Thursday Thirteen ~ Eating establishments and their definitions

  1. BISTRO ~ A bistro, sometimes spelled bistrot, is a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting. The concept developed in Paris, France. Bistros are defined mostly by the foods they serve. Slow-cooked foods like braised meats are typicaland usually serves wine.
  2. CAFE~ A café is a restaurant that does not offer table service. Customers order their food from a counter and serve themselves. A café menu traditionally offers things such as coffee, espresso, pastries and sandwiches. Cafes originated in Europe and are strongly associated with France. They are known for their casual, unhurried atmosphere. Outdoor seating is another trademark of a café. Panera Bread is an example of a popular bakery-café chain. The term bistro is sometimes interchanged with café. A bistro is actually a café that offers full meals (albeit, cheaper than a full fledged sit down restaurant).
  3. RESTAURANT ~ business establishment serving food and drink
  4. FINE DINING ~ Just as the name implies, fine dining is used to describe a much more upscale restaurant, one that offers diners an elegant atmosphere with high quality service. The chefs in fine dining restaurants are usually professionally trained, and the food is fairly expensive, but worth it.
  5. TAVERN ~ A tavern is, loosely, a place of business where people gather to drink alcoholic beverages and, more than likely, also be served food.
  6. PUB ~ Short for Public House, pubs date back hundred of years to Europe, especially Great Britain. Pubs have a timeless appeal, for their laid back atmosphere. Brewpubs offer beer made in house, as well as a wide selection of other beers and ales. Pubs can offer full menus, as well as appetizers. Many casual style restaurants have a separate pub side to their establishment.
  7. GRILL ~ a restaurant where food is cooked on a grill
  8. CHOP HOUSE ~ a restaurant that specializes in steaks
  9. COFFEE HOUSE ~ is an establishment which primarily serves prepared coffee or other hot beverages
  10. BUFFET ~ a meal set out on a buffet (piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room) and drawers at which guests help themselves
  11. DINER ~ A small and inexpensive type of restaurant
  12. CAFETERIA ~ a restaurant where you serve yourself and pay a cashier
  13. BRASSERIE ~ a small restaurant serving beer and wine as well as food; usually cheap or a café doubling as a restaurant with a relaxed setting, which serves single dishes and other meals.

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Happily Retired Gal

Fun idea for this week’s list! I’ve not played for a while, so I participated twice today … once at Small Reflections and the other at Happily Retired Gal. I’m hoping to catch up with blog visits over the weekend now that my sister’s on the road again.
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Great list, I’ve always thought of them all as synonymous with “restaurant”, so to learn the difference between them is really neat!


What a neat list.
Bistros have always bothered me; I have never been in a place that called itself a bistro that was actually a bistro.


Hmm…I never knew the difference! Thanks for sharing!

I’m feeling a little bit hungry now though, with all this talk of places that serve food… =)