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“Only eat there if you don't mind the squalor!”
Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #92 of 117 Restaurants in Plant 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.
Alberta, Canada
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“Only eat there if you don't mind the squalor!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

In my hundreds of reviews for TripAdvisor, it is unusual for me to find fault with a restaurant, hotel, or attraction. We "fell into" this restaurant because we were starving, and had had a good experience with a previous Sonny's near Tallahassee. We are left wondereing which was the exeption, this place or the other one.

This was one of the dirtiest restaurants we have ever encountered, anywhere (and I am including the dozens of third-world countries. The tables, the menus, the restrooms were filthy. Everything is in need of a major renovation, or at least a major cleanup. The pulled pork and brisket sandwiches were tasty, but the squalor was most off-putting. It appeared that the manager was an absentee one, because anyone with a minimal pride of ownership would not allow a restaurant to get into this sorry state.

I must check out the reviews of other Sonny's on the TripAdvisor

  • Visited February 2013
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