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The Original Rib Tickler

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28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
+1 281-255-8119
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average4%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“ribs” (20 reviews)
“peach cobbler” (2 reviews)
“chicken” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM Hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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.

Thank Iris T
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.

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.

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

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.

Thank Jim H
Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

I've been going here since it was a walk-up shack. Always great. Plenty of parking in rear. Has drive thru. Nice covered porch areas. Had the Sylvia today, add sauce n mashed taters!

Thank doclizardo
Reviewed March 13, 2017

I personally think the best thing about TORT is the peach cobbler--it is worth going here just for that. The BBQ is pretty good--but go for the peach cobbler!!

Thank Michael N
Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

I had a baked potato with meat and it was really good. We went there the week after Christmas in the evening. Plenty of seats at the time. Quick and tasty. My family lives near here and loves it. Tasty!

Thank KPanama777
Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

I'm sure what Bobby is talking about try always but there everything into anything made there brisket melts in your mouth ribs fall off the bone and the sauce is so good I put it in a soda cup and drink it. The service is...More

Thank Joseph C
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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
Large groups, Kids, Families with children
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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