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The Regency Cafe in Pimlico, London, is a well-preserved 1940s "greasy spoon" cafe.
The Regency Cafe in Pimlico, London, is a well-preserved 1940s "greasy spoon" cafe.

Greasy spoon is a colloquial term used in Britain and North America for archetypal working class eateries. The name "greasy spoon" is used to imply a less than rigorous approach to hygiene and dishwashing, and appears to date from 1925. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1023x667, 140 KB)The Regency Cafe, Pimlico, London - a typical Italian-run greasy spoon User:rayray took this picture on 16/03/2005. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1023x667, 140 KB)The Regency Cafe, Pimlico, London - a typical Italian-run greasy spoon User:rayray took this picture on 16/03/2005. ... Pimlico is a small area of central London in the City of Westminster that is primarily residential and well known for its collection of small hotels. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... The term working class is used to denote a social class. ... Hygiene refers to practices associated with ensuring good health and cleanliness. ... This article or section should be merged with Dish sanitizing The term dishwashing is used for cleaning, eating and cooking utensils, not just dishes. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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UK

A dish with baked beans, black pudding, sliced sausage and toast.
A dish with baked beans, black pudding, sliced sausage and toast.
Main article: Cafe (British restaurant)

In the UK, greasy spoons are generally called cafes, which in England is often colloquially referred to as a "caff." Image File history File links User:Grinner enjoyed sliced sausage and black pudding for his breakfast on Sunday 24 July 2005. ... Image File history File links User:Grinner enjoyed sliced sausage and black pudding for his breakfast on Sunday 24 July 2005. ... In the United Kingdom, a cafe was traditionally a working-class restaurant, or greasy spoon. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


The typical greasy spoon serves mainly fried or grilled food, such as fried eggs, bacon, tattie scone, black pudding, bubble and squeak, burgers, sausages, mushrooms and chips. These are often accompanied by baked beans, cooked tomatoes, and fried bread. Hot and cold sandwiches are also often available, the bacon or sausage butty or BLT being particularly popular. The main drink in British greasy spoons is usually tea; often the only coffee available will be instant. British greasy spoons will sometimes also offer bread and butter pudding, apple crumble and rhubarb crumble. An egg is a body consisting of an ovum surrounded by layers of membranes and an outer casing of some type, which acts to nourish and protect a developing embryo. ... For other uses, see Bacon (disambiguation). ... Tattie or potato scones are a regional variant of the savoury Girdle Scone which is especially popular in Scotland. ... Black pudding (Boudin noir), before cooking Black pudding or less often blood pudding is a sausage made by cooking blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. ... Bubble and squeak (sometimes just called bubble) is a traditional British dish made with the shallow-fried leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. ... This article is about the food item. ... This article is about the prepared meat. ... For other uses, see Mushroom (disambiguation). ... French fried potatoes, commonly known as French fries or fries (North America) or chips (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Commonwealth) are pieces of potato that have been chopped into batons and deep fried. ... Baked beans and scrambled egg on toast. ... For other uses, see Tomato (disambiguation). ... Chinese fried bread Fried bread is bread, sliced or baked especially for the purpose, fried and served as part of, or as an accompaniment to, a food dish. ... A bacon butty is essentially a bacon sandwich on white bread, usually with some form of sauce on it. ... An Italian sandwich. ... A typical BLT sandwich. ... For other uses, see Tea (disambiguation). ... A cup of coffee Coffee as a drink, usually served hot, is prepared from the roasted seeds (beans) of the coffee plant. ... Instant coffee Instant coffee is a beverage derived from brewed coffee beans. ... Bread and Butter Pudding, with raisins replaced by banana Bread and butter pudding is a traditional dessert popular in British cuisine. ... A blackberry and apple crumble A crumble is a dish of British origin containing stewed fruit topped with a crumbly mixture of fat (usually butter), flour, and sugar. ... Rhubarb crumble is a traditional British dessert. ...


In the United Kingdom, the traditional greasy spoon has been in decline due to the rise of fast food chains. However, they remain numerous all over the UK, especially in certain parts of London, Manchester, and many seaside towns. Fast food is food prepared and served quickly at a fast-food restaurant or shop at low cost. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ...


United States

Small diner in Brooklyn
Small diner in Brooklyn

Many typical American greasy spoons focus on fried or grilled food, such as fried eggs, bacon, burgers, hot dogs, hash browns, waffles, pancakes, omelettes, deep fried chicken and sausages. These are often accompanied by baked beans, french fries, cole slaw, or toast. Soups and chili con carne are generally available. A full meal may be available for a special price, often called a "blue-plate special". A typical "blue plate special" might include a slice of meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, a cooked green vegetable, and a dinner roll. Regional fare is often served. Coffee, iced tea and soft drinks are the typical beverages, and pie and ice cream are popular desserts. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1704 × 2272 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1704 × 2272 pixel, file size: 1. ... An egg is a body consisting of an ovum surrounded by layers of membranes and an outer casing of some type, which acts to nourish and protect a developing embryo. ... For other uses, see Bacon (disambiguation). ... This article is about the food item. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Hash browns or hashed browns is a simple potato preparation in which potato pieces are pan-fried after being diced, riced, or julienned. ... This article is about the food item. ... Two pancakes with maple syrup. ... An omelette Ham, cheese, and vegetable omelette served with fresh fruit. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the prepared meat. ... Baked beans and scrambled egg on toast. ... French fried potatoes, commonly known as French fries or fries (North America) or chips (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Commonwealth) are pieces of potato that have been chopped into batons and deep fried. ... Coleslaw (or Cole Slaw) is a salad of finely-shredded raw cabbage and sometimes shredded carrots, dressed with a mayonnaise, milk, or vinegar_based dressing. ... This article is about the food. ... For other uses, see Soup (disambiguation). ... A bowl of chili con carne with beans and tortilla chips. ... A typical Blue_plate Special special board, from the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, New Hampshire. ... This article is about the meat dish. ... This article is about the food. ... for the guitarist, see Dave Felton Gravy is a type of sauce, usually made from the juices that naturally run from meat or vegetables during cooking. ...


Greasy spoons are regionally called diners in the Northeast, cafes elsewhere. Diners were originally prefabricated, and some were made to look like railroad dining cars. Diners are generally characterized by a casual atmosphere, a counter, and late operating hours. Diners can mean: Diners Club International, a credit card company plural of diner, see Diner (disambiguation) Category: ... The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations in the United States, first enacted by Congress in 1975, exist to regulate and improve the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks (trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles) sold in the US. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) is the sales weighted... Prefabrication is the practice of manufacturing the parts of an assembly in one location, ready for them to be assembled in another place. ...

Main article: Cafe
Main article: Diner

The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations in the United States, first enacted by Congress in 1975, exist to regulate and improve the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks (trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles) sold in the US. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) is the sales weighted... A diner in Freehold Borough, New Jersey This article is about a type of restaurant. ...

Canada

Similar to their British and American counterparts the typical Canadian greasy spoon serves mainly fried or grilled food, such as fried eggs, bacon, burgers, hot dogs, hash browns, waffles, pancakes, omelettes, deep fried chicken and sausages. In Quebec, greasy spoons are known to serve regional specialties such as poutine, pizzaghetti, fêves au lard, and pâté chinois. The vast majority of a Canadian greasy spoon's business is during the morning hours. An egg is a body consisting of an ovum surrounded by layers of membranes and an outer casing of some type, which acts to nourish and protect a developing embryo. ... For other uses, see Bacon (disambiguation). ... This article is about the food item. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Hash browns or hashed browns is a simple potato preparation in which potato pieces are pan-fried after being diced, riced, or julienned. ... This article is about the food item. ... Two pancakes with maple syrup. ... An omelette Ham, cheese, and vegetable omelette served with fresh fruit. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the prepared meat. ... Poutine Poutine (pronunciation in IPA as heard in Quebec French — listen to it in . ... Pizza-ghetti is a combination meal commonly found in fast food or family restaurants throughout the province of Quebec. ... Baked beans and scrambled egg on toast. ... Pâté chinois (literally translated as Chinese pie, commonly called shepherds pie in English) is a French-Canadian dish made from layered minced meat on the bottom, corn (either kernel corn or creamed corn) and mashed potatoes on top. ...


Hong Kong

In Hong Kong a greasy spoon is called a cha chaan teng (literal translation: "tea restaurant"). The menu and setting are somewhat similar to British greasy spoons, probably due to Hong Kong being a former British colony. Normally the menu will include traditional Chinese dishes including fried or boiled noodles, or a plate of fried rice, while the "Western" menu includes French toast, spaghetti bolognese, full English breakfast (albeit Sinicised), a pork chop with spaghetti, grilled chicken club, etc. These choices are usually accompanied by a triangular piece of toast and a choice of coffee, tea, Horlicks and Ovaltine (for children), or a Hong Kong speciality called yuanyang (a mixture of milk, coffee and tea). Most cheese-based dishes are not served in Hong Kong greasy spoons, due to Chinese tastes. Cha chaan teng is a type of Chinese tea restaurant commonly found in Hong Kong, known for its eclectic and affordable menus which include many dishes from Hong Kong cuisine and localised Hong Kong-style Western cuisine. ... For information on the famous racehorse: Horlicks Horlicks is the name of a company and a malted milk hot drink claimed to promote sleep when drank at bedtime. ... Ovaltine is a brand of sweetened milk flavoring product made with sugar (except in Switzerland), malt extract, cocoa, and whey. ... Yuanyang (Traditional Chinese: ), or Yuenyeung, is a popular kind of beverage in Hong Kong, which is a mixture of Hong Kong-style milk tea and coffee. ... Cheese is a solid food made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep, and other mammals. ...


Usually greasy spoon cafés are known as "Cafes", while traditional Chinese breakfast eateries are called "fried noodle stands". These eateries typically open early and close after lunch hour, though some are open until late at night. The cost of a meal usually ranges from ten to twenty-five Hong Kong dollars.


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