The gang went to Datz Deli on my girl Boston Heather's recommendation Friday night. I had been told about Datz many times and was under the impression that the not very impressive building from the outside, that I had driven by over and over again, was a neat little deli with a great wine selection. When we walked in it wasn't at all what I expected. It was a very large, contemporary urban space, with a bar upstairs and down, desert cases and retail space, teaming with a lively South Tampa crowd. How I hadn't managed to try Datz sooner is beyond me.
Heather, knowing I was probably going to blog about our experience, made sure we all ordered something different. The menu was full of comfort food favorites with a kick, that had us all salavating before we were even served our first dish. Deciding what to order for dinner became a laborious task, having to choose between items like meatloaf stuffed with jalapeno mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, fries slathered in gravy with cheese curds and a fried egg (poutine) and shrimp and grits.
The cocktails were creative with a unique presentation and everything we ordered was absolutely delicious, although service was a little slow. I didn't mind though. I was enjoying my craft beer from the awesome specialty beer menu and hanging out with the gang.