Greasy-spoon



noun, Slang.
1.
a cheap and rather unsanitary restaurant.
noun
1.
(slang) a small, cheap, and often unsanitary restaurant, usually specializing in fried foods

noun phrase

A small, cheap restaurant, lunchroom, or diner: The Marx brothers ate in coffee pots and greasy spoons/ your above-average greasy spoon in Boston’s Back Bay (1925+)
A cheap restaurant, especially one serving short-order fried foods. For example, College students short of cash tend to eat a lot in that greasy spoon. This expression also implies that the restaurant is not very clean. [ c. 1900 ]

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