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“Very good Bar-B-Q at a good price”
Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #2 of 40 Restaurants in Florida City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: 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.
Reviewed May 14, 2014

My wife and I tried Sonny's last night. We had previous experiences with other bar-b-q restaurants that were not good. Sonny's is good. We both had the baby back ribs. A large portion not drowned in sauce. Two large side dishes and corn bread come with the meal. A number of choices as your side dishes. All was very good. They also had a nice looking salad bar which we didn't try. Will certainly go back again when in the area.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2014

Greekmermaid13, thank you for the great review. We're glad to hear that you enjoy our baby back ribs meal. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed April 29, 2014

We were looking forward to the "Real Pit BarBQ" experience; visions of smoky, saucy brisket, ribs, etc. What we did experience was basic strip mall cuisine; service was fine, food arrived quickly but didn't look anything like we expected. My husband ordered the beef brisket - several slices of, yes, tender brisket but just the beef plunked on a plate - where was the steaming hot delectable sauce with the falling apart tender beef? Yes, there was a selection of sauces at the table, but they are room temp and the idea of squirting whatever sauce onto the brisket was not appealing. My smoked turkey breast came the same way, not hot and quite dry. I did try a couple of the sauces but it didn't really improve the dish. The side dishes were acceptable, but each comes on their own plate!The cost including 2 lovely cold beers was $36. Need to try another "Pit BarBQ" restaurant.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2014

Frenchtravellers77, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that your recent visit with us was not up to expectations. Please let us help! Send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details, including the location, so that we can address the issues you had encountered. We would greatly appreciate your feedback and hope that you can give us a chance to make things right!

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Reviewed April 9, 2014

This was our first encounter with Sonny's Real Bar-B-Q. We were looking for a change from fried fish. The bar-be-que was really good. I had the ribs and chicken, which were well cooked but not over spiced. There was a variety of sauces on the table to accent the meats. The sauces ranged from sweet to spicy. With my meal, I was entitled to two sides. I chose corn on the cob and a baked potato. The corn was out of season and unacceptable. The potato was fine. Of particular note was the corn bread - which was out of this world and to me it was worth the price of the meal. We also had a "Redneck Eggroll" - which was 'wicked good' almost illegally so. This appetizer is a must try but know it is a calorie laden burst of goodness. My wife enjoyed her salad with chicken. The total cost of our meal with two soft drinks totaled $34.00. I'd go back.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2014

Woodmister, thanks for leaving us a review. We're glad you enjoyed your first visit with us! Sounds like you really got to experience what we have to offer on our menu. We look forward to seeing you and your wife again soon.

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Reviewed April 2, 2014

We ate here several times on our vacation. Husband loves the all you can eat ribs. I like the brisket. Salad bar (which is hard to find in many restauants now a days) had alot of different items. However, the price to add the salad bar onto a meal varied for each Sonny's location we tried. Still an inexpensive place to eat. Also every time, the waitress asked us if we wanted a drink to go when we were done. She said "everyone gets a sweet tea to go at Sonny's". I like that! Especially nice when heading back to a hotel with no drinks handy.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

Sandra G, thank you for the great review. We're glad to hear that you and your husband enjoy dining with us. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you both again whenever you're in town.

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Reviewed March 17, 2014

nice pulled pork sandwich, plenty of tender meat, slightly tangy sweet sauce(I do not like too much spice), run of the mill fries

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2014

Uckbuck, thank you for the great review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your pulled pork sandwich. If there are any other comments or suggestions you would like to share, please feel free to contact us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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