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Golden Rule BBQ

Birmingham Airport, 5600 Messer Airport Hwy.,  591-6100
5060 Academy Drive, Bessemer,  426-5188
740 Brookwood Village, Suite 238, Homewood, 423-9068
Harbert Plaza, 1901 6th Ave N Suite 263, downtown, 801-9600
4290 Highway 52, Helena, 621-7427
1571 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, 823-7770
2506 Crestwood Blvd., Irondale, 956-2678
81 Church St., Suit 104, Crestline Village, Mountain Brook, 803-0083
744 29th Street South, Southside/Lakeview, 327-5414
3100 Pelham Parkway, 621-4525
120 South Chalkville Road, Trussville, 655-4849
Golden Rule has grown into a regional chain, but we include it here because it's still a home-grown business. The first Golden Rule opened its doors in 1891, just a short distance from where the Irondale location is today. The original building was a roadside stop for travelers making the journey to Atlanta. The current Irondale restaurant has been in its location on Hwy. 78 for more than 30 years. The next oldest is the Hoover location, opened in 1973. In an April 2009 City Scene review of the Crestline location, Tom Gaskin said it "rises to the to like just-right fried green tomatoes in the fry bath," praising the fried green tomatoes, an addictive Brunswick stew, the pork sandwich, mac and cheese and collard greens.

Reader Comments (11)

We have eaten at several locations and find the Irondale location to be the best, followed by Hoover. Not great BBQ, but not awful. About a 6 on a 10 scale.

September 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

The bbq is good here, but not the best in town by any means. The ribs are pretty good, but a little small. The sauce is tasty. Actually, my favorite dish here, which is really good, is a chicken breast plate with two grilled chicken breasts and a creamy sauce.

September 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbg

tastes like what it is, corporate BBQ

November 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShia

The one in Irondale has the best BBQ baked beans I've ever had. The rest of the food is kind of.. meh. Also, FYI, they DO have pulled pork, you just have to know to ask for it.

November 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMari

I agree - corporate BBQ is the best way to describe it.

July 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad

There is a new location in Crestline which is wonderful! I normally only eat at the one in Hoover, but the Crestline location is just as good.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterds

I have been to several locations and I have one thing equally to say about of them.....dirty...and the food isn't much better.

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEd

The Lakeview location has the worst food and service of any of the Golden Rules in town...we live a few blocks away and have tried take out numerous times....they NEVER get our order correct....they always leave part of the order out...the recipes they use apparently are different from the original GRule.....the pie is horrible and the barbeque meat just okay...the last time we ate there, my brother ordered a BBQ sandwich and it had 3 slices of meat on it....my plate looked like a child's plate and the service was terrible....we have not been back....we had rather drive to the Irondale location than eat in Lakeview, which is within walking distance...

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBBQ lover

The Hoover location is the best of the Golden Rules. Great BBQ. One of the few places you can still get outside meat. I've been eating there since the 70's(they still have some of the same employees). They cook on the open pitt, not in a smoker.The building is old, but it's like going back in time. Fast service. Best kept secret is their burgers, best in town. Love it!

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteriknowaboutbbq

The one in Hoover dosn't tatse like corporate. It's been there since I can remember. Fast and friendly sevice. Limited menu.Wish they had ribs and chicken. They only sell pork bbq and burgers,but what they do have is terrific.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbbqlover6

Several weeks ago I went to the restaurant in Hoover. I had the pork plate with cole slaw and beans. The chopped pork is not bad, not good. They do have a nice open pit. However, the bbq sauce is hands down the worst I've ever had. It tastes and looks a lot like ketchup, it's way too sweet, and it completely ruines the pork. The beans also were the worst I've had. They were so disgustingly sweet that I couldn't eat more than a few bites. I eat a lot of bbq, and this is probably the worst I've had, largely due to the horrific sauce.

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

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