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The Original Rib Tickler

28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
+1 281-255-8119
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“ribs” (18 reviews)
“baked potato” (4 reviews)
“peach cobbler” (2 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
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28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Whether ribs (yum!), fried catfish, or any of the other BBQ meats, Rib Tickler does not disappoint. Vegetable sides, while typical, always fresh. Fried pickles...well, if you like them, you’ll love them.

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 12 December 2017

We have visited 3 times now. Excellent service and food. Very informal family atmosphere. We have had the rib platter and the chopped beef and pulled pork. Baked potatos are large and have all the toppings you could want.

Thank chicag0andy
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Our family loves this place but will select a different place to eat BBQ due to limited gluten free options. They said the chicken was gluten free but it was in same container and touching the ribs that were not gluten free. Beware of cross...More

Thank Catherine D
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Another Tomball institution, the Rib Tickler is indeed the original, and quite good. Seating is somewhat limited, but the people flow moved fast.

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 29 June 2017 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 doclizardo
Reviewed 14 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 18 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
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2 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, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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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