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Having a hard time finding a good, juicy burger in Tampa Bay? Look no further than Engine No. 9, located in the heart of St. Petersburg, FL. This quaint, cozy sports bar dishes out incredibly tasty and unique burgers to couples seven days a week. It’s also been said to have the best burgers St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area have seen.

It’s not only a place to grab a great burger, but also a great place to catch a game since Engine No. 9 is owned by hockey royalty. Owner Jason Esposito is the son of Tony Esposito and nephew to Phil Esposito, both hockey hall-of-famers and founders of the Tampa Bay Lightning – talk about a great place for a St. Pete date night.

Having won “Best of the Bay” for burgers by Creative Loafing, and “Best Sports Bar in Florida” by msn.com, Engine No. 9 is a guaranteed fantastic meal. Ready to learn why this place could very well serve you the best burgers St. Pete has to offer? Keep reading.

Mouth-Watering Burger Menu Sets Them Apart

With their motto being “prime burgers,” Engine No. 9 offers perfectly cooked burgers from your standard bacon cheeseburger to something a little crazier like The Resurrection, topped with three types of bleu cheese, applewood smoked bacon, roasted garlic, jalapeños, sweet Thai chili sauce, and mashed habaneros.

Other popular burgers include the Demi-God (cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and horseradish mayo), the Wine-O (red wine BBQ sauce, bacon, aged white cheddar, and fried onions), and the Goat Head (goat cheese, roasted red peppers, vinaigrette, and half-sour pickles).

Other Standout Items You Have to Try

Not a big burger fan but tagging along with someone who is? Engine No. 9 also has several mouthwatering non-burger items like the Shrimp Burger, Corn Doggie, and a vegetarian option, the Thin Lizzy (grilled portabella with truffled goat cheese, caramelized onion, roasted red peppers, zucchini, and pesto on multigrain toast).

Black Flag burger and Sriracha Salmon at Engine No 9 Burgers St. Pete with beer and tots
Black Flag burger and Sriracha Salmon at Engine No 9 Burgers St. Pete – @engine9burgers

You can kick off your meal with one of their unique appetizers. Try the Crispy Duck Wings, Macho Tater Tots (crispy tater tots smothered with chili and topped with shredded jack and cheddar cheese), or the Fried Green Beans.

Engine No. 9 is also known for its Cajun/Creole style cooking which is evident in many of its dishes including the Marie Laveau burger topped with crawfish tails, Andouille sausage, muenster cheese, green onions, and creole sauce. Their New Orleans Jambalaya Pasta is also a must-try as its filled with fresh gulf shrimp, crawfish, chicken, and andouille sausage.

On top of this delicious food, the sports bar has over 65 types of beer in the bottle and on tap. They also have a wide variety of wine for those non-beer drinkers.

While you are enjoying your food with your significant other, watch your favorite sports teams on one of the many TVs located within Engine No. 9. In fact, outside of the bar area, each table has a personal TV at their table.

BBQ Burger at Engine No 9 Burgers St. Pete with tots and beer
BBQ Burger at Engine No 9 Burgers St. Pete – @engine9burgers

Engine No. 9 is a fun date spot for you and your significant other. Head on to this sports bar for some of the best burgers in St. Pete that will have you keep coming back for more.

Location and Hours:

Engine No. 9 does not take reservations so keep this in mind before heading its way. However, you and your loved one can watch the Lightning hockey game and grab a brew while you wait.


56 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705


Sunday and Monday: 11:30 am-10 pm
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:30 am-12 am