National Championship Fun

The whole city of Tampa has been taken over by the College Football National Championship and we LOVE it. There are so many more foodies in town and there’s more stuff to do than you can shake a Cheesy Todd at. Coy Wire from CNN/HLN came to see us!

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The awesome Coy Wire came to see us!
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CNN’s Coy Wire is cheesin’ with one of our managers, Curtis and The Cheesy Todd.
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The CNN/HLN crew had a food fight over our brunch and lunch dishes.

We also stopped in for a visit on ABC’s The Morning Blend with Tampa Bay Sports Commission. We talked about the Championship’s effect on Tampa and about how amazing of an idea it is to have our chili-covered Datchos at upcoming tailgating events here.

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Datz Executive Chef Keith Williamson with Claire Lessinger from Tampa Bay Sports Commission on The Morning Blend.

We’ve also joined in on the fun by jumping onboard Social Passport and Taste of the Championship. Have dinner with us between January 6 and 9 and score a complimentary dessert with your dinner purchase if you check in with us on the CFB Playoff mobile app (Our sister restaurant, Roux has the same offer and our bakery next door, Dough is offering 10% off your dessert with a check in). Also! We’ll be at The Florida Aquarium on Sunday, January 8 for with a dozen other amazing, local restaurants to welcome the National Championship teams to Tampa. We hope to see you soon and wish both Alabama and Clemson good luck.

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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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You Know You’ve Made it When…….

….. Dr. BBQ recommends you as one of his favorite places to eat at in Tampa. We completely agree that a mimosa and some Funnel Fries definitely call for a good old-fashioned nap afterwards. Thanks for mentioning us on Uproxx, Ray.

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Funnel Fries Datz Tampa Brunch Appetizer

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All They Want for Christmas is a Forever Home

Last year, Datz Restaurant Group sponsored the adoption fees of four dogs and four cats waiting for their forever homes at Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB). We’re excited to say that we’ll be able to do it again this year, so please help us spread the word.

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The Humane Society handpicked 8 animals for us to sponsor, so if you’re interested in one of these wonderful cats or dogs below, be sure to head down to the shelter on 3607 N. Armenia Avenue. We hope you have a great holiday and that you’ll help share these critters with your friends and family so that LexiYodaAxelShadowMarleyAbbyRhea, and Jenny have a great Christmas.

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Strawberry Fields Forever

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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.

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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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