a restaurant in which patrons wait on themselves, carrying their food to tables from counters where it is displayed and served.
a lunchroom or dining hall, as in a factory, office, or school, where food is served from counters or dispensed from vending machines or where food brought from home may be eaten.
Contemporary Examples

The One Photo a Prisoner Wants to See Isabel Wilkinson May 5, 2013
Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Valentine’s Day and Oral Hygiene P. J. O’Rourke February 13, 2014
The Right’s Case of Affluenza Jamelle Bouie December 18, 2013
Richie Incognito and the NFL’s Nasty Warrior Culture Robert Silverman February 14, 2014
White Folks Can Talk About Race Roland S. Martin April 15, 2014

Historical Examples

Day of the Moron Henry Beam Piper
Joan of Arc of the North Woods Holman Day
Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
Vignettes Of San Francisco Almira Bailey
Jerry’s Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson

a self-service restaurant


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