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Golden Rule Barbecue-irondale

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2508 Crestwood Blvd, Irondale, AL 35210-2043
+1 205-956-2678
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 21:00
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Bremen, Georgia
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This BBQ restaurant has GREAT Memphis-style pork ribs. It is located in east Birmingham, just inside I-450 at the Kilgore Road exit. Parking is free. There are booths, tables and counter service available. The wait staff is friendly and helpful. In addition to ribs, regular sliced meat, and smoked chicken is offered. Our side dishes were baked beans, cole slaw,... More 

Thank wsewell365
Copperas Cove, Texas
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305 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

As a Texan, we get to eat a lot of great BBQ. And i know that Texas Q is different from Southern Q....thats not the point. The sliced pork and chicken we had here was dry and frankly tasteless....unless you dumped a ton of vinegary sauce on it! The beans were probably the best part of the meal. They tasted... More 

Thank cubgirl65
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

we had to send back my food and my wifes for fresher food. it was so dry, they gave us more that was better, but it did not taste like it was slow cooked or smokey bbq. I got the sampler plater. the chicken was good (let quarter) but pork and beef were not eatable. place was busy, maybe we... More 

Thank Permitonly
Huntsville, Alabama
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67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Golden Rule has long been a favorite of mine. We drive over an hour to dine here. This is the original and the real deal. I always compare other places to Golden Rule and it is very few that come close. The chopped pork sandwich is amazing. I like the sweet sauce best on my sandwich. The pies are so... More 

Thank AutumnFlame1005
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99 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We have tried a few barbecue places since we have moved to bham from sc. This place would have been quite good probably if they didn't serve us dry sliced meat. The potential was there but missed. Ribs were quite tasty though. Little on the expensive side for cafeteria style set up and food.

Thank Melissaaaaaaaa
Chattanooga, United States
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Golden Rule BarBQ has been a part of The Birmingham for so long it is considered an institution. The cooks are cooking the Bbq right in the middle of the restaurant. Dated & old feeling, this place does a heck of a business. Bbq is good, French fries are really good. They have vinegar slaw, good bake beans & really... More 

Thank Darlene S
Birmingham, Alabama
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I had my first barbecue sandwich here in about 1964. It has changed locations, to across the street. It will always be my favorite! Great meat, smoked just right with a pickle and a ketchup/pepper sauce. I love them! French fries are cut with skin on!

Thank Ltsteve35210
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Title is sad due to the pork plate I was hungry for was not good at all.I would not recommend the BBQ and sides to anyone.WOW even the iced tea was bad tasting I want be back.

Thank David M
Clarksville, Tennessee
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300 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

My children and I stopped here while traveling. My children enjoyed Chicken Tenders and BBQ Sandwich. They both enjoyed and ate their meals. It included a side and two cookies (Oreo's). I got a BBQ sandwich and Macaroni and Cheese. It was really good. I am a NC native so I found their AL BBQ to be different of course.... More 

Thank Carolinas704
Birmingham, Alabama
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158 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

We wanted something new for dinner so we went here to Golden Rule BBQ.. did not disappoint. Food and service was very good. MJ was our server.. very friendly woman. This is a very easy location as it's right off the interstate highway. Pulled pork was excellent, cheese fries very good, fried okra was amazing. Baked beans very good too.... More 

Thank nickamc80

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2508 Crestwood Blvd, Irondale, AL 35210-2043
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Irondale
  • Phone Number: +1 205-956-2678

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?