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Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q

15935 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615
386-462-3180
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Ranked #7 of 39 Restaurants in Alachua
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Takeout
Description: In 1968, we were just a local BBQ joint in Gainesville, Florida. Today, we're still a local BBQ joint. We just happen to be in a few more locations. But we still do things the same way Floyd "Sonny" Tillman and his wife, Lucille, did back then. We still slow-smoke over oak for up to 12 hours at a time. We still serve generous portions. And we still believe people should be able to go out to eat and feel right at home.
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

After living in Gainesville ( and loving it ) for many years, I still have lots of friends living there. The best way to catch up is when I'm heading down I-75 and meet up at this Sonny's right off the interstate. Seated immediately and brought the massive ice tea ( large cups ) right off the bat. I had... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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97 reviews 97 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Stopped for lunch while driving down I75. Sonny's is very close to the highway. Were seated immediately and instantly waited upon by a super friendly wait person. The food was good, though the meat portions were a bit on the small side, and everything was served quickly and with a smile.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q, responded to this review

BizLuxTrvlr, thank you for the great review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit with us and enjoyed the service you received. We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you again whenever you're in the area. More

Alachua, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Tried their beef brisket! and there is always stir fried okra which I love! Great for people traveling a nice 75 as it is right off the exit.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q, responded to this review

Judirembert, thank you for your review. We're happy to hear that you gave our beef brisket a try and enjoyed our fried okra. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! More

Punta Gorda, Florida
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111 reviews 111 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Walked across the road from our motel. 'All you can eat chicken' ...and we did. No hassles about quickly reserving us. The chicken was a tiny bit smoked pink in the middle ...properly done and certainly not undercooked. Sides were good. Our service was great with local info and very attentive. Nice place to eat.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q, responded to this review

Rdqueen, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our all you can eat chicken with sides. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! More

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Had chicken dinner with Mac and cheese and backed beans. Sides were delicious. But the chicken was pink and there wasn't much of a smoke flavor to the chicken. Most people could cook better chicken at home. I wouldn't return.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q, responded to this review

Cliff B, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that your chicken was not cooked correctly and was not up to expectations. Please let us help! Send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details about your order, including the location, so that we can address the issues you had encountered. We would greatly appreciate your feedback. More

Goodrich, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

My husband got the half chicken and I had shrimp. Very tasty and we liked our sides too. I was pleased they served wine. Very friendly waitress.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q, responded to this review

Ruth P, thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear that you and your husband both enjoyed our BBQ and service. We appreciate your support and hope to see you both again soon! More

USA
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

After they renovated and added the bar, it seems like the food wasn't as good. Disappointed with all the sonny's except for the one on Waldo Road in Gainesville. Don't know what they do different. I heard they don't fix the food at the restuarant anymore they truck it in YUK. Not pleased with this one anymore.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q, responded to this review

Debrahun, thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us on your recent visit. Please allow us to help! Email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with details about your visit, including the location, so that we can address the issues you have encountered. We would greatly appreciate your... More

Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant was clean, as were the restrooms. We all enjoyed our food - ribs, wings, cornbread and onion rings. You must try their sweet tea - felt like I was at a southern home. The server (Terez) was attentive and very nice. She even offered us take home cups for our drinks! All at a reasonable price. They offer... More

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Bryson City, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This is a chain that started Gainesville, FL by "Sonny" Floyd Tillman, a longtime area restaurant. It has morphed into a chain seen mostly in the southeast. They have upgraded the last few years into a place you don't mind going to dinner rather than a quick lunch stop. They also have a decent salad bar where you can add... More

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q, responded to this review

Rick F, thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit with us. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon! More

Gainesville, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The restaurant was totally rehabbed about a year and a half ago so it's nice and clean. The beverages are huge. You can get addicted to their sweet tea. The mac and cheese is is like grandmas. There are 4 different kinds of bbq sauces so you can add what you want.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q, responded to this review

Nurturinghearts, thank you for the great feedback! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our new look and meals! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again for more BBQ! More

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