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“Stay away”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Sonny’s BBQ

Sonny’s BBQ
Ranked #198 of 579 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
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.
Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Stay away”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Bizarre and surreal experience: My wife ordered pulled brisket, which was cold, dry and tasteless as dirt - utterly inedible. When she asked the waiter to take it back, he said he would WEIGH the meat that was left on her plate and credit only the portion not consumed. I asked for the manager, who showed up 10 minutes later and turned out to be a shrill, crude and slovenly woman who probably doubled as the janitor after closing. This person said she would only credit 50% of the meal, since my wife had already eaten half her baked potato while waiting for her to show up. I demanded a full credit. This so-called manager and decision maker said she would have to ask the regional manager who supposedly was in the back somewhere. A few minutes later, apparently following that executive committee meeting, she returned and slapped the fully credited check on the table along with a nasty look and comment. Obviously this place doesn't hire anyone with an IQ higher than the price of a side of slaw. I could go on - but I think y'all get the message. Staying very hungry for a long time beats eating here.

  • Visited March 2013
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Willoughby
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78 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“tasty,great service”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

immediately greeted and seated when we arrived. we ordered ribs and brisket, both excellent. waitress was efficient. when checking out, was offered a chance to but their awesome sauce. Yes we bought a couple bottles. Went back next day and bought some bottles of sauce. Yes, it's that's good. Actually, I gave it away for gifts.

Visited March 2013
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Thank sallybeecleveland
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Savannah, Georgia
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212 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Good but not great”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

The bbq at Sonny's is pretty good, but it is nothing over the top. The food was kind of bland but the sauce was good. This place seemed like a commercial kind of bbq restaurant and I seem to enjoy the little mom and pop places in the south.

Visited March 2013
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Thank John D
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Middletown, Maryland, United States
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47 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

What a pleasant surprise to find Sonny's tucked away near the St. Augustine outlets. We stopped there for lunch and found the food and service to be great! The lunch special includes a bbq sandwich of your choice, your choice of beans or fries and sweet tea. I really wanted to try the cornbread so our server suggested substituting for the roll that came with the sandwich, which was perfect. The pulled pork bbq was excellent and mildly flavored, and the beans had a thick and tasty sauce. The cornbread was delicious and the sweet tea was the traditional southern style. Our server was attentive and friendly and the atmosphere was casual and kept very clean. Overall a great experience! Wish Sonny's would open some locations up north!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Cindy P
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Traverse City, Michigan
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good restaurant.”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Have visited this one twice. Adequate BBQ at an OK price. Good service. Food and service were consistent at two visits one and one half years apart.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Troy R
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