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Checker Bar-b-que

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Seafood, Sandwiches, Barbecue
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3566 Saint Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-5571
+1 904-517-3637
Website
Today
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Tue 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Reservations
Description: Cash only. Its worth every penny.

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Southern Hospitality and Food EVER!!

We just recently vacationed in Jacksonville. My cousin said this place came highly recommended. Understatement. I read the reviews and most of them are wonderful. But seriously, if you have a problem with this place I have to question your opinions. To each his own. It is not some high... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
furrykidmom2
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Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We just recently vacationed in Jacksonville. My cousin said this place came highly recommended. Understatement. I read the reviews and most of them are wonderful. But seriously, if you have a problem with this place I have to question your opinions. To each his own. It is not some high fluenting classy foodie snob place. This is down home cooking... More 

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Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Stopped by for lunch because we were in the area so we checked out the local trip advisor listings and found checker bbq. Hospitality of this place can't be beat. Art the owner / chef engaged us immediately and chatted with us while he was cooking . We ordered ribs and fried shrimp w 4 sides. Food was great and... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Real southern soul food in Jacksonville! I go to eat at Art's every year and always am delighted about how he loves cooking!! "If you taste something that tastes like crab, don't be alarmed, it is real crab!" Thanks again Art! Till next year ☺️

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Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I called on a Monday hoping to find out dinner hours. When Chef Art answered he asked if we were going to be in town on Wednesday- which we weren't. He asked when we wanted to eat- I was astonished- he opened his restaurant up just for my husband and me! He served us piles of fresh , delicious fried... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We received great food and an awesome experience at checkers bbq Art gave us personal service and served us a wonderful variety of delicious southern food

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Jacksonville, Florida
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lunch at Checkers is an experience. While you're surrounded by the aromatic smoke, you can choose a variety of smoked meats and some of the best sides in Jacksonville. I had the ribs, and they fell off the bone. My mac and cheese and greens were excellent. I will make Checkers a regular stop when I am craving BBQ.

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VERO
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Awesome, we're a repeat customer....we drive 3 hrs to eat here. The overall experience is well worth it. I love the ringing of the dinner bell, to "come & get your HOT SHRIMP"...what a great, fun experience. The atmosphere is "VERY" causal...the FOOD~WOW...Fried shrimp "lightly" breaded, and there's garlic/butter shrimp--YUM, the awesome whiting-fried to PERFECTION...greens, cornbread, cole slaw, CHEESIEST grits,... More 

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Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Every Friday lunch time is all you can eat fish and shrimp for $11.99. Come hungry, there are also ample sides included buffet style. The selection included collard greens, spicy macaroni salad, coleslaw, cheese grits and fried green tomatoes. All the best of Cracker cooking. Owner/Chef Art Jennette is pleased to see you and makes sure you know it. A... More 

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Essex Junction, Vermont, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

Art's place has all kinds of great reviews, richly deserved. It is like stepping into his grandma's kitchen, wrapped around by as ancient a setting as you could imagine a local spot to be in. Almost everything is scratch made and utterly delicious. You will not be disappointed with his Cracker cooking!

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Ava, ny
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

When my wife and I first got to Jacksonville, FL she had to make an unplanned trip to a local dentist. I spent the next couple of hours in the waiting room, perusing the ever present stack of dogeared and outdated magazines and newspapers. In one of those little local rags that you so often find for free in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3566 Saint Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-5571
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Jacksonville
  • Phone Number: +1 904-517-3637

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 23
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Sandwiches, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children

Description

Cash only. Its worth every penny.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?