A hibachi is a small, portable Japanese coal-burning heating device and grill. Oh, like at Benihana, you say? Kind of. Restaurants like Benihana use larger propane-fueled grills called teppans — this style of theatrical cooking in a large format in front of guests is called teppanyaki. Cooking on a hibachi should incite no obligation to put on a show involving mini-volcanos made of onion slices or flipping broccoli into your date’s hair.

Use today’s Word of the Day: Japanese Pancakes (Okonomiyaki)