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“One of the Worst Sonny's BBQ places I have visited..”
Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #17 of 84 Restaurants in Orange City
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: 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.
Ormond Beach, FL
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130 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“One of the Worst Sonny's BBQ places I have visited..”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

My Sister and I were headed off to see a movie at the new Theaters in Deltona and decided we would stop by Sonny's (her choice) for a quick bite to eat before the movie. She promised me this is a great Sonny's restaurant..

We arrived around 1pm, the place was not busy at all, no one in front of us, and we could see plenty of empty tables. But we stood there for almost 10 minutes before someone came to seat us at a table.

Waitress took our drink order, then after 10 more minutes. had to flag her down to take our order, as we were losing precious time.

We both got the Sliced Pork Big Deal sandwiches, I ordered a Sweet Potato as my side and she got Coleslaw. When our meals arrived, I cut into the Sweet Potato and immediately knew it was bad, as instead of being a nice bright orange color, it was brown and mushy, and when I tried it - UGH!! Since all of our delays in seating and ordering, we were on a tight schedule, so did not send it back, but could not eat it. Our Pork Sandwiches had an ample amount of meat, but we both looked at each other, as it was so dry it looked like chipped beef. So we lathered it up with sauce, ate as quick as we could and she apologized for it being so bad...

We had to flag down our waitress to get our bill and needless to say we were 15 minutes late for our movie - luckily the previews are that long..

So, have to say, this Sonny's BBQ was a big disappointment and would never return if in the area. Also had to report the bad experience to our family members who dine at this location often, who were as well shocked and stated, that guess we never should go to this place after 12:30 pm as you get old dried out food.

Wish my Sister would have listened to me and we tried the Woody's BBQ in the area!!!

  • Visited July 2012
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Orange City, Florida
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Consistent”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

Just good food, good service, always clean, and a decent salad bar

Visited March 2012
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Lake Ridge, Virginia
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Always yummy!”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

Food was good, service a bit slow ~ salad bar a bit messy, but there were too many kids "helping" themselves the night we were there!!

Visited March 2012
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Deland, FL
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Always good BBQ”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

Sony's is probably my favorite "go to" BBQ restaurant when I'm traveling or looking for a quick place for a bite to eat. It's definately not the best I've ever had but it is always good no matter where I find one. Consistancy is key here as you always know what to expect and I've never been disappointed...

Visited February 2012
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Deltona, Florida
2 reviews
“This is a drive through review”
Reviewed September 30, 2011

They were blasting rap music and the girl serving us was flirting with one of the cooks the whole time we were waiting right in front of us and we had to wait about 10-15 minutes, nothin country about this sonnys.

  • Visited May 2011
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