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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%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (18 reviews)
“baked potato” (4 reviews)
“peach cobbler” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM Hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
28930 State Highway 249, Tomball, TX 77375-4241
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

This restaurant/drive-through is my go-to for a great tummy-filling, family-pleasing take-home dinner. Anything on the menu is wonderful...but the sweet taste of the cole slaw has been a bit inconsistent lately.

Thank dg2014jg
Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

Excellent ribs and chicken for all of us The four of us had plenty of food and everything was hot and delicious.

Thank helpful4350
Reviewed 19 February 2016

We love the Rib Tickler!! After trying almost every BBQ place around Houston we find this our go-to place time and time again! I love the loaded potato with brisket or turkey and my husband loves their ribs. Cozy feeling inside and the owners are...More

Thank AmyStellaJewels
Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

With all the good Bbq in Texas, you can find a better place to eat. Meat is mediocre at best, sides and desserts are store bought. Why not just go to Kroger and "make" this at home?

Thank stephanief246
Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

People seem to like this place. I don't get it. I ordered grilled shrimp po'boy. What I got was four pitiful shrimp on a bun. Sad. My idea of a po'boy is crusty French bread. NOT . 8.00 dollars. French fries were from a bag....More

Thank Ssalinas
Reviewed 28 October 2015

My family recently ate here as a group to celebrate my cousin's wedding that was taking place the next day. I ordered the ribs with mashed potatoes and green beans. The ribs were very tasty, as well as the BBQ sauce and mashed potatoes. The...More

Thank BlueRose8099
Reviewed 1 September 2015

We've been going to Rib Tickler (when owned by Ted and Sylvia) for over 20 years, and still pick up a stuffed potato, or a chopped beef sandwich, and some Texas Sheet cake, but the brisket is under smoked, and dry. They trim ALL the...More

Thank texasnative4
Reviewed 19 August 2015

St Louis ribs are very great!! BBQ beans are also good! Try BBQ baked potato loaded. Haven't tried anything that wasn't good.

Thank Daniel N
Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

As a former BBQ restauranteur and current tour guide, I've tasted a lot of BBQ and the Rib Tickler is WAY near the top of my list. Quick, DELICIOUS, friendly, clean...it's got it all. From the meats to the desserts, everything is top notch. Ted,...More

Thank ChrisGray73
Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

Ted and his wife have taken the restaurant back over and it has taken us some time to get back to the Rib. Good food is plentiful since he has reopened and got the place back. He was the original owner and he and his...More

Thank Michael W
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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
Groups, Child-friendly, 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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