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LawLers Barbecue

) #1 of 73 Restaurants in Athens €€ - €€€ American, Barbecue
1506 Highway 72 East, In front of Cracker Barrel, Athens, AL 35611
+1 256-233-1818
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (14 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
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1506 Highway 72 East, In front of Cracker Barrel, Athens, AL 35611
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Reviewed yesterday

Stopped on way to Florida. Excellent pulled pork, excellent chicken (smokey and thoroughly cooked), loaded potato a meal in itself. Sides were generous. Definitely a great non-chain place to stop. Staff excellent, very eager to make us welcome.

Thank David H
Reviewed yesterday

I stopped in to get a couple of pounds of pork on my way to a party and was not disappointed. This was quite possibly the most delicious pork that I had ever eater, moist and so great. I asked for extra sauce and some...More

Thank MJMBama
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good ribs. Very nice staff. Very helpful for my first time there. Coleslaw is vinegar based,different from most places. Tasty and not overpowering.

Thank padamczyk
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I absolutely loved this place. We were recommended by a few locals to stop by and it was so worth it. The staff was so pleasant and helpful in finding us something to try. After joyfully helping us, they gave us two free pieces of...More

Thank dinidd
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Have you ever been in this situation? You're traveling and you want to make good time, but you'd also like to have a meal. You know, like a real meal. Lawler's is the answer! When we saw the sign about good food fast, we pulled...More

Thank 522travelers
Jim K, Owner at LawLers Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

YOU are why we do everything we do! Your review is amazing and highlights all the things we believe are important to do every time for every customer. Thank you for eating with us and for calling out our employee by name. We will share...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Passing through town on business and decided to stop and give it a try.... OMG was I not ready to choose what to eat... but Ellise talked me thru it and I chose the Stuffed Tatter... and was it ever good.... will have it figure...More

Thank Bryan C
Jim K, Owner at LawLers Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Bryan C we thank you for eating with us in Athens! Glad you enjoyed your stuffed tater and just know you will figure out a way to get back soon! Thanks for this great review for everyone else to read. God bless and OINK OINK

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Elise graciously welcomed us the moment we walked in the door. I had the stuffed potato with everything you could possibly get on it. I can see why it's included in the list of 100 things to eat in Alabama: outrageously delicious! Everyone else had...More

Thank Bryant B
Jim K, Owner at LawLers Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

My my my what a review you have given us! Thank you. We are tickled pink you ate with us. Elise will certainly be happy to see you have mentioned her by name. We look forward to serving you and your friends again soon! God...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They said it was a "must eat in Alabama", and I would have to agree with them! I had the loaded potato and it was enough food for two people! Excellent choice! The restaurant is tiny, but the counter service ordering was convenient and the...More

Thank Alma B
Jim K, Owner at LawLers Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Alma B we sure are just a little bitty place...butt we try hard! Glad you got to have our stuffie tater, one of the top 100 dishes in Alabama to eat before you die. Our folks love it when we hear from customers. Hurry back...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in our way home from vacation for dinner. Wasn't sure what to expect when we first walked in, but as soon as we approached the very sweet gal taking our order, I knew we were in for a real treat! She was so kind...More

Thank Christa N
Jim K, Owner at LawLers Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping in after a long hard tiring FUN vacation I am sure. We love "lost puppies". Please put us in your GPS and come back every time you pass by. Many vacationers do! Just remember...we close Sunday on purpose. God bless and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service was fantastic and the food was almost as good. :) Wish we lived closer so we could be here more often!More

Thank Kelly N
Jim K, Owner at LawLers Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kelly N we wish you lived closer too! If our food was as "good" as our incredible team of folks' Tickled Pink service you couldn't get a seat EVER. Kelly YOU are so sweet to take time to tell the world about us. God bless...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1506 Highway 72 East, In front of Cracker Barrel, Athens, AL 35611 (Formerly Lawler's Barbecue Express III)
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 256-233-1818
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Located at Exit 351 on Interstate 65...a favorite stop for anyone headed North or South on the interstate. Just across from McDonalds. GPS address is 1506 Highway 72 East, Athens AL 35611 The way it is... Using old-fashioned recipes and time honored traditions, we still smoke barbecue real slow in our USDA facility in Tennessee. This insures the highest quality and consistency so that every customer at every location gets the same tasty, tender, juicy barbecue. We have developed systems and procedures that allow us to offer you almost fast food speed of service...yet everything is made as you order! We always have plenty...so if you need a big order at the last minute...we have you covered! In an age where most pork barbecue is cut, chopped, or ground by machine...we still hand-pull or "pick" the meat from the bone. Sure it's harder and takes longer...but our "pickers" (as we affectionately call them!) are our best quality control. Their trained and caring touch leaves only the leanest, moistest pork...lightly sauced to let the great hickory flavor burst through in every bite!! Guess you could say...we keep pickin' so you'll keep grinnin' The truth of the matter... Because we are just a "little barbecue joint" ...not near as fancy or as famous as some...we know we must try harder to earn your business. We want to be faster, cleaner, and tastier. We cannot be everything to everybody, so we just want to be everything to YOU. At LawLers Barbecue we believe in "cooked slow...served fast! We think you deserve Tickled Pink Service! We don't need to win trophies or contests...we win when you become a regular customer! If you haven't tried us yet...what are you waitin' for?
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