Dude Food

25 de January de 2017


A new word came into the English vocabulary in 2016: “dude food”. Dude food means “food for the boys”. It’s the kind of food you associate with what a group of friends (usually male) who meet up to watch a football match on TV would choose. Examples could be

hamburgers with lots of ketchup and heaps of onions or pizza with extra toppings of cheese, all washed down with a few beers.

When you think about it, though, dude food that both men and women alike have enjoyed has been with us for a long time. The quintessential dude food in the UK must surely be fish and chips, just as mussels and chips are in Belgium.  The British tradition of fish and chips is said to be a combination of two culinary traditions; fried potatoes came from French cuisine and fried fish was a Yiddish (Jewish) tradition. The Jewish community settled in the east end of London in the late 1800s and it is said that the first shop to sell the dish was run by a Jewish family. By the early 1900s the combination of fish and potatoes cooked in this way was a very popular dish.


If you go to the local chippie (fish and chip restaurant) and take away your meal, you’ll find they’ll often wrap it in paper for you (they used to use newspaper). Before you leave the chippie don’t forget to add salt and the traditional drops of vinegar to your chips to give them that extra flavour.

I wonder, what you would consider to be typical Spanish, French or German dude food?

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Pere Cantos14 de February de 2017 at 18:27

It’s difficult to think in “dude foods” typicals of Germany or France, I consider that it can be crepes in the first case, and frankfurts at the second.

But in the Spanish case, I’m sure that we buy beers before any food, but if I have to say a food I choose pizza as easy resource.

Ignacio22 de February de 2017 at 22:56

Hi Patricia,

First of all, congratulations for your post. I like it very much.

I think the dude food in Spain (and now in most of the countries of the world) is pizza and coke. But maybe, if you look forty years ago, my parents generation´s dude food was paella and wine or cocido and wine.

I hope you understand my basic english, I´m here to improve it.


    Patricia Benson23 de February de 2017 at 09:47

    Your English is not basic at all!
    I wonder, would everyone agree that paella was the dude food of the previous generation?

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