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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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 Observed one live fly land on cutting board by steam table and one land on food storage container on prep table at cookline. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Poop in the oven, live rodents, dead rodents — and 12 restaurants are shut down | Miami Herald," 26 Feb. 2018 The steam tables are set up behind the counter, and the seating is at high-top tables and booths. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: Where to eat near the Flower Show," 28 Feb. 2018 One fresh rodent dropping on top of slicer by steam table. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Poop in the oven, live rodents, dead rodents — and 12 restaurants are shut down | Miami Herald," 26 Feb. 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 On the steam table, hilsa is served alongside tilapia and rui, a member of the carp family, clean and delicate. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Tastes That Are Distinctly Bangladeshi in Queens," 26 Oct. 2017 The creamy shades of orange and red and green and yellow make for one of the prettiest steam tables anywhere. Bon Appetit, "King Place," 26 Oct. 2017

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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