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Friday, October 28, 2016

Engine No. 9 in St. Petersburg, FL

is a sports bar in St. Petersburg, FL. They pride themselves on their burgers, beer selections and comfort foods. A local was raving about this place to me, and after a cursory look see on Yelp, I thought their menu looked intriguing. 

As you enter the restaurant their is a front end bar/dining section

and a back end dining area where my dining companion (DC) had dinner.

They had quite a number of different kinds of beer, this was not all inclusive.

Amidst all this ambience and beer choices, DC and I decided to try a few things from the Menu.

We tried a couple of the starters.

The first was the fried dill pickle spears.

I spent some time in the deep south, specifically Mississippi, and fried pickles were a delicacy there. These were tasty, but the breading a bit much for me. I am used to the more traditional lightly breaded version. They were still very good, especially with the Jalapeno ranch dipping sauce served with them.

More comfort food was next, and we sampled the macho tater tots, which were served with chili and jack and cheddar cheese.

Call it comfort food but it was full blown industrial strength! Not what I am used to eating but very good, in a filling sort of way.

I love short ribs, so I ordered the jerk-braised short ribs with 3 cheese tortellini. Another good, but industrial strength dish.

Engine No. 9 seems to like heavy sauces and cheese.

The real star of the evening was ordered by DC, and was called the demi-god burger.

This was excellent, and was a huge burger patty served with Cheddar, Swiss, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, horseradish mayo and sweet potato fries. Heaven!

After all this good food DC and I went down to Jannus Live, an open air performance space in downtown St. Petersburg to check out The New Mastersounds. They had performed in South Florida about 6 years ago and were fantastic. They do not perform very much in this area and I was thrilled they would be in striking distance.

The show was really, really good.

I do not have video of this performance but found a very representative Clip of them on You Tube which gets the idea across.

The food at Engine No. 9 was very good, comfort food to be sure. This was a great evening of oral and aural treats. Should you be up in the St. Petersburg area, or happen upon a New Mastersounds performance, both are highly recommended.

Engine No. 9
56 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Jannus Live
200 1 St. Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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