Snuffer's Gets Snuffed on Serious Eats

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On Friday, Ewan Macdonald posted an article on Serious Eats about the "simply decent, and no better than that" burger at Snuffer's, which made me slap both hands down on my desk (because of my inability to follow Ikea instruction manuals I almost knocked it over) and yell, "How dare he? He dare he write an article for a national blog about ... something we all already knew."

Yeah, we agree. Snuffer's burgers are an average gut-bomb whose primary purpose in life is to soak up the college debauchery from the night before.

But, love it or hate it, Snuffer's is, in fact, an institution in these parts. And the headline is a bit acrimonious: "Dallas: For a Local Institution, Snuffer's Still Has Some Work to Do."

Thing is, Snuffer's work is probably pretty much done. If they changed anything, Peruna (SMU's real-life pony mascot) would unleash a fury of wild bucking kicks and neighs. (In other news, is Peruna the most underrated mascot in college?)

Changing much of anything at an "institution" is to render it no longer an "institution." The narrative changes at that point. Then we'd all write blogs about the long-lost institution of Snuffer's.

It was unfortunate, however, that Macdonald got a really tired-looking bowl of cheese fries. Usually those are easy on the eyes. Scott Reitz's were much more impressive. Straight from our homer playbook, we'll post a proper pictures of Snuffer's cheese-fries.

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Scott Reitz

Funny thing, Macdonald is the same blogger who previously incited the ire Hubcap Grill owner Ricky Craig in Houston. After Macdonald wrote that he was "distinctly underwhelmed" with the food, Craig came unglued and fired off a litany of (hilarious) DuckFallas tweets.

So far the ever-docile Pat Snuffer, who once told me he eats an order of cheese fries every day, hasn't unleashed on Twitter yet. Good call. We're keepin' it classy in Dallas, y'all.

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3526 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Did, Twinwillow, right, this, article? I've never, seen so, many, misused, commas!


It sure doesn't say much for a burger joint when their turkey burger is actually better than the their hambuger.

primi_timpano topcommenter

I used to live in walking distance of the Greenville location. I had my fill of Snuffers years ago. The burgers are salty and the cheese fries are a limp greasy glob of suck.


You can't have it both ways: get all defensive about this yet do your same tired "chains suck" schtick?


Snuffers is mediocre. No bones about it. And they're gonna do just fine no matter what Serious Eats or some local writers who would love to get a call from SE about a job think of it. Whether that's good or bad depends on your personal food snob calibration. But it's hard to take CoA seriously "defending" Snuffers when you guys are going to write something snarky about Taco Bell's free taco promotion tomorrow and allude to it being awful because it's fast food, a chain, and artery-clogging.

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

If he (supposedly) eats a plate of those things per day and hasn't been heard from for a while, somebody might-should check on this fella'.


Just a suggestion...


@Scruffygeist isn't Snuffers a chain? to some extent?

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