Pine Club makes ‘World’s Greatest’ top-10 list

Dayton’s Pine Club steakhouse made a list of “10 of the World’s Greatest Old Dining Institutions” by T Magazine, the New York Times Style Magazine, joining venerable restaurants in Paris, London, New York City and San Francisco.

The iconic Dayton steakhouse that was founded in 1947 joined rarefied air of the dining world such as The 21 Club in New York City and Le Voltaire in Paris on the magazine’s list.

“We’re humbled,” Pine Club owner David Hulme said Saturday. “I have no idea how it came about, but it speaks to the long-standing relationships we’ve developed over the years.”

In an article posted online on Friday, T Magazine wrote of the Pine Club, “This is the kind of classic supper club that used to dot the Midwest: thick napery, thicker steaks, cold drinks and potatoes offered at least four ways. The menu is virtually unchanged from the day it opened.”

The restaurant at 1926 Brown St. near the University of Dayton has earned praise from other national publications in recent years, including restaurant-rating veteran and author Michael Stern, who picked the Pine Club as his favorite steakhouse in the country in a 2012 USA Today article, and in a 2008 issue of Saveur, a national magazine focusing on food and dining.

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“Are people going to be flying to Dayton from Paris to eat at the Pine Club? Probably not,” Hulme said, chuckling. “But it’s kind of cool, and it shows what nearly 70 years of experiences and good friends and building relationships can do.”

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