Tampa breakfast review of Datz Tampa. Everyone says it’s THE most important meal of the day, but for FoodieFrog, it’s our most FAVORITE meal to review.
Datz is part of the Datz & Dough ‘duel’ eateries on S. Macdill Avenue in a connected building. Dough on the northside, offering baked sweets and frozen desserts. Datz is on the south-end offering, well, just about everything else. Think of one as the sweet sibling and the other as the rowdy, trouble maker. We were in a mood for trouble today.
The interior is like Dr. Who’s TARTAS, appearing much larger inside than we expected. We were even surprised to see a second floor of dining. Throughout there’s an industrial feel with exposed ceilings and bricks and the typical, trendy memorabilia along the walls.
We walked by a small gourmet food display, past the bakery display and were seated in the larger room. The cakes we passed in the display were HUGE. Like, Cheesecake Factory huge. Coffee was served and we reviewed their ‘newspaper’ menu.
They have a large selection for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner plates, but even larger was the drink selection. Easily one of the largest specialty liquor selections we’ve seen, including bourbon, whiskey and scotch. Several caught my eye, but being a 8am on a weekday, we needed to focus on breakfast.
The main breakfast menu is split up into American Fare, Sammies (sandwiches) & sweets (French toast, etc.) Reading through the descriptions, you can immediately tell that they mean business. This isn’t your regular 50’s diner menu. They make many items in-house from the breads to even the sausage. Impressive! I had my eye on the Chicken N’ Waffle Benedict and The Lumber Jack items and had to make that last minute decision as we ordered.
Our food didn’t take long to come out of the kitchen and as soon as it was dropped off, our mouths dropped open at the large portions.
The Lumber Jack ($11) – two eggs, two pieces of nueske’s bacon, house-made maple sausage, ham, toast (house-baked Amish milk bread) and bacon-infused house-cut Idaho potatoes (you can also choose cheesy grits or fresh fruit). It was hard to decide just where to start, but of course I hit the bacon first. The bacon was thick and had great flavor that was a nice balance of salt and smoke.
The ham appeared to be sliced in the back as it was really thick. They slightly grilled it which gave it some extra depth in flavor that added to the salty bite. The house-made maple sausage was the only item that we felt slightly missed the mark. It was a bit on the dry side, but was very complex in flavor.
I bet some actual maple syrup drizzled on top would have been perfect. The eggs were fresh and perfectly scrambled. We both liked the potatoes and felt they were much better than those same ole paprika home fries many diners use. These were crisp cubes with a slight bacon flavor. I liked the fresh Amish milk bread toast as well.
Sriracha Egg Sammie ($10) – house-made maple sausage, fried egg, sweet peppers, American cheese on house-made Sriracha cheddar bread. This was a huge sandwich and the slices of bread seemed to be double the size of a normal sliced loaf. The bread had a hint of spice, but it wasn’t overpowering.
The sausage on the sammie worked much better and gave the sandwich an extra kick of spice. The cheesy layers held everything together for the most part, but a knife and fork had to be kept on reserve (nothing wrong with that). Overall, this sandwich was a winner and we would order it again.
Datz was hit for us and we’ll definitely be back again for a lunch or dinner. Some of those other menu items just sounded too good to pass up. The portions are large, so make sure you arrive hungry and plan for a wait during peak times.