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Old Hickory Bar-B-Q

338 Washington Ave. (Frederica St.) Send to Phone
270-926-9000 | Menu
You’ll find no better examples of regional Western Kentucky specialties --- barbecued mutton and burgoo --- than those served at Old Hickory Bar-B-Q.
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Old Hickory Bar-B-Q Restaurant Review

: Owensboro is the home of an annual barbecue festival, thanks to a very lively ’cue culture. But know that Old Hickory Bar-B-Q is the place favored by locals. The regional specialty is barbecued mutton and it is served here sliced, chopped or as mutton ribs. First-timers will be happiest with the pungent chopped mutton sandwich. The other specialty is burgoo, a thick stew of meats and vegetables originally made with any available game. (Squirrel is omitted from this recipe.) Of course, traditional barbecue meats -- pork, chicken and beef --- are on the menu, too. Sides include barbecue beans, creamy coleslaw and onion rings. The recommended dessert is blackberry cobbler. No alcohol is served.

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A total disappointment
by Atomoboy on Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:46 pm
After recommendations from locals and online reviews, we ate at Old Hickory Pit BBQ. Our first clue that the meal wouldn't meet our expectations was that it lacked the familiar smokey odor of a BBQ restaurant. There were no smokers or a pit visible, just a steam table. I went with pork ribs, chopped mutton and fried catfish. For sides, I went with onion rings and mac and cheese. The catfish and onion rings were clearly frozen both in taste and appearance. What kind of BBQ joint uses frozen onion rings? But it get's better. The table next to us ordered a slice of pie and the waitress returned to say there was none thawed. Frozen pies, too? Ooh boy. As for the catfish, a frozen filet that tasted like river water. The pork ribs were tender but terribly under seasoned. The mutton was good but a bit too watery and mushy for my tastes. The mac and cheese was nothing special. The most appalling thing is that the menu offers meats "from the grill" for fifty cents extra. Fresh costs extra? Never again for me. A fast food burger is probably a better choice.
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