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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 29
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  • 28
    Very good
  • 24
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  • 10
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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
Good Local BBQ

We stopped in Macon for the night during a cross-country road trip. The restaurant is on the outskirts of Macon, off the I-75 and close to several hotels. JL’s is an older establishment, with down home southern hospitality and good food. Portions are large so we shared a combo of ribs, chicken... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2015
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Petersburg, Michigan
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We (like others) saw the billboard along I-75 about this great BBQ place, checked into our room at a local motel, were hungry, and headed to JL's. The front desk gave it pretty good reviews--but I would trust Trip Advisor more! Big mistake! Didn't take the time to look. The redeeming quality is that it is close to all of... More 

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Thank pnedry
Galion, Ohio
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Waitress was very nice, but the food leaves a lot to be desired. Small portions at lunch with little taste to the pulled pork. Sauce added nothing, so my advice is don't waste your time.

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Thank Shawn M
Marco Island, Florida
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172 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Not worth the stop All you can eat ribs were pieces of leftover slabs 3 sorry looking pieces at a time Service was really good -- a nice server -- Food quality was not her fault Salad bar lettuce was old - old

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Thank pho2
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

I wish it would have been better. Location is great near hotels, highways and shopping and on the main street so very easy to locate. Staff was excellent, service was a bit slow but not bad.

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Thank Regina O
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86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We stopped in Macon for the night during a cross-country road trip. The restaurant is on the outskirts of Macon, off the I-75 and close to several hotels. JL’s is an older establishment, with down home southern hospitality and good food. Portions are large so we shared a combo of ribs, chicken and tri-tip, with BBQ beans and cole slaw.... More 

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Thank 1TravelMonkey
Macon, Georgia
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The people are very personal and friendly. It's needs a update but you can't beat the cost the amount of food. I love it

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Thank Jackie J
West Des Moines, Iowa
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206 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Average place for BBQ, right down the middle. Service was OK, food was OK, atmosphere was OK, nothing special. Standard bench / table seating, just nothing fancy. The open pit does smell great when you are approaching the place and it is easy on and easy off the I75 expressway.

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Thank David W
Dayton, Ohio
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Older appearing restaurant but the food was excellent with multiple choices/specials available. Our waitress was very helpful and pleasant, caramel cake topped off a great meal. Will eat here again when we're in the area.

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Thank Lorie226
Cleveland, Georgia
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

If you're traveling on I-75 through middle Georgia, DO NOT MISS this amazing barbecue. It's all about the smokey flavor and JL's is tops in flavor and huge portions. I've eaten at them all, and JL'S is not to be missed. Worth a special trip to Macon to eat this barbecue.

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Thank Captain_Dann
Kissimmee, Florida
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

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

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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