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Jinx Pit Stop Restaurant

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1307 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5447
+1 434-293-6904
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Divey, doors-rusting-off-the-hinges, lotsa character, a favorite with the locals. Excellent barbeque.

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kinderhook, United States
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38 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The food was substandard. The place was filthy. There was a weed eater sitting in the corner. I am surprised the building is not condemned. Do not waste your time or your money here. We have too many quality BBQ joints around here to have to risk this place.

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Thank Clark M
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Talk about eclectic.... A tiny place (seats 8-10) for BBQ. Gets either good or awful reviews. Flies abound. BBQ good. Don't know how it's kept a food safety record. Is closing after many years. I went once --- that's enough.

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Thank William H
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

When I think of BBQ, I think of meat smothered in tangy/sweet BBQ sauce. Jinx (James), the extroverted owner of this gem of a shoe-box sized restaurant, has opened my eyes to the other world of BBQ. The side that focuses on the quality of meat, complex taste of the wood, and the delicately maintained low cooking temperature. Stepping into... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2015 via mobile

In the annals of swoon worthy barbecue, Jinx' Pit's Top is legendary. Raised on the famous Paducah style, Jinx creates an old-school meat that is smoky, savory, and delicious, independent of any disguising sauces. There is a red sauce available, but the meat stands on its own merits. Just do not ask for coleslaw on the sammich- this is a... More 

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Millersville, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

This is the real deal, perfectly prepared BBQ pork without slaw, sauce or BS. This meat melts in your mouth. A one-of-a-kind place with a one-of-a-kind owner. If you are someone who appreciates great food and unique experiences, this is the place in Charlottesville. If not, go to some chain and pour sweet sauce over dry, stringy meat. Jinx's rules.

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Thank Gatordaddy
Charlottesville, Virginia
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451 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015

The BBQ at Jinx's is pretty good, You need to eat there, in the little kitchen surrounded by years of memories on the wall, while talking to Jinx, Call ahead if weather is good, Jinx may have decided the day was too nice to not "go fishin' ".

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for a pristine environment- keep walking. If you're looking for moist tender BBQ Tennessee style and ribs with a tangy sauce that pull off the bone- you have arrived. We spent a delightful afternoon chatting with Jinx, the owner, who had wonderful stories to tell! Free entertainment with your meal! He was also kind enough to... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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301 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Words can not really prepare you for a visit to Jinx. To say it is located in a shack is an insult to shacks. I'd call it more like a "hovel." A filthy-looking hovel. I honestly didn't think it was still in business when I pulled open the ripped screen door and pushed gently on door. But the door opened,... More 

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FREDERICKSBURG, VA.
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

The reports of unreliable hours are understated if anything. I called this guy and said I was coming on Friday .. he would not nail down projected closing time, very reluctant..finally said 3. Arrived Friday .. 2:30 .. closed tighter than a tic. That said...I have been.all over Memphis and NC ..etc. Never in my life have I tasted more... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1307 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5447
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-293-6904

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?