What does ‘cheeky Nando’s’ mean?

Speaking of sex, cheeky Nando’s may sound like some strange bedroom maneuver to American ears. But, in British slang, a cheeky Nando’s is far more innocent.

Having a cheeky Nando’s means popping in for a bite at the popular chicken restaurant, Nando’s, perhaps with your mates after you’ve had a couple of pints and are having a good time.

Based on earlier meanings of “rash” or “impudent,” cheeky is slang for “indulgent” or “impulsive,” especially with food and drink. The term is seen in the late 1980s and is often used when talking about adult beverages (e.g., I really have to get home, but what the hell, one drink won’t hurt. Let’s grab a cheeky pint.).

Founded in South Africa in 1987, Nando’s is a popular restaurant chain specializing in spicy grilled chicken with locations around the world—and it’s especially popular in the UK.