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“Good BBQ for a chain restaurant.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #48 of 197 Restaurants in Palm Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Tampa, Florida
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321 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Good BBQ for a chain restaurant.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

The corn bread is awesome, the pulled pork delicious and the wait staff great. The prices are very inexpensive, as well. No complaints!

  • Visited August 2013
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Clearwater, Florida
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“Don't go here! Restaurant of Yuck!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

Its not about the portions, but about the taste. The portions were minuscule. Even though we had All you can eat, the taste and quality was poor. We had Baby Back ribs, which were overcooked, with no meat on them. The broccoli was cold. The hot brownie sundae was a cold tasteless brownie. Even the ice cream was bland. Would never go back. My husband and I always debated about taste versus portion. He said I won. This place, although the service was good, and the restaurant was clean, the food was of very low quality. Would not return.

  • Visited August 2013
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Sorry to hear about your experience, @FoodAdvocate123. Please email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com so that we can better address the issues you encountered. Thank you for your feedback and we hope you do give us another chance!
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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great Ribs!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Fantasic ribs great value love this place make, the burgers are awesome as well.
the prices are great. good value for the amount of food you get!!
The sweet tea is great and the corn bread is outstanding. If you are in Florida don't miss your chance to have a great meal.

  • Visited November 2012
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Clearwater, Florida
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“A Typical Bar B Q chain restaurant”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

I had forgotten why I didn't like "Sonny's". As I went through their drive thru and looked at the menu, I didn't see any sandwiches. I inquired as to the price of a pork sandwich, as was told they only sell it with French fries. So instead of two sandwiches at a reasonable price, "Sonny's" requires you to buy two fries with it. I buy what I want, not what this "chain restaurant" includes with a sandwich. I'm surprised they don't include a 25 % gratuity.

Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Nod S
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Hi Nod, We're sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit. If you'd like to discuss details with us one-on-one, email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com so we can help. Include which location you went to and your contact information.
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“Why did we go”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

Some times its a quick decision to pull in sometimes its great sometimes not. This time not so great the pork and beef were very dry and the chicken leg quarter was pink in the center the waitresses were very nice however

Visited May 2013
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Mario - We're sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit. If you'd like to discuss details with us one-on-one, email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com so we can help. Include which location you went to and your contact information.
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