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Happy Foodie Friday, ya’ll. I don’t know about you, but I am r.e.a.d.y. for the weekend! We have lots of house things planned now that Jason has a break from school {lucky him, right?}, and I will be using a lot of his free time to get it all done. I have been to Datz several times before, most recently to take a new client for a brunch filled with pear mimosas and a shared plate of {ridiculously good} monkey bread. I  had never been for dinner, however. So when Deb from Datz, whom I had met at the Food and Wine Conference last month, invited Jason and I for dinner, I knew there would be no better way for us to spend a Friday! Of course, I made sure to ask several friends for their recommendations; chicken and waffles, stuffed meatloaf, and datchos were among the top suggestions. We had some tough decisions to make… I’m always the last one to order when dining out. I can never decide just exactly what I want, because I never want to pick the wrong meal. So to start our evening, I ordered an Osaka Pop Star cocktail ($13) to kill time as I perused the menu. I don’t usually order what I consider pricey drinks {I’m more about the food} when I am also planning to eat, but am glad I did. The Osaka Pop Star was refreshing, and perfect for a Friday night out with the mister.

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 [hangar one mandarin blossom vodka, bols lychee, simple syrup, lime, prickly pear syrup, edible orchid]

For an appetizer, we couldn’t decide between the Datchos, Uptown BLT, or When Pigs Fly {a flight of BACON, you guys…bacon. My gawd!}. Since we were both leaning towards a sandwich for dinner, which comes with a side of chips, we knew there wasn’t a need for the Datchos. And as  excited as I was over a sample of bacon (!), I always have a weakness for fried green tomatoes, and this starter just so happened to also include bacon. Done.

[fried green tomatoes topped with pimento spread,crispy pork belly bacon, shredded lettuce & tomato bacon jam]

We definitely made a good choice. Crispy, fried to perfection, and with a very tasty tomato jam. I think that as good as the food truly is, my favorite thing about Datz is the creativity and flavor combinations they offer. I love fried green tomatoes, I love bacon. Why could I never think to marry these ingredients to make an innovative Uptown BLT ($9)? I guess that’s why I am in the insurance business, and plan parties on the side, huh? For dinner, Jason and I each ordered a sandwich. At the end of the day, a good sandwich will always win in my book, and Datz had a ton to choose from!

 [house-braised beef short ribs simmered in a tangy sauce, topped with a thick-sliced vidalia onion ring]

 Jason’s Short Rib Sloppy Joe ($13) had tons of flavor, but his complaint always for such a messy sandwich is an untoasted bun. I honestly never would think of that as being a bad thing, but after having a bite, I could see what he meant. You want a sturdy bun to handle all that is contained, right?

 [pulled pork, baked ham, swiss cheese, dill pickle, honeycup mustard, served hot on a house-baked batard]

My Havana Hottie ($12) was dee-lish! The Havana Hottie had all the fixins’ from a traditional Cuban, popular in Tampa, but with a twist; honeycup mustard with a kick. Our server, Logan, informed me that the mustard was made with horseradish and suggested I get it on the side, in case I didn’t like it. Um, so I totally ended up dipping my sandwich into my mustard. I clearly enjoyed it 😉 The homemade sweet-n-salty chips with creamy, blue cheese drizzle and green onions that accompanied both of our sandwiches was seriously outstanding. I wanted a whole plate of just those chips and my cocktail for dinner. I can’t believe that was our first time to dinner at Datz, We are already planning to go in a few weeks with friends, that’s how much we loved it!

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Tampa friends, have you been to Datz? What is your favorite Datz dish?


  1. says

    Love me some Datz! I haven’t been in so long (and probably won’t for a while thanks to WW!). I LOVE the stuffed meatloaf. I also love the Eggs Barbacoa (pulled pork, eggs, black beans, and rice all smothered with cheese) on their brunch menu. And of course, their homemade chips are the best. :) Oh man this made me so hungry…
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    • says

      I saw the Eggs Barbacoa and almost ordered them, but thought maybe it would have been too heavy, but gah now I sort of wish I had.

  2. Amber K says

    If you ever visit Charleston remind me to send you to the restaurant with the BEST friend green tomato blt ever. I was in heaven for every bite :)

    • says

      We actually did go to Dough after dinner, but I didn’t take any photos so I didn’t include it in my review. But we both loved Dough! WE ordered a chocolate cupcake, and gelato…soooo good!

    • says

      There is a hole in the wall Cuban spot in Tampa FAMOUS for their Cubans. I wouldn’t go in for years because of the appearance. Jason made me go late one night after a night out, because he wanted a cuban and coffee con leche. OMG, best sammie EVER!

    • says

      I seriously took forever to pick ONE sandwich, Lane. But I made a good choice. I think when we go in a few weeks I may get the April in Paris. I almost ordered that last week, but as soon as I saw the Havana Hottie, I was done.

  3. says

    Oohhh….you wrote this post just for me, right!? I love the sandwiches at Datz, I need to get my hands on those fried green tomatoes as well. Have a great weekend!!
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