steam table


Definition of steam table

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

Examples of steam table in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jessica used a stainless-steel steam table pan (the kind used on buffets) as a drop-in beverage tub. Jody Garlock, Better Homes & Gardens, "Revamp a Basic Shelving Unit Into a Do-It-All Outdoor Bar," 10 Aug. 2020 Skyline has kept managers on staff, along with essential employees like steam table workers and everyone at the commissary. Polly Campbell,, "Skyline, Graeter's, LaRosa's: Will Cincinnati's iconic restaurants outlast coronavirus?," 27 Mar. 2020 Food servers with loose condoms on their heads stood behind a steam table draped with garlands of plastic fruit. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, "The Liver," 9 Mar. 2020 At the SoMa takeout-only location, the steam table will be filled with tofu-mushroom sisig, lumpia, pancit and kaldereta (Filipino-style pot roast). Janelle Bitker,, "Nick’s on Mission opens with vegan Filipino classics in SF’s SoMa district," 1 Nov. 2019 The sprawling steam table is packed with a dozen meats and more than 50 veggie options. John Archibald |, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019 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,, "Southern spirit at Soleil in Dudley Square," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of steam table

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Steam table.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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