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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Beer is Not Just For Drinking…

 

…..because it’s also for eating. One of our most popular appetizers in “Nom Nom” and it includes 3 fluffy, perfectly salted soft pretzel sticks with a side of beer cheese for dipping. Our beer cheese is made with Cigar City Brewing‘s Jai Alai and “Nom Nom” is an awesome #NationalCheatDay food. Show us what you’ll be cheating with on social media on our birthday, aka, National Cheat Day, on January 26. Keep calm and cheat on.

 

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National Cheat Day is Your New Favorite Holiday

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Join us for NATIONAL CHEAT DAY, tomorrow (Jan. 28) for food and fun!

It’s our birthday and we’ll start a foodie holiday it we want to. Enjoy complimentary appetizer samples (Tempura Reuben Roll or Mac Bites), mini cocktails (Datz-A-Mary Bloody Mary or V-Day cocktail), ice cream (house-made at Dough), AND entertainment!

EAT Appetizer Samples at Datz & House-made Ice Cream at Dough

DRINK Mini Cocktails at Datz

SNAP a Pic in the Photo Booth by Premier Photo Booths of Tampa

WIN Swag from the Creative Loafing Street Team

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Tempura Reuben Roll – NEW menu time. Sample this appetizer OR our tasty Mac Bites pictured below!

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The Cheesy Todd– our mascot and the most interesting burger in the world. Well, at least WE think so!

Our foodie mayor, Bob Buckhorn has also officially proclaimed Jan. 28 to be “National Cheat Day” in Tampa!

We hope to see you tomorrow, Jan. 28 for our birthday and NEW foodie holiday. Samples at Datz begin at 11 AM. Foodies can receive a complimentary scoop of ice cream at Dough beginning at 7 AM. All samples are while supplies last. The photo booth and swag table will be available from 11 AM to 3 PM.

However, you can celebrate NATIONAL CHEAT DAY from ANYWHERE. So show us what you’re cheating with using the hashtag #NationalCheatDay. We can’t wait to see!

Special thanks to all our partners: Creative Loafing, Visit Tampa Bay, Yelp, Tampa Bay Bloggers, Three Chairs Productions, 813 Area, Hyde Park Village, 97X, Hot 101.5, Joffrey’s Coffee, The Refinery, Fodder & Shine, I Love The Burg, and That’s So Tampa.

CHEAT on January 28

Hey Foodies!

It’s time to celebrate 7 years of “cheating” in South Tampa. It’s our birthday and we’ll start a foodie holiday if we want to!

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NATIONAL CHEAT DAY is meant to celebrate life’s greatest indulgence— food. On January 28, we want you to be over the top, because we know after “cheat day” ends you’ll go back to being your responsible (most of the time), health-conscious (is butter a carb?) self.

Think of NATIONAL CHEAT DAY like National Doughnut Day, National Bacon Day, or National Pumpkin Pie, but WAY BETTER.

Share your “cheat day” food with us by hashtagging #NationalCheatDay on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook on January 28. You can join in on the foodie fun from ANY city, restaurant, or home.

If you do plan on coming to Datz to spoil yourself on NATIONAL CHEAT DAY, we highly recommend The Cheesy Todd, the ultimate cheat food: 100% fresh ground chuck, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle, with— wait for it— two bacon-jalapeño mac n’ cheese “buns”!

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“The Cheesy Todd” Burger
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The Cheesy Todd is a foodie’s dream come true.

You should also know that at Datz on NATIONAL CHEAT DAY you can enjoy FREE mini cocktails* and appetizer samples*, including our new menu item, the Tempura Reuben Roll!

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NEW – Tempura Reuben Roll

At Dough, our whimsical coffee & sweets shop next door, you can enjoy a FREE scoop of house-made ice cream.

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House-made Ice Cream by Dough! Flavors change weekly. Pictured here is “It’s Your Birthday!”.

See you on Jan. 28 for the tastiest day of the year, foodies.

*While supplies last.

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