fast-ca·​su·​al | \ ˈfast-ˈkazh-wəl How to pronounce fast-casual (audio) , -ˈka-zhə-wəl, -ˈka-zhəl \
variants: or less commonly fast casual

Definition of fast-casual

: of, relating to, or being a restaurant that combines elements of fast-food service (such as counter ordering) with other elements (such as made-to-order food) that are typical of a full-service restaurant The fast-casual restaurants typically offer fresh, hand-prepared burgers and fries in an atmosphere that might feature plush chairs and a fireplace but no kiddie playland.— Karen Robinson-Jacobs Not content to merely upgrade their menus, some chains are looking at overhauling their entire concept to match the fast-casual approach, whereby meals typically are prepared to order and there is limited table service.— Julie Tamaki

Other Words from fast-casual

fast-casual or fast casual noun, plural fast-casuals or fast casuals
fast-casuals became the darling of the last decade, driven in part by the effects of the Great Recession, skyrocketing rents and rising food costs. — Tim Carman

First Known Use of fast-casual

1995, in the meaning defined above

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“Fast-casual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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