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Fun with Words: The ABCs of Eateries September 15, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Word Play.

 My recent post, Fun with Numbers: Automats, got me thinking about all the different names we have for eating and dining establishments.  I challenged myself to come up with one (or more) for each letter of the alphabet.

If I missed any of your favorite hangouts, please let me know:

220px-Garry_Moore_Tony_the_Tiger_1955A ~ Automats, All-U-Can-Eat, Asian

B ~ Bistros, Buffets, Bakeries, B&B’s, Breakfast Bars, Brasseries, Bars, Burger Joints, Bar-B-Q, Boarding Houses

C ~ Cafes, Creperies, Cafeterias, Coffee Shops, Clam Huts, Crab Shacks, Coffeehouses, Cereal Restaurants, Creameries

“They’re . . . GRRREAT!”

D ~ Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Delicatessens, Donut Shops, Drugstore Counters

E ~ Epicurian Establishments, Local Eateries

F ~ Fine Dining, Fast Food, Family Style, Food Courts, Fish Camps

G ~ Gourmet, Greek Taverna, Gastropubs, Grills

H ~ Hot Dog Carts, Haute Cuisine, Hotels, Hamburger Shops, Health Food Stores

I ~ Inns, Ice Cream Parlors, Italian Trattorias, Indian Curry Houses


Dining Al Fresco

J – Juice Bars, Junk Food Stands, Joints

K ~ Kitchens

L ~ Lunch Counters, Lobster Pounds

M ~ Mexican Cantinas

N ~ Nouvelle Cuisine

O ~  Omelet Stations, Oyster Bars

P ~ Patisseries, Pastry Shoppes, Pubs, Pizza Parlors, Pancake Houses, Peanut Butter Cafes, Pharmacy Counters

Q ~ Quiche Cafes 

R ~ Roadside Stands, Restaurants : The term restaurant (from the French restaurer, to restore) first appeared in the 16th century, meaning “a food which restores”, and referred specifically to a rich, highly flavoured soup. It was first applied to an eating establishment in around 1765 founded by a Parisian soup-seller named Boulanger. [Source: Wikipedia – Restaurant]

S ~ Salad Bars, Sandwich Shops, Sub Shops, Strip Joints, Seafood Shacks, Saloons,  Snack Bars, Steakhouses,  Street Vendors, Smorgasbord, Sushi Bars, Soda Fountains, Smoke Houses

Medieval_kitchenT ~ Taverns, Taco Stands, Tapas Bars, Tea Houses, Thai Cuisine, Teppanyaki Houses, Trattorias

U ~ University Dining Halls

V ~ Vending Machines, Vegetarian Restaurants

W ~ Wine Bars, Waffle Houses

X ~ Xanadu (Exotic & Luxurious)

Y ~ Yogurt Stands

Z ~ Zoo Snack Bars

Well, there’s my list . . . what did I miss?

Enjoy this clip of Jim Gaffigan talking about late night dining at the WAFFLE HOUSE (or the AFFLE HOUSE when the “W” is out of commission):

For information on the book:  Road Food

Related post:  Describe your Favorite Restaurant (WP Prompt)



1. bendedspoon - September 15, 2010

an alphabet of food hangouts?
you’re really something else!
got hungry after it?

nrhatch - September 15, 2010


We almost never go out to eat, but we are going out today. 8)

2. aardvarkian - September 15, 2010

C – Carvery: a hot food buffet, usually found in pubs (like mine). 🙂

nrhatch - September 15, 2010

Thanks, JM!

I’m anxious to hear about other Eatery names around the world. 8)

3. cindy - September 15, 2010

I thought I knew them all, but the cereal restaurant just threw me for a loop!

nrhatch - September 15, 2010

A Fruit Loop? 8)

mizzezmellymel - September 15, 2010

OMG! Nancy, that is too funny!

nrhatch - September 15, 2010

When I first heard about cereal restaurants, I couldn’t stop laughing.

Why would someone pay someone to pour dry cereal into a bowl and top it with some milk?

Isn’t that a “cooking” skill that everyone can master on their own?

4. mizzezmellymel - September 15, 2010

Umm…yeah…even kids! LOL!

5. Naomi - September 16, 2010

Hehe, enjoying you all being loopy 🙂

nrhatch - September 16, 2010

Food. Glorious Food.

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