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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: Lunch, Dinner

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  • Food
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  • Value
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Great BBQ

Great place for BBQ. The ribs are the best and the pulled pork was good also. They also had great coconut cake for desert.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Kissimmee, Florida
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Kissimmee, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

Great place for BBQ. The ribs are the best and the pulled pork was good also. They also had great coconut cake for desert.

Thank utmuse
Mount Vernon, Indiana
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

This place was just across the street from the Hampton Inn. The service was great but the food was just average.

Thank Jerry6004
Byron, Georgia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

The pulled pork was watery and had little sauce, the bun was soaked, the fries were not totally done and were limp. the tea was horrid... WOULD NOT RECOMMEND!! And $8.50 for a sandwich, fries and a drink it a bit much, I will never go back again. PUKE!!!

Thank Wanda C
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I have eaten at my share of marginal or bad restaurants throughout our travels but this is BY FAR the WORST restaurant I have ever eaten in. The service was fine and the server very friendly. The food was ATROCIOUS. my families meals were sub par regular BBQ dishes. I ordered a grilled cheese and fries. Pretty safe right? WRONG.... More 

Thank K P
Paterson, New Jersey
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4 reviews
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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.

Thank rey m
Safety Harbor, Florida
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497 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank Radiohutch
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank Charles G
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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 

Thank StrayWolf716
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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.

Thank 55chris88
Thomasville, Georgia
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10 reviews
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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.

Thank Doug19642014

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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
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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