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Long before Uber and Amazon ever thought about delivering food, doormet was in the game. Add the fact that their healthy take on gourmet food was around long before the Fresh Kitchens, et.al. in Tampa, and it makes sense that they are still going. While I have heard of them as early as 2011, I was not aware that it also offered dine-in eating.
The store is located in a strip mall on South Dale Mabry and doesn't really stand out visually from the several other restaurants in the center and neighborhood. The inside is casual and comfortable offering 10+ tables and a radio station playing 70s and 80s pop music.
I am there during late lunch (1:30-ish) and there are only a couple of tables full. However the kitchen has at least four cooks, and the front of the house is covered by another four people. I assume they must do a brisk business having that much staff.
Next is the Quinoa and Kale fitness bowl with salmon ($17.95). It's one of two choices of "fitness bowls" the other being a brown rice base. It is a hefty serving of sautéed quinoa mixed with kale, roasted tomatoes, red peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms. It is finished with fresh herbs and mango pico, topped by a fresh lemon wedge. Again, the salmon is cooked nicely and topped with a sesame citrus glaze, which is a too sweet. The quinoa is al dente and the other flavors complement one another. Again, it's a fairly large serving for lunch.
The menu is ambitious. It includes three appetizers and house specialties, one soup, seven different salads, six deli sandwiches, five bistro sandwiches, five items on the kids menu, eight types of hand tossed pizzas, two fitness bowls, and four different pasta dishes! Even with the large kitchen staff that is a lot of food to do well.
We get the check and the bottom line is very expensive. It is nearly $40 for two dishes and two soft drinks, more than I would typically pay for a healthy lunch outing.
doormet has a decent craft and domestic beer selection ($2.95) with a short list of 4 whites ($6.95 glass/ $19.95 bottle) and 3 reds ($7.95 glass/24.95/ bottle) . The service is friendly and on task. Even in the face of all the competition they still offer delivery, takeout, and catering services.
Be forewarned, there are rules about gratuities stated on the menu. If you have your food delivered and your gratuity to a delivery person is considered to be "egregious" (too low) they may refuse to ever deliver to you again. Minimum recommendations for tips are listed on the menu and average around 10%. Frankly I don't like being instructed about gratuities by a restaurant simply because- in my life- gratuities are for a job well done. Perhaps paying their delivery drivers a living wage would be a better way to go. But they have been in the delivery business for a long time and seem to be doing okay.
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