A public ordinary is an eating establishment where there is only one meal for sale. Period fast food. (They're still around, just the term is gone. I ate in a local place in Panama that had chicken and rice -that was it. If you wanted something else, try the next place. But it was good and the beer was cold, a definite plus in the tropics.)
Pine River Boys, Co I, 7th Wisconsin
"We're... Christians, what read the Bible and foller what it says about lovin' your enemies and carin' for them what despitefully use you -- that is, after you've downed 'em good and hard."
-Si Klegg and His Pard Shorty