I am a self-admitted burger snob. That Sweet Husband of Mine and I have decided that it must be extremely hard to make a good burger. We discovered this by eating an inordinate amount of sub-par burgers from one end of Tampa Bay to the other. Who knew that I would discover a gem right in my own backyard?
On a recent Friday night, before heading over to the shuffleboard courts and after hearing some positive buzz, we decided to try Engine No9.
The restaurant boasts a moderately sized bar area and a few tables in the back. Bonus points for the TVs at each booth. Our sweet waitress immediately brought us menus and rattled off the beers on tap. (Starting this week, they will list their beers on the wall via projection of the 10-foot variety. Sweet.)
Engine No9 embraces what they are: a neighborhood sports bar that specializes in top notch burgers and super friendly service. The menu boasts 26 different burgers.
After great deliberation and a delicious beer, some stellar choices were made. Spencer ordered the Tex Mex Melt: Angus burger, Cheddar Cheese, a tasty BBQ sauce, and crispy onion rings on a perfectly warm pretzel roll. The sweet potato fries were also delicious.
The Burger Gods smiled upon me and my selection process: Behold the glory that is “Chubby Duck” (fun to say, better to eat!) Caramelized onions, Pancetta, Foie Gras, Brie, and Duck Kracklins. I didn’t really get a taste of any Kracklin-type business, but it was heavenly. If you know me, you also know I am a big fan of the tater tots. These were perfectly crispy and seasoned just right. I also seize any opportunity to offer up my Napoleon Dynamite impression.
I can highly recommend Engine No9. Please trust in the sheer numbers of burgers that have passed these lips: this place is the real deal. I will be back for you, Other 24 Burger Choices.
I always get together with my best friends every spring break. This year, those sweet gals came to visit me here in St. Pete. On their first day here, I took them to get pedicures and then directly to Engine No9. The projection style beer list has been installed. Sadly, that does not help gals on vacation who are up for some day drinking; you cannot see the beer list in the daytime. Sigh. We started off with some Fried Dill Pickle Spears served with a mild jalapeno ranch sauce for dipping.
This time, I went with The Saganaki: Fried Kesseri cheese, kalamata olives, Tzatziki sauce, Feta, and pickles. It was amazing. I could seriously eat one of those burgers every day.
I did not get pictures of the girls’ burgers. They were both impressed with their choices. Allison enjoyed the beast known as “The Dork”: Ham steak, sauerkraut, sharp pub cheese, beer mustard, and hard boiled eggs on a pretzel roll. Stacy loved the Border Line: Guacamole, smoked pancetta, cherry peppers, and pepperjack cheese with a chipotle mayo. This was definitely our kind of “Ladies Lunch”.
The lesson here? You can’t really go wrong with any choice that you make at Engine No9.
Now I only have 21 more to try.