por·​ter·​house | \ ˈpȯr-tər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce porterhouse (audio) \

Definition of porterhouse

1 : a house where malt liquor (such as porter) is sold
2 : a large steak cut from the thick end of the short loin to contain a T-shaped bone and a large piece of tenderloin — see beef illustration

Examples of porterhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kitchen serves a variety of cuts of steak including a ribeye, New York strip, filet, prime rib, sirloin, flat iron, T-bone and porterhouse. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "LongHorn Steakhouse opening in Avon in September," 30 Aug. 2019 Will the cuts one day be the same as current-day porterhouse steaks and chicken breasts? Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Mysticism in the laboratory—the making of high-tech kosher and halal meat," 3 Nov. 2019 The 16-ounce porterhouse arrived as a thick and substantial meal with a buttery tenderloin side and deeply flavorful strip steak portion. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Hoffman’s Steakhouse a dependable East Side spot for surf and turf," 31 Oct. 2019 Menu items will include rib-eye, tomahawk and porterhouse steaks grilled over wood, plus steak tartare, crab gnocchi and shrimp cocktail. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "A ‘Breaking Bad’ restaurant opens in West Hollywood this week," 15 Oct. 2019 Roasted, peeled sweet potato streaked with crimson beet puree and almond-chipotle vinaigrette is the flesh-free equivalent of a sizzling porterhouse: a sight to behold and, better yet, devour. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Seek and ye shall find plenty of excuses to explore Seven Reasons," 11 Sep. 2019 The menu includes a 30-day dry-aged porterhouse grilled over almond wood, pork short rib with pineapple, fried artichoke with kimchi aioli and whole sea bream with smoked eggplant. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "Where’s the beef? It’s at American Beauty in Venice," 10 Sep. 2019 The Steakhouse that offers many cuts including prime center cut porterhouse and Wagyu strip sirloin, as well as Duroc pork chops and red snapper. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 Steak entrees on the menu at other restaurants in the chain range from $18.99 for an 8-ounce center-cut top sirloin to $32.99 for a 22-ounce porterhouse. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Steakhouse chain Saltgrass opening near Disney," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of porterhouse

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Porterhouse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porterhouse. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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