One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An establishment at which porter and sometimes steaks were served.
- ‘A five story brick building at the corner Mercer and Prince Street was typical, with a porterhouse in its storefront and an expensive brothel upstairs.’
- ‘Around 1814, this steak was served at a New York porterhouse and soon achieved national popularity.’
Mid 18th century: from porter (sense 2)+ house.
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