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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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Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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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
Best bar-b-q ribs around.

The Rib Tickler has some of the best ribs I have ever tasted.. And the fried shrimp is great too, better than I've had in some seafood restaurants.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
kjr101
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Tomball, Texas
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Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Rib Tickler has some of the best ribs I have ever tasted.. And the fried shrimp is great too, better than I've had in some seafood restaurants.

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Tomball, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I hadn't been to the Rib Tickler in years only because I don't travel that way too often but I was not disappointed going through the drive through to get a rib dinner with baked potato! At my destination I could have eaten it all at once it was sooo good! Great value! And the woman at the window gave... More 

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Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband gets the barbecue while I get their fish and shrimp, grilled salmon or their fried fish with a delicious queso sauce..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Rib Tickler's BBQ is excellent and good quality! One of our family's favorites! If someone wants something other than BBQ they also have a great menu with lots of variety to choose from.

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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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