I have to admit something to my regular readers… I haven’t been cooking a lot lately. The reason is pretty good, though. Over the last few months, I’ve been working on getting healthier, and I’m down about 65 pounds since the end of September! Woohoo! But I do get to splurge now and then, and, once I get to where I’m headed, I’ll be cooking more again.
When I go out, I generally like to go to new bistros, try new foods, stuff like that. However, it’s really hard to beat a good steakhouse. Just like L. L. Bean makes the same great Bean boots year after year, a steakhouse that puts out the same menu is a great thing, as long as they do it well.
In Dayton, there’s something of a landmark restaurant that does just that, the Pine Club. The restaurant opened in 1947, and may not have been remodeled since then. But that’s ok.
The restaurant hasn’t, as long as I can remember, taken reservations. But that’s ok.
The restaurant still doesn’t offer dessert. But that’s ok. (and there’s a Ben & Jerry’s 2 doors down).
What they do, however, is put out a top-quality steak, with house-made salad dressings and great classic cocktails. The place takes me back to going out to dinner with my dad when I was a kid. The restaurant has wood paneled walls, booths covered in dark red naugahyde, and a wait staff that’s generally older women instead of hip, young people, but they know how to do their job very well.
We started with shrimp cocktail, served with house-made cocktail sauce, then a house salad with bleu cheese and the house French dressing. It’s simple but very good. Then came the main event… A bone-in ribeye with onion rings that are thin and delicious. The steak was nicely charred on the outside and rare inside, seasoned simply but well.
The meal was thoroughly enjoyable, and way too much food. The waitress was friendly, and the bartender did a great job on my smoky martini. I’ll go to other places that are more trendy and more continental, but I’ll keep coming back to the Pine Club. Oh, they still have house accounts, too; when was the last time you saw that?
By the way, the photos were all taken with an iPhone and edited using Mobile Monet, just for a bit of fun.