Breakfast; they don't say it's the most important meal of the day for nothing.  Chow down on a hearty breakfast and it's almost guaranteed you'll be more efficient, less temperamental, and half as hungry throughout the day than you would be without it.   Gorging on a huge, mid-day lunch after no breakfast will just leave you tired and, in fact, much more prone to weight gain than just eating a modest breakfast and lunch.

Enough about the health benefits though.  A great breakfast, as far as any foodie is concerned, is all about taste, and you can bet we've got plenty of it right here in Tampa.   Check out any five of these great breakfast joints and start your day off with health and deliciousness.

Datz - It's hard to think of many restaurants in Tampa Bay as fascinated with fresh and inventive cuisine as Datz.  Stop in for breakfast on Saturday or Sunday and enjoy their "Weekend Warriors" menu with items like Huevos Rancheros, Red Velvet Pancakes, Eggs Barbacoa (eggs and pulled pork), and much more.

First Watch - Located right in the heart of Downtown Tampa, First Watch has been serving up traditional breakfast cuisine to Downtown Tampa residents and visitors for over 15 years.  Sit at your table and you're greeted with a pot of First Watch's own Sunrise Select coffee.  After that enjoy hearty or healthy fare including the Bacado Omelet with bacon, avocado and melted monterey jack cheese and the Power Wrap with egg whites, turkey, spinach and mushrooms in a sundried tomato basil tortilla with Swiss cheese.

Moxie's - Moxie's is another fantastic breakfast hub in Downtown Tampa.  From cold to hot, they've got at least one thing on  their diverse menu that'll satisfy any breakfast craving.  Enjoy one of their scramblers like the Old Fashioned -  scrambled eggs, smoked bacon and oven roasted potatoes, served with cuban buttered toast - or a peanut butter parfait with sliced bananas, creamy vanilla yogurt, peanut butter, honey, and granola.  Drooling yet?

The Real Dill Deli - For great, cheap, and delicious breakfast in Tampa, The Real Dill Deli is the place to be.  Three eggs, a choice of meat, toast, and seasoned home fries will cost you a whopping $6 and fill you up right.  Other breakfast menu items include cinamon crisp french toast, and a nutella banana sandwich.

Daily Eats - You might be overwhelmed looking at the Daily Eats breakfast menu for the first time.  As you look at the diverse selection of delectable breakfast items to choose from, you'll realize this isn't necessarily a bad thing.  Unique entrees like the Broad Street Bully Benedict - toasted English muffin, seasoned N.Y. strip, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, American cheese, and two poached eggs drizzled with house-made hollandaise - and the Hoang Kong -smoked salmon and scallion two-egg scramble on a toasted bagel smeared with scallion cream cheese and topped with diced tomatoes and onion - make a visit definitely in order.