o” Type or Two,” sec. 1, pg. 14, col. 3:
“Splash out the garden”—vegetable soup.

17 August 1992, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), “How’s your hash-house Greek"," pg. C5, col. 2:
“Splash” means soup in hash-house slang (so does “guess water"); “out of the garden” is the term for vegetables, hence “splash out of the garden” means vegetable soup.

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I’ve always loved diner lingo.
Posted: October 21, 2011 | Author: Scott McKinney
Splash out of the garden: Bowl of vegetable soup.

Google Books
Hash House Lingo
By Jack Smiley
Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.
2012 (Originally published by author in 1941)
Pg. 156:
Splash out of the garden—bowl of vegetable soup

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, January 22, 2022 • Permalink