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Southern Charm


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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All you can eat
Peel and Eat Garlic Shrimp
Deep Fried White Shrimp
Blackened North Florida style shrimp
Deep Fried Southern Style Corn Meal Whiting Fish
Crab Cakes Homemade with Real Crab Meat and Lots of It!
Little Marsh Island Casserole with Fresh Whipped Potatoes, Ocean Scallops, Two Cheese and Garlic
Fresh Collards with Smoked Pork
Cheesy Cheese Grits
Smoked Ribs with Sweet Sauce
Southern Fried Chicken
Open Pit BBQ Chicken
Hand Rolled Chicken-n-Dumplings
Cucumber Salad
Yellow Rice with Red Beans
Macaroni and Cheese
Regular menu items also available
Fresh White Shrimp – Fried
Cornmeal Battered Whiting – Fried
Fresh Collard Greens
Cheesy Cheese Grits
Homemade Coleslaw
Cash only. Its worth every penny. Friday and Saturday Evening, Reservations are required for the Dinner Extravaganza....its an experience you won't want to miss!
$6 - $23
Lunch, Dinner
Barbecue, American, Seafood
Parking Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet, Highchairs Available
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This place comes as advertised. The food was down home good. Collard greens were real tasty. All the fish was tasty. Really liked the crab cakes and scallops in the potatoes. More food than you can eat. Art is quite the character. There is a...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank jimbelenis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Make reservations for the Friday or Saturday dinner seating; you won’t be sorry! Art’s unique blend of fine and down-home southern cooking and his genuine love of feeding people make for a joyful dining experience when his dinner bell rings. The ambience factor is low,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Cynthia L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food. Engaging staff. What more could you ask for? This place is somewhat dated but, You're here to eat. Just come hungry. You won't be disappointed.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank markvause13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place takes me back to Virginia and my relatives cooking back in my younger days. Today’s special was pork chops and they did not disappoint.

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank FiremanHokie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two antique car clubs join together once a month to try new (to us) restaurants. Wednesday, Chef Art created a dining experience for our 40+ members of Fried Chicken, Chicken and Dumpling's, the best fried Green Tomato you have ever had to melt in your...More

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank Nancy C. U
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is not clean and therefore first impression was bad. We asked for water and the water jar was so dirty! I liked the food but definitely will not be back.giving it only rating of two because of appearance/lack of cleanliness.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Martha I
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What can you say when the food is amazing today as the first time I walked into one of Art's places 10 years ago. The guy can flat up cracker cook. Always a pleasure to have the Saturday night buffet with Art and his staff....More

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank 1hungrychef
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Better get reservations cause it is always full. Artie makes fried shrimp, fried fish, fried green tomatoes and vegetables. Every one is delicious. Once the main menu is served, he makes all kinds of shrimp: sauted, blackened, lemon pepper, etc and brings them around to...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank vickid266
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Absolutely no frills but superb Southern buffet at lunch. Wide variety of lightly fried fish, shrimp, green tomatoes. Plus cheese grits, slaw and a couple of deserts. But the collards (and hamhocks) are first up in the buffet offering, for a reason. Friendly attentive staff,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JJJ1962
Reviewed January 1, 2019

In town for the day and looking for a late lunch. As other reviews have said, Southern Comfort is not much to look at but the food and hospitality were awesome. They offer a buffet with fried chicken, BBQ ribs, fried fish and sides like...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jjlash
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November 22, 2016|
Response from amdfla | Reviewed this property |
I haven't seen chicken and rice but he does have chicken and dumplings on Wednesday. Art has some of the best Southern fried chicken and barbecue. If you are looking for best Southern Cracker cooking this is the place to... More
Leon C
November 15, 2016|
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Response from CrackerCooking | Property representative |
It varies as a standard item on Friday nights but if you ask for it, we can make it to order!
October 30, 2015|
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Response from CrackerCooking | Property representative |
Yes, please call (904) 517-3637 and you can make reservations over the phone. Thank you.
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