We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

LawLers Barbecue

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1506 Highway 72 East, In front of Cracker Barrel, Athens, AL 35611 (Formerly Lawler's Barbecue Express III)
+1 256-233-1818
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 20:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

98 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 98: English reviews
Houma, Louisiana
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unfriendly staff, food was pretty bad (beans were good), and drink selection was slim. Restaurant was very clean but it didn't make up for the terrible food.

Thank cjcccadams
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Level Contributor
26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

LawLers is locally owned with locations in Athens, Huntsville, and around the area I was told. Place order at the counter and in just a few min I had a delicious pulled pork plate with green beans and mac-n-cheese. I don't typically get excited about bbq but i'll never come back to this area without eating here. Try their Tickled... More 

Thank ret2roam
Athens, Alabama
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The stuffed baked potatoes are amazing, as well as the pulled pork sandwiches. The staff where very helpful, on our first time there they told us things to try so we would get our money's worth. Ready to go back soon!!!!

Thank Jshuler
Chelsea, Alabama
Level Contributor
96 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ribs were very tender and tasty. Pulled pork was seasoned very well. The ham and turkey seemed a lil to salty. Baked beans were good. Mac n cheese didn't have any seasoning at all. Portions were good size. The decor was very nice. I drove 2 hours to eat here. Average at best.

Thank sherryamberson
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The meal was delicious! Tender and juicy ribs, relaxed, clean atmosphere. They even had a special discount off the ribs - what a deal!!!

Thank Monette H
Level Contributor
24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

I love the atmosphere and hospitality of the staff, very friendly. I had the salad with pulled pork...it was very good and had dried cranberries sunflower seeds and a generous portion of pulled pork. I just may need to stop again before heading back to PA

Thank Jessalynn H
Level Contributor
42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped in just to do something different. Funny little place and very simple. Order at the counter and stay and eat or drive through. We had tge ribs which turned out to be dry rub seasoning. Excellent. Sides were good too. Not high end but really good and very reasonably priced. Better get there early....doors lock down at 8pm.

Thank Travis D
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Level Contributor
45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

In a word, YUM!!! Very tasty sauces and great pork barbecue. Huge portions. I'd put this up against any other barbecue joint! Good stuff!

1 Thank DeniseW217
Madisonville, Kentucky
Level Contributor
234 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

BYOO= Bring your own Onion. We went in and received a friendly down home welcome from Ms. Chris who made us feel right at home. We gave Ms. Clara our order at the counter and she was also very helpful and friendly. My wife ordered the loaded barbecue pork baked potato which was huge with lots of meat. I ordered... More 

Thank bgcg66
Jim K, Owner at LawLers Barbecue, responded to this review

BYOO now that's a first! Yes we do expect that Ms. Clara and Ms. Chris will both be here to serve you again. Between the two of them they have been with us for over 35 years. OINK OINK More 

Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

When we are in Athens, we always eat at Lawlers. We travel a good bit, and I always find a BBQ spot, in the town, we stay, and this spot, is what I use to judge others. Nuff said.

Thank bryneyedcajungrl
Jim K, Owner at LawLers Barbecue, responded to this review

Oh my brown eyed cajun girl that is one high compliment you just paid us. Thank you! We look forward to your return...OINK OINK More 

Travellers who viewed LawLers Barbecue also viewed


Been to LawLers Barbecue? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
American, Barbecue
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
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
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?

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from LawLers Barbecue staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?