Burgers & Tapas

I have always loved living in sunny St. Pete, FL, but I love it even more than ever. St. Pete is quickly turning into a foodie’s paradise. It seems like every week now I’m hearing about a new restaurant opening up, and they all have their own unique concepts to keep your tastebuds happy.

The other week we got to try Engine Rose, which is the new sister restaurant of Engine No. 9. Engine No.9 has been my go to place for a big juicy burger for a long time. Their burgers are inventive and the meat they use is very flavorful. And they always cook at perfect temps, which means if you order medium rare they will give you medium rare…something that doesn’t always happen at other restaurants.

Engine Rose took over La Crepiere (a place I never got to try) and abuts Cappy’s Pizzeria. You can spot it by the airstream trailer, which they use as their kitchen. There’s an inside seating area, but outside is where the atomosphere is at. A small bar with TVs if you want to watch the game, and a few specially made picnic tables with string lights as mood lighting. Apparently they still have some build out to do so very curious to see what’s to come!

Engine Rose

The food? A-mazing. We started with an order of wings, which were HUGE and had just the right amount of heat for this gal. Jon and I split two burgers…he got the Black N Blue and I got the Tzatziki Turkey Burger. I was in love with my turkey burger…the yogurt bun was a great compliment to the meat and the cucumber, pickles and sundried tomatoes were all perfect toppings.

We also got to try a new to the area Spanish tapas restaurant the other week called Pata Negra. Jon’s brother and sister-in-law were in town and we had met up with to watch a bit of the Grand Prix race.

st. pete grand prix

We had only seen the race once before a few years back so this was a real treat. I can’t see sitting there all day watching the races, but it’s definitely fun for an hour or two.

And I was elated to find a bloody mary stand!

st. pete grand prix

After the final race we ended up at Pata Negra for an early dinner. This was another amazing meal all around.

pata negra florida

We tried a variety of different tapas including the tabla sampler, ceviche sampler, gambas pil pil (shrimp), albondigas (meatballs), piquillos rellenos (stuffed peppers), empanadas, pork belly and sea scallops. Uh, ya, we were pretty darn full.

pata negra florida

Each dish had great flavor and there were lots of “mmm”s going on around the table. We also tried both the red and white sangrias. The red had hints of cinnamon (which I love) and we thought the white maybe had some cayenne in it for just a slight kick.

There are so many other new restaurants I’ve been wanting to try. Some on the list: Noble Crust, The Burg Diner and Sea Salt. And I’m anxiously awaiting for a few others that haven’t opened yet!

What new restaurants have you been to lately?


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  1. I have been wanting to try both of these! I love the wine-o burger at Engine No 9….so good. I want to try the poutine and risotto at Engine Rose. What was your favorite at Pata Negra?

    I have the same restaurants on my list too. I am waiting until the Burg Diner opens for dinner before going there. I really want to try Pom Pom’s Teahouse and PieTopia too!
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    1. Ah yes, I really want to try Pom Pom’s and PieTopia as well!!

      Hard to choose a favorite at Pata Negra…it was all good! I guess the meat and cheese plate 🙂

  2. Hi Katie,

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