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“Unique place in South Jacksonville”
Review of Southern Charm

Southern Charm
Ranked #42 of 2,013 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $23
Cuisines: Barbecue, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Reservations
Description: 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!
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Unique place in South Jacksonville”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

We had the Wednesday lunch buffet today. Excellent "Cracker" cuisine and Art is a showman.
The place was packed with a diverse set of customers including Cops with Glocks and little old ladies who tottered down the buffet line.

The Collards were prepared in a special manner and everyone seemed to love the place and the atmosphere. There are no white tablecloths here! Just good food cooked with a flare and low prices.

The seating area is small, so get there early if you can.

  • Visited September 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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215 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Its cracker cooking at its best”
Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

if you don't know Art and his food you don't know. Cracker cooking....so get off your you know what and try is spot. Awesome food from a equally awesome chef

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Jacksonville, Florida
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155 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Grandma's type of dinner”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

I'm an 11th generation Georgia peach, so this is the type of food I was raised on. Never cared for collard greens, but will eat a bite or two of these (off someone elses plate). I'm all about the fried green tomatoes. The slaw is excellent. The complimentary cookies are devine. Haven't really tried the BBQ since I always order the fried fish. Shrimp are fresh and well cooked. The buffet on the weekends seems to attract a loyal following who take advantage of the BYOB offer.

  • Visited June 2012
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DeLand, Florida
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great southern cooking”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

If you love cracker cooking, you have got to eat Art's cooking at Checker BBQ. Don't be fooled by the name - you go here for great fried shrimp and fish, collard greens as good as my grandmother's, fried green tomatoes and cheese grits. And Art himself can be worth the price of admission! This is quality and quantity at its best. Definitely off the beaten path in Jacksonville. Thursday dinner and Friday lunch (AYCE fried fish and shrimp) are great times to go. We have a group that drives from Orlando to eat here, and I schedule business travel around eating Art's cooking.

  • Visited April 2012
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Guangzhou
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good, down home food and fun!”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

Checker Bar B Q is that perfect hidden hole in the wall restaurant, that you always hope to be able to stumble across. As Art the owner and head chef likes to say, it's good down home Cracker cooking. Great tasting, huge portions, fun casual atmosphere, and good prices. We just got back from our first visit, and we already feel like long time regulars. Very highly recommended. Just make sure that you bring a huge appetite.

  • Visited May 2012
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