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LawLers Barbecue

1506 Highway 72 East, In front of Cracker Barrel, Athens, AL 35611
+1 256-233-1818
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (15 reviews)
“turkey” (12 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 2 days ago via mobile

All you barbecue freaks, forget the pork. At Lawler’s order the turkey. Just do it. If you order half pork, half turkey, as I did, you’ll be sorry it is not all turkey. Pork tastes...pitiful by comparison. There’s nothing WRONG with the pork - it...More

Thank Hwy31s
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everything was delicious, clean, with a wonderfully friendly staff. Menu had many selections but the pulled pork was my favorite.

Thank cathyjennings
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There are so many BBQ joints all along the southern highways, and we are usually pretty reluctant to try things right off the highway...but Lawlers is definitely the exception! When you walk in, the staff is very friendly and helpful. Even the folks in line...More

Thank jsf2438
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were traveling home from Chicago and were craving BBQ. We noticed a billboard for LawLers and decided to try it. Glad we did! The restaurant staff was VERY nice and the food was incredible! We will definitely be stopping there again!

Thank samanthasims2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveling down the highway looking for a good spot to eat? Stop at Lawlers!!! Awesome BBQ & Fast, Friendly Service. The pulled pork was very moist & tasty & they have the biggest stuffed potatoes I have ever seen!

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is always great! My husband and I eat there at least once a week. The Turkey stuffed potatoes are the best!!! The staff are so personable and take the time to greet everyone with such friendly attitudes. The food is amazing but I...More

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in on our way to FLA. Very good food with fast, friendly service at an awesome price. The hot sauce is actually HOT!

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are staying or just driving through Athens, you MUST eat here. Our experience was awesome. The counter staff so helpful with making recommendations (I wish I could remember her name...Elsie? Eloise?). She was a hoot with a contagious giggle. Stuffed potato is alot...More

Thank Sonja Quick H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in right as they were closing and they welcomed us with open arms. They were very helpful and entertained our talkative four year old. The food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent. We will make plans to stop every year. We enjoyed everything...More

Thank Angie R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

bar-b-q was excellent and French fries and potato salad were also great. No table service though. You have to place your order and wait to pick it up yourself.

Thank Thomas O
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
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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