lunch counter

noun
1.
a counter, as in a store or restaurant, where light meals and snacks are served or are sold to be taken out.
2.
a luncheonette.

Origin:
1865–70

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The lunch counter serves up such fare as hamburgers, po-boys and steak hoagies.
As the lunch hour approaches, the stools lining the well-worn linoleum lunch
  counter fill with regulars.
Patrons spend time between outdoor excursions with snacks at the first-floor
  lunch counter and trips to the hotel gift shop.
They sat down at the whites-only lunch counter and refused to get up.
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