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The Pine Club flexes its muscles against competitors in Best of Dayton 2018

The Pine Club has basked in the glow of national recognition multiple times in recent years.

Turns out local folks rather like the place as well.

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The iconic steakhouse that opened in 1947 swept three key categories in the Dayton.com Best of Dayton 2018, capturing first place for Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Classic Restaurant and Best Steak.

>> Best of Dayton 2018 Food and Dining winners

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It padded its Best of Dayton resume further by placing second (to Marion’s Piazza) in the “Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner” category and scored a third-place finish for “Best Onion Rings” (behind Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and The Root Beer Stande).

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The 2018 results will do little to quell the rivalries and allegiances that swirl around the age-old debate over who serves the best steak in Dayton. Several other steakhouses in town — The Oakwood Club, Carvers Steaks & Chops, Paragon Supper Club, Buckhorn Tavern and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar among them — have their enthusiastic supporters.

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Last year, in the Dayton.com Best of Dayton 2017, the Oakwood Club placed ahead of the Pine Club for “Best Fine Dining,” although both were eclipsed by Watermark. 

The Pine Club meal, including its signature onion rings. 2008 staff file photo by (Lisa Powell) (Lisa Powell)

In 2015, Carvers Steaks & Chops was awarded “Best Steak” ahead of the Pine Club and the Oakwood Club. 

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As in past years, the contest is decided by online voting.

And one thing is clear: the research is the best part of this friendly competition. 

🏆 BEST OF DAYTON 2018 WINNERS

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