Everything is Better with Puppies

On Wednesday, April 19 we hosted Tampa Tails, a new young professionals group by Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We had adoptable puppies, raffles, and a specialty cocktail made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. It was awesome and 2 of the pups were adopted!

Humane Society Volunteers holding adoptable puppies at a Tampa Tails Happy Hour at Datz on Wednesday, April 19.
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Tampa Tails Member snuggling an adoptable puppy at the Datz Happy Hour event on Wednesday, April 19.

For more info about Tampa Tails, visit TampaTails.com. To adopt an animal and give him or her a forever home, visit HumaneSocietyTampa.org.

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Saved by National Margarita Day

 

Happy National Margarita Day from Datz and Uproxx. Crush on our award-winning margarita, “Kelly Kapowski” today. She won “Tampa Bay’s Best Margarita” in 2016 at Margarita Wars and is still breaking hearts on the daily.

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Keep Calm and Cheat On

 

Happy National Cheat Day, foodies! Every 4th Thursday in January we’ll be celebrating a guilt-free day of enjoying our favorite foods. One of the best foods to cheat with is our famous burger, The Cheesy Todd. Check out when Jesse Palmer from Good Morning America visited us to try it here, and learn how to make it at home with our recipe below.

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Ingredients

Mac & Cheese Bun Ingredients:

1/2 tbsp salt

1/2 gal water

3 cups dry macaroni

1 cans (12 oz) condensed milk

3 cups mixed cheddar cheese

1/2 cup pickled jalapeño (rough chop)

1/2 cup cooked Nueske’s bacon (rough chop)

Breading Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour

3 cups egg whites

3 cups panko

Assembly Ingredients:

2 mac & cheese buns lightly deep fried

1 6 oz 80/20 beef patty grilled to desired temperature

1 slice red onion

2 slices tomato

1/4 cup shredded leaf lettuce

3 pieces thinly sliced pickle

1 each 6 inch long bamboo skewer

Preparation

Mac N’ Cheese Buns:

Bring 1/2 gallon of water to a boil that has been seasoned with salt. Cook until al dente (about 8-10 minutes) strain and reserve.

In a separate pot, bring condensed milk to a low simmer. Add cheddar cheese and mix until smooth. Add jalapeño and bacon, then continue to mix until combination is thoroughly mixed. Now add cooked pasta and mix until all ingredients all well blended. Pour mixture directly onto a ½ sheet pan and spread mixture all the way to the corners until even. Refrigerate 2-3 hours until completely cool. This can be made a day or two in advance. With a 3 ½ inch ring mold (cookie cutter will work), cut circles out of mac & cheese mix and set aside.

Breading the Mac N’ Cheese:

Using three separate pans, place flour in one, egg white in another, and panko in the last. Take your mac & cheese disc and lightly flour all sides, then place into egg whites and coat all sides completely. Shake off excess and place in panko, pushing down lightly so breadcrumbs stick. (Note: It is a good idea to keep one hand free of wet ingredients to do the final coating of panko on disk. Make sure your mac & cheese discs are chilled before breading so they hold their shape better.)

Frying the Mac N’ Cheese:

In a deep pot with high temperature thermometer, bring 1 gallon of peanut oil to 350 degrees F. Gently place 2 or 3 discs at a time and cook until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon or spiderweb and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil. (Note: If you have a peanut allergy you may use vegetable oil instead.)

Cheesy Todd Assembly:

Lay first mac & cheese bun flat on plate. Top with grilled hamburger patty. Top the burger with thinly sliced pickle, tomato slices, onion, and shredded lettuce. Place remaining bun on top and put skewer through the middle of the middle of the buns to secure.

Enjoy!

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The Naughty List was THE List to Be On

You know you’re on the right track when Uproxx and Parade say so.

Foodies, behold– The Naughty List was THE Christmas cocktail this year. We loved it and we hope you did, too.

Ingredients:
1 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
½ oz Giffard Vanilla Liqueur
½ oz Grind Espresso Liqueur
2 oz housemade cold brew coffee
½ oz half-and-half

For the Mint Chocolate infused whipped cream:
5 dashes Fee Brothers Chocolate Bitters
10 dashes Fee Brothers Mint Bitters
4 dashes vanilla extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 candy cane

Preparation:
– Whip all mint chocolate whipped cream ingredients together until cream starts to thicken to stiffened peaks.
– Combine all ingredients (except whipped cream) in a mixing tin.
– Shake until well chilled.
– Strain into ice filled brandy snifter.
– Top with mint chocolate whipped cream and candy cane.

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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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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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Pokemon Go at Datz!

Calling all Pokemon Go trainers– come into Datz Monday, July 18 – Thursday, 21 from 4 to 6 P.M. and win*!

Level 3: 50% off a Draft Beer

Level 5: Free Draft Beer (1)

Level 8: Free Order of Poke Balls (aka Mac Bites)

Level 13: Free Cocktail

Level 21: Free Entree

Also– we may or may not be droppin’ some Lures, so stay tuned! *With purchase of another food or drink. One per person. Must show your level in the Pokemon Go app to your server or bartender to redeem. (July 18 – 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.)

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Best Instagram….Datz4Foodies!

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We’re stoked to report that we have the BEST Instagram in Tampa! We were honored with this award on Social Media Day Tampa 2016, hosted by Never Have I Ever. Thanks for inspiring to us to keep sharing drool-worthy photos, Tampa. And if you’re not already, follow us here.

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Red, White & BRUNCH

Happy Independence Day, foodies! Celebrate with us over mimosas, Datz-A-Mary Bloody Marys, burgers, and Waffles N’ Tweet.

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DATZ RIGHT. We’ll be serving up brunch on Monday, July 4 from 8:30 to 3 p.m. Join us for the brunch (or dinner that night) and we’ll celebrate together.

You can check out our brunch menu here. Text ahead! You just text Datz to 626-414-3210 and BOOM–it puts you on the list. See you soon!

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