a greasy spoon

a greasy spoon

  (informal)
a small, cheap restaurant which mainly serves fried food of a low quality There's a greasy spoon on the corner of his street where he usually has breakfast.
See also: greasy, spoon
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It was a popular place, even though it was a bit of a greasy spoon.
Ellis said: "The cafe started out as a greasy spoon in a chicken shed.
LAND CAFE OR MOSELEY STREET CAFE Ryland Cafe in Sutton is a greasy spoon of the highest order.
BEST GREASY SPOON - RYLAND CAFE OR MOSELEY STREET CAFE Ryland Cafe in Sutton is a greasy spoon of the highest order.
Whether it's a greasy spoon, fish and chip shop, or top class restaurant, the Food Standards Agency's food hygiene rating system has allowed customers the first proper way of knowing whether the food they're buying has been made in an environment that wouldn't put you off your curry, kebab or baguette.
The new sketch will see the retired footballer go to Peckham to join the duo in a greasy spoon cafe.
Oki Dokies, on the other hand, probably doesn't want to be seen as a greasy spoon.
To the locals of Weatherfield, Roy's Rolls is a greasy spoon, but to the formidable Sylvia's gentleman friend Milton, it's "a retro diner".
And a back-street Indian takeaway and a greasy spoon cafe were considered on a par, despite being far cheaper and much less glamorous.
Whether you own a greasy spoon or an upscale dining establishment, it can't hurt.
The bride and groom, who run a greasy spoon in Weatherfield, splashed out on a top-end choir for their nuptials.
FALKIRK new boy Jack Compton had to work in a greasy spoon and gardens to make ends meet before sealing his move to the SPL.
Surely, motorists know exactly what a greasy spoon cafe sells.
Heidi's Family Restaurant is a bit of a greasy spoon, but its kitsch value and hearty menu, including pancakes, fruit crepes, Belgian waffles, and the ever-changing "kitchen sink omelet," make it a must.
RANGERS-MAD Lotto lout Michael Carroll has found love with a waitress at a greasy spoon cafe.