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 July 04, 2008

“Chiletoque” appears in a 1952 article about the Original Mexican Restaurant (since 1899 or 1900) of San Antonio, listed as one of the “specialties served only at the Original Restaurant.”  Perhaps chiletoque is similar to fritoque (another Original specialty, made with Fritos).
The ingredients of chiletoque are unknown, but it probably was a version of chile con carne. The dish does not appear on an Original Mexican Restaurant menu from 1943. Chiletoque is not served today.
7 July 1952, San Antonio (TX) Express, “Original enjoys national reputation for outstanding cuisine,” pg. 5, cols. 3-4:
Open from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., the Original Mexican Restaurant not only serves the best in customary Spanish dishes, such as frijoles, chile con carne, enchiladas, tacos, and others, but it also features specialties served only at the Original Restaurant. They are: Fritoque, Chiletoque, Envueltos, and Esponjados.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Friday, July 04, 2008 • Permalink

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