Origin of surf and turfso called in allusion to ocean and grassland, sources of the two kinds of food included
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From the environments of the animals used in its preparation (surf being the sea and turf the land), chosen for the rhyme. The earliest-known published use is in a 1967 advertisement in the Buffalo, New York Yellow Pages, placed by a restaurant called Michael's House of Steaks.