Once the heartiest meal of the day, most modern-day American lunches consist of a shotgunned soda, followed by a sandwich fired directly into the stomach by a high-powered meal-cannon. Gain the knowledge to return luncheon to its former glory with today's deal: for $10, you get a three-course Chef’s Kitchen event with a Datz chef (a $20 value) at Datz Tampa on MacDill Avenue.
Datz Tampa combines a deli, wine bar, bakery, and food market into an exciting establishment of culinary specialties. During its three-course interactive lunch experience ($20), Chef’s Kitchen (formerly known as The Lunch Box), a Datz Tampa chef teaches an eager audience how to add pizzazz to their mundane mid-day meal. Lunch themes change every day and are held on Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., so budding hash slingers and gourmands can choose the most appealing menu option and relax in a fun culinary setting as the experienced chef demonstrates the proper spicing and dough-romancing techniques, all before eating something much tastier than another microwave astronaut meal. Past Chef’s Kitchen themes have included classes such as Savvy Schnitzel—an Oktoberfest blast with the ultimate pork schnitzel, penultimate mustard spaetzle, and finishing baked bacon apple—as well as the southernly-influenced Arroz con pollo, which taught the basic tenets of the olive-white wine sauce and Spanish rice preparation as well as the unbearable deliciousness of chicken.
Datz Tampa’s expansive, attractively bricked, and wood-floored interior is filled with canned products, wine bottles galore, and the charming sounds of live music being danced to by customers and pirouetting elephants. Excuse yourself from work with a believable story about Wite-Out pen disasters and take part in a tasty, cooperative lunchtime experience with today's Groupon.
As of August 31, 2011, the Chef’s Kitchen event is no longer available. Groupon customers may now use this Groupon for $20 worth of any items in the restaurant.
The St. Petersburg Times recently took a seat at Datz Tampa's counter. Reviewers from the Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, and Creative Loafing all drool over Datz Tampa's menu. TripAdvisors give Datz Tampa an average of 3.5 owl eyes, Yelpers give an average of four, and 84% of almost 700 Urbanspooners recommend it:
- The kitchen elevates the humble, hearty sandwich to new heights, piling thick-sliced epicurean meats on double-baked bread. – Rommie Johnson, Tampa Tribune
- The key to enjoying the Datz Deli experience -- and it is immensely enjoyable -- is to ignore that the place is supposed to be a deli. Walk in the front door and you're confronted with racks of well-chosen wine and coolers full of craft brews and imports. Veer to the left and you'll pass refrigerated cases jammed with fresh desserts, from mini-tarts to red velvet cakes. – Brian Ries, Creative Loafing: