The Anxious Clown is a fast food restaurant that is filled with neon lights. In The Wide Window, the Baudelaire orphans, Mr. Poe, and Count Olaf (disguised as Captain Sham) eat there sometime after Josephine Anwhistle had allegedly taken her own life. Their waiter, Larry, says, "I didn't realize this was a sad occasion", a V.F.D. coded phrase. During this dreadful outing, the children had intentionally let their allergies to peppermints act up by tasting the ones that Mr. Poe gave to them when they arrived at Lake Lachrymose. Luckily, this gave them the opportunity to leave the restaurant at once to buy time.
The menu includes the Extra Fun Family Appetizer (a bunch of things fried together and served with a sauce), Surprising Chicken Salad (which you should, on no occasion, ever order), and Cheer-up Cheeseburgers (cheeseburgers with the ingredients used to make a smiley face in addition to french fries placed around the burger possibly to imitate the sun).
According to Jacques Snicket in a letter to Lemony in Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, the food there is dreadful. In the Unauthorized Autobiography, there is an audiotape of Eleanora and Arthur Poe having lunch there and discussing what to order. There is also another restaurant of the Anxious Clown in The City shown on the first black and white illustration in The Penultimate Peril.
The Anxious Clown might be a parody of real-life fast food chain Jack in the Box since its mascot's face resembles that of a clown's.
- The Wide Window
- The Penultimate Peril (Illustration only)
- Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (Mentioned only)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)