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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

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 7
    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
Place smells great

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
TyrusRex
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Southern Minnesota
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Southern Minnesota
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122 reviews 122 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Appleton
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98 reviews 98 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

They offered good meat combinations. A salad bar was available, but the portions were large enough that I can't imagine eating that much more. The staff was friendly, and the service was prompt.

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18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Stopped in this spot on the way home to Florida because the billboard said "rated #1 bbq in Georgia"! They had a very nice looking salad bar..and the smell was fantastic! I ordered a pulled pork sandwich with fries and large sweet tea to go. The fries were great..hot and crispy..the tea was very good...the pulled pork, on the other... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We chose JLs on a Sunday afternoon on our way home from a vacation. The salad bar was merely pedestrian, but al a carte vegetables were divine, especially the collards, squash, and sweet potato. I ordered the pulled pork and my partner got the ribs. Unfortunately, the ribs were done to death, but the pulled pork was delicious. Service is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This restaurant is a sort of home made BBQ, food is good and very inexpensive. I had dinner for only 13$. If you are looking for a non high end place to eat this is the perfect one.

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toronto
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We found this restaurant many years ago on our drive to Florida and we return every chance we get. The food is really good. It's authentic barbecue at its best.

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Hazlehurst, GA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Not what you would expect at a BBQ joint, but this place had a great selection on the salad bar. A little pricey, but the salad items were all fresh. The small pulled pork sandwich was still a hefty portion.

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Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Excellent offering, very friendly staff, an option that beats road traveler drive thru's. Really good smoked pork strips, chicken and turkey. Get the combo deal!!

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Woodstock, Georgia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Coming back from Florida we saw billboard that said JL's Rated #1 in the SouthEast. Don't believe it folks. What a joke. Arriving at 3 P.M. there were few cars - not a good sign, but we thought that it was mid afternoon on Saturday. We ordered the brisket. It seemed to be boiled and lacked a smoked taste. I'll... 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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