Papa Ray's Cafe Compliment - Excellent, if you go at the right time
We had seen Papa Ray's, in Centralia, WA, every time we drove by, and every time said we had to try it some time. I had to see a new doctor, and had fasterd, so they could do a blood draw for labs. Crystal knew I had to eat soon, so we went to Papa Ray's on Tuesday afternoon at about 3:15 PM. The food was quite tasty, but I felt it was a bit pricey. I had the BBQ sandwich and Crystal ordered the hamburger. When the food arrived, I was amazed at the size of the plates, which was due mainly to the humongous pile of hot fries. My sandwiach was big chunks of beef, swimming in BBQ sauce that was perfect. I had to eat the sandwich with a fork, which was fine. Crystal seemed to enjoy the burger and fries. The coffee was delicious, and the waitress was very attentive. The atmosphere was informal, and the waitress wore jeans, blouse and apron. Turned out she was the owner as well. Every day has a special, that change from week to week, except Tuesday, which is Twofer Tuesday, when you get two dinneras for $13.25. The special kicks in at 4:00, so we went back this Tuesday after 4:00. Crystal was concerned tht we would both have to get the same thing, but they have a menu of about a half dozen dinners to choose from. Crystal got the meatloaf dinner and I got the BBQ ribs. She took the first bite of meatloaf and her face lit up, and she said the meatloaf was fantastic. The beef ribs (3) were done to a T and had just enough BBQ sauce on them. Again, we got a huge serving each of fries, and she got green beans and I got cole slaw, along with a green salad each. We ended up bringing a rib and one salad home. The place doesn't knock your eye out with fancy decor, but the food more than makes up for the down home atmpshere.