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“Average BBQ”
Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #318 of 1,050 Restaurants in Sarasota
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.
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Visited Sonny's on the lunch time and was expecting a little bit more. Chicken was greasy, ribs were tough, the only piece of meat that was worth the visit was the Brisket. The Sonny's sauces are good but not WOW. Meat is smoked bare, without the BBQ sauce on so you do not have the smoky flavor melting in the meat. For those of you who are looking for meat with a smoke ring, this place is not your spot. Plus, service was slow and our server disappeared for 15 minutes.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

we went with a group of 13, the food and service was excellent. We were half an hour late for our booking and they still got us seated - they couldnt have been more helpful.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Great food, friendly staff and reasonably priced. Our family of three paid just over $30, and that was including a decent tip. Enjoyed it much more than the Oaks, which we had tried the night before. Predictable, in the way that a comfortable pair of shoes is. Will be back next time we're in town.

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Thank royfleming
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Come here for the best bbq ribs in town at affordable prices. Around $13 for a whole rack of ribs, fries, slae and garlic bread..great service and a friendly setting. Note, the car park gets full quickly as this place is popular with the locals

Thank Christopher S
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Sonny's is the only production BBQ outfit that I know of in the deep South. If you live here and like BBQ at all, you have eaten at a Sonny's at least a dozen times. It's tasty, reasonably priced, country comfortable, etc. Basically, the Waffle House of the BBQ world.

Thank Dan M
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