Pine Club

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We owe John Catt big-time for originally directing us to The Pine Club, which has become one of our favorite steak houses. Mr. Catt’s recommendation said that it served “phenomenal steaks in a no-nonsense old world naugahyde-laden pine room. No credit cards, no reservations, just great meat and potatoes. Kind of a Gene and Georgetti’s run by, well, people from Ohio! For my money, there is no better steak in the USA and, believe me, I’ve done the research!”

A true Midwest supper club (open only in the evening, late on weekend nights), the Pine Club is a place to which people come for highballs at the bar and splendid cuts of beef at a table. You have your choice of filet mignon, porterhouse, or sirloin, each cut and aged on premises and cooked on a grill so the outside gets crusty dark but the inside is still bursting with flavorful beef juices.

Start with a plate of scallops: sweet, firm nuggets with a pale light crust and smouldery sea taste. Brilliant tartar sauce comes on the side. Meals are served with a basket of dinner rolls, and steaks come with a handful of onion rings and choice of potatoes that includes Lyonnaise: an eight-inch pancake of shredded spuds woven with veins of sautéed onion. As for salad, although a mesclun mix was added to the menu some years back, the traditional Pine Club salad is iceberg lettuce – cold, crisp chunks served “red and bleu,” which is French dressing loaded with enormous clods of dry blue cheese.

Dessert? There is none. If you’re in dire need of something sweet and don’t necessarily want a high-proof libation such as a grasshopper or a Golden Cadillac, you can step outside and find a nearby ice cream store.

What to Eat
Pine Club, Steak
Steak
Must-Try
The extra-heavy filet mignon
Pine Club, Red & Bleu Salad
Red & Bleu Salad
Must-Try
Crisp iceberg lettuce topped with big hunks of bleu cheese & sweet French dressing.
Pine Club, Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger
Must-Try
A great steak-house hamburger
Pine Club, Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Must-Try
Mashed potatoes feature chunks of skin-on spud.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday4:30 pm - 11 pm
Tuesday4:30 pm - 11 pm
Wednesday4:30 pm - 11 pm
Thursday4:30 pm - 11 pm
Friday4:30 pm - 12 am
Saturday4:30 pm - 12 am
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 95 MILES | 2 hr 4 min

Cincinnati chili is an American icon, but north of the Queen City is an array of great eats, both funky and fine. This road trip starts with a plate of five-way, then heads north into the countryside to find a wonderful chocolate factory, an old-fashioned grist mill (serving corn meal mush!), an extra thick milk…

Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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