Lesson 14: Favorite Restaurant

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: favorite restaurant. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about eating at her favorite restaurant.

Dorothy:
Kevin, do you want to go to my favorite restaurant? It’s called John’s Pub.
Kevin:
Sure! What type of cuisine do they serve?
Dorothy:
They serve typical Irish food like corned beef, bangers and mash and beef stew. They also have a delicious dessert called Irish Apple Cake.
Kevin:
I’m hungry now! Do they have appetizers?
Dorothy:
I don’t know. I don’t like to get appetizers. I like to pick from the main course list.
Kevin:
What about the service?
Dorothy:
They have one waiter and one waitress I really like.
Kevin:
That’s awesome! It’s hard to find restaurants with good service.
Dorothy:
Let’s go! I will foot the bill.
Kevin:
That’s very nice of you! If we have any leftover food, we can ask for a doggie bag.

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

pub (n) a type of restaurant typical in the UK or Ireland where alcoholic drinks and food are served
My favorite type of restaurant is a pub.
cuisine (n) a style of cooking, especially from a country or region
My favorite type of cuisine is Thai.
dessert (n) usually a sweet food eaten after the main part of a meal
Her favorite dessert is chocolate ice cream.
appetizers (n – plural) a small dish of food served before the main part of a meal
Appetizers are a great way to start a meal.
main course (n) the main part of a meal
For the main course, we will eat chicken with rice.
service (n) work performed by someone for someone or something else
The waitress provided good service for us.
waiter (n) a man who serves food and drinks to people in restaurants
The waiter is serving the main course now.
waitress (n) a woman who serves food and drinks to people in restaurants
The waitress is bringing our dessert now.
foot the bill (idiom) to pay the bill for someone, usually at a restaurant
I will foot the bill for dinner.
doggie bag (n) a bag given to a restaurant customer for leftover food, supposedly for the dog
Ask the waiter for a doggie bag for our leftover food.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutor. You can use the sample answers to help come up with your own answer.

  1. Waiter: “Are you ready to order?”
    1. Yes! For an appetizer I will have the chicken wings and for the main course I will have the T-bone steak with french fries.
    2. I’m going to only have an appetizer.
    3. Your answer:
  2. Waitress: “How is everything?”
    1. So far the meal is delicious, especially the appetizers.
    2. The appetizers were ok, but the steak is delicious.
    3. Your answer:
  3. Waiter: “Did you save room for dessert?”
    1. Of course I saved room for dessert! I want the chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.
    2. I will pass on dessert. I’m too full from the appetizers and main course.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Waitress: “Can I get you anything else?”
    1. No, just bring us the check, please.
    2. I will take a doggie bag and the check, please.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Waiter: “Do you need some more time to order?”
    1. We need a little more time to decide.
    2. I’m ready to order now.
    3. Your answer:

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Tell me about your favorite restaurant.
  2. What is your favorite cuisine? Why?
  3. Did you ever foot the bill? If yes, why? If no, would you?
  4. Do you take leftover food from a restaurant home? Why or why not?
  5. Have you ever had bad service in a restaurant? If so, tell me about it.

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

 

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