The annual Dine Tampa Bay Restaurant Week is coming to Tampa Bay from August 16-30, 2013. The week features deals ranging from $25-$45 all around town and promotes restaurants as well as chefs in the area. As a promotion for the restaurant week, I was invited out to Datz and Datz Dough for a tasting over various items on their menu, some items are a sneak peak of new menu items soon to launch on the full menu at Datz and Dough. I never miss an opportunity to visit Datz and was filled with excitement for the foodie fare to be offered at this dinner. As usual, Datz did not disappoint.
The menu was a mixture of things you’d expect to find at either Datz or Datz Dough, the new dessert expansion to Datz. The actual event was held inside of a private room in Datz Dough that has an awesome vintage feel that reminded me a bit of Caffe Nove. It was a great place to enjoy a meal with fellow foodie friends.
Nice decor right?
The menu was diverse and covered a number of cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Here are my favorite choices from the event…
Between the cilantro margarita and the raspberry lemonade my choice was the lemonade which features fresh raspberry, freshly-squeezed lemonade, and vodka. The vodka was completely masked in a masterful way that could be extremely dangerous and fun. It might be a good idea to bring a DD if you are enjoying these. I am also not much of a vodka fan so props to Datz for serving a cocktail that can turn me on to it.
Kim’s Kale Salad was a nice introduction to the menu and contained fresh kale, red onion, shaved parmesan, pine nuts, dried cranberries, house-made, toasted coriander-orange-balsamic vinaigrette. It was light and yet filled with many great flavors to start off our journey through the menu Datz prepared.
The swine rinds were an addictive starter to our meal and nice to chew on as we chatted with each other and caught up on current food adventures.
The Kentucky Colonel Bowl is a dish that Datz teased me with early on through tweets on Twitter. The dish itself blew Kentucky Fried Chicken (and pretty much any chicken place in town) away with excellent flavors. The boneless yet moist fried chicken over house-made garlic mashed potatoes was a mouthful and the gravy and bacon gave the dish a nice finishing. This dish is coming soon to the Datz menu and should be on your list. The portion was huge enough to fill any regular diner. The other entree presented, the jerk, was a spicy jerk chicken entree that would make any Jamaican enthusiast proud.
Although this was more than enough to fill me and I’m thankful for my guest that donated a helping stomach, there was more to come.
The Frito Pie Grilled Cheese came in between the entrees and dessert and was an excellent concoction on the part of Datz. Featuring jack-cheddar cheese, roadhouse chili, Fritos and pickled jalapenos all melted between two slices of grilled, house-baked sourdough bread…all the right elements were present in this grilled cheese sandwich. The Fritos were soft-inside, the only thing I would do is make an effort to make them continue to maintain that crunch that Fritos are known for. Another interesting substitute for this sandwich would be Doritos, although Taco Bell has over-saturated us with them. Overall though it was a great sandwich and enjoyable even when stuffed silly.
After all the food and festivities had passed it was time for dessert. Datz provided us with this tasty campfire tart as a farewell along with a gelato sandwich to-go. The tart was rich and flavorful and a fitting end to a night filled with friends and plenty of great food tastings. As always, I am extremely thankful to Datz for their excellent hospitality and their effort to really connect with the food scene, Datz always provides an impressive menu line-up that offers new and old trends in a fun way for diners and that’s why I love Datz.
Make sure you check out Dine Tampa Bay Restaurant Week (www.dinetampabay.com)! August 16th-30th, 2013. There is a full list of participating restaurants on their website and that list is bound to continue to grow throughout the next month. Lookout for most posts on it as the event draws closer.
Restaurant Name: Datz & Datz Dough
Neighborhood: South Tampa
Address: 2616 S Macdill Ave. Tampa, FL 33629
Phone Number: (813) 831-7000