So, I finally made it to 4 Rivers Smokehouse. It’s the newest and hottest BBQ joint in Jacksonville. So, off I went to investigate. Check out the plethora of visual porn throughout the review and let me know what you think of the place, if you’ve been there.
9220 Baymeadows Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Location: It’s on Baymeadows Rd next to the Hardee’s right off of I-95. It’s set back from the road a little bit because the parking lot is upfront.
Latest Health Inspection: 10/31/2013
High Priority Violations: 1
Intermediate Violations: 1
Basic Violations: 3
Kid Friendly: Yes
Food: Everyone and their mother kept talking about the Burnt Ends, so I knew that was what I was going to try. The Burnt Ends with 3 sides and a biscuit was $11.99. For my sides, I went with Fried Pickles, Smokehouse Corn and Mac & Cheese. Everything comes in either cups (sides) or straight on a piece of paper on your tray. I thought this was neat and added a little uniqueness to the restaurant. Upon finding a seat (I suggest having someone in your party go squat on one while everyone else is ordering), I dug in. The Burnt Ends were good, not overdone and not dry. I’m just not a fan of sweet BBQ sauce, I keep trying in hopes of finding one that I like but I think I’m going to give up and just stick with the mustard ones. It was still good though, just don’t think I could eat a lot of it without getting diabetes.
The fried pickles had to be some of the thickest I have ever had. I loved them. They tasted fresh….if something fried could taste fresh, right? The ranch was solid too, not great but not bad either. I’m a ranch snob. The steal of dinner was the Smokehouse Corn. Although I don’t like tomatoes, they were in there, I loved it. It was also a little on the sweet side but not over the top. I would definitely try this out, if you haven’t already. The Mac & Cheese was average, not much excitement. The biscuit was good, and it wasn’t like eating a wad of chalk like some restaurants tend to make theirs like.
Extras: You may think by my ho-hum review that I didn’t like it, but that’s not true. I liked it when you combine it with the rest of the restaurant. There is a sweets shop that is worth visiting, the cupcakes looked huge. The ordering line was unique and combine it with the way they serve you and the seating, it was overall a good experience. One complaint I have is…you can’t find a phone number for the place. We tried calling before going but couldn’t find a Jacksonville phone number. Everything is an Orlando number. Another thing I didn’t get was, they close at 9pm on Friday and Saturday and they are closed on Sunday. I am still stumped on places being closed on Sundays. Oh, and the close at 8pm on the rest of the nights they are open. ?!?!?!?! I don’t get it.
– Good food
– Unique atmosphere
– Awesome sweets
– Good portion sizes for the prices
– Odd hours of operation
– No local phone number to call (to check if it’s busy or not)