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“A favorite in the south”
Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #25 of 196 Restaurants in Brunswick
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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.
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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.
Syracuse, New York
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A favorite in the south”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

When we travel south, we can't wait to enjoy Sonny's Bar BQ again. This restsaurant has undergone a total makeover since we were last here and the prices with it. Although the Monday night special was AYCE salad bar for $4.99 That can't be beat. Food is always delicious here and many bbq meat and sauce choices.

Visited December 2012
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English first
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best BBQ”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

To be fair, I was raised near the first Sonnys, so I've always been partial to them. The local bbq places are decent, but I prefer Sonnys. The chicken sandwich is my favorite, or the pulled turkey. Add some sweet n' spicy sauce and you have a great meal.

Visited December 2012
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Brunswick, Georgia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Local”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

I have lived in Brunswick, GA for a long time and I have eaten at Sonny's Barbeque many many times. The food is wonderful, the service is great and among all servers Earl is outstanding.
Most anything you get on their menu will be enjoyable. I am not fond of the regular ribs but let me say the baby backs are a whole different story.
It is so close to the interstate you will be off and back on in no time. You do not have to wait for your food long at all unless you might would order chargrilled chicken breast or a hamburger, let me say they both are well worth the wait.
So if anyone is in the Brunswick, GA area, being a local and an expert on Sonny's I would definitely say stop in. You won't be sorry.

  • Visited September 2012
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Burlington, NC
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412 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Hate to sat it, but just "average"”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

While visiting GA, we ate at Sonny's - and I blame myself for average-to-poor menu choices. We got the beef brisket combo and smoked turkey combo... whereas (in hindsight) we should have gone with pork barbecue.

Our meat (in both cases) was dry and rather tasteless... and needed a lot of sauce squirted on them. Just not a good experience. Again --- average-to-poor. Also, I ordered banana pudding - and did not like how it was just pudding surrounded by vanilla wafers (where's the bananas?).

Even the service was just average-to-poor. Don't know if this was just a bad day for Sonny's or what - but overall, we expected a lot better.

  • Visited October 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“great BBQ, gotta love Sonny's”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

there's not a whole lot of these places, so whenever i go through Brunswick i make sure to stop for some BBQ and beer. great value and good service and you can jump right back on I-95 and hit the road since its right off the exit. its been renovated recently too, real nice, they even have a bar area (which is the only one ive seen at a sonnys)

  • Visited August 2012
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