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“A Shrimp Tsunami!”
Review of Southern Charm

Southern Charm
Ranked #43 of 2,028 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$23
Cuisines: Barbecue, Seafood
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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!
Jakarta
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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“A Shrimp Tsunami!”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

I took my mother to this place last week. From the minute you cross the threshold, you enter a strange new world of "All You Can Eat Cracker Cooking." It is a small place and looks like a dump from the 1950s. However, my white glove determined it was clean. It is run by a flamboyant chef named Art. He is an act by himself, but I will focus on the food:

All you can eat shrimp. Piles, no mountains, of the critters in a variety of recipes: cold boiled, fresh fried and blackened. BBQ ribs, real crab cakes, fried fish, cheese grits, collard greens, fresh coleslaw and more. This stuff is beyond good. It is what they serve us Florida rednecks when we enter the pearly gates. My mom and I ate way past our normal capacity. Then Art brought us a plate of homemade fresh cookies. We ate them all.

I could go on and on about how much we enjoyed our dinner that night. We shall return after we loose a little weight. Speaking of which, do not go here if you are on a diet. Everything is fattening, and think the chef would be insulted if you asked for something lighter.

  • Visited October 2013
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Wadesboro, North Carolina
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“Great Fried Seafood”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

You serve your own sides buffet style, so you get all you want! Then when you sit down, they bring you a heaping plate of fried fish and shrimp, all for a great low price. I am not usually a fan of fried fish, but this is definitely some of the best I have ever had. It was fresh, hot, and tasted great. Topped it off with some soft home made ginger cookes!

  • Visited October 2013
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“Yummy”
Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

Great fresh fried chicken and more. The best buffet in Jacksonville. Staff is so nice!! Art is the best!! It is a must if you are in the area. Always call first if you bring a big group.

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Jacksonville, Florida, Usa
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
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“Yum Yum”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

We went tonight and we really enjoyed it. You line up for the buffet after Art rings the bell which is pretty cool. One word of warning pace yourself. After we went though the line and sat down they bought us a plate of fried shrimp. Then after we were eating Art brought around a pan of blackened shrimp. We were really full at that point so we ended up taking some home. We will definitely be back soon, Go hungry because your going to get a lot of excellent food.

  • Visited August 2013
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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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“Volume and Quality, the Old Style Way!”
Reviewed 26 July 2013

I found Art's Checker BBQ on-line thinking it was a down home BBQ shack. And it is, but its much more than that.

Mainly, its seafood and down home cooking like the old days when quality really meant something! For example, how about old style greens, ribs, fried green tomatoes, fried shrimp by the bucket loads, old style cole slaw and scallop casserole.

We are now fans and hope to return often for both lunch and dinner from a local master chef! BTW, check out Art's excellent blog, Cracker Cooking.

  • Visited July 2013
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