Others say it originated at Delmonico’s Restaurant in NYC. Number 86 on their menu was a steak, the most popular item on the menu and one that often sold out. The term morphed into shorthand for being out of any item. Apparently, when a story/item was sent in error or should be discarded, the number 86 was used .
In the lingo of restaurants and bars, eighty-six is an old bit of coded slang that can mean that an item on the menu isn’t available—or, as is evidently the case here, that a customer should be removed from the premises.
Although this is nowhere near as common, the term 68 is sometimes used when a menu item is once again available. No need to explain this one, it’s just 86 in reverse an probably has no other origin than the obvious reversal of the numbers to mean the opposite.
86 doesn’t only mean that the kitchen is out of an ingredient, that why the item is not available. The term also means to “get rid of something.” So, if something has gone bad so that you can’t sell anymore and a kitchen staff is told to “86 it,” this would mean that to throw the food out.
All Day – Refers to the total number of a particular menu item. “4 steaks are ordered at table 20 and 3 are ordered at table 11. That means that 7 steaks were ordered all day .”
The phrase comes up twice in a popular German novel by Fritz Reuter, published in 1862, and both times it involved jokes. In one case, the person losing his nerve, or getting cold feet , is a shoemaker. So English-speakers may have translated the German idiom word for word.
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1 : to get rid of : discard, eliminate legislators voting to deep – six a government program. 2 slang : to throw overboard.
Point of Sale
DUPE . Short for “duplicate.” When tickets are printed in the kitchen, they are usually printed on two- or three-ply color-coded paper which signify courses. This allows the person running the pass to keep track of and discard layers as courses leave the kitchen, as in, “Gimme that dupe , I gotta cross off the apps.”
With all that in mind, a moderately busy fancy-ish restaurant with 80 seats can comfortably do 125-175 covers for dinner service, somewhat less for lunch because of shorter time period; anything in the 250-300 range makes you a local legend.
Heard / Heard That When the chef is calling out tickets, the cooking staff will indicate they got their orders by saying ” Heard !” or ” Heard that!”
As far as I am aware, Daniel Lindsäths’ answer not with standing, the use of the term started in early French royal kitchens because most plates were served with one of these: The amount of covers needed for the meal became synonymous with how many diners would be attending the function.
M.O.D. – Stands for Manager On Duty. Full hands in, full hands out – This is great for time management, it simply means when you’re entering or leaving the dining area, kitchen, service bar you should always have your hands full.
Serve from the left If the place where you work gives its guests empty plates and later fills them at the table , those plates should be given to the customer from the left side.