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.
We’ll also have Mom’s Survivial Kits for the first 20 moms that join us.
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!
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?!
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.
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.
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?!
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.)
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.
‘Cuz that definitely happened. Good Morning America’s Host and University of Florida Alumni, Jesse Palmer came to see us in March about The Cheesy Todd and all things bacon and cheese. Palmer cooked with our Executive Chef Keith Williamson back in March and we’ve been waiting patiently until the debut of GMA’s new series, “Eat Like Jesse” that features Datz!
Check out the final cut of our Good Morning America “Eat Like Jesse” video here and thank you for all of your foodie support that has helped to get Datz and Tampa in the national spotlight!
Wanna learn how to make The Cheesy Todd? Of course you do! Good Morning America can show you how. Check out this awesome, aerial video of the step by step process of making what GMA Host, Jesse Palmer called “The Mother of all burgers” here.
All this excitement about The Cheesy Todd being on Good Morning America making you hungry? Yeah. We totally understand. Make a reservation to come and see us here.
Hey, foodies! Meet Geno Knight of WQYK and Geno Ate Tampa. He’s got some great local recommendations, including Italian and Mexican. Let us know if you try any of Geno’s favorites with the hashtags #GenoAteTampa and #datz4foodies and have a great weekend.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself.
Hungry, fed, full.
What made you start Geno Ate Tampa?
I liked the name because it conveys how much I eat. I’m a big boy… 6’4 and about 270. So Geno Ate Tampa seemed both funny and on point. It was just a hashtag I started using a few months back because my food pics seemed to get the most reaction out of my listeners. Instead of free concert tickets or song requests, my cell phone shots of my food finds were what people reacted to the most. So I bought GenoAteTampa.com, started a secondary Twitter account @GenoAteTampa and started using the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to isolate my foodie posts from the radio stuff. Geno Ate Tampa just seemed to perfectly convey the size of my appetite.
What’s the best food you’ve discovered from Geno Ate Tampa?
After complaining about the lack of good Mexican food in Tampa Bay, listeners pointed me to Miguel’s on Kennedy. It’s been my go to ever since. The Alambres is all I ever order. After working for a radio station in California for 6 years, I was spoiled. But Miguel’s has made Tampa my new home.
How about the best cocktail?
I’m more of a beer guy. Before a Rays game last week, I dropped in to try out Brooklyn South. $3 microbrews? You won’t find that in The Trop. The Orange Wheat by St. Pete Brewing was fantastic. It’s a great beer for Florida summer, which is 9 months long. On the Tampa side, I love the dive bars in Ybor.
Unfortunately my favorite dessert is only available for about 10 days every year. It’s the funnel bacon on a stick at the Florida Strawberry Festival. I’ve been ranting and raving about it on QYK ever since it was created for the 2015 festival. The vendor that made it, “The Best Around Inc,” usually does a new item every year for Plant City. But I raised such a fuss about it, they brought it back for a second year this year. “Mama Jane” takes a stick of bacon, dips it in funnel cake batter, fries it for about a minute or two, sprinkles powdered sugar over it and finishes it off with a maple butter glaze drizzle. It’s life changing. It just kills me it’s something you can only get one week a year. But if I had it available to me all the time, that would probably kill me too.
What’s your favorite food on the Datz menu?
The doughnut case is my favorite 4 square feet in all of Tampa Bay. The Butterfinger is probably the favorite. Although I think your burgers are often overlooked and underrated too.
What’s your favorite food and why is it your favorite?
Find me a good spot for chicken parmesan and you’re a friend for life. My family has a big Italian foods business back in Maine. So I grew up with those smells… oregano, olives, cheese, wine. Bernini’s in Ybor is good, but my favorite is a hole in the wall in a strip mall in St Pete called Italia Mia. The old Italian woman who always waits on my table is my favorite person in Tampa Bay.
Share a food with us that you’ve seen on the internet and would love to try.
You accommodated that request. When the doughnut ice cream cone went viral a few months ago, Datz was my first thought. You’re the doughnut king. I tweeted you guys the challenge. You made it happen.
What do you think about Tampa’s food scene?
This is my 5th year here and I’m still discovering it. Before moving here, I’d heard all about Bern’s. But I love to find the atypical spots… places that cater to transplants like me. I love Cappy’s deep dish Chicago pizza, a bottle of a hard to find German soda called Mezzo Mix in Brandon at Euro Cafe, or if I want a real local experience, the grouper sandwich at I.C. Sharks always works.
What’s another city’s food scene would you like to try?
Chicago. I’ve been on connecting flights a million times but have never had a chance to explore the city. Flights from Tampa are super cheap. But I’ll wait ’til the cold is gone. I moved to Florida for a reason.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever eaten?
I’m a wimp when it comes to exotic food.
What’s your best advice on how to adult?
Never lose the mindset you had as a kid when anything was possible and you didn’t care about carbs.
Foodies know our tacos are the bomb, but we’re shaking things up on May 5 with $5 Margaritas and Micheladas! Enjoy a classic margarita on our patio with some Fish, Chicken, or Pork Belly Tacos or go for a Michelada, a beer cocktail with our famous Datz-A-Mary bloody mary mix. See you tomorrow, foodies.