Strawberry Fields Forever

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Photo by Jenn Thai

On Tuesday, November 29 Datz Restaurant Group (DRG) visited a Florida strawberry farm in Plant City. And it was awesome. And we’ll stop talking in third person beginning right……now.

We met with the Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association (FSGA) and Isabel Laessig from Family Foodie and Sunday Supper Movement. We ate fresh, delicious strawberries practically grown in our backyard. We had a strawberry picking contest with some of our favorite local bloggers and Instagrammers: Jenn Thai, Tracy Guida, and Ryan Rodriguez. Even Creative Loafing came out with us to learn about these locally grown berries, which was a ton of fun. We drove an enormous tractor and managed not to hurt anyone or any strawberries. It was a good day.

Keep an eye out for Datz, Dough, and Roux’s Florida strawberry-inspired dishes and sweets. Datz will have a revamped menu in January that’ll include dishes made with Florida strawberries. Dough will have a Florida strawberry Doughnut Ice Cream Cone and Roux will also have some Florida strawberry magic up their chef sleeves. Take a look at our Florida strawberry adventures below.

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(Photo by Jenn Thai) See all the little bits of red in the field? Those are fresh Florida strawberries!
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The Datz Restaurant Group crew (Executive Chef Keith Williamson, Co-owner Suzanne Perry, Communications & PR Manager Gina Moccio, Kitchen Manager Afton McDermott, Sous Chef Jon Hurrah), bloggers, and members of the Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association posed for a pic (and a Boomerang, of course– which you can check out on Instagram).
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Florida strawberries are amazing whether it’s just one or there’s a whole bunch.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) From left to right: Andy, Strawberry Sue and Mark of the Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association.
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Datz’s Executive Chef Keith Williamson is really excited to be in Plant City for the day.
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The winning team from the Florida strawberry picking contest gives us all a victory wave with strawberries in tow. From Left to right: Datz’s Kitchen Manager, Afton; Andy of the FSGA; Datz’s Executive Chef Keith; and blogger, Jenn Thai.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) Chef Keith and his new whip.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) Executive Director and Florida strawberry man, Kenneth Parker.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) Strawberry Sue was nice enough to make us chocolate covered Florida strawberries. We ate them ALL. And we’re not sorry.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) We had so many Florida strawberry treats to choose from during our picnic lunch after we visited the strawberry farm.
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Florida strawberries for the win.
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“Put out your hands!” – Tony Pullaro, DRG Marketing & PR Manager.      We like to have fun and offer delicious food with high-quality ingredients. Florida strawberries will be one of those ingredients. Thanks for joining us on our farm-venture.

 

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Let’s Get Funky

Attention beer geeks!

We’re hosting a Funky Buddha Brewery beer release on Sunday, 11/20 at 11 am during brunch. These are the beers that’ll be available until they run out:

Red Velvet Cake Ale
Fire in the Hole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Butta’ Cup
Hop Stimulator Double IPA

Hope to see you there, foodie.

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Grant Christmas Wishes With Us

 

Every year we host a giving tree at the front of the restaurant with “ornaments” that our staff and foodie customers can take home and use to grant a Christmas wish. Each ornament is for a child in need via the Foster Angels of Hillsborough County or includes wish list items for Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s for the food, toys & treats, and cleaning products they need to care for animals until they find their forever home. Next time you come to Datz or Dough to get your foodie fix, check out the tree and if you can help a child or animal, that’s great!

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Thanks for all that you do to help others in the Tampa Bay community and for being a Datz Restaurant Group fan.

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Now Offering Brinner on Sundays

You’ve asked for more Sunday brunch and GUESS WHAT. We’re gonna do it! We’ll be open for Sunday brunch until 8 p.m. beginning October 9. Datz right– Monkey Bread, The Cheesy Todd, Waffles N’ Tweet…. the whole brunch menu until 8 p.m.

Brunch for dinner? Heck yes.

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Our sister bakery, Dough will also be open late to meet all of your sweet needs, including award-winning doughnuts, ice cream, cupcakes and more.

So. Who’s ready for Brinner???????????
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Brunching with us? Text ahead! Text ‘Datz’ to 626-414-3210 and it puts you on the list. See you soon, foodies.

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Don’t Miss Out on the Dr. BBQ’s Pop Up 9/29

Foodies! Magic is happening RIGHT NOW. Datz Restaurant Group and UberEats are bringing a Dr. BBQ’s Pop Up to you on Thursday, September 29 beginning at 11 a.m. This is a mobile event on the UberEats app only.

For a limited time, we’ll have $5 lunch boxes prepared for you to order via the app that includes a slow smoked Cheshire Farms pulled pork sandwich, Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe’s house-made barbecue sauce, bacon and blue cheese coleslaw, Kool-Aid pickle, and maple-glazed bacon chocolate chip cookie bites on the side. Watch Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe build a lunch box here.

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Order one of these bad boys from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (while supplies last) on the UberEats app. You must be within a 5 mile radius of South MacDill and Euclid in South Tampa to order. Maximum of 4 per person. Adjustments or changes to the meal on offer cannot be accommodated for this promotion.

ABC's The Morning Blend Host, Natalie Taylor with Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe showing off the Dr. BBQ's UberEats Pop Up meal.
ABC’s The Morning Blend Host, Natalie Taylor with Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe showing off the Dr. BBQ’s UberEats Pop Up meal.

If you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t know about the upcoming Dr. BBQ’s restaurant opening in St. Pete’s Edge District in 2017, here are some more details from Tampa Bay Times’ Laura Reiley here and here.

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How Many Mac Bites Do You Want?

We make our Mac Bites in house daily, and every day they’re bacon and jalapeño cheesy, gooey, and delicious. You can order ’em as an appetizer or go really BIG and order The Cheesy Todd, which is a burger with “buns” made of our Mac Bites. Check out part of the cheesy process here and watch us on Good Morning America here. GMA host, Jesse Palmer, called The Cheesy Todd “the mother of all burgers.”

 

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Hosting a Party? Make sure you have Bacon AND Bloody Marys

Recently on The Morning Blend we showed foodies how to candy bacon AND how to pickle your own awesome garnishes for the perfect at home Bloody Mary bar. Check ’em out!

Learn how to candy bacon 3 ways with our Executive Chef Keith Williamson:

Learn how to pickle your own Bloody Mary garnishes at home with Illene Sofranko of Urban Canning Co. and our Mixologist Morgan Zuch:

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Are you Team Woo hoo or Team Boo Hoo?

 

We all have mixed feelings about the start of a new school year and our kids leveling up a grade.

Whether you’re Team Woo Hoo or Team Boo Hoo (or a mix of both), join Datz and Tampa Bay Bloggers for a brunch full of commiseration and a complimentary mimosa when you order breakfast or lunch at Boo Hoo Woo Hoo 2016.

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We’ll also have Mom’s Survivial Kits for the first 20 moms that join us.

Tell us if you’re #TeamWooHoo or #TeamBooHoo on Twitter. Join our Facebook event here.

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Burgers and Brews for National Hamburger Day

Come into Datz on National Hamburger Day, Thursday July 28! Purchase a burger for lunch or dinner and enjoy $1 off the craft beer of your choice. We have 32 taps– check out the list here!

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Also, we have free wifi AND we’re a gym in Pokemon Go. Catch a Pokemon at Datz and score 10% off your check! How? Easy— take a pic of the Pokemon you caught at Datz and share it to Facebook or Instagram. If you share it to Facebook, check into Datz! If you share it on Instagram, hashtag it to #datz4foodies.Then show your server your share and BOOM. Winning is delicious, isn’t it?!

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Did you know Datz was featured on Good Morning America? Yeah! GMA Host, Jesse Palmer crafted a Cheesy Todd with our Executive Chef Keith Williamson back in June. Jesse Palmer called The Cheesy Todd “the mother of all burgers”. We’re with him on that. Check out the videos here and here.

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We Eat Like Jesse– Do You?!

Did you catch us on Good Morning America in June? Host, Jesse Palmer came out to try The Cheesy Todd and see how we put ’em together with our Executive Chef Keith Williamson. You can check out the video here and find out how we make The Cheesy Todd here.

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And the awesomeness doesn’t stop there! We put up a billboard about The Cheesy Todd getting its close up on GMA went up on S. Dale Mabry and Kennedy Blvd. Isn’t is amazing??? Makes you need a Cheesy Todd stat, right?!

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