The Undercover Divas traveled to the outer reaches of downtown Mt. Clemens to a converted firehouse, now The Engine House restaurant, looking for a new dining experience. Housed in an antique red brick building near the train tracks and across from the Michigan Transit Museum, The Engine House is located just east of Groesbeck, on Cass Ave. at Floral Ave., and caught our eye. The outside of the building has a very appealing look, resembling a working firehouse, with the main entrance and parking in the rear. To enter the restaurant, we needed to walk through an outdoor patio that we would love to enjoy in warmer weather.
The inside is very welcoming and has a local pub feel. It is located by the railroad tracks and when a train goes by and the engineer blows the train whistle, there are free jello shots for all! The Engine House caters to the many fans of the Detroit sports scene. Large projection screens and numerous plasma and flat screen TVs are everywhere.
The menu had lots of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees. There were many pizza options but we decided to pass for a daily special. I had the Cheddar Chicken Bacon rollup ($7.95) which was grilled chicken and bacon, stuffed with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and ranch. I ordered it deluxe ($2.95) with coleslaw and onion rings. The meal was exceptional.
The other Diva ordered off the menu and had the daily special, baked 6-cheese Lasagna ($8.95) with grilled, Parmesan cheese bread. It was all delicious.
Tuesday is (dine in) half off pizza day. We had heard that their pizza is some of the best pizza around. Wednesday is Italian night and Saturday there is a $6 special- your choice of a burger or a Slim Jim with a 16 oz domestic draft. Their specialty pizza choices are many, and each sells for $10.95 (small) and $15.95 (large). Cheesy bread sticks (that looked and smelled delicious as orders passed our table) for $7.95.
The building has been around since the early 1900s. It was first a grocery and meat market. The Engine House opened in 2007 by two Detroit firefighters. This new bar was completely restored inside and out. The interior is home to an extensive collection of unique firefighter décor, artwork and memorabilia.
It is a unique restaurant with good, reasonably priced food. Servers are very upbeat and friendly and prices are fair, making it a great place to stop in for a meal or a drink. Open seven days, 11am – 2am. They are located at 309 Cass Ave. in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. From pizza to steaks and sandwiches, and many different daily specials, it’s the perfect place to come and enjoy friendships.
Special Attention: Across the street on Grand Ave. is the Michigan Transit Museum, formerly the home of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Depot. Named a Michigan State Historic Site and on the National Register of Historic Places, this one story Italianate structure opened in 1859. This was when GTWR opened their Port Huron to Detroit line, traveling through Mt. Clemens. The interior has been transformed into a museum, complete with a waiting area and a re-created ticket office. The railroad once hired 12 year old Thomas Edison as a newsboy and candy salesman on the Port Huron to Detroit run. There is memorabilia everywhere to look at and volunteers are available to answer your questions.