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 With its mural of Bertha herself and tables of impatient children waiting for their parents in line, Bertha’s is community across the steam table. Stephanie Burt, Saveur, 8 May 2024 Two were under a toaster oven and three under a steam table. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 But while there are many returning standbys at this beloved Thai restaurant and market—including the steam table and even some longtime employees who are deeply familiar with the way things were prepared at the original location—there are plenty of changes too. Chelsea Brasted, Southern Living, 23 Aug. 2023 Its meat-and-vegetables steam table, with favorites like Greek-style baked chicken, reminded many fans of the fare at Niki’s West, one of Birmingham’s most popular restaurants on Finley Boulevard, but diners could get to it without leaving the UAB area. al, 7 Feb. 2023 Walking into Baja Sub, there’s a steam table to the front, a fridge wall with beer and soft drinks on one side and a smattering of tables on the other. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2022 The tavern's beef on weck whisperer works quietly behind the bar at the carving station, pulling the beef from a steam table of au jus, and then gently carving the meat for each sandwich against the grain. Fox News, 12 Oct. 2022 But there's a whole world to enjoy, from traditional steam table cafeterias to hipster barbecue spots and bakeries. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 27 July 2022 Second, the lamb shanks and chicken must be available for immediate consumption, ready to serve straight from a steam table. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steam table was in 1819

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“Steam table.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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