Being a short order cook in a diner is an unenviable profession. A short order cook has to work fast even as he fields a never ending stream of orders. Any opportunity for levity is welcome, anything to lessen the pressure of putting out the food quickly without making any mistakes that might result in the order sent back. As a result, cooks and servers have developed their own lingo , one that makes the orders easy to remember and sometimes injects an element of fun.
Some of these terms are easy to figure out. For instance , The Twins obviously stands for Salt and Pepper. Another term for the same is Mike and Ike. Other terms are more obscure. What do you think Gentleman will take a Chance stands for? The answer is at the end of this post.
Here are some other terms you might hear being tossed about if you were to go into the kitchen of a diner:
Adam and Eve on a Raft … Two poached eggs on toast.
.. And a Slice of Noah’s Boy.. . with a slice of Ham. ( Noah’s son was Ham).
Shipwreck … Scrambled eggs.
Burn One … Put a burger on the griddle.
Take it through the Garden and put a Rose on it … Add lettuce , tomato and Onion.
Coney Island Chicken … Hot Dog.
Bun Pup … Hot Dog.
First Lady … Barbecued Ribs. ( Eve was fashioned from Adam’s Rib ).
If you haven’t figured it out , and I’d be very surprised if you did, Gentleman will Take a Chance means Corned Beef Hash.
I’ll let you work out the reason why.