"fill up on" = become full

"Hey, don't fill up on potato chips before lunch. You still need to eat your vegetables."

"whip up" = quickly prepare

"Could you whip up a simple salad for the barbecue?"

Joe's Hamburger Restaurant

1. Pre-Listening Exercises

Want to Tell People About This Listening Activity?

What kinds of items would you expect to find at a fast food restaurant? Also, name three possible problems that could occur at such a restaurant in terms of service and food preparation.

HELPFUL TIP : Fast food menus now provide a wider selection of healthy choices including salads. Consumers are becoming more health conscious, and restaurants are trying to meet this demand.


2. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation by pressing the audio button and answer the questions.
1. Why does the customer not buy the recommended sandwich at the beginning of the conversation?
A. It is too expensive.
B. He is not interested in ordering a burger.
C. He fears the food will make him sick.

2. What does the combo meal NOT come with?
A. an order of fries
B. a dessert
C. a sandwich

3. How does the specialty drink get its name?
A. It contains a wide range of ingredients.
B. It is prepared in the kitchen sink.
C. It comes in a very large cup.

4. Why was the man surprised by the price of his meal?
A. He thought the drink should have been included.
B. He felt the meal was way overpriced.
C. He was charged for two sandwiches instead of one.

5. What does the customer decide to do at the end of the conversation?
A. He orders something from the restaurant menu.
B. He decides to look for another place to eat.
C. He plans to come in a week when the prices are lower.


1. He fears the food will make him sick.
2. a dessert
3. It contains a wide range of ingredients.
4. He felt the meal was way overpriced.
5. He orders something from the restaurant menu.


Server: Hi. Welcome to Joe's Hamburger Restaurant. [Hi] Home of the one-pound super deluxe hot and spicy cheeseburger. Will this be for here or to go?

Customer: Uh, to go.

Server: Okay. What would you like today? Would you like to try the one-pound super hot and spicy cheeseburger?

Customer: Uh. I don't think so. I'd probably have heartburn for a week after downing that monster.

Server: Well. It's our house special this week, and it comes with fries, and a large specialty drink called "Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink."

Customer: A what? "Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink"? What in the world is that?

Server: Well, it's a little mix of everything in a large cup: Pepsi, Sprite, Fanta Orange, and lemonade with crushed ice and a scoop of ice cream.

Customer: Ah, that sounds disgusting.

Server: Hey, it'll grow on you.

Customer: Nay, I think I'll just order a hamburger with some mustard and lettuce and a glass of water.

Server: Boring. Hey. Would you care for anything else like a side order of amazing cheesy onion rings?

Customer: No thank you. Onion rings usually don't agree with me.

Server: Hmm. Okay. Your total comes to ten ninety ($10.90).

Customer: Ten ninety? For just a hamburger?! You've got to be kidding

Server: Well, the one-pound super deluxe hamburger is nine dollars.

Customer: Hey, I didn't order a one-pound burger. I just wanted a simple burger. That's all.

Server: Well, sir. Joe's Hamburger Restaurant only serves one-pound burgers. [Man!] The one-pound super hot and spicy, the one-pound barbecue burger, the one-pound bacon cheese burger, the one-pound . . .

Customer: No, no. Those are all huge.

Server: Well, sir. If you really want something smaller [Yeah], you should order from the kids' menu: The half-pound super hot and spicy burger, the half-pound barbecue burger, the half-pound bacon cheese burger, the half-pound . . .

Customer: No. Those are still giant burgers.

Server: Well, in these parts, we are hearty eaters.

Customer: Okay, but you said my total was ten ninety, but the burger only comes to ten bucks. What about the other ninety cents?

Server: Well, sir. We only serve natural spring water from yonder hills, and . . .

Customer: Okay, okay. I'll take the giant burger and a bottle of your spring water. The sandwich should feed me for a week.

3. Post-Listening Exercises

Discuss your favorite fast food restaurant and why you choose to eat there. Include details about price, food selection, quality, customer service, atmosphere, and convenience. Compare two fast two restaurants in your city using the points above.

4. Online Investigations

Although there are many fast food restaurants, their menus are not the same. In fact, the nutritional value of their items can be quite different. Use the Internet to compare the ingredients of hamburgers from two or more restaurants including (1) the serving size, (2) number of calories, and (3) total amount of fat, sodium, and carbohydrates. Finally, make a recommendation on which hamburger provides the best money and nutritional value.

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