steam table

noun

Definition of steam table

: a table having openings to hold containers of cooked food over steam or hot water circulating beneath them

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At the Iranian Club, steam tables overflow with kebabs, rice with barberries and pistachios, bread and stew. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "The once flourishing Iranian community in Dubai faces pressure amid Gulf tensions," 13 Aug. 2019 Meet her at the steam table, the physical and spiritual center of her tiny Thai Town restaurant, to best decide the direction of your meal. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "The L.A. food scene is amazing. These 7 restaurants remind us why," 1 Aug. 2019 Lunch brings sandwiches and salads, but most people gravitate toward the steam table, stocked with fried and barbecue chicken, vegetable sides, and a huge tray of mac and cheese. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Southern spirit at Soleil in Dudley Square," 28 June 2018 Prices are a far cry from those $1.99 deals of years past featuring steam tables heaped with fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Las Vegas buffets are legendary — and now, reinvented. Here are four offering fresh takes," 19 June 2018 The steam table line was kept clean and well-stocked, and the congenial staff patrolled the room to refill drinks and whisk away dirty dishes. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Simi’s India Cuisine makes all-you-can-eat look good," 22 Feb. 2018 Meet her at the steam table, the physical and spiritual center of her tiny Thai Town restaurant, to best decide the direction of your meal. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "The L.A. food scene is amazing. These 7 restaurants remind us why," 1 Aug. 2019 Lunch brings sandwiches and salads, but most people gravitate toward the steam table, stocked with fried and barbecue chicken, vegetable sides, and a huge tray of mac and cheese. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Southern spirit at Soleil in Dudley Square," 28 June 2018 Prices are a far cry from those $1.99 deals of years past featuring steam tables heaped with fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Las Vegas buffets are legendary — and now, reinvented. Here are four offering fresh takes," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of steam table

1849, in the meaning defined above

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