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A food court is a type of plaza (indoor or outdoor) contiguous with the counters of multiple food vendors and providing a common area for self-serve dining[1]. Food courts may be found in shopping malls and airports, and in various regions, such as Asia and Africa, may be a stand alone development. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1783 KB) Summary Food court at Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, Virginia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1783 KB) Summary Food court at Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, Virginia. ... The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, also known as Pentagon City Mall, is an upscale shopping mall in Arlington, Virginia. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see pedestrian street or promenade. ...

According to shopping mall consultant Paco Underhill, the average cost of a meal per person in an American food court is $6.[2]


Food courts consist of a number of food stalls. Meals are ordered at one of the stalls then carried to a common dining area. Typical Western world vendors are McDonald's and Sbarro; while Asian and African food court vendors would offer local cuisine. In Singapore, food courts and hawker centers are the people's main eating choice when dining out.[3] Although virtually unheard of in America, many food courts have several shops which sell prepared meals for shoppers to take home and reheat, making the food court a daily stop for some shoppers.[2] Occident redirects here. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... There is also a Swiss automobile designer, Franco Sbarro, who makes eponymous automobiles, see Sbarro (automobile) Sbarro is a U.S.-based chain of fast-food restaurants that mainly sells pizza and other Italian dishes. ...

Common materials used in constructing food courts are tile, linoleum, Formica, stainless steel, and glass, due to the easier cleanup.[2] Mission, or barrel, roof tiles A tile is a manufactured piece of hard-wearing material such as ceramic, stone, porcelain, metal or even glass. ... A linoleum kitchen floor Linoleum is a floor covering made from solidified linseed oil (linoxyn) in combination with wood flour or cork dust over a burlap or canvas backing. ... Formica is a brand of plastic laminate containing melamine resin. ... The 630 foot (192 m) high, stainless-clad (type 304) Gateway Arch defines St. ... This article is about the material. ...


  1. ^ Food court. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved May 22, 2007, from Answers.com Web site: http://www.answers.com/topic/food-court
  2. ^ a b c Underhill, Paco (2004). Call of the mall. Simon & Schuster. 
  3. ^ Food & leisure - Eating in Singapore, famous Singapore food



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