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Sonny's BBQ

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11341 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL 32407-2452
+1 850-230-4742
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The worst experience ever! The food was undercooked and when we told the manager he dismissed us and said it was fine he was very nasty when speaking with us. The service was not even close to any Sonny's we have ever been to and left a lot to be desired. As a life long Sonny's customer this is a... More 

Thank Kevin L
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good food and portion sizes. The green beans fantastic! Also the pulled pork was excellent. We have 2 kids that enjoyed the mac and cheese.

Thank Julie C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here many times and it is consistently good. Amy was our server today and we will be asking for her every time now - she was awesome! Love the saucy ribs, brisket like butter, and sweet cornbread!

Thank Cheryl G
Louisville, Kentucky
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eat here almost every time I'm in PCB. Always have had good food. The service has sometimes not been the best , think they where understaffed.have had every thing from ribs to chicken all have been good at a reasonable price.

Thank johnsW5487LX
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

From NY, good BBQ is hard to find, wait staff were very friendly and the food rocked, I strongly recommend this restaurant if in the Panama City Beach area.

Thank Frank C
Stockbridge, Georgia
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75 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Went and ate baby back rib's with the family on 4th of July. The ribs are very good the fries were hot and the baked beans were delicious. I had the cole slaw & it was good too. Fans make it a little cool, might want to bring a light jacket. Service was good with plenty of parking.

Thank Beachkat1
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12 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Nasty, filthy and disgusting. I know someone who works there and they took a pic of the kitchen. It's no wonder the food ain't fit to eat. Years ago I went to the one in town and years before that, I trie one in Atlanta. All if them were terrible. How anyone can screw up vegetables that come from a... More 

Thank Criss M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Our first time having BBQ in Florida, Husband got BBQ sandwich with sides, our son got the brisket with sides and I went for the gold. BBQ ribs, pulled pork, brisket, bbq chicken with beans and macaroni and cheese. I shared with my family, I just had to try as much as I could. It was so yummy and the... More 

Thank DeborahN208
Martin. Tennessee
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This has always been one of our favorite places to eat at PCB but this time it definitely fell short. I told myself it was probably because it was on Monday and off season. I felt like we had the weekend leftovers. My ribs were not even hot. My son had the pulled pork plate and the first plate he... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

I like barbecue as does my wife. We lived in Panama City Beach for several years and tried to give this place a chance. However, whomever runs the place does not seem able to provide really good product. Instead everything is basic, bland, and not memorable at all. If you want basic food at a reasonable price, stop by. Otherwise,... More 

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SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We’re sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied during your last visit, Daniel. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, your contact information, and the location you visited. Your feedback is important to us! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11341 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL 32407-2452
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Panama City Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 850-230-4742
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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Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

Often Freedom From Religion Foundation will receive complaints from members that a private-owned business in their area is offering a discount to customers who present a church bulletin. These “church bulletin discounts” show up as promotions at a variety of businesses including restaurants or grocery stores for anyone demonstrating their status as a believer or church attendee.

These types of promotions are illegal under federal law. The Civil Rights Act states in relevant part, “All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation . . . without discrimination on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.” 42 U.S.C. §2000a(a). As a place of “public accommodation,” it is illegal for restaurants, grocery stores or other businesses to discriminate, or show favoritism, on the basis of religion. Church bulletin discounts are restrictive promotional practices, which favor religious customers and deny customers who do not attend church, and nonbelievers, the right to “full and equal” enjoyment of the restaurant, store or other business.

Church bulletin discounts may also be prohibited under your state’s civil rights law, or your city’s municipal code and ordinances. Often, the state and local laws contain similar, if not the same, language prohibiting discrimination at places of public accommodation on the basis of religion.

Any promotions should be available to all customers regardless of religious preference or practice on a non-discriminatory basis. No place of public accommodation can advertise– in broadcast (radio or television) or print advertisements (newspapers, church bulletins, etc)– any sort of discount to customers who present a church bulletin. Rather such promotions must be offered to the public at large, and not single out any one religious group. For example, instead of offering a “20% discount to customers with church bulletins on Sunday,” a restaurant could advertise, “20%off Sunday brunch.”

If you come across a business that is offering a church bulletin discount, you should approach the manager, owner or a supervisor to alert them to the illegality of the practice. You also have the right to ask for the same discount! If you need further assistance to stop this discrimination, please contact FFRF. It is helpful if you forward us a copy of the coupon or advertisement and provide the name and address of the discriminating business.

Written by Rebecca S. Markert, FFRF Staff Attorney

over a year ago

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