Classic Diner Talk We Dare You to Use

You too can speak waiter, using funny lingo for short-order dishes. We rounded up the ones that made us laugh the most.

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    If you're ordering at breakfast:

    Adam and Eve on a raft = Poached eggs on toast

    Burn the British = English muffin toasted

    Sinkers and suds = Doughnuts and coffee

    Try asking for these at lunch:

    First lady = Spare ribs (think: Adam and Eve)

    Burn one, clean up the kitchen = Hamburger

    Two cows, make 'em cry = Two burgers with onions

    Radio = Tuna ("Tuner," get it?)

    On the side?

    Sand = Sugar

    Twins = Salt and pepper

    Sea dust = Salt

    Keep off the grass = Hold the lettuce

    Paint it red = With ketchup

    Warts = Olives

    Have it your way:

    In the alley = Served on the side

    High and dry = Served plain

    On wheels = To go

    Need a drink?

    Blonde and sweet = Coffee with milk and sugar

    Squeeze one = Orange juice

    Oooh, dessert:

    Houseboat = Banana split

    Fish eyes = Tapioca pudding


    Nervous pudding = Jell-o

    Eve with a lid on = Apple pie (more Garden of Eden references!)

    Put a hat on it = Add ice cream

    Let me get an Eve with a lid on, and put a hat on it = Apple pie à la mode

    Last tips:

    Bubble dancer = Dishwasher

    Soup jockey = Waiter

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