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Datz, Tampa Restaurant, offers comfort food like Cheesy Todd

Tampa, Fla. — When Suzanne Perry and her husband Roger moved to the Tampa Bay area, they had extra time on their hands.

This gave them the opportunity to realize their dream and open a large restaurant.

And “Datz” exactly what they did.

Datz Restaurant is inspired by historic Midwest and Northeast delis that serve huge portions, right down to the name, with the faint echo of restaurants with a “Z” in their names, like Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City.

But that’s where the similarities end.

“Our customers here in South Tampa told us they wanted something different. They liked the general idea of ​​deli sandwiches and stuff, but they really wanted more comfort food,” Perry said.

If it’s convenience customers want, it’s convenience customers get.

Datz closed for a few days and reopened with the concept that exists today — over-the-top American comfort food, including favorites like the Nashville chicken sandwich with two large tenders smothered in hot sauce.

But the big cheese on the menu that’s caught the eye of the likes of “Good Morning America” ​​is The Cheesy Todd.

“It’s just a burger, and instead of a regular bun, it has fried macaroni and cheese. And we have people from out of town eating this, lots of locals love it. It’s a huge meal, which is what we’re known for,” said Datz project manager John Camisa.

“I want them to go out here almost sickly fed up and talk to other people about it. Like, ‘Go in there hungry, make sure you’re really hungry when you go in there because they’re going to go out really full,'” Camisa said.

The staff prides itself on providing a unique, laid-back experience, even reflected in its quirky name, chosen from hundreds of competitors but never googled in advance. It turns out that a family by that name lives just a few blocks from the restaurant.

“They’re probably still getting calls about the Datz pastrami sandwich today,” Perry said.

After all, the Datz experience is about having fun.

“What makes Datz really unique and different is that it’s a place to have fun. Just come, relax, let your hair down, wear your shorts, wear your golf attire or tennis outfit, come back from the beach and have some excellent home American comfort food but spiced it up a bit,” Perry said.

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Dais Johnston

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