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JL's Open Pit Bar-b-q

5001 Brookhaven Rd, Macon, GA 31206
(478) 788-1989
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Ranked #58 of 278 Restaurants in Macon
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
Most recent review
- Sep 16, 2014
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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you are into dry-as-bones BBQ, this is the place for you. The service was okay and the squash casserole was pretty good but the BBQ was NOT good. It was really dry. I ordered sliced and got chopped. The waitress would bring unsweetened tea AFTER I asked for a refill, THEN asked if I needed sweetener. Finally brought that... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

JL's Open Pit BBQ has the best Brunswick stew in town by far. I Suggest getting a gallon to go if you go. Pulled pork was good as well as the sweet tea. Its BBQ

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Dulles, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I'm in Macon every couple weeks for work and always make it a point to stop by JL's for some chargrilled chicken...the dinner plate... even though it's lunch time. Debby, Vesta and JL are always very welcoming, with great service, and the food is delicious!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We both had the ribs and they were great! The atmosphere was nice and the people were very friendly.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went to JL's BBQ around 20 years ago on a trip back from Florida with out two youngest sons. We loved it so much, we said it would be worth the long ride from home just to eat there. We swore we would return soon. We never got back. But, in those 20 years we tried but never found... More

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Dallas, Texas
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123 reviews 123 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The string beans were good, baked potatoes good. Just wished they hadn't run out of cocoanut pie. The waitresses were friendly and didn't steer us wrong on any choices.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We overnighted in Macon and are at JL's. I had wings and a loaded potato and they were great. The ribs were super tender and collars greens were good, too. Just a good, solid, inexpensive place to eat on the road. Service was good too

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Fort Pierce
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I had eaten at this restaurant one time before and thought it was good but I think it is even better than before. The food is excellent and they give plenty. I had the BBQ Pork and my wife had the chicken and both were very tasty. We wanted some dessert and saw that they had cake. They have a... More

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Greenbrier, Tennessee
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Headed to Florida, my family decided to stop when we saw the Voted #1 in Georgia billboard about this BBQ place. Honestly, the BBQ does have a smoky and good flavor, however, the presentation of the food, the lack of sanitation in the bathrooms and the overall bored waitresses and cooks ruined the effect. Besides the battered okra, the sides... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Being the huge fan of BBQ we are we decided to try this place as it was close to hotel. Wrong choice! It's sad when the best part of the meal is the garlic bread and tea... $60 for 3 people...

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