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Nov 4, 2009 05:00 AM

TAMPA: Doormet - awesome find!

I've eaten at this spot a half dozen times now with friends/wife/etc, and yet to be disappointed or not impressed. Really great quality food, excellent attention to seasoning/spicing, creative specials, really reasonable prices and they deliver all over South Tampa (and into Westshore district, etc). So far the soup, pizza, sandwiches, entrees, salads, everything have been spot on. One of the owners used to cook at Pane Rustica, (one of my all-time favorites) so my interest was piqued from the get-go. From memory so far we've tried:

Southwestern Sweet Potato soup - excellent, meaty, earthy, a bit smoky, impressively rich for pretty healthy soup with no cream or butter! nicely complimented by a little dollop of sour cream and some chives.

"Roma" Pizza - very well cooked, solid amount of toppings, this one eats like a meal. Balsamic with the feta was a great pairing.

Tomozza Sandwich - yes, I am a balsamic nut. This sandwich is like taking a standard (tomato-basil-mozzarella) caprese salad (one of my favorite things) and making it amazing. They add a bit of saltiness (prosciutto) some bitterness (arugula) and some sweet/tartness (balsamic) and frame it with delicious bread. The bread is obtained daily from Pane Rustica so naturally it's awesome! I'm actually salivating right now, I might need to get one of these at lunch.

We've also tried a couple salads we enjoyed and really dug the side of cold pasta salad that compliments dishes, it was orzo pasta with some cinnamon or nutmeg or similar spice and golden raisins. AND THEY SERVE MIKE'S PIES!!!

I'm really sold on this spot, highly recommend it.

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  1. hrm. I took a menu and scanned it in, it didn't show up too good there. Also I forgot to mention this place is at 1155 South Dale Mabry in Tampa.

    1. Anyone else had a chance to try it?

      3 Replies
      1. re: askdrtodd

        I've been a fan since day one, but I'm a little skeptical of all of the changes they are making - smaller menu and specifically no pizza?!? Does anyone know what is going on over there?

        1. re: ccat3

          My daughter works at a company that regularly ordered from them (they ordered today, in fact) and she heard they were going "green" - hence the changes. Bread has changed, and not for the better, no goat cheese anymore on bacon sandwiches, items looked sloppy, cookies smaller, chips no longer in individual bags - were served in a big plastic bowl and not appropriate for serving to executives during a meeting (gross with all those hands in the bowl). All in all, they were not happy and will not order from them again (they used to be their #1 place!)

          1. re: triff

            Update on Doormet - apparently they listened to customers' complaints on changes they had made, and went back to their previous tried and true methods. Daughter's workplace is once again ordering from them and quite satisfied with their lunch offerings!