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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
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5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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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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  • 54
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  • 10
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
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  • 2
    Terrible
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
Wow! Don't let the building fool you.

Wife and I saw the reviews on trip advisor. Place looks like a hole in the wall. Art the owner and chef takes great pride in making everything by hand from the hand cut fries and homemade fried green tomatoes to the ribs, molasses cookies, & fresh fried shrimp. Portions are very generous with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
Bryan L
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Wife and I saw the reviews on trip advisor. Place looks like a hole in the wall. Art the owner and chef takes great pride in making everything by hand from the hand cut fries and homemade fried green tomatoes to the ribs, molasses cookies, & fresh fried shrimp. Portions are very generous with unlimited homemade sides, then they even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We were visiting Jacksonville and my husband discovered this place via Trip Advisor. Art, the owner, welcomed us as we entered and fried up some of the best shrimp and fish I've ever had. He prepares the food as you come in so it's fresh. Art features an all-you-can eat buffet on Fridays at lunch. Don't miss it! The restaurant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We stopped here on a Sunday and had no idea that it was buffet service for lunch. Chef Art welcomed us right in and started piling food onto our table. We had some wonderful fried chicken, excellent ribs, tasty rice/meat/veggie mixture plus a couple of sides and dessert. This is the definition of a dive though. Mismatched furniture, plastic cutlery... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We braced ourselves for the lack of ambiance to try the Art of Cracker Cooking. We misunderstood that there is one seating per night so we got there a bit late. It made no difference though, Chef Art made everything all over again to make sure we got it 'hot like everyone else'. The shrimp is amazing. Not overbreaded or... More 

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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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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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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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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
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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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Additional Information about Checker Bar-b-que

Address: 3566 Saint Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-5571
Phone Number: +1 904-517-3637
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Jacksonville
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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 23
Cuisine: Seafood, Sandwiches, Barbecue

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

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?