Hulme said he called the Food Network several weeks after the show aired to try to find out how his restaurant made the best-steakhouse list. “They wouldn’t tell me a thing,” he said.
The Pine Club has scored other media recognition in recent years. In December 2013, the restaurant was included in a list of “10 of the World’s Greatest Old Dining Institutions” by a writer for T Magazine, the New York Times style magazine, joining restaurants in Paris, London, and New York City. Six months earlier, Michael Stern, co-author of “Roadfood,” identified the Pine Club as his favorite steakhouse in the country in a USA Today story.
“I view this as validation not just for the Pine Club, but for the Dayton community,” Hulme said.