Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q & Dairy Queen, Clermont, Florida

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Dining Date: 12th August, 2011

We decided to head out to Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q for lunch. We are big fans of ‘Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives’ on the Food Network channel, and the presenter, Guy Fieri often visits BBQ joints and we knew we’d want to try out some American barbecue whilst in Florida. Steve wanted to be able to try out pulled pork, and Liam wanted brisket, so into the car it was to drive to the nearest one in Clermont.

The Road to Clermont

There were a lot of roadworks going on around the restaurant and I missed the turning. Had to do a U-turn to go back around and try again! Nothing too painful and eventually we pulled up outside.



We were seated in a booth and we ordered some drinks. Liam a coke, and Steve and I, an iced tea (strawberry and mango respectively). When our waitress brought our drinks out to us, my mouth dropped to the floor…the size of these drinks can only be described as mammoth! they must have been two pint glasses, easily I hope you can get some sort of scale with this photo of Liam holding his coke! The ice tea was so delicious, it was a shame I couldn’t finish it!



Liam ordered his brisket which came with garlic bread and his choice of sides which were corn on the cob and fries. A healthy portion which was $7.99.


Steve went with the pork 3 ways – pulled pork (tick off the list!), sliced pork and sticky ribs with corn bread, plus his sides of baked beans and coleslaw. LOTS of food there for $11.99.


Since Liam and Steve covered all the bases with beef and pork, I decided on the chicken and ribs combo ($10.99). I also had corn bread (I love that stuff!) and I chose a sweet baked potato and mac ‘n’ cheese as my sides. Best mac ‘n’ cheese I ate all holiday!




It was a huge lunch!! Very, very tasty – we hoped to go back during our vacation, but the future tells you that we didn’t – a shame, but it’s on our list to go back there in 2013!

The total bill came to $41.14 and well worth it. If you like this sort of food, I would highly recommend Sonny’s.

We didn’t stay for dessert – all a bit too stuffed…however, I had wanted to visit a Dairy Queen whilst out in the States, and as it turns out, there was one about a mile away…so maybe not so stuffed!


It was like a fast-food ice-cream parlour (I think they also sold things like burgers and hot dogs). We ordered a banana split, a peanut butter sundae and a pecan blizzard. It was around $13.




Lovely ice-cream and another tick off the list of ‘things to eat in Orlando’. We sat in there to eat our desserts as taking them outside would have been meltdown – and a lot of sticky mess in the car!

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