Monday, January 23, 2012

Snuffers - Addison

Party of 4

We recently took our oldest, his buddy Michael to dinner at Snuffer's when Michael was sleeping over.  Let me cut to the chase - it was great!  It is one of the best burgers in the city and thankfully they have many locations!  We have dines at Greenville Ave, Preston Center, Midway and in Plano.  If we have missed one, let me know.

We arrived a little later than we normally like to eat.  The place was packed, so I offered to do 2 2 tops, as long as they were near each other.  There was just that in our normal area of the restaurant.

We got right on the drink orders, the standard, water, unsweet tea, Sprite and Diet Pepsi.  All come is a nice size glass.  Then we ordered what I believe to be their most famous item.  Cheese Fries!  Hands down the best cheese fries ever.  You can get them with all the toppings or on the side.  We opts for the side, it comes with Ranch dressing, bacon bits, jalapenos, chili, chives - but after Ranch , who needs any of the others!  We ordered one small for our table and one for the boys.  Once the cheese fries arrive there is no talking, just eating!

All the boys ordered a 1/2# cheese burger.  Just meat and cheese.  Two ordered Amercian cheese and one ordered cheddar.  I ordered the Hamburger Salad, basically a hamburger with melted cheese on top of a bed of lettuce.  SO GOOD! 

Snuffer's cooks their burgers normally medium rare.  The boys ordered medium, my husband and I got them normal.  They are so juicy. Great flavor and a good size.

If I had an out of town guest who wanted a good burger Snuffer's is the place I would take them.  All others the rest of their life will pale in comparison!

Kid Friendly:  Without a doubt!  They have kids menus with games, thing to draw on it and room for some tic tac toe.  Colors included.
Cleanliness:  Have yet to see it dirty!
Service: Very attentive - refill the drinks without even knowing they are gone.
Cost:  $
How likely to go back:  Looking to go back next week!  Already thinking about those cheese fries!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Il Palazzo Buffet & Grill - Richardson

Party of . . . 4

Recently we were on our way home from Dim Sum when we spotted a new restaurant.  We were actually excited, since we had experienced really bad service from what I was hoping would be our new pizza joint.

Il Palazzo is in an odd part of town, Beltline & Greenville.  It is where the west meets the east!  Unbeknowst to me, it is called Little India.

We pull up about 11:45am on a Saturday.  We are the ONLY car in the small lot.  Not good but we are committed to try it for 3 reasons: 1 - We were hunting a good pizza spot  2 - I had just bought a Living Social coupon for Il Palazzo and 3 - this is where the husband wanted to do lunch!

OTHER than there being no cars in the parking lot and OTHER than it being in Little India - I thought we were fine.  Until I saw the front door read "Halal Meats."  Now I will tell you now I have no clue what that means, I am guessing it is similar to the Rabbi making certain food Kosher - who knows!  Seriously . . . WHO KNOWS?

We enter - the place is dead.  No pizzas on the buffet, I do spot some hot entrees and salad bar.  A nice lady explains the pizzas for the buffet are made to order.  We place a pizza buffet order.  We then head off to the salad bar.

Our boys are picky eater and yes I know it is because I allow it!  We typically order them a pizza crust with just cheese.  Yup - crust and cheese!  I am telling you more families are doing this since we have offered it on swim days, sleep overs and birthday parties.

My says says he likes pizza with pepperoni, hamburger, and onions.  I say I like Canadian bacon and hamburger on pizzas. 

The salad bar should not conjure up images of a Jason's Deli Salad bar.  It was two pre-made salads one was a Greek feta and one was a springtime crasin, pineapple, nut salad.  I had the latter and it was good with some Balsamic vinaigrette.

The boys pizza is up first - she bring the pizza to the table and serves the boys.  After putting three pieces on their plates she put the rest on the buffet.  Another pizza is placed on the buffet - guess what it had - pepperoni, hamburger, onion - all perfect for my husband, oh and my Canadian bacon.  All on one freaking pizza!  Not really what I was going for but it is fine.

The crust was really good.  Nice crunch to it.  The waitress later tells me it is actually pita dough and not pizza dough.  It is lighter and crispy like a cracker.  We are loving it.  The sauce has a little kick to it and I don't know if those meats were Halal or not but the meats were good.  The boys cheesy pizza was perfect, same good crust and lots of cheese.

Our youngest and my husband also had the entree specials.  They offered a halibut with eggplant, lasagna, cheese ravioli and a thin noodle spaghetti with little chunks of tomatoes and hamburger in it.  Both cleaned their plate.

Kid Friendly:  Absolutely - she brought the boys their drinks in styro cups with lids - love a place that knows kids should have brandy sifters full of soda
Cleanliness:  Yes
Service: Really good - hand delivering a pizza, and on top of the refills
Cost:  $
How likely to go back:  Will try it again, after all have anothr Living Social, but not sure how long they will make it!  So unfortunate, that crust was great!