Tampa >Food & Dining > Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q
2401 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, FL | Directions 3361228.031985 -82.431940
Su-Th 11-9, F-Sa 11-10
Inexpensive barbecue is the main draw at this reliable Southeastern chain. – In Short
Owner Sonny Tillman has been serving the same Southern barbecue and fixings since 1968. A common roadside stop, Sonny's offers low prices and barbecue; roomy booths, wagon-wheel chandeliers and homey craft art are the standard dining room decor. House barbecue sauce, available sweet, regular or hot, spices up large helpings of smoked beef, pork, chicken, turkey and ribs. Sides like fresh fried okra, onion rings and barbecue beans complement the entrees.
Avoid if possible – I think Smokey Bones isnt the best, but it isnt the worst. I youre looking for real BBQ food, then this is not the place. I find the ribs to have little meat, and the food cost way more than what its worth. This is a BBQ restaurant you should not eat when youre in Tampa, you have better choices.
Not Authentic BBQ – The BBQ tatsed like liquid smoke. If people are head over heals for this food, they may not have tried anything else. The combos are good. The selection is very good and convenient, but this is not a place for a harcore bbq food eater.
Service was a Joke – Food is good, but service is a joke. They stall for days on their all you can eat specials, leaving you sitting there with an empty plate and a rumbling belly after they serve you the sparse amounts that come with their all-you-can eat special. If you got about 3 hours for a meal, you should be able to get two plates of ribs on their all-you-can special.
Sonny's makes my drive home worthwhile! – I was introduced to Sonny's about 3 years ago and since have joined the Army. Around here, there are no Sonny's to be found, but my drive home includes at least one stop at Sonny's. I am totally hooked on their BBQ Pork sandwhiches topped with sweet BBQ sauce on garlic toast with an order of fries and a side of ranch to dip them in!!! Now that's a good meal. Last time I went home I had my husband try Sonny's, now he too can't wait till were on the road to Florida again. The service is fast, so our pitt stop is only for about 10 minutes, and we eat on the road. Sony's is the best for true BBQ.
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