We seriously considered driving to Fernadina Beach after work Wednesday so we could eat a cheeseburger at Tasty’s to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, but after some thought decided that a five hour round trip drive for a cheeseburger was a bit extravagant.
Instead we did a little burger research trying to locate the best local cheeseburger. Starting with a little online research I was disappointed to find 5 Guys, Hardees, Krystal, Wendy’s, and Sonic listed among the top cheeseburger destinations in town. We weren’t looking to have a burger at a fast food chain.
Urban Spoon listed Blue Gator in Dunnellon as a top choice for a cheeseburger, but upon closer inspection, the reviews all referred to fish and shrimp dishes, not cheeseburgers. We’ll save Blue Gator for another time.
We surveyed friends and co-workers and got some good suggestions:
- Terry’s Place – Their cheeseburgers are good, but we’re hoping to find something new and even better.
- Ruby Tuesday – Again, we’re trying to stay away from a chain restaurant. Surely, there’s a local place we can try.
- Tres Chic – That’s more like it…but, they aren’t open for dinner…and have they reopened after being closed all summer? Not an option this time.
- The Lunch Box – Another place only open for breakfast and lunch, so we can’t try it this time.
- The Dugout – Local, open for dinner, made the list of burgers of distinction in a recent article in the Star Banner.
- 110th Street Grille – Local, open for dinner, named by more than one person as having good, different cheeseburgers.
We settled on the 110th Street Grille in Belleview to satisfy our cheeseburger craving, and we weren’t disappointed. I ordered the Cheeseburger in Paradise and just like in the Jimmy Buffet song, it comes with lettuce, tomato, Heinz 57, and topped with french fried potato straws with a big kosher pickle on the side. To be honest, I don’t need potato straws or Heinz 57 on my burger, but I wanted to try the cheeseburger Jimmy sings about, and it was a good choice.
John ordered the 100th St. cheeseburger which comes with bacon, lettuce, and tomato; another good choice.
I would have liked the burger better if served on the fresh baked hamburger buns from Terry’s Place, but overall I was pleased and will return for another cheeseburger. Although, I must admit, the grouper sandwiches served at the next table caught my eye. The next trip may be in search of the best local grouper sandwich. 110th St. Grille looks like a contender!