J. and I were heading down to downtown Tampa this past weekend to pick up our racing gear for the Gasparilla Distance Classic, and had to make a pit stop in South Tampa for some brunch at Datz. I’ve been here a handful of times before and every time has been better than the last.
The atmosphere is industrial, busy and eclectic, but that pairs well with their unique mash up of food and flavors. This place gets SUPER crowded, but they do have a texting reservation system that lets you do a “call ahead” and lets you know the current wait times.
J. and I started out with the Rebel’s Brunch, basically a mimosa with bourbon, maple syrup, and an orange peel. The maple added a hint of sweetness, and that along with the acid from the orange juice cut the bourbon nicely.
J. got the Datz Good Hash, shredded hash browns with corned beef and two eggs any way you like them. I was able to slip in a bite or two before J. gobbled it up, and I totally understand his love for this dish! The hash browns were perfectly crisp and the corned beef was such a unique addition. It added a nice saltiness to the dish, but not the same amount of fat and a difference texture than bacon would. I personally would have gotten my eggs over easy (because I like the runny center), but the scrambled eggs paired nicely as well.
I went with the Sriracha Egg Sammie, Sriracha cheddar bread with sausage, a fried egg, sweet peppers and American cheese. The bread was perfectly toasted and brought a nice (but not overwhelming) amount of heat – you could definitely taste the Sriracha. I’d eat the bread just by itself – it was delicious! The cheese and egg balanced out the spice from the bread and the peppers added a nice sweetness and crunch. The sausage was thick and moist, and quite honestly the best sausage I’ve ever had. My sandwich was served with the creamiest, fluffiest grits, topped with cheese.
I highly recommend heading to South Tampa and checking out Datz! Their food names and sign out front will bring a smile to your face with their clever names and sayings (“My Head Says Gym but My Heart Says Bacon”) and the food itself will warm your heart and fill your stomach every time. And make sure to check out their bakery next door, “Dough,” for some delicious sweet treats.
Until next time!