I have an issues understanding the definition of warm dishes, specifically:

  1. Are soups included into warm dishes?
  2. If yes how do we call dishes that are not fluid?

For example:

A: What kind of food can I eat in your restaraunt?
B: We server salads & soups.
A: Can I get a warm dish?
B: No, sorry, we don't have any.

Does this sound idiomatic? Or there is a better world to denote the type of meal that is warm, but not soup or anything fluid?

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    Soups like meat, pasta, rice are all dishes, but asking for a "cooked meal" will probably be your best bet. – Mari-Lou A Feb 9 '18 at 19:17
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    In Minnesota a "warm dish" would be a "hot dish" that has almost gotten cold. – Hot Licks Feb 9 '18 at 19:40
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    As HotLicks notes, dishes or meals are generally hot or cold in English; a warm drink sounds unappetizing and a warm meal sounds vaguely unsafe. – choster Feb 9 '18 at 22:09
  • So, if I said "hot dish", would it include "soups"? Because I am looking for a word that will not include "soups". @choster – Eduard Feb 10 '18 at 8:54

One idiomatic phrase is hot meals.

Some food, served on a plate for someone to eat, could be called a "dish". And indeed you might see "dish" used that way in restaurants (e.g. Dish Of The Day). But the word "meal" is more idiomatic.

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Depending on what they were actually asking for, they may have been talking about food.

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  • It is evident from the question that they are talking about food. – Lawrence Feb 10 '18 at 12:10

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