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“Simply Amazing!!!”
Review of Toby's Barbecue

Toby's Barbecue
Ranked #350 of 2,026 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Description: Our food is homemade. We make our own sauces and dressings, take pride in our cooking and serving. We are casual and family oriented. We serve southern barbecue and our meat doesn't need sauce, but we have the best in case you just like it!
Columbus, OH
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Simply Amazing!!!”
Reviewed February 25, 2010

I was on a business trip the past couple days down in Lake City and on the way to Jacksonville Airport, I stumbled upon this little restaurant called Toby's Barbecue. I admit I was skeptical at first, but once I was greeted by the employees, I knew it was something special. Then I tasted the food and let me tell you, it was sooooooo delicious. I highly recommend visiting the restaurant and ordering Toby's sample platter. It includes the spare ribs, brisket, pork and chicken. Not to mention 2 sides and texas toast. The only thing is make sure you have a driver, because you aint gonna be able to move after you eat. I live in Columber, OH, but I am considering moving to Jacksonville just to be near Toby's.

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English first
Florida
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Pluses and minuses”
Reviewed April 12, 2008

Based on reviews here at Travel Advisor, my son and I drove 20 minutes out of our way to have dinner at Toby's Barbecue on Monday, April 7th, at about 6:30 pm. Here are my observations:

Pros
- Service was prompt, food was served quickly. The server quickly noticed that the French fries on our Feast for Two were not fresh and immediately put in for a fresh order
- the quality of the meat is top-notch. The ribs were big, tender and cooked in a smoker without extra sauce or seasonings. The chicken was served chopped, and was full of flavor. The beef, which I normally find dry in most barbecue joints, was also served chopped, and was also moist and flavorful.
- the coleslaw is fresh
- the house brand mustard-based sauce is fantastic. I bought a bottle to go.
- the French fries are twice-fried crinkle cut - perfect!

Cons
- Definitely not a place to go for the atmosphere. It's located in a strip mall, and the booths are like Waffle House booths; they don't inspire lingering.
- Servings of meat are small - in our Feast for Two, we each got 1 rib (although a very large rib), and about 1/4 cup each of chicken and beef.
- The ketchup-based Sweet Sauce is not outstanding.
- The baked beans tasted right out of the can.
- The garlicked Texas Toast was mostly soggy and unevenly toasted.
- I passed on the "free dessert" as I don't care for pudding, and my son noted "it has that fake banana flavor that banana candies have."
- Once the server had dropped our check at the table, she disappeared for a good 10-15 minutes. I needed a drink refill and a to-go box, but there was no one in sight. And this was on a slow Monday evening.

I really wanted to like this place more, given its TripAdvisor ratings, but I felt vaguely dissatisfied with my dining experience. I would have been happier at one of the many Sonny's Barbecue chain restaurants.


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Hilliard
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The BEST BBQ y'all could EVER find!”
Reviewed March 24, 2008

Not only is the food AMAZING!
The owners Mr. Robert & Mrs. Sweetie
are the nicest most caring people you'll ever meet!
Mrs. Sweetie's sisters Terry, & Pat also work there & are sweet hearts themselves!
ALL the staff is amazing!
The are well known for their restaurant in Oceanway on New Berlin rd.

However they just opened a new one on old kings road!

So now with 2 wonderful locations in Jax. You can get to them wherever you may be!

You have to try:
BBQ Potato
BBQ Salad
Crispy juicy Chicken tender salad
RIBS
Fried pork chops
Fried Chicken
& swaller it all down with some SWEET TEA!

You have to try everything, nothing there is bad!

I LOVE Y'ALL UP THERE AT TOBY'S!!!

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Jacksonville, FL
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“My favorite bbq in Jax”
Reviewed February 24, 2008

I eat at Toby's atleast once a week! If I haven't been able to eat all day, this is my spot! Have you ever been to a restaurant that offers FREE dessert? Toby's does..usually banana or chocolate puddin' and sometimes they mix it up. My favorite is the BLT. I don't know what they do to make it taste so good, but its yummy. Their baked beans are the best I've ever tasted. I tell all my customers who move to NE Jax to frequent Toby's. I just wish they were open on Sundays too...maybe one day soon.

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jacksonville, fl
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Thanks Toby's!!!”
Reviewed January 20, 2008

Toby's catered an event at the Jacksonville Gun Club. WOW!!! We were so impressed. The barbeque sauces were excellent! The food was excellent. They roasted a pig, quail and chicken. The beans and potatoes were awesome!!!! The wait staff were wonderful. The night couldn't have been better. Much thanks to Toby's!!!!
They went out of their way to make the night awesome!

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