“It’s an honor and a thrill to be included,” Hulme said. “Food Network recognition is a big deal, and this is a testament to our customers and to the culture and the tradition that have developed over nearly 70 years.”
Hulme said he did not know how the Pine Club was selected. He said he was contacted by the production arm of the Food Network several months ago to schedule the photo and video shoot.
The Pine Club has scored other national — and even international — recognition in recent years. In December 2013, the Dayton 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.
The Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants” show will air episodes focusing on barbecue and pizza prior to the scheduled July 6 “best steakhouses” episode.
The show’s initial episode suggests that the Food Network may include at least one out-of-the-way establishment on its top-five lists. The burger edition singled out restaurants in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Pasadena — and a place called “Sid’s Diner” in El Reno, Oklahoma.