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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 21
    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
Had 2nds & 3rds!

Had a real good time. Ordered the single meat, all-i-can-eat rib platter. Had seconds & thirds! No wonder the locals like it here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Paterson, New Jersey
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Paterson, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Had a real good time. Ordered the single meat, all-i-can-eat rib platter. Had seconds & thirds! No wonder the locals like it here.

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Lynn and I stopped at JL's for our lunch break as we were beginning a road trip to Colorado. The very casual restaurant has the typical bar b q motif of wooden benches. We both ordered the pulled pork with baked beans and cole slaw. The food was excellent. Service was good. I would stop there again one day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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