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A room or building often located on a school campus which proports to offer comestibles to the masses. However, one most often finds that the fare available in cafeterias does not truly resemble any known food substances. In fact, upon further investigation most knowlegable people flee in horror and disgust from the so-called meals. Others, be they gluttons for punishment (both literal and figurative) or simply starved past the point of reason, choose to ignore the warnings that their senses of sight, smell, touch, and taste are screaming at them, and foolishly proceed to shovel the not-quite deadly toxins into their bodies. For these unlucky individuals a cafeteria can provide them with just enough energy to survive for a few more hours.
I strapped for cash today so I'll have to eat at the cafeteria.

The cafeteria will be serving leftovers today.
by a bibliophile July 14, 2006
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A term used by locals referring to the Taco Bell located on 18 East 14th Street in Greenwich Village/Union Square New York. It's called the cafeteria due to the nature of the people who frequent this location (junkies, transients, weirdos from Union Square park), and also because of it's size. You can also do pretty much anything here, sleep, lounge and even maybe eat the food.
Is there a fast food place close by?

yo, right down the way..there's a cafeteria.

A cafeteria?

Yeah they also call it Taco Bell.
by pogtastic October 26, 2011
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