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Restaurant - Part 2 - Ordering

Restaurant - Part 2 - Ordering


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Restaurant 2: Ordering

Hello! In this lesson, we will practice ordering a meal in a restaurant.
In another lesson, we learned English and customs associated with arrival and being seated at a restaurant.

In this scenario, David and Jennifer are at a restaurant. David and Jennifer have had a chance to look at the menus. A server has just come to their table.

Server: Hello, my name is Pat. I'll be your server. Would you like to order something to drink to get you started?

Jennifer: Yes, I'd like a diet soda.

David: I'll have a glass of milk, please.

Server: Are you ready to order?

Jennifer: I'd like the chef's salad, please.

Server: What kind of dressing do you want on that?

Jennifer: What are my choices?

Server: We have a house dressing, Italian, creamy Italian, vinegar and oil, Ranch, French, Thousand Island, Russian, and French.

Jennifer: I'd like Ranch, please.

Server: And for you, sir?

David: I'll take the sirloin and a baked potato.

Server : How do you want that cooked?

David: Medium rare.

Server: Butter and sour cream on the potato?

David : Yes, please

Server: And for your sides?

David: I'll have the side salad with creamy Italian and the green beans

Server: Is that all?

David: That's it.

Jennifer: Yes, thanks.

Server: All right, I'll be right back with your drinks.

The server introduces himself and states his position. He might have said "I'll be your waiter." or "I'll be taking care of you." or "I'll be taking your order.". It is common for servers in restaurants to wear name badges.

If you need to get your server's attention, it is considered normal to call out the server's name when you see him or her. For example, if David and Jennifer want to get this server's attention, they might call out politely as he passes by their table "Excuse me, Pat?". They also might make eye contact with the server to get his or her attention or say "Excuse me?".

It is considered rude to snap fingers to get the attention of a server. In this scenario, the server says "Would you like to order something to drink to get you started?". He might have said "Would you like to start off with something to drink?" or "How about something to drink?" or "What can I get you to drink?" or "What would you like to drink?".

Many family restaurants do not offer alcoholic beverages. Check the menu to see what is available.

There is no set rule governing who should be the first to order – the man or the woman. If Jennifer and David were on a date and David were paying, Jennifer might feel more comfortable if David ordered first, so that she would have an idea of the amount of money he would be able to spend on her meal. In general, women have the opportunity to go first.

Jennifer says, "Yes, I'd like a diet soda.". She could also have said "I'll have a diet pop.". In various regions of the U.S., people the words "soda" or "pop" to mean the same thing. In some southern areas, the word "coke" refers to the same drink. Most areas are familiar with the term "soda", so try it first. She might also have said "I'd like an iced tea." or "I would like a cup of coffee.".

David says "I'll have a glass of milk, please." He might also have said "I'll have a glass of orange juice." or "I'd like some hot tea.". In most restaurants in the U.S, a teabag is brought to the table with either a cup of hot water or a cup with a small carafe of hot water. The tea bag package is opened and the tea bag is placed into the cup or into the carafe with the attached string hanging over the edge of the container. The tea bag steeps for 2-5 minutes in the hot water, and the teabag is placed either on a small dish or left in the carafe. Regular loose tea is not especially common, although it is available in stores and specialty coffee and tea shops.

The server asks "Are you ready to order?". He could also have asked "Have you decided?" or "Do you know what you want?" Sometimes servers ask "Do you need a little more time?" or "Do you need more time or have you decided?".

Jennifer orders the "chef's salad". A chef's salad is a lettuce salad with cheese, egg slices, ham or chicken, and possibly bacon bits. She says "I'd like the chef's salad, please.". She could also have said "I'll have the chef's salad.".

The server asks "What kind of dressing do you want on that?". He is referring to "salad dressing.". Salad dressing is a sauce that is poured over a lettuce salad. It is made in several different flavors.
Jennifer asks "What are my choices?" She could also have asked, "What kind do you have?"

The server lists the dressings. Italian dressing contains vinegar, oil, garlic, basil, and oregano. Creamy Italian is Italian mixed in a cream base. Vinegar and oil contains vinegar and oil. Ranch is made of sour cream and mayonnaise, dill weed and garlic. Thousand Island is made of mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, onion, and egg pieces. Russian dressing is a tomato-based salad dressing with horseradish and chives. French dressing is a vinegar and tomato sauce with spices and sweetener.

Jennifer orders the Ranch dressing. She says "I'll have the Ranch, please.". She could simply say "Ranch." or "Ranch, please.".

The server turns to David and asks "And for you, sir?". David says "I'll take the sirloin and a baked potato.". The sirloin is a cut of beef steak. The potato will arrive baked in the skin with a cut in the center.

The server asks "How do you want that cooked?". He is referring to the doneness of the steak. He might have asked "How do you want the steak?". David replies "Medium rare", which is pink meat with a cool center. The other possibilities are "rare", which is red in the center," medium" ,which is pink with a warm center, "medium well", which is not pink, and "well-done:" which is cooked through and through.

The server asks "Butter and sour cream on the potato?". David says "yes". David's potato will arrive with butter and sour cream piled onto the open center of the baked potato. David could say "No sour cream please," or "Butter and sour cream on the side please" or "Butter on the side please.". If he asks for those condiments "on the side", they will arrive in small dishes for him to apply to the potato himself.

The server asks "And for your sides?". He might have asked "What would you like for your side dishes?". "Sides" are side dishes. There is usually a list of side dishes available on the menu. Most entrees allow one or two sides; this is also stated on the menu. David orders the "side salad" which is a small lettuce salad, and "green beans".

The server asks "Is that all?". He might have asked "Does that complete your order?" or "Is that it?" or "Anything else?". David agrees that he is finished ordering. He could have said "That's all." or "That's it.". Jennifer adds that she is finished ordering. She should have said "That's all for me.". She might have said "Can I have the Italian dressing? I changed my mind.".

The server says he will be back with their drinks and Jennifer and David chat while they wait for their food.

Great! You are now ready to order a meal in a restaurant. "Enjoy your meal!"