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Southern Charm

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3566 Saint Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-5571 (Formerly Checker Bar-b-que)
+1 904-517-3637
Tue - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 18:30 - 20:30
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Looks like a whole in the wall, but well worth the trip. Old-fashioned ribs & fixings and killer fried green tomatoes, southern fish & shrimp. I can't wait to go back and try more.😄 You'll surely enjoy it!

Thank Sherri C
Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of those certified southern gems. A hole in the wall that serves the best Cracker cooking. We love just turning up for lunch and being surprised. Nothing fancy but deep down good.

Thank Cathy J
Blackey, KY
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The best deal in the city! Unlimited shrimp and fish on the day we visited. Staff was friendly, especially Art. Had cole slaw, grits, collard greens, and banana pudding. All were fantastic. Had water with my friends have sweet tea. Price was a bargain. Can not go by the look of the eatery..it is A+++++..intimate place to have a great... More 

Thank UKisn1
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Chef Art does not allow anyone to leave hungry! You will not find better down home cooking in North Florida! Highly recommend the Friday all you can eat fried fish and shrimp buffet. The country style- homemade sides are outstanding!

Thank Sean S
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Art is a true southern gentleman. He certainly knows how to keep a promise. His greens he prepared for me for my company luncheon were a tad late but well worth the wait. Not one green leftover! If you get a chance to stop here, take it, you cannot go wrong on any item you order. Bring cash because he... More 

1 Thank Bret F
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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This place looks like a hole in the wall. The food is out of this world and chef Art is a hoot. You do need reservations for friday and saturday nights otherwise walk in. He will make you feel welcome and part of the family. The blacked shrimp are to die for along with most everything else. fried chicken like... More 

1 Thank michaelhV2081MB
Scarsdale, New York
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Stopped in today for a lunch, and Art & his staff of two were just the nicest, most welcoming people I could have imagined. Grab a Styrofoam plate, a plastic fork & a real knife, and let Art just make you a plate of unbelievably good BBQ ribs, turkey breast, smoked ham and port shoulder. It was just a mountain... More 

Thank Mark S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Wow! Really really good food and plenty of it! Fresh fried shrimp, flavorful blackened shrimp and the most awesome cheesy potato casserole loaded with scallops. They treated us and everyone like family. Jacksonvilles hidden gem!

Thank Tennrealtor
Jacksonville, Florida
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117 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Art's Southern Charm has no fanciness or ambiance going for it. Just well cooked food and a very reasonable price. We were there on a Friday so the menu was fried shrimp and whiting. All you can eat buffet. The whiting and shrimp were fresh and well fried, the sides were good, and Art was a pleasure to talk to.

Thank Fred M
Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

I was invited here for the first time by a friend who spoke highly of the place...and I was not disappointed at all! The food was good, just like home, and the service from Chef Art and his staff was just as good! The outside appearance will make you question the food, however, once you start eating you will forget... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$23
Barbecue, American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3566 Saint Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-5571 (Formerly Checker Bar-b-que)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Jacksonville
  • Phone Number: +1 904-517-3637
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!

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