Slang A small, inexpensive, often unsanitary restaurant.(noun)
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Use "greasy spoon" in a sentence
"Something grabbier was needed, which is why a couple of noontimes later he was occupying a counter stool at Bella's, the greasy spoon nearest to Gus Benjamin's business, Planet Glass, located in the auto-repair district in the far West Fifties."
"A remembrance of a shuttered greasy spoon on Cermak Road."
"Not feeling strongly about it one way or the other, Megan acquiesced, and the friends drove to Hanksville for gas and a hamburger and milk shake at a greasy spoon called Stan’s."