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!!!