Engine No. 9 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 there is a front end bar/dining section and a back end dining area where my dining companion (DC), and I, had dinner.
Amidst all this ambiance 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.
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.
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 six years ago and were fantastic. They do not perform very much in this area and I was thrilled they would be in striking distance.
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
200 1 St. Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701