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JL's Open Pit Bar-b-q - CLOSED

5001 Brookhaven Rd, Macon, GA 31206-4184
+1 478-788-1989
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good27%
  • Average23%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
29 Dec 2015
“Check Trip Advisor Before Heading Here!”
12 Dec 2015
“Skip it”
Restaurant Hours Closed
$$ - $$$
5001 Brookhaven Rd, Macon, GA 31206-4184
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Reviewed 30 December 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...More

Thank pnedry
Reviewed 13 December 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.

Thank Shawn M
Reviewed 8 December 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

Thank pho2
Reviewed 29 November 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.

Thank Regina O
Reviewed 10 November 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...More

Thank 1TravelMonkey
Reviewed 30 October 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

Thank Jackie J
Reviewed 24 October 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...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 22 October 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.

Thank Lorie226
Reviewed 18 October 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...More

Thank Captain_Dann
Reviewed 30 September 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.

Thank utmuse
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Restaurant Details

Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5001 Brookhaven Rd, Macon, GA 31206-4184
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Macon
  • Phone Number: +1 478-788-1989
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