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1. Food shopping

2. Ordering drinks in a café in Spain

3. Ordering in a Spanish restaurant

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A Restaurant setting

#___ tenedores ___ stars ("forks") [restaurant ratings]
Hacer una reserva para, reservar make a reservation, to reserve
el mesón, la cafetería, un café typical of a cuisine, north american style, coffee house
la marisquería, un bar, la taberna seafood bar, bar, tavern (less nice)
la tasca, el merendero bar in Madrid, country inn
ir de tascas, de chatos, de picos pardos, de marcha barhopping, wine drinking, go partying
el menú, la carta, a la carta fixed price menu, menu, from the menu
el plato del día, la especialidad de la casa special (daily, of the day), specialty of the house
el plato combinado combo dish (eg. Seafood Sampler)
la cuenta, la propina, la vuelta bill/check, tip, change
"Buen provecho", "Qué aproveche" Bon appetit
"¿si gustas?" Want some?
"estoy satisfecho (a)", "¡Me muero de hambre!" I'm full.  I'm starving!
┬┐En que puedo servirle? How may I help you?
Quisiera... I would like (to order)...
Me falta...[un tenedor]. ┬┐Quiere traerme otro? I'm missing...[a fork]. Will you bring me another?
Sabe a...[pollo] It tastes like...[chicken]
Repetir to have seconds ("repeat")