Stuffy's Cafe: Old-school comforts

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 01:27 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Stuffy’s Cafe has set up shop on Harrison Avenue in good company.

Not far from the historic downtown district, the old-fashioned diner is between the Tally-Ho Drive In and Dan-D-Donuts & Deli.

“We have the ’50s retro look,” said manager Dartona Washam, aka “Chef D.” “It fits the area.”

It’s not just the red-and-white-checkered floors or Elvis memorabilia on the walls, but it’s also the good feeling you get from the staff that will have you reminiscing about the good ol’ days — even if you’ve only heard about them. Next door to Bay High, Stuffy’s also has such modern comforts as free WiFi, while tunes from the ’50s play.

“I don’t know if the younger kids appreciate this as much, but we have older customers who remember going to a place just like this,” said owner Dwayne Martin, who sees students as a “plus.”

An old-fashioned popcorn machine cranks out fresh popcorn, while a milkshake machine should be serving up all eight flavors — chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, cookies & cream, butter pecan and mint chocolate — by the weekend.

You can find Dwayne helping out around the restaurant — in the kitchen or sweeping floors in his uniform, a short-sleeved crisp white button-down shirt tucked into khaki pants with a black belt, black bow tie and shiny black shoes and a soda jerk hat. You also will feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you see the straight-forward menu with throw-back prices. Nothing on the menu is more than $6.

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