I have a friend who just recently moved to Tampa and I have told her that I will probably put on a few pounds because each time I visit here I’m going to want to go here…
The mecca of all that is foodie. Datz Dough.
And now I have even more reason to love Datz Dough since they’ve hired Chef Domenica Macchia as their chef. Chef Domenica has been in and out of the newspapers in the past year. Long story short she is unable to work at any St. Pete restaurant so she has been out of work for awhile. And then Dough decided to snatch her up and convince her to cross the bridge.
So so so glad that they did.
Our Tampa Bay Bloggers group got invited to a lovely Fall Tasting, which included dishes that Chef Domenica was going to include in the new Dough menu.
As soon as I walked in I was greeted with a Prickly Pear Mimosa.
Cheers! This was delish and a great way to start off the evening.
After catching up with everyone and meeting some new faces we were asked to sit so the real fun could begin!
First up was the Passport Salad, which was endive with olives, figs, goat cheese and crispy garbanzo beans.
I loved the salty sweet combo of flavors and the crunch of the garbanzos.
Next was Not Yo Mamas Mac & Cheese.
Wow. Just…wow. This was one of the best mac & cheese dishes I have ever had. It was supposed to have a hint of heat, but I didn’t detect any heat at all. And of course no good mac & cheese is complete without a panko topping!
Up next was The Sea & The Swine. Pan seared scallop with bacon brittle.
I have had this combo before and it is one of my favorites. I’m a huge fan of scallops and this one was cooked to perfection. The bacon brittle is a great compliment, although it kept getting stuck in my teeth!
Around this time we were brought another drink, which had bourbon in it. It was strong and I only had about half of it. I’m not usually a bourbon drinker, but it was actually good and went nicely with the scallop dish.
The last dish was The Steaks are High, which was strip steak with a chocolate coffee sauce and blue cheese cheesecake on the side.
I loved the cheesecake! It was perfect with the steak.
We also got an extra treat and got to try Chef’s famous duck fat fries!
I have heard of these babies many times, but never had the chance to try one. There’s no better fry!
Dessert was a Banana Foster Boozy Shake. Enough said.
Chef came out at the end to say a few words and we all applauded her. What an excellent meal!
Dough’s menu is now available and it is filled with delicious dishes. I know I can’t wait to go back and try something new. And of course, get dessert!
Have you been to Dough?