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Finally tried Datz...oh my...so good...

So I was a little hesitant to try Datz because when they first opened I saw some mixed reviews. I finally went last night and now I'm hooked! Nice atmosphere, good selection of beer and wine. I had a turkey sandwich on yummy crusty bread, can't remember what it was called but it had cole slaw and some sort of sweet sauce on it. All the sandwiches come w homemade potatoe chips drizzled in blue cheese dressing. For dessert I had a little berry tort with some sort of jelly on the inside. Unbelievable. I also taste tested key lime pie and red velvet cake. This is my new fave place to eat!

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  1. They're OK, they are putting in 20 taps downstairs now though, which makes me like them again. (they raised their beer prices 150% and I've semi-boycotted them since). A war is brewing though, Pane Rustica is a quarter mile south of there and is putting in a bar as we speak. My favorite kind of war, mua ha ha!

    1. Oh definitely try the hot dog at Datz, it's homemade and ENORMOUS.

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      1. re: askdrtodd

        Oooooooooo......

        --------Wait, that didn't come out right!

        1. re: askdrtodd

          The hot dogs aren't homemade. I can't remember the company they purchase from, but they typically sell to sporting stadiums haha. In any event, very good hot dog, easily my favorite in tampa.

        2. i went last weekend craving a salad (yes, this sometimes happens). I had the crab cake salad, and it was very good, must have had a whole mango and half a large pineapple around the plate. The salad did not come dressed, however, and my server didn't believe me when i told her it was dry as a bone. still, i insisted on a side of dressing, which unsurprisingly improved the dish. Chicken noodle soup was pedestrian and salty.

          the beer prices were so reasonable before i'm not surprised they raised them. A year into business, Datz still has enormous potential, and i will go back, but every time i visit there's something out of place.

          and considering that Pane Rustica and Datz are always crowded, i don't think there's any risk of casualties in this rivalry.

          1. Ohhh..Pane is my absolute favorite hands down. Funny you mention the beer prices, my friends are huge fans of Datz and theyve been begging me to go for months, I finally relented last night and they were actually making a pretty big deal last night about how cheap the beer is and how they think they should raise the prices to increase profits:)

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            1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC

              how cheap the beer currently is? Because it's no better than anywhere else right now, actually worse than most good beer bars (OTH, Dunedin HOB, Beer Garten, etc). When they opened the beer prices were outstanding.

            2. <Datz still has enormous potential, and i will go back, but every time i visit there's something out of place.>
              My sentiments exactly. I prefer Pane Rustica for lunch and dinner: more ambitious menu(s), better service, tastier food. IMO, of course. And there's no reason at all both shouldn't thrive, I wish Datz well.

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              1. re: Miss E

                I agree, they'll eventually get their stuff together.

              2. Datz' food never disappoints, neither does the service, but lo on the parking...lo on the waiting....and a real real lo on the "we close on Sunday at 3pm" c'mon, a major wtf on that one Datz, plenty of us roll out of bed at noon on Sunday after our 100 hour work weeks....

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                1. re: Jen Tkalec

                  hey agreed. I don't think Suz realized how awesome the place would be when she opened it. great location, piss poor parking.

                  1. re: Jen Tkalec

                    I am nearly always disappointed by the service, and sometimes by the food. Some of the servers and counter staff are good, others are well-meaning but clueless, and some are actually rude and unhelpful. The fact that these training issues persist, with high turnover, years after opening, is a problem. My issue with the food is really another service issue: takeout is often missing some ingredient or other, plates are delivered to the table with stuff missing, and so on. Last Sunday we went at 2pm, saw lots of parking and thought "Hey, we may actually be able to get in." Once inside, we were told the wait was 55 minutes--no one else was waiting, and we could see empty tables! When I asked "Really? 55 minutes?", I was rewarded with a dirty look and a rude tone: "Yep." Yep. I'm done.

                    But I actually posted in order to ask, has anyone else heard they're converting the place to a gastropub, changing the menu and decor, too? If true, this is truly an amazing outlay of cash and effort on this place.

                    1. re: Miss E

                      That's the direction they're heading, less deli more gastropub. I wish that bakery next door would go under so they could get some good parking haha. I'm sorry that you caught some of the doofus servers, they really do have some good ones. I always try to go during off hours, otherwise it can be a heckuva wait.

                      1. re: askdrtodd

                        I have worked in enough restaurants to tolerate some bad service. I know things aren't always smooth and I try not to get too bent out of shape about it. There must be a management problem at Datz for so many of their employees to be so clueless. Buying pastries the other day was a nightmare. Also, don't fall for the stale macaroons like I did. Datz is exactly the kind of place we need in Tampa, but they have got to get a grip.

                        1. re: CFishman

                          It is funny you mentioned the macaroons being stale, that made me sad. They looked so pretty and delicious and fresh! Not sure what day of the week they get them in, but that'd be the day to pick them up, after having the Chocolate Pi lady's macaroons at bern's winefest, I was ruined for life on amazing macaroons. Datz' owner is trying to provide a top notch spot at a reasonable $, I give her credit, the restaurant has come a long way since it opened and they're still growing into their niche.

                          1. re: askdrtodd

                            I'm not even sure I know what a gastropub is. Seems like they have a really good thing going (food/atmosphere wise) so why would you change?
                            People trying to fix what isn't broken.

                            I seem to go early, or at off times, and don't run into much trouble. More often than not, if the wife and I can get out on our own, we will head to the upstairs bar, get some beers and a flight. Always have a good time. No problems with service, and there is usually a spot at the bar.

                            My only complaint: EVERY saturday we are in there, this really drunk, REALLY annoying guy comes in b/c he is friends with one of the bartenders and proceeds to harrass and annoy all the partons. I have no idea why they allow/put up with this.

                  2. My SO and I finally got to try Datz on July 5th for a lunch box, a cooking demonstration with lunch served during the work week, dedicated to Carribean cuisine. We got to enjoy a small cooking demonstration with about 10 other people while eating a cucumber and onion salad, marinated jerk chicken and hominy stew. We were served a William Dean Pina Colada chocolate for dessert. The chicken was a leg piece - moist, flavorful with deliciously crisp skin. The hominy stew was listed as a corn dish, and was cooked in the style of a rice pudding. It was delicious - cooked with coconut milk and ginger. The WD chocolate was a great ending and was served with a beer cocktail, which the rest of the participants were quite vocal about enjoying.

                    The host was helpful and informative. She accomodated my post-surgery self with non-alcoholic beverages and being allowed to use a special side door for her to make a quick exit when needed. It was a bit hard to hear her however as the noise escalated around us. As listed previously, the parking situation is ridiculous. Watch out for the many signs showing where you can and will be towed. The local shops were serious about it before Datz, and I'm sure have not changed since.

                    I would like to make the drive out again to enjoy their food, but with that parking situation, its a bit of a gamble to drive from Largo for dinner or a meal on the weekend.

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                    Carribean Cafe
                    5663 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32822

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                    1. re: TampaAurora

                      Aurora that sounds awesome! I had a MACARONI AND CHEESE PANCAKE there last night!! Oh man. It was served with red pepper flake infused pure cane syrup. Ridiculous. OK we gotta do a chowdown at Datz, I talked to the owner last night and she was excited to put something together for a group of us, where our group could try a number of dishes for a very reasonable cost (maybe $15-20 a head?). Also they figured out the Macaron issue and I had one last night (before ordering a half dozen to take home with me), it was excellent. Perfect razor thin caramelized cotton candy shell with a soft creamy layer of luxury in the middle. Great now I'm hungry again. Who's wants to do a chowdown @ Datz?

                    2. We tried it this evening for the first time. I thought the entrees fell a tad short of "gastropub" level, but I loved the selection of wines by the glass, being able to create my own charcuterie platter, and being served a slab of red velvet cake (the best I've ever had, btw) that was bigger than my head, <3

                      The chili I tried was also top-notch (loaded with beef, light on beans, a wonderful balance of sweet and spicy, and studded with roasted corn kernels...SO good).

                      The hubster tried a Carrot Bisque with coconut and ginger, which didn't turn me on....however, his bowl was licked clean.

                      I got Shrimp and Grits, which were nice (especially the Gouda Grits!), but they held no candle to those I tried in Charleston.

                      UD ordered a Chicken-Fried NY Strip, which was decadence on a plate...mitigated somewhat by the cold mashed potatoes flanking it .

                      It was good....but maybe not $125 good. Will try again without ordering dinner entrees.