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    In Australian Eng, can the word 'eateries' be used as a synonym for 'restaurants'?

    In Australian English, can the word 'eateries' be used as a synonym for 'restaurants'? Can it be used commonly?

    For example,

    "hey, what are some good eateries in Sydney?"
    "hey, what are some good restaurants in Sydney?"

    Do the above two lines mean exactly the same thing?

    Also, the word 'restaurant' is basically used for places we know as restaurants but the word 'eatery' can be used for a restaurant, bar, cafe, coffee shop etc. as well?

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    Re: In Australian Eng, can the word 'eateries' be used as a synonym for 'restaurants'

    Yes, an eatery is a restaurant, or a cafe - a place where you go to eat. Bars and coffee shops are less likely to be termed eateries. The emphasis is on food.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Oct-2015 at 14:38. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: In Australian Eng, can the word 'eateries' be used as a synonym for 'restaurants'

    I am glad you answered. I was reluctant to speak for Australians. Eateries works in AmE.

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    Re: In Australian Eng, can the word 'eateries' be used as a synonym for 'restaurants'

    It works in informal BrE as well.

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