Sunday, September 7, 2008

Quickie Review #31: Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar

Ancient philosopher Mae West once wryly noted that "marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution." (My lovely wife the Rock Star might have something to say about that.) Speaking of institutions, there's no doubt that in Dallas, Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar qualifies. Started by Pat Snuffer in 1978, the mini-chain has grown to eight locations as of this writing, giving customers all over the Metroplex access to their fresh, simple fare. Over the years, they've expanded their menu to include wraps, salads, and home-cooking offerings such as Black Angus chicken-fried steak, but let's face it folks: When you think of Snuffer's, you think of their legendary burgers and cheddar fries. It was in search of this award-winning fare that caused my wife and I to journey to the Plano outpost one recent Saturday.

Besides the food, what I love about Snuffers is that all the locations are different, but they all feel like Snuffers. Lots of wood and natural materials and old pictures literally covering the walls. They were in seat-yourself mode when we arrived (another nice touch) and since college football was in full swing, we took a booth close to one of the many TVs so we could take advantage. We were intrigued by the thought of the mini-cheeseburgers, but since they come only with regular fries and not their famous cheddar variety, we decided to stick with the classics. All their burgers are prepared fresh-never-frozen, and the Rock Star really appreciates the fact that they shred their lettuce, which makes for easier handling. (We both wish they would consider doing the same for their tomato and onion as well.) Her half-pound Bacon Cheeseburger was prepared medium as requested and was absolutely huge and juicy. Wisely, she took her knife to it and chopped in in half, the better to eat you, my dear. (I love breaking the rules of grammar. It's my blog, you know.) My Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger was literally studded with the French stuff, as well as bleu-cheese dressing, red onion, lettuce, tomato, and lots of crispy bacon bits and was prepared medium-rare. (Two signs of a quality burger joint: No freezer burn on the patties and beef fixed the way you like it.) We split a small order of the famous cheddar fries and they were gooey and tasty as always, with melted cheese, bacon bits, chives, and jalapenos on the side. How can you resist them? Wisely, we did not. Our waitress Krystal managed to be sweet, efficient, and (I believe) Canadian, although I'm not sure about the latter. Website is www.snuffers.com, and they promise to sell Snuffer's logo gear and other swag in the near future. Enter your nearest burger institution soon, and as always:

LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR MEDIOCRE FOOD!!!

11 comments:

Margie said...

Mmmmmm... cheese fries. How can you not love that?!

Food Czar said...

Margie, these days my wife and I have to split a small order. If we were to eat a steady diet of large orders of Snuffer's burgers and cheddar fries, we would soon weigh
500 pounds!!!

gammypie said...

I need to head over to the Plano spot. We went to the original last weekend and left sorely disappointed. I really hope it was just an off day. A co-worked suggested we head to Uptown Bar and Grill. He said that the cheese fries were better than Snuffer's. That's saying a lot in my book.

michelle said...

love love love their cheese fries! :)

haven't been there in a while, but reading this reminded me that we need to go back!

Food Czar said...

Yes, you do Michelle. And don't forget to include Snuffer's in your considerations for Best Burgers in Dallas. They deserve mention, as does Kelly's Eastside, Chips (sadly, soon to close) and JG's Hamburgers.

Gammypie, welcome. Noticed your comments on some of my colleagues sites, and I'm glad you chose to look at mine. Thanks again!!!

Donna said...

oh how I love Snuffer's cheddar fries... I was on a healthy eating kick and now I've been reminded I need a trip to Snuffer's!

Marci said...

Mmm Snuffers. We used to meet on Tuesday evenings at the Addison location for strawberry daquiris and cheese fries....thanks for making me crave liqour and fat at 8:30AM lol

Food Czar said...

Marci: Strawberry daquiris and cheese fries. What an interesting combination! Bet you didn't need much, if any, dinner after that!!

Donna: Go ahead and indulge. Just remember: Man (or Woman) cannot live by sushi alone!!!

Victoria is only a wee bit crazy said...

Snuffers cheese fries are my vice of choice. I order cheddar swiss because those they have to freshly make. Regular cheddars are premade. Just a helpful hint.

You eat em like I like em. Loaded with jalapenos on the side with extra ranch. YUM!!

Honey B said...

Those cheese fries boast 2900 calories and I heard the cheese is melted by pouring hot oil on top!

They are super sinful and yummy, though. We have a new Snuffers in Highland Village, Texas...

Alison said...

Comment to "Victoria..." the cheddar fries are never pre-made. They're made when you order them, but the swiss cheddar fries are my fave too. Oh, and "Honey" - the cheese is not melted by pouring hot oil on it - cheese is naturally oily and that would just make a huge amount of unneccesary oil. *Source - I've worked at Snuffer's for many years.*