April 2, 2021

Speak English Around Town

“LESSON 8 - Ordering Lunch to Go”

Joe goes to Angelo's Sandwich Shop to get a sandwich. After speaking with Jim, the clerk, he decides on the meal deal.

Tim: Welcome to Angelo's. What can I get for you?

Joe: A chicken salad sandwich.

Tim: For here or to go?

Joe: To go.

Tim: Would you like that on white, wheat, or pumpernickel?

Joe: What's pumpernickel?

Tim: It's a dark brown bread, similar to rye bread.

Joe: Let me try that.

Tim: And would you like that with mustard, mayonnaise, or oil?

Joe: Mustard. But please go light on it.

Tim: Would you like to make that a meal deal? Our special this month is a sandwich, an order of French fries, and a large soda for $6.99.

Joe: I'm going to pass on that. But I'd like a side order of fries.

Tim: Your total comes to $6.99.

Joe: On second thought, I will take you up on that meal deal.

Tim: Sure, then you'll get a soda at no extra charge. That'll be $6.99.

Joe: Sorry, but I've only got a $100 bill.

Tim: No worries. We can break it.


1.     at no extra charge  free with a purchase; for no added fee

Example: Bob and Susan will only stay at hotels that let them bring along their dog at no extra charge.

2.     (to) break  to make small change

Example: Can you break a $50 bill? I don't have anything smaller.

3.     For here or to go?  Do you want to eat in the restaurant or take the food with you?

Example: "For here or to go?" - "For here, please."

4.     (to) go light on  to put on just a small amount

Example: Please go light on the mayonnaise.

5.     meal deal  a promotion in which several food items are sold together at a good price

Example: If you' re hungry, I recommend the meal deal. You get a sandwich, soup, and drink for just $8.99.

6.     no worries  don't worry about it; that's fine

Example: "There's a 45-minute wait to get a table." - "No worries. We'll just order our food to go."

7.     on second thought  I changed my mind

Example: I'm not going to order dessert. On second thought, the chocolate lava cake sounds delicious. I'm going to order that.

8.     (to) pass on  to say no to; to reject

Example: I'm going to pass on dessert. I'm stuffed.

9.     side order  a smaller dish served with the main course

Example: I'd like a side order of onion rings with my hamburger.

10.(to) take you up on  to accept your offer

Example: "You're inviting me to lunch today? I'll take you up on that.

11.What can I get for you?  What would you like to order?

Example: "What can I get for you?" -"I'd like the meal deal."

12.your total comes to  the bill is; the amount you owe is

Example: "Your total comes to $12.89."

Practice the Expressions

Fill in the blanks using the following expressions:

your total comes to, at no extra charge, go light on it, side order, what can I get for you, for here or to go, pass on, on second thought, no worries,meal deal.

Cashier: Welcome to Dan's Sandwich Shop. (1) _______?

Sandra: What does the (2) _______ come with?

Cashier: A sandwich, your choice of soup or salad, a drink, and a cookie.

Sandra: I'm going to (3) _______ that. It sounds like too much food. I'll take a turkey sandwich with a (4) _______ of French fries.

Cashier: Mustard or mayonnaise on the sandwich?

Sandra: Mustard, but (5) _______.

Cashier: Is this (6) _______?

Sandra: To go. (7) _______, I'll have a salad instead of the sandwich.

Cashier: (8) _______. I'll just go ahead and change that. I'm going to include a cookie (9)_____ . (10)_____ $8.50.

Answer Key

Practice The Expressions

1.      What can I get for you

2.      meal deal

3.      pass on

4.      side order

5.      go light on it

6.      for here or to go

7.      On second thought

8.      No worries

9.      at no extra charge

10.  Your total comes to