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Tag: Engine House No. 9 Tacoma


X Group Restaurants purchases Tacoma brewpub Engine House No. 9

The bison burger at Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma. Will the purchase of E9 by X Group Restaurants mean a menu change for the longtime Tacoma brewpub?

In case you missed it, C.R. Roberts from The News Tribune’s business team reported that X Group Restaurants, which owns Asado and Masa on Sixth Avenue, has purchased the brewery pub Engine House No. 9, located just around the corner from Masa. Read the story here. I’ve messaged Joel Mertens, the chef of X Group Restaurants, to ask him if he’ll oversee the menu and kitchen, but a question in the meantime: If you could change anything about E9, what would it be? My first thought would be to keep the big cookies for dessert and don’t change the bison burger much, but feel free to ditch the bland tater tots from the menu, or at least season them properly

UPDATE: I heard back from Mertens and here’s what he had to say about the E9 menu: Read more »


Bar Burger Noshdown: Five more burgers to savor in South Sound bars, restaurants and brewpubs

The bison burger at Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma

Bar noshing doesn’t get any better than a big, cheesy gut bomb of a burger. It’s the anytime accompaniment to a cold pint at your favorite watering hole. My six month odyssey of sampling bar burgers at South Sound bars, taverns and pubs continues today with five more burgers you have to try before you die.

Here are the bars featured for this burger series:
Tuesday: Powerhouse Brewery, Cliff House, Matador, Blazing Onion and Beach Tavern.
Wednesday: Engine House No. 9, El Gaucho, Katie Downs, The Parkway, Ram
Thursday: Crown Bar, Harmon, Bite Restaurant, West End Pub, Cheers South Hill
Friday: Asado, Maxwell’s, Pacific Grill, The Hub, The Right Spot

Here are my next five picks for bar burgers worth your time and extra napkins: Read more »