Sonny's BBQ

★★★☆☆
  • 440 Tyvola Road

    Charlotte, NC 28217

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  • 704-523-1053

About Sonny's BBQ

Categories
  • Barbecue
  • Catering Companies
  • Restaurants
  • Sandwich Shops
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Hours
M-Th 11am-9pm, F-Sa 11am-9:30pm, Su 11am-9pm

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I find it funny that another reviewer stated that Sonny's isn't real barbeque, and then complained that it has a red tint to it. Any idiot (though apparently not that idiot) who knows anything about smoked meat knows that the red is called a smoke ring, and it is a coveted indicator of the smoke process. Liquid smoke isn't used to give a smoked flavor... it is actually smoked. It isn't like they are trying to fool you, just go outside and take a whiff... that's the scent of smoked meat!

Sorry but that really made me mad, they clearly didn't know what they were talking about!

All of the food is always cooked to perfection. I spent a few years in Gainesville (the birthplace of Sonnys) and went to three locations there, as well as two in Penacola, and the food is always good. I can't think of a single bad experience with the food.

Their sweet tea is a thing of mystery and you will either love it and want it pumped in your veins, or hate it. It is mine and my friends' opinion that the tea bags get a bit of smoke on them wherever they are stored, because the tea tastes just faintly of smoke. We might be nuts, but that stuff is gold!

The fried okra is divine, the ribs can sometimes be small or hard, but if you tell them you aren't happy with the selection, they will send you out new ones. The pulled pork is phenomenal.

Sonny's also catered my great aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary and I didn't even realize it was Sonny's until I tasted it! The servers were dressed very nicely and were so polite and professional. Eating good barbeque on nice china took me back for a second, but after that first bite I realized it was Sonny's! So if you are considering them for catering, they are nothing but first class... I don't even think people realized it was a relatively cheap barbeque joint!

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★★★★★

I find it funny that another reviewer stated that Sonny's isn't real barbeque, and then complained that it has a red tint to it. Any idiot (though apparently not that idiot) who knows anything about smoked meat knows that the red is called a smoke ring, and it is a coveted indicator of the smoke process. Liquid smoke isn't used to give a smoked flavor... it is actually smoked. It isn't like they are trying to fool you, just go outside and take a whiff... that's the scent of smoked meat!

Sorry but that really made me mad, they clearly didn't know what they were talking about!

All of the food is always cooked to perfection. I spent a few years in Gainesville (the birthplace of Sonnys) and went to three locations there, as well as two in Penacola, and the food is always good. I can't think of a single bad experience with the food.

Their sweet tea is a thing of mystery and you will either love it and want it pumped in your veins, or hate it. It is mine and my friends' opinion that the tea bags get a bit of smoke on them wherever they are stored, because the tea tastes just faintly of smoke. We might be nuts, but that stuff is gold!

The fried okra is divine, the ribs can sometimes be small or hard, but if you tell them you aren't happy with the selection, they will send you out new ones. The pulled pork is phenomenal.

Sonny's also catered my great aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary and I didn't even realize it was Sonny's until I tasted it! The servers were dressed very nicely and were so polite and professional. Eating good barbeque on nice china took me back for a second, but after that first bite I realized it was Sonny's! So if you are considering them for catering, they are nothing but first class... I don't even think people realized it was a relatively cheap barbeque joint!

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I have been to the restaurant and the food was good, however I would like to know if anyone has used their catering service and if so, how was your experience. What did you like and what did you dislike? My daughter has an upcoming wedding and I really want everything to be perfect. Anyone have a catering review to post?

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★★★★☆

I have been to the restaurant and the food was good, however I would like to know if anyone has used their catering service and if so, how was your experience. What did you like and what did you dislike? My daughter has an upcoming wedding and I really want everything to be perfect. Anyone have a catering review to post?

Pros: Food came fast.

Cons: Did not have any complaints.

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The restaurant is a nice family night out. Reasonable prices and great portions. I particualrly love the salad bar. There is something for everyone, chicken , pork, beef you name it. It is not a fancy place, but, it is a family atmosphere and cooking. The kids will love it.

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★★★★☆

The restaurant is a nice family night out. Reasonable prices and great portions. I particualrly love the salad bar. There is something for everyone, chicken , pork, beef you name it. It is not a fancy place, but, it is a family atmosphere and cooking. The kids will love it.

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Tried Sonny's on a friend's recommendation...

Liked the ribs very much, and the sides were plentiful. The staff was super-friendly. The restaurant is AWESOME to be non-smoking!! Perhaps needed a little more attention to the clean-up detail after table service but it was a pretty busy evening there. Will definitely return.

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★★★★☆

Tried Sonny's on a friend's recommendation...

Liked the ribs very much, and the sides were plentiful. The staff was super-friendly. The restaurant is AWESOME to be non-smoking!! Perhaps needed a little more attention to the clean-up detail after table service but it was a pretty busy evening there. Will definitely return.

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I've always enjoyed Sonny's barbecue regardless of where. I think the ribs are meaty and delicious and the sides are wonderful. Go Sonny's Go!!

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★★★☆☆

I've always enjoyed Sonny's barbecue regardless of where. I think the ribs are meaty and delicious and the sides are wonderful. Go Sonny's Go!!

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It IS a chain barbeque restaraunt, so you wont find the BEST in town but the value and selection make this a thumbs up

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★★★☆☆

It IS a chain barbeque restaraunt, so you wont find the BEST in town but the value and selection make this a thumbs up

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It is a clean place with good food. The kids are welcome and the buffets are wonderful. My entire family eats here.

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★★★★★

It is a clean place with good food. The kids are welcome and the buffets are wonderful. My entire family eats here.

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my experiance at sonny's was astonding as soon as we entered it wasnon stop custemer sevice.sald bar was verry good with a verity to choose from.food was served pretty quikly.food quility was superb.all in all it was a very delightful expirance.

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★★★★★

my experiance at sonny's was astonding as soon as we entered it wasnon stop custemer sevice.sald bar was verry good with a verity to choose from.food was served pretty quikly.food quility was superb.all in all it was a very delightful expirance.

Pros: custemer service, food quilty, verry good salid bar

Cons: not so good parking, too far to travel

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If your craving Bar-B-Q then Sonnys Real Pit Bar B Q is the place to go. They have the best Bar B Q Sauce in town. Everything that I have ever ordered there has been great. The ribs are my favorite. The atmosphere is nice, casual dining and the service is great. Always clean and comfortable. A must if you love Bar-B-Q.

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★★★★★

If your craving Bar-B-Q then Sonnys Real Pit Bar B Q is the place to go. They have the best Bar B Q Sauce in town. Everything that I have ever ordered there has been great. The ribs are my favorite. The atmosphere is nice, casual dining and the service is great. Always clean and comfortable. A must if you love Bar-B-Q.

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I love ribs, but this place just doesn't do it for me. IT is average at best

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★★☆☆☆

I love ribs, but this place just doesn't do it for me. IT is average at best

Cons: the food

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The barbecue at Sonny's is at best not worthy of true NC barbecue. It has a red discoloration, supposedly from their cooking process. The flavor is not very complex and does require their sauce to be edible. The BBQ chicken is terribly dry and their ribs are fatty and not very meaty. They serve plenty of greasy fries and loads of dry garlic toast to fill you up. The baked beans are soupy and the beans are mealy with not much flavor. The cole slaw is also soupy and not fresh in appearance.

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★☆☆☆☆

The barbecue at Sonny's is at best not worthy of true NC barbecue. It has a red discoloration, supposedly from their cooking process. The flavor is not very complex and does require their sauce to be edible. The BBQ chicken is terribly dry and their ribs are fatty and not very meaty. They serve plenty of greasy fries and loads of dry garlic toast to fill you up. The baked beans are soupy and the beans are mealy with not much flavor. The cole slaw is also soupy and not fresh in appearance.

Cons: Bad barbecue, Dry chiken, Too expensive

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If you want good "Q", stay away from Sonny's. The meat is not good at all. The sauce is the best thing to mask the taste of the liquid smoke that is used in excess.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you want good "Q", stay away from Sonny's. The meat is not good at all. The sauce is the best thing to mask the taste of the liquid smoke that is used in excess.

Pros: Good salad bar.

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I would rank sonnys as average as far as the food goes.....not the best tasting barbq in charlotte but yet the service is pretty good. I would choose the Old Hickory House over this place anyday for the food

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★★★☆☆

I would rank sonnys as average as far as the food goes.....not the best tasting barbq in charlotte but yet the service is pretty good. I would choose the Old Hickory House over this place anyday for the food

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I have eaten BBQ all over the usa .. I grew up in florida and was raised on sonny's BBQ .... There has never been nor will there ever be any better BBQ than Sonny's

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★★★★★

I have eaten BBQ all over the usa .. I grew up in florida and was raised on sonny's BBQ .... There has never been nor will there ever be any better BBQ than Sonny's

Pros: fair priced, friendly employees, Great Tastin

Cons: , n/a, n/a

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What a disappointment. With all the great bbq in town, this just may be the worst one. I have given it 2 tries, but will not go back. I will NEVER go back. Bland sauce.

Try one of the areas many bbq places and it will be a better experience than this place.

0
★☆☆☆☆

What a disappointment. With all the great bbq in town, this just may be the worst one. I have given it 2 tries, but will not go back. I will NEVER go back. Bland sauce.

Try one of the areas many bbq places and it will be a better experience than this place.

Pros: none

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The food is horrible! They bring you sliced or chopped unseasoned meat which is already cold when it comes to your table, then expect you to pour cold sauces out of sticky squirt bottles on the table on it and call it barbeque.
The first meat I received had so much fat on it that even the waitress took pity on me when she saw me trying to pick thru the chopped meat. She suggested sliced meat, to avoid as much fat as possible. The second serving of meat looked better (I could cut off the fat), but tasted like tender, dry, cold, leather. I tried 2-3 sauces. Cold unseasoned meat dipped in cold bad sauces don't add up to BBQ.
I've grown up eating BBQ from all over. I love both vinegar and tomato based. Sonny's does NOT measure up.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is horrible! They bring you sliced or chopped unseasoned meat which is already cold when it comes to your table, then expect you to pour cold sauces out of sticky squirt bottles on the table on it and call it barbeque.
The first meat I received had so much fat on it that even the waitress took pity on me when she saw me trying to pick thru the chopped meat. She suggested sliced meat, to avoid as much fat as possible. The second serving of meat looked better (I could cut off the fat), but tasted like tender, dry, cold, leather. I tried 2-3 sauces. Cold unseasoned meat dipped in cold bad sauces don't add up to BBQ.
I've grown up eating BBQ from all over. I love both vinegar and tomato based. Sonny's does NOT measure up.

Pros: Inexpensive, All-You-Can-Eat Times, Good parking

Cons: Tastes Bad, Too much fat, Sauces are cold

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For a chain, this place had some good bbq. Pulled pork a little on the dry side, beans were great, ribs a liitle dry too. On the whole, good food.

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★★★★☆

For a chain, this place had some good bbq. Pulled pork a little on the dry side, beans were great, ribs a liitle dry too. On the whole, good food.

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While the food is good, I didn't find it at all outstanding. And on a dollar per pound basis, this is probably the worst BBQ value I've encountered in Charlotte. Large pieces of bread and french fries cover 80% of your plate while BBQ portions are very small. The variety of sauces offered is a plus. Staff is friendly, although sometimes a little slow at peak hours due to the staff to customer ratio.

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★★★☆☆

While the food is good, I didn't find it at all outstanding. And on a dollar per pound basis, this is probably the worst BBQ value I've encountered in Charlotte. Large pieces of bread and french fries cover 80% of your plate while BBQ portions are very small. The variety of sauces offered is a plus. Staff is friendly, although sometimes a little slow at peak hours due to the staff to customer ratio.

Pros: friendly staff, accessible locations, variety of sauces

Cons: small portions

Message from Sonny's BBQ

Sonny’s BBQ of Charlotte. Southern BBQ at its finest. Slow-smoking favorites like pulled pork, ribs, brisket since 1968.

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