Mojo's owner and proprietor, Todd Lineberry, grew up in North Carolina, right in the epicenter of one of the most thriving barbecue regions in the country. Todd grew to appreciate the distinctive tastes and flavors of different barbecue traditions, which is why he fuses flavors from the major barbecue regions—North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, and the tour bus for the Charlie Daniels Band—into the dishes served at Mojo. Using authentic cooking techniques and housemade sauces, chefs stuff the menu with dishes such as pulled-pork shoulder, pit-smoked chicken, and chopped-brisket sandwiches. To complement these regional barbecued delicacies, they also prepare housemade Southern sides such as collard greens and creamy coleslaw.
Each Mojo Jacksonville-area location has an identity as distinct as the dishes it serves. Live blues music permeates the airwaves and nearby ocean waves at Mojo Kitchen, BBQ Pit, and Blues Bar, while Mojo no. 4 stocks more than 175 whiskies such as Jameson, The Macallan, Wild Turkey, and Jack Daniels. Each location also caters for parties and events of all types.
Thirty years ago, a mother, a son, and his wife joined forces to create their own barbecue restaurant, starting with family-inspired, made-from-scratch recipes. They formula proved to be a success, and Woody’s Bar-B-Q now dishes the same quality eats from locations in six states. The restaurant’s defining secret sauce decorates baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and roasted half-chickens at each location.
With entrées like Trailer Trash Special (smoked chopped pork sandwich, 15 piece lightly battered fried shrimp and fried green tomatoes) and Redneck Serf & Turf (smoked pork ribs and two dozen lightly battered fried shrimp), Checkers BBQ on the south side is the go-to spot for large plates of Southern-inspired cooking. There’s pork, turkey and seafood dinners complete with southern sides like fried corn, coleslaw and collard greens, as well as an assortment of traditional barbecue sandwiches. Friday and Saturday nights have an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes all their specialties. With its lime green walls, overhead cafeteria lighting and simple wood tables and chairs set up for large parties, Checkers BBQ is casual comfort food at its finest.