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Jan 26, 2007 04:42 PM

Snuffy's, Scotch Plains

At the risk of dating myself, I haven't heard anyone on these board (especially Jersey folk) discuss Snuffy's in Scotch Plains. Feeling rather nostalgic these days, I remember the original "shack" called Snuffy's where our parents would buy hot dogs and burgers for us kids, and then head over to the restaurant for a "grownup meal."

I haven't been to Snuffy's in at least 30 years. A visit to the website details their wedding and catering service but I was wondering if anyone been to Snuffy's lately for brunch, or the seafood buffet? Yay or nay as a dining experience?


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  1. HillJ, all I can say about Snuffy's reputation these days is from what I hear around locals - which is that it's a joke around here. Well, as far as a "fine dining" experience goes anyway.

    Nobody I know in town eats there. A good friend of mine that lives in Fanwood hasn't eaten there since she was probably a teenager - just not the kind of place she wants to spend her cash.

    A lot of people have very fond memories, as you do, of it from years past. One of my best friends used to go there during his college days, after tough night's of partying to finish up the night. I'm dating myself obviously too, this was not the main restaurant part, it was probably the other shack you speak of.

    My husband and I have been living in SP for 6 years. Not once have we felt the need to go in there, based on comments we've heard from our neighbors. Ok, well maybe we've felt the need to go just to be able to be in on the joke. It just looks so garish and overblown, the kind of place I'd run from. I just wouldn't expect it could possibly have anything worth eating inside - probably just a glorified diner at this point (althought, I suppose that wouldn't be so bad if the food were good).

    If anyone else has an opinion I'd be interested too. I could be swayed to walk in and give it a go but it would have to be some really high recommendation or maybe for some real kitsch value.

    1. If you want to feel like it is 1980, then go. The place is so dated and the menu is so dated as well. I went to a shower here last year, and I felt like I was with my parents out for dinner waiting for a booster seat! :)

      It needs a total revamp. Just my 2 cents!

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      1. re: Angelina

        Ok, not a high recommendation LOL. Guess we'll be staying away as we expected too :-)

      2. sivy & ang-you both gave me a laugh! I haven't lived in county for 23 years-moved south...I guess we'll pass on Snuffy's...especially if it hasn't changed in three decades! thanks :)

        better to keep the childhood mem's (wink) in tact.

        1. How about when the owner would have himeself paged on the intercom every 10 minutes?

          "Paging Mr. Pantagis, Mr. Pantagis you have a phone call."

          Do you remember that? My sister was cracking up when I even mentioned this place. She reminded me about the whole paging system.


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          1. When I moved to P'field about 9 years ago, Snuffy's was one of the first restaurants I heard of because our real estate salesperson's office was across the street, and their literature used it as a landmark. But since then I've never met anyone who has been there, so I've never been there either. The one constant description seems to be "glorified diner", which I find interesting as a commentary on New Jersey's approach to chow. There are endless threads on this board and others that expound on NJ's preeminent role as a locale for diners, in all their stages of evolution, from the authenticity of places like the Bendix (is it still there?), to the near-iconic status accorded to Mastoris. Yet, restaurants such as Snuffy's, which try, on some level, to escape that orbit, are never entirely successful in making the transition from diner to restaurant, and are stuck in some kind of middle ground where they are not taken seriously as either.


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            1. re: albinoni

              I guess that is because they continue to serve "diner" food, in a "restaurant" setting? Nothing wrong with diners, and NJ sure has plenty of great ones (we're quite partial to the Scotchwood on 22 in fact, they have these great mini chocolate chip cookies at the front desk to take w/you when you leave, although I think they mucked with the recipe in the last year or so, they used to be better).

              Something about the name "Snuffy's" bothers me too. Doesn't sound like the kind of place I'd want to have a fine dining experience in. I just keep thinking of waiters sneezing in my food :-)

              1. re: albinoni

                alb, very interesting observation. When I was a child Snuffy's was diner-ish. Both the "fast food" shack (known as Snuffy's Jr.) and restaurant offered family style dinners at good prices.

                I don't recall the year Snuffy's remodeled but it was well publicized and county "news" at the time. The reopening was far more "glitzy" and the advertising that followed focused on catering services. As a matter of fact, for years I thought the location was event only.

                Upon visiting the website I was surprised to learn they offered a Sunday brunch.