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“Consistently one of our favorite places for pulled pork” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Mojo Grill & Catering Company

The Mojo Grill & Catering Company
2015 SW 17th Street, Ocala, FL 34471 (Formerly Mojo Grill)
352-369-6656
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Ranked #14 of 377 Restaurants in Ocala
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American, Cuban, Vegetarian, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery, Late Night
Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Consistently one of our favorite places for pulled pork”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I am a barbecue snob. I don't apologize for this. It is who I am. So for me to say my favorite place for pulled pork is a family bar in Ocala is difficult. However, Rondo and his Mojo Grill does the best of just about anywhere. His smoked pork has a Cuban flair which sets it apart from anything else. My wife and I always share a "small" order of Pulled Pork Nachos. This is more than enough food for two people. We also share his "Crazy Cubano" sandwich. Imagine a cuban sandwich made with pulled pork instead of roast pork. It is to die for! His black beans and rice are spot on with just the right amount of seasoning.

We went back the next night and tried his fish tacos. Incredible!

Even though this place has a sports pub vibe, it is quite family friendly. The servers have a great attitude.

Put all of this together and you will understand why whenever we come to this area we make sure we have at least one meal at Mojo's!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ocala, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“One of our favorites in our new town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We have recently moved from metro Atlanta to Ocala FL, and finding spots for an enjoyable meal in a new town can be a challenge, especially going from a huge city to a smaller area. We had come across the Mojo Grill in its old strip mall location a year or so ago when first contemplating moving here and had enjoyed that visit. However, we now find it has moved into an expanded free standing building on 17th Street, where it seems to be doing very well. We have been here for lunch twice in the last few weeks and experienced excellent service and food. Our favorites so far are the beef empanadas, the pulled pork, and the Hound Dog, a bacon-wrapped hotdog lightly fried and well enjoyed by my cholesterol-loving spouse! The large amount of beer choices appeal to him as well.

We are looking forward to the previously mentioned Heart and Soul venue, which is taking over the space in the strip center on Pine St we first visited. We hope for great success in training young people for jobs in a new field.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Myers, Florida
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Relaxed atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We ordered a burger and a Mahi sandwich. Both were very good. The sweet potato fries were also very good. Too bad we got enough to feed a small child. Service was good and prices were very reasonable. I would return.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ocala, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great restaurant with a great owner who really cares!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I am going to start out with this review by stating I am employee of The Mojo Grill and have a bias towards it. Having said that, I have been in the restaurant business for 20 years and have never enjoyed working in a restaurant like I enjoy working there. My favorite thing to eat is The Ricky, pulled pork with sauteed onions and swiss cheese pressed and with a side of Mojo sauce for dipping (if you don't know Mojo is a Cuban sauce heavy on the garlic with grapefruit and lots of other spices). But one of the reasons I am writing this review is to let everyone on Tripadvisor know some of the things that go on behind the scenes. Rondo Fernandez, the owner, is one of the most altruistic business owners in Ocala. He truly cares about this community and shows it by donating food, labor, and venues for so many local charities. He is also starting a non-profit restaurant called Heart and Soul to train kids who have had problems in their lives and found themselves in local juvenile facilities. The program is faith based, 120 days, and teaches them to work in the Front-of-House and Back-of-House of any restaurant in the world. After completion of the program they will assist with job placement at many local restaurants. Ocala could use more people in it like Rondo! So when you visit The Mojo Grill in Ocala or Belleview (or support the new Heart and Souls soon to be opening in both towns) you will not only get one of the best meals in town, you will also be supporting a truly community grown restaurant with a great heart at its head!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ocala, Florida
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“Nice Restaurant with Latin flavor.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The food was excellent. the service was great. The Ambiance was elegant. Nice Family restaurant with reasonable prices.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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