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11341 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
+1 850-230-4742
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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262 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

It is what it is, and for what it is, it isn't bad. It's typical BBQ, nothing outstanding but all around good. Ribs were smoky and fall off the bone. BBQ beans are decent. Good selection of sauce. Big salad bar (didn't have it but you walk by it). Service was prompt and very good. Go expecting a decent but... More 

Thank visamastermichigan
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, visamastermichigan. We’re always open to hearing further feedback from our guests and invite you to email us your ideas to social@SonnysBBQ.com. We look forward to speaking with you! More 

Panama City Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 23, 2017

THIS PLACE IS THE WORST BBQ I HAVE EVER (TRYED TO) EAT!!! it was so dry service was ok price not bad I wont be back!!

Thank lumirhamsa
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that your recent visit was not up to expectations, lumirhamsa. Please allow us to help. Email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details about your experience, including the location, along with your phone number. We appreciate your feedback, and hope you’ll give us another chance! More 

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132 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

Everything was delicious. Service was great. Seemed short staffed the night we went there, but our waitress was pleasant and kept us happy. Have four different bbq sauces on the table that you add to suit your own taste. Almost as good as my own :) We also like the family meal for four. A variety of meats and lots... More 

Thank Patty S
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, Patty S. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

Burlington, Iowa
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135 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

The weather was fantastic so decided to get some take out and enjoy the Panama City Beach conservation park..we ordered the sampler plate...a little of everything they have. Wow...fantastic BBQ!!! and such a copious serving the 2 of us had enough for 2 full dinners!!

Thank MrWedge10
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, MrWedge10. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

destin, United States
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

The hostess and server were both nice. The food was consistent like always. My go to BBQ joint in Florida.

Thank Shawn K
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135 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2017

This outstanding BBQ place is located at junction of Highway 98 and Jackson. It offers coke products. I tried the pulled pork and sliced pork with a sweet potato. To me the pulled pork is the best. The service was great.

Thank Rick H
Panama City Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

Ribs are off the chain and the pulled pork is the best on the beach clean restaurant and great server and best salads bar on the beach

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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2017

Had lunch here and tried the brisket. They really should do themselves a favor and take it off the menu. It was tasteless, dry and just plain a sorry excuse for brisket!! Salad bar was ok but don't eat the shoe leather-it's awful!

Thank Yvonne R
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We’re very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit, Yvonne R. We’d like to try to help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, including the location, and your phone number. Your feedback is important to us. More 

Marshfield, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

I ordered the bottomless salad bar with a choice of one BBQ meat. I chose pulled pork. The salad bar was not what I expected because the lettuce was in large chunks, barely chopped up, and the bowl for spinach was empty. I asked if I could get a substitute for the salad bar. The waitress offered two sides. I... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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147 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2017

This was my first visit to a Sonny's BBQ. I ordered the salad bar and a pulled pork and rib platter that also came with a side. The other persons with me ordered the Large sampler platter. One ordered white meat and the other dark meat. First of all, if your looking for a restaurant with huge servings, this is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $16
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11341 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Panama City Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 850-230-4742
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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Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

Often Freedom From Religion Foundation will receive complaints from members that a private-owned business in their area is offering a discount to customers who present a church bulletin. These “church bulletin discounts” show up as promotions at a variety of businesses including restaurants or grocery stores for anyone demonstrating their status as a believer or church attendee.

These types of promotions are illegal under federal law. The Civil Rights Act states in relevant part, “All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation . . . without discrimination on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.” 42 U.S.C. §2000a(a). As a place of “public accommodation,” it is illegal for restaurants, grocery stores or other businesses to discriminate, or show favoritism, on the basis of religion. Church bulletin discounts are restrictive promotional practices, which favor religious customers and deny customers who do not attend church, and nonbelievers, the right to “full and equal” enjoyment of the restaurant, store or other business.

Church bulletin discounts may also be prohibited under your state’s civil rights law, or your city’s municipal code and ordinances. Often, the state and local laws contain similar, if not the same, language prohibiting discrimination at places of public accommodation on the basis of religion.

Any promotions should be available to all customers regardless of religious preference or practice on a non-discriminatory basis. No place of public accommodation can advertise– in broadcast (radio or television) or print advertisements (newspapers, church bulletins, etc)– any sort of discount to customers who present a church bulletin. Rather such promotions must be offered to the public at large, and not single out any one religious group. For example, instead of offering a “20% discount to customers with church bulletins on Sunday,” a restaurant could advertise, “20%off Sunday brunch.”

If you come across a business that is offering a church bulletin discount, you should approach the manager, owner or a supervisor to alert them to the illegality of the practice. You also have the right to ask for the same discount! If you need further assistance to stop this discrimination, please contact FFRF. It is helpful if you forward us a copy of the coupon or advertisement and provide the name and address of the discriminating business.

Written by Rebecca S. Markert, FFRF Staff Attorney

over a year ago

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