Interview with TooJay’s Chef Dennis Snuszka

Interview with TooJay’s Chef Dennis Snuszka

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Founded in 1981 in Palm Beach, TooJay’s is as a classic New York-style deli.

Its Executive Chef Dennis Snuszka was born & raised in Buffalo, NY who worked as a line cook at a hotel while attending high school.

Eventually, he graduated in 1974 from the Culinary Institute of America with a degree in Culinary arts, going on to work with Landry’s Seafood, RJ Gator’s Grill and Bar, and now Vice President of Food and Beverage at TooJay’s Deli.

Here is a quick interview we had with him via e-mail about his likes and favorite memories.

Favorite first memories of food and my inspiration to cook:

Early influence was at an early age cooking with my grandmother all food from scratch.
Prepared egg noodles, yeast breads, sauerkraut, soups, coffee cakes, pickles, canning fruit, etc.

Best Dishes to Try at TooJay’s:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley/Mini Loaded Latkes/Matzo Ball Soup


Strawberry Citrus Salad

Chipotle Bacon Burger

Hot Pastrami on Rye


Chicken Capri
Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda
Banana Dream/Carrot Cake

One Dish to make for myself after work:

Braised Short Ribs, Roasted Vegetables

Favorite Local Restaurants to dine in Orlando:

• MoonFish, Dr. Phillips: Beef Carpaccio, Tuna Sashimi and Swordfish au Poivre
• Fleming’s Steakhouse, Dr. Phillips: Maple Slab Cut Bacon/Prime Dry Aged NY Strip
• Fish Bones, Sand Lake/Republic: New England Clam Chowder/Citrus & Oak Grilled Black Grouper


TooJay’s is also now celebrating National Burger Month with three new mouthwatering burger creations from April 24 through June 4.

The Hamburger originated in the 1600s as “steak tartare” in Hamburg, Germany and evolved to cooked beef patties on a bun that grew popular among U.S. workers at the beginning of the 20th century as they were easy to eat on the go. Stats show that 73% of burger fans worldwide eat at least one burger a month, 22% top their burgers with cheese, and 60% choose french fries as the perfect accompaniment.

  • Hangover Burger

In the quest for hangover remedies, hearty burgers often do the trick. Caramelized onions, American cheese, bacon, and remoulade sauce topped with a fried egg make TooJay’s new Hangover Burger the perfect cure for a hangover or for simply beating the boring burger blues! $11.49


  • Avocado Burger

Prized for its nutrient value, good flavor and rich texture, avocado has become a popular superfood. Fresh sliced avocado, Swiss cheese, arugula and lemon garlic aioli make TooJay’s new Avocado Burger a discriminating diner’s delight. $11.49 Add bacon for $1.29.


  • BBQ Burger

For National Burger Month, nothing says BBQ like the aroma of a burger topped with smokehouse bacon, American cheese, smoky BBQ sauce and a crispy onion ring. $10.99

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Ricky Ly founded in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on and Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at) Google



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