Food Adjectives | Interesting Words to Describe Food

Learn interesting words to describe food. For a while, it seemed like nearly everything was “Nice”. Remember?

You would tell someone you went to the store. Their answer? “Nice”.

You just got a new hat. What did you hear? “Nice”.

It got to the point where, just for kicks, you considered saying something like, “I burned down the courthouse and crippled the global economy”. Just to see whether the response would be, “Nice”.

In much the same way, doesn’t it sometimes feel like “Very good” or “Delicious” are overused words like “Nice” used to be? What if there were all kinds of food adjectives? Well, guess what. There are!

Food Adjectives

These phrases wouldn’t normally be used in the here-and-now. For instance, if you’re eating in a restaurant and a waiter asks how is your food, you wouldn’t answer with these words. But after you get home, if someone asks how your meal at the restaurant was, you might say—

  • Appetizing
  • Fit for a king
  • Delectable
  • Mouth watering

These words are what you might answer when the waiter asks how your food is:

  • Scrumptious
  • Delightful
  • Yummy
  • Wonderful
  • Very good
  • Delicious

Describing the meal, you might say it was:

Flavorful—But flavorful can go either way. It can mean full of flavor, but not really very good tasting.

Describing food in more detail, you can use any of these:

  • Hot
  • Spicy—Not necessarily hot, but getting close
  • Sour
  • Nutty—A nut-flavored after taste.
  • Rich—Heavy.
  • Tangy—Causing a tingly feel in the mouth, the way an orange does.
  • Gamy
  • Herbal
  • Yeasty
  • Peppery
  • Smoky
  • Sweet
  • Acidic
  • Earthy
  • Sweet and sour

If you describe a restaurant’s food to someone, you might use these words:

  • Filling—Not necessarily good. But filling
  • Palatable—Can mean very good or barely edible.
  • Piquant—A good choice of spices, full flavor..

At home or a friend’s house, if they ask how the food is:

  • Tasty
  • Scrumptious
  • Yummy
  • Delicious
  • Very good
  • Add “And Filling” to any of the above and you have complimented them twice

Food can be described in many ways. The problem with some words is that, if you don’t phrase them right, or if they are said by themselves, they can be taken as insults. For instance, If you are at someone’s house, and they ask how the food is, and you say the food is “briny, it is likely to be taken to mean that the cook got the dish too salty.

If you answer, “Full of Flavor”, it can be taken to mean the food is either very good or too strong—perhaps too peppery. If, however, you say, “Good” before “Full of flavor”, a nice meaning will definitely be communicated.

What if the food tastes awful?

Cut your losses. Answer something like, “Wow, Did this take a long time? Is that __________(name a spice) I taste? I never thought of trying that before.

And, of course, if you didn’t like the food at a restaurant, telling a friend how it was:

  • Awful
  • Terrible
  • Wouldn’t feed it to my dog

Hopefully, though, there aren’t very many restaurants like that around.

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Last Updated on October 18, 2023

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