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“baby backs awesome”
Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #300 of 1,148 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 December 31, 2013

Now this place was my and one of my 3 daughters favorite
restaurants
in Sarasota area
good food flavour and service
even gave to go cups
4 diffent flavours of sauce for mild to somewhat hot
nothing extreme though
my kids eat several gallons of the sweet sauce in a years time
on brisket at home

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2014

Tsbails1, thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear that you and your family love our BBQ and sweet sauce. We appreciate your feedback and support!

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

I had the combo platter and it was enough for two meals. The beers are huge, cold and plentiful. The prices are very good and the service was very fast. When you want BBQ without the Glitz and high price of the fancy places, but with all the flavor and value of a home-town shop, this is the place. The staff are attentive and there is rarely a wait.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

WizardofSarasota, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the combo platter and the service you received from your recent visit with us. We are open to any suggestions or comments you may have on our restaurant. If you would like to share your ideas, please email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We have been eating at Sonny’s for years when we visit Florida.

Service and food is always very good. This is our favorite location.

I did notice the salad bar was smaller. I was surprised that on Friday evening, the customers were sparse.

Just can’t beat their chicken, baked beans and toasted garlic bread.

We normally select the lunch menu and the pricing is certainly reasonable.

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Thank Wives-would-not-go
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2013

Wives-would-not-go, thank you for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed our chicken, baked beans and toasted garlic bread. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again when you're in town!

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Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

We liked the place until each week. that came gave us less food pay everything you want to eat for the first weeks was well but eventually gave us less each timeand the my daughter last time has slipped and is broke the lip it bleeding and crying and not so hurried to bring us some food to calm her down and ultimately pay the Bill or even they discounted the meal of the girl I had swollen mouth and not ate, and the food it takes 1 hour since we ask

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Thank rojanse
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We think that Sonny's baby backs are still the best around. We get a full slab and bring some home. We request foil wrapping on the ends so they won't get charred. We also enjoy their salad bar. The waitress at our local Sonny's is one of our favorites who always remembers what we want even if we just go once a month. Their iced tea is huge and good and they happily fix a big cup "to go". All ages are welcome but they are especially kind to seniors.

Thank APF725
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