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JL's Open Pit Bar-b-q

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5001 Brookhaven Rd, Macon, GA 31206
(478) 788-1989
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Worth the stop

Have stop here a few times on our way up north. BBQ has always been consistanly good, restaurant was clean and Karen our server was a pleasure to deal with.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Charles G
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English first
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Have stop here a few times on our way up north. BBQ has always been consistanly good, restaurant was clean and Karen our server was a pleasure to deal with.

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Michigan
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Really not all it was cracked up to be. I thought with all the hype on the billboards, this would be a good place to stop for lunch and try some "down home bbq." I must say, service was really friendly. My to go order was taken by a very friendly lady that was talkative and pleasant in every way.... More 

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Florida
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The food at this restaurant was ok. I ordered babyback ribs. They seemed more like spare ribs. The baked beans and fries were good. The waitress was one of the friendliest people I've ever met.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We ate here a few days ago and the good was wonderful and the waitstaff was awesome! Chipped BBQ was good and french fries were the best. Desserts are mmmmmm good too.

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Viola, IL, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

When the sign said, "...Rubbing butts is our speciality..." we knew we had to stop; plus the billboard said it had a #1 rating. The food was more than good, it tasted like it had been made onsite and not poured from a container. There was texture to the collard greens; the baked bean had flavor, the squash casserole had... More 

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

After stopping for barbecue the first day of a road trip, finding the best barbecue along I-75 soon became our quest. Stopped at JL's on our last leg home and thought it was very good but way overpriced for what you get. A very small side of mac&cheese was an outrageous $2.95 and not very good. The meat was excellent... More 

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Evansville, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

"Serving Macon's Best BBQ since 1986" states their menu. According to whom? Was this a vote? If so, somebody stuffed the ballot box. Can't speak for the entire menu; I can only speak to the pork ribs, and I would rate them just OK. If these are Macon's best, then Houston (er ... Macon) we've got a problem. I stopped... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Stopped while traveling from Florida to Georgia.... Service was quick and friendly, however the sliced pork wasn't the best, not awful - just average...Beans and Fries (Sides) and Garlic Toast was good and for the price it was a value. More food than I could eat for lunch, clean (older restaurant) but worth a second chance, I'd just order something... More 

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Southern Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The moment you enter your senses scream BBQ!!!!!! Reat service, friendly server took our order promptly and our food appeared in short order. My wife had a stew of some sort which was a bit spicy for her taste, but good. I had a rib plate which consisted of three smoked spareribs with sides of baked beans and potato salad.... More 

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Acworth, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Right off I-475 in Macon GA. When ever we are traveling through Macon, we must stop here to get a great meal. Clean and well maintained restaurant with a very friendly and helpful staff. Food is great with large portions. Bring your appetite and hand wipes. Enjoy!

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Additional Information about JL's Open Pit Bar-b-q

Address: 5001 Brookhaven Rd, Macon, GA 31206
Phone Number: (478) 788-1989
Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Macon
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5001 Brookhaven Rd, Macon, GA 31206
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Macon
  • Phone Number: (478) 788-1989

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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