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The Original Rib Tickler

) #13 of 124 Restaurants in Tomball €€ - €€€ American, Barbecue
28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
+1 281-255-8119
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“ribs” (16 reviews)
“baked potato” (3 reviews)
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11:00 - 20:30All hours
American, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going here since it was a walk-up shack. Always great. Plenty of parking in rear. Has drive thru. Nice covered porch areas. Had the Sylvia today, add sauce n mashed taters!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I personally think the best thing about TORT is the peach cobbler--it is worth going here just for that. The BBQ is pretty good--but go for the peach cobbler!!

Thank Michael N
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

I had a baked potato with meat and it was really good. We went there the week after Christmas in the evening. Plenty of seats at the time. Quick and tasty. My family lives near here and loves it. Tasty!

Thank KamaLinn
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I'm sure what Bobby is talking about try always but there everything into anything made there brisket melts in your mouth ribs fall off the bone and the sauce is so good I put it in a soda cup and drink it. The service is...More

Thank Joseph C
Reviewed 13 November 2016

There are many smoke houses in Houston and this is a pretty good one. Meet was very tender and flavorful. The smoked beef was delicious. Baked beans were good. Potatoes. Nothing fancy but great and tasty food. We will be back. FYI they do catering...More

Thank onemichael
Reviewed 17 October 2016

order at the counter and they bring the food to you. No tipping. They specialize in BBQ. However, other items are on the menu and it is all very good. They also have daily specials

1  Thank david k
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Service was good, but the food was very disappointing. We will not eat here again. Spent $80 for 3 lbs of meat and sides. We used to be regulars at the Rib Tickler and it was great. It has been 10 years since we dined...More

Thank BryanBHouston_Texas
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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Local eaterie in Tomball. They used to be a roadside shack, but have grown to a nice blockhouse. Food to go or eat in. Prob has room for 50 inside and another 30 outside. Fast drive thru. Good bbq, good turkey, big baked potatoes, good...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 23 August 2016

a nice little place for BBQ, with long lines for the drive up and always busy inside Stormchaser says check it out

Thank stormchaserSS
Reviewed 4 August 2016

We ordered food to go for about 50 people. The owner Mr. Ted Johnson took time to listen and help select the perfect amount of food. The food was delicious- the kids and adults devoured the brisket, sausage, chicken and mac-n-cheese. The atmosphere and interactions...More

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1 November 2015|
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Response from BlueRose8099 | Reviewed this property |
It's a small restaurant with fairly limited parking. We only had between 20 and 25 people in our group and took up a big part of the dining area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Tomball
  • Phone Number: +1 281-255-8119
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