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The Original Rib Tickler

28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
+1 281-255-8119
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good32%
  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“ribs” (22 reviews)
“turkey” (4 reviews)
“sausage” (5 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The sauce is very tasty and not spicy. I've had the brisket, turkey, sausage and ribs... not all in one night..... and I have no complaints. The mac and cheese is good, the beans are even better and the banana pudding is like my mom...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 404anonomus
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We have been going here for years. It is consistently top notch. We do not get to visit as often as we would like, but each time we do, we are impressed

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank lschulin
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch and the ribs were great, the banana pudding was good all in all a great lunch. I'll definitely be back if I'm ever in the area.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ovsurf
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

Can’t believe I just had Rib Tickler for the FIRST TIME! I got a bbq potato and it was fantastic. We went on a rainy day and there were still plenty of people there chowing down. Like a lot of bbq places you go through...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank StephOliver17
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

The ribs are excellent, can't say much about the rest of the meal. The coleslaw was not to good had a off bitter taste to it. The green beans were over cooked. Didn't offer any bread with the meal. The Staff behind the serving line...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank LTCliff
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

today is their anniversary they have an a fully loaded baked potato for 259.. Great price great potato no complaints love the food.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank irist2016
Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

Whether ribs (yum!), fried catfish, or any of the other BBQ meats, Rib Tickler does not disappoint. Vegetable sides, while typical, always fresh. Fried pickles...well, if you like them, you’ll love them.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Jim H
Reviewed December 11, 2017

We have visited 3 times now. Excellent service and food. Very informal family atmosphere. We have had the rib platter and the chopped beef and pulled pork. Baked potatos are large and have all the toppings you could want.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank chicag0andy
Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

Our family loves this place but will select a different place to eat BBQ due to limited gluten free options. They said the chicken was gluten free but it was in same container and touching the ribs that were not gluten free. Beware of cross...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Catherine D
Reviewed July 22, 2017 via mobile

Another Tomball institution, the Rib Tickler is indeed the original, and quite good. Seating is somewhat limited, but the people flow moved fast.

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Jim H
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November 1, 2015|
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Response from BlueRose8099 | Reviewed this property |
It's a small restaurant with fairly limited parking. We only had between 20 and 25 people in our group and took up a big part of the dining area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Tomball
  • Phone Number: +1 281-255-8119
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