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The Original Rib Tickler

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28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
281-255-8119
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Still the best!

You may have heard stories that the original owners were not running the Rib Tickler any more. Yes for a short time they weren't, and it showed. They have been back now for several; years and the food is better than ever. Good thing because I live in Tomball now. They have all the "standard" BBQ... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2014
kneemeaux
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Tomball
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Tomball
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You may have heard stories that the original owners were not running the Rib Tickler any more. Yes for a short time they weren't, and it showed. They have been back now for several; years and the food is better than ever. Good thing because I live in Tomball now. They have all the "standard" BBQ items, all of which... More 

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houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you are in Tomball and are looking for great BBQ, this is the place to go. You won't be disappointed.

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Magnolia, Tx.
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80 restaurant reviews
269 helpful votes 269 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We've patronized this place ever since it was it's original little shack decades ago. Today's restaurant & drive-thru version is the best it's ever been with an expanded menu, but no alcohol. IMHO, no one in town has better ribs, but that's my personal taste. They have great take-out: order ahead & pick up or go thru the drive-thru, &... More 

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Tomball, Texas
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

The Original Rib Tickler is one of our favorite hangouts. Of course the ribs and homestyle veggies are incredible, but the jumbo stuffed baked potato is among the best I've eaten.

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tx
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11 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I always get the chopped beef sandwich with sweet potato fries. I do drive through because I'm always in a hurry. The staff is always super friendly and all in touch with their Texas roots. I love that! Oh and I can't forget the sweet tea... Yummmmmmmmn

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Houston, TX
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I can't really comment on the BBQ. They do have really good and fresh salads (my favorite is the Strawberry salad)and homemade dressings. The fish tacos are good and I love the fried catfish and shrimp.

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Tomball, Texas, United States
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14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Rib Tickler has been making world-class BBQ in Tomball for many years - they have the best we have found in Texas. In addition, their service is excellent, and you can't go there without seeing one of the owners who are always friendly and helpful! I can't recommend the Rib Tickler highly enough!!

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Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The rib tickler has the best ribs and brisket in the area. I think that their sauce is among the best anywhere. The portions are of ample size and the service is very good. If you are in the Northwest Houston area - give them a try.

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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This is the place for BBQ. They do it right. Sides are good too. Lots of food for the money. This place has been around for a while and for good reason.

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Craving BBQ ribs - this is the place for you. Great taste, huge portions, and a relaxed casual atmosphere. The coconut cream pie was enough for two to share. I'll be back!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Tomball
  • Phone Number: 281-255-8119

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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