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

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Entry from March 13, 2012
“Good bread, good meat, good God, let’s eat”

"Good bread/wine, good meat, good God/Lord/gosh/heavens, let’s eat” is a jocular saying of “grace” before a meal. “Good bread, good meat, good Lord, let’s eat” has been cited in print since at least 1912. The saying has been put on T-shirts and other gift items.

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28 July 1912, Springfield (MA) Union, “All Smith grads are not teachers,” pg. 13, col. 2:
“House? I’ve been gathering all the blessings I ever heard, so if chance ever should put me in a responsible position, I won’t be tongue-tied, but ten to one I will come out with ‘good bread, good meat, good Lord, let’s eat.’”

7 December 1918, Centralia (WA) Daily Chronicle, pg. 8, col. 5 ad:
Good-bread; good meat,
Good heaven’s let’s eat
at the

Google Books
November 1925, The American Mercury, pg. 370, col. 1:
Perhaps R. L. O’F. hasn’t come across this short one. I know of no better expression of grace before meals:

Good bread
Good meat
Good God
Let’s eat.

11 December 1926, Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, “Dr. Mordecai Honored,” pg. 14, col. 2:
Called upon to say grace at the banquet, the venerable dean said:

“Good bread,
Good meat,
Good Lord—
Let’s eat.”

5 October 1950, The Sun (Baltimore, MD), pg. 5 ad:
Good bread, good meat, Mon Dieu, let’s EAT.

Google Books
The Silver Treasury of Light Verse
By Oscar Williams
New York, NY: New American Library
Pg. ?:
Good bread, Good meat; Good God! Let’s eat!

Google News Archive
8 July 1972, Windsor (Ontario) Star, “All the way from Windsor!” by Ray Bennett, pg. 36, col. 2:
The stand, heart-shaped, has a drawing of the Ambassador Bridge and the painted words: “Good bread. Good meat. Good gosh. Let’s eat!”

18 November 1984, The Sun, “The Bird’s the Word” by Jean Gorick, pg. SM15:
My father recited his traditional grace: “Good bread, good meat, good God, let’s eat.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Tuesday, March 13, 2012 • Permalink