A couple of months back Becky and I were in Fernandina Beach, Florida. We had heard about a place called T-Rays Burger Station. It served up what was billed as the best burger on the island. We arrived a few minutes after 3:00 p.m. and were told they were closed for the day. Drats.
Recently we were back on Amelia Island andour first stop was T-Rays for lunch. The restaurant is located in a weathered white gas station. Old gas pumps sit out front and a battered sign sits near the road. A small outside seating area occupies the spot once frequented by people looking to fill-up their gas tanks. It was a delightfully run down location.
Opening the front door we walked into the eclectic interior. Tables were crammed into every nook. Everything from the tables to the chairs was a mismatched collection of yard sale treasures. To the left was the stainless steel capped griddle. Various stickers dotted the space stove. A man, who turned out to be the owner, smiled from behind the counter. He told us to sit wherever we liked, and we selected a small table in front of the old coolers.
After taking our seat the waitress came over and greeted us. She was friendly and quickly brought our drinks while we looked over the menu. The only thing I could even think of ordering was a cheeseburger with fries. Becky ordered the same exact thing as we both told the waitress to hold the mayo.
Our burgers arrived on mismatched plastic plates. A sesame seed bun covered a single hand pressed patty covered in cheese, lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes. The burger was held together with a large toothpick. A smile pile of steak fries accompanied the burger.
I took a bite. The meat was well done but not dry. The cheese and toppings paired well with the soft bun. It was an honest hamburger that looked and tasted like something your grandma would make for lunch. As for the fries, it appeared we were on a French fry ration. It was not much of a loss as they were just standard steak fries and they were at least warm.
T-Rays was an experience. The place was well-worn and the owner was friendly as he greeted customers, bused tables, and brought out orders. The burger was good, and if you pine for an old-fashioned hamburger, T-Rays’ will hit the spot.
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