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 06, 2023
“Chopped cheese is just a deconstructed cheeseburger”

The chopped cheese sandwich has been called a “deconstructed cheeseburger.”
 
“‘Chopped cheese’ outside of nyc? That’s a deconstructed cheeseburger” was posted on Twitter by “a smoochie” on June 3, 2017. “And chopped cheese is a deconstructed cheeseburger” was posted on Twitter by 🇳🇬🇵🇷 on August 22, 2018. “What is it about a deconstructed cheeseburger on a hoagie aka chopped cheese thats hits better than a cheeseburger” was posted on Twitter by Agent Of Chaoson December 13, 2021. “Chopped cheese is some fraud shit.  You’re eating a deconstructed cheeseburger on a hero” was posted on Twitter by Ron G. on October 16, 2022.
   
“Tacos are just deconstructed cheeseburgers” is a related saying.
 
   
Wikipedia: Chopped cheese
The chopped cheese, also known as the chop cheese, is a type of sandwich originating from New York City. Found in bodegas throughout Upper Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens, it is made on a grill with ground beef (typically pre-formed ground beef patties), onions, adobo or other seasonings, and cheese, all of which are chopped together on the grill as the meat and onions cook and the cheese melts. It is served with lettuce, tomatoes, and condiments on a hero roll.
 
Origin
The actual origins of the sandwich are up for debate, although generally most agree it was first created in a Spanish Harlem bodega called Hajji’s Deli, also known as Blue Sky Deli. There is speculation that the sandwich was an adaptation of an Arab specialty, dagha yamneeya (دقة يمنية), which is essentially cooked chopped meat and vegetables served with Yemeni bread. Hajji’s Deli claims a former worker invented the sandwich for himself sometime in the 1990s, after which the concept spread to other bodegas.
   
Twitter
a smoochie
@ohitslex
“Chopped cheese” outside of nyc? That’s a deconstructed cheeseburger.
10:34 PM · Jun 3, 2017
 
Twitter
🇳🇬🇵🇷
@EYO__91
Nobody says this. I assume it means drunk. And chopped cheese is a deconstructed cheeseburger.
12:46 PM · Aug 22, 2018
 
Twitter
ritapoon🧍🏾‍♀️
@KelseyGrammer_
WHICH IS HILARIOUS because a choppt cheese is just a deconstructed cheeseburger.
8:33 AM · Jan 5, 2020
 
Twitter
britt. ♡
@mslauryntrill
bitch wait! a chopped cheese is just a deconstructed cheeseburger?! is that what y’all telling me rn?!?!  https://twitter.com/saintfbg/status/1316824110480199680
10:26 PM · Oct 16, 2020
 
Twitter
baby t
@taliyahramelle
So a chopped cheese is just a deconstructed cheeseburger on a hoagie bread??????????
4:26 PM · Aug 19, 2021
 
Twitter
Agent Of Chaos
@Slumbella
What is it about a deconstructed cheeseburger on a hoagie aka chopped cheese thats hits better than a cheeseburger
6:36 PM · Dec 13, 2021
 
Twitter
Carlos Calderon
@carlosgcalderon
Big Apple Bodega Franchise
Our popularity has helped us become recognized as a unique brand in the food industry, one that shines a light on the flavorful deconstructed cheeseburger known as Chopped Cheese! #frnnchising #franchise #franquicia #franquia #US
http://Bigapplebodega.co/franchise
10:39 AM · Sep 26, 2022
 
Twitter
Ron G.
@reps456
Chopped cheese is some fraud shit.  You’re eating a deconstructed cheeseburger on a hero.
10:18 PM · Oct 16, 2022 from Staten Island, NY
 
Twitter
Tristan
@Chennylou
Chopped cheese is a deconstructed cheeseburger chopped up…philly is a regular sandwich
11:24 PM · Jan 5, 2023
 
Twitter
katie
@katie_0brien
high; explaining for the 30th time that i like to order a chopped cheese in a deconstructed philly cheesesteak way rather than a deconstructed cheeseburger way
2:09 PM · Jan 21, 2023
 
Twitter
Barrack Obana 📖✍️⚙️🚜🌾🏭
@BenzosIII
The chopped cheese is just a deconstructed cheeseburger and acting like it’s a special thing to do is so New York
1:05 PM · Feb 17, 2023
 
Twitter
LaMarcus
@Breaux_Mann
A Chopped Cheese is nothing but a deconstructed cheese burger…
11:55 PM · May 18, 2023

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, July 06, 2023 • Permalink


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