At the start of the evening, we met at its southern sister, Roux. Just a few miles south of Datz on Mac Dill, Roux serves the best Nouvelle Cuisine outside of NOLA. This Creole-French fusion transport guests to the French Quarter with every bite.
The Roux signature entrees Abita Beer Crab Beignets, Boudin Balls and Char-grilled Oysters were served family style and paired with three hand-crafted cocktails: a Hurricane, French 75 or Sazerac.
The Abita Beer Crab Beignets rich, bite-size morsels of crab cake and the Boudin Balls tasted like a bite-size bowl of jambayla, but the buttery, cheesy Char-grilled Oysters stole the spotlight. Unanimously, it was the favored dish among the bloggers.
From Roux, we crawled to our next stop: Datz, where piles of Sriracha Popcorn waited for our arrival. For another savory starter, we noshed on a head of Buffalo Cauliflower and cooled down the heat with two hand-crafted cocktails: #HotSex and Love Stinks.
Since Datz offered us free range to order anything off the menu, we chose to order a few dishes to share and started with the highly recommended Cheesy Todd. Datz is best known for its food stunts and the Cheesy Todd, its newest foodie dare. We couldn’t let this food stunt slip away without at least trying a Cheesy Todd. Two ginormous mac and cheese bites replace a bun for this beef burger. Honestly, it’s a heart attack waiting to happen but totally worth every bite.
We also split The Dezi Arnez Cuban Salad, which captures everything we love about Tampa’s famous Cuban sandwiches in a bowl. Slices of ham, cheese, Spanish olives and a light vinegar dressing pay a delicious homage to our treasured Tampa heritage, Ybor City
Our small bites of this and that left just enough room for dessert at our last stop, Dough. Only a few steps from Datz, the short #crawl4foodies walk helped make room for the scrumptious treats that waited for us. Once again, we shared spoonfuls of sweets to minimize the calories but maximize our tasting experience.
Experience all the foodie stunts and deliciousness of Roux, Datz and Dough by following each restaurants on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Warning: Photos may cause drooling and short-circuit your phone.
Dough – Facebook and Twitter
For more mouthwatering helpings of our Datz and Tampa Bay Bloggers’ #crawl4foodies evening, visit the following blogs.