I was honored to have an opportunity to go to this event, especially as I am a foodspotting junkie and I love any excuse to go to Datz. Dine Tampa Bay is getting geared up for the 2012 Restaurant Week, quite honestly my favorite time to be a Tampa Bay resident. It's two weeks of exclusive prix fixe menu's and you have a choice of selecting $25, $35 & $45 restaurants. It's a great opportunity to try restaurants you usually wouldn't be able to afford on a week night, or try things you normally wouldn't order off the menu. It's a foodies dream.
The evening started with Heather (a/k/a the Director of Fun) letting us know we would be trying out new items that are appearing at the restaurant on Friday. I love menu sneak peeks!
First out the door were Popsicle cocktail's, Florida Citrus and Berry. I liked both, although the Florida Citrus was my favorite of the two.
|Datz Popsicle Cocktails|
|Watermelon Salad at Datz $10|
Next up was Poutine - crispy fries topped with cheddar cheese curd, demi-glace and topped with a sunny-side egg ($9). Seriously off the chain. I went to a second event this night which Jeff Houck of TBO was at. I really thought I was going to have to pry my phone from him after showing him this photo!
|Poutine at Datz $9|
|Fish N' Crisps at Datz $18|
Another item on Datz summer menu which I did not have an opportunity to try was the Rilette - whipped mortadella mouse topped with dried cherries and toasted pistachios, served with brioche $12
|Rilette at Datz $12|
One thing I noticed was amongst the bottles of vodka, rum and tequila available for purchase was a ton of Spam. I found this a little odd, then found out that they have a new item on their brunch menu called Spam and Eggs. Pan fried spam served with two eggs ay style, topped with red eye gravy $12.