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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 #63 of 278 restaurants in Macon
Cuisines: Barbecue
Most recent review
- Jul 9, 2014
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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newnan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The worst BBQ I have ever had. I ordered the baby back ribs, for the cost of the dinner over 25 bucks with dessert - it was terrible. If I would have dined in, I would have asked for a refund after the first bite!

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Knoxville, TN
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3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We stopped here for lunch - it was convenient - just off the Macon bypass. Smoke coming from chimney smelled good, so let's try it. My husband ordered the beef brisket, I had the pulled pork plate. Both meat dishes seemed to have been boiled. Colorless and no smoke flavor at all. The cole slaw was elderly to the point... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This place was recommended by the host at the Hampton Inn across the street where we are staying. So I checked Yelp and Trip Advisor and found reviews that were all over the place -- some very good and some very bad. So I was torn as to what to do. The choice was an easy walk to Cracker Barrel... More

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