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Old Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q

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338 Washington Ave, Owensboro, KY 42301-5450
270-926-9000
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 87
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  • 33
    Very good
  • 22
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Barbecue in Town- Local favorite

When the locals want barbecue they go to Old Hickory. There food is not greasy like other barbecue places. They are quick and efficient. Their potato salad and bake beans are delicious. The meat falls off the bone and they use hickory wood to season their meats. Slow roasted, melt in your mouth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
CarmaAllen
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Owensboro, Kentucky, United States
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Hardinsburg, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

If you are in Owensboro and want the BEST Bar B Q then head here. Everything on the menu is great but I love the mutton and potato salad.The ice tea is cold and south sweet. Then try the lemon ice box pie.

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Owensboro, Kentucky, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

When the locals want barbecue they go to Old Hickory. There food is not greasy like other barbecue places. They are quick and efficient. Their potato salad and bake beans are delicious. The meat falls off the bone and they use hickory wood to season their meats. Slow roasted, melt in your mouth flavor.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I was introduced to Old Hickory over 4 decades ago as my wife and her parents were born in Owensboro. It took awhile to get used to eating mutton as I grew up in Indiana only eating pork, but once I developed a taste for chopped mutton barbecue sandwich, I never again ate pork! This place has expanded and remodeled... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This restaurant was so totally different. You can watch two employees cutting the meat on the meat cutters. There had to have been 10 employees working in one area serving customers, preparing the takeouts, cutting the meat, ect. Food was excellent ! Totally worth the drive.

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Owensboro
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Old Hickory has a long, long history, having been owned and operated by generations of family members. All of their meats are smoked onsite, including turkey, beef, pork, and many others. For a fee they will also smoke your own turkey for you. They have a drive through,and a sit down restaurant as well.

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Newburgh, IN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Drove over to Owensboro, Kentucky, from my home in Indiana to take care of some personal business. I stopped for lunch at Old Hickory BBQ. Owensboro is more known for Moonlight BBQ Restaurant, but most locals will tell you they favor Old Hickory over the more nationally known Moonlight. I think they may know something most people don't. I had... More 

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Owensboro is the best place in the world to have bar-b-que, and Old Hickory is the best in the city. If you've never tried mutton, this is the place to try it -- sliced or chopped. My personal favorite is the pork ribs, but the sliced pork and chicken are not far behind. The slaw, baked beans, and potato salad... More 

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Owensboro
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Recently made a return visit to Old Hickory! My favorite plate is the "3 meat choice" then I can have a variety of BBQ in one setting. Always enjoyable!

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Washington, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

If this was in my home town, I'd eat here again on occasion. But, since it's not, I'll not likely eat here again. This place was recommended to us from a friend, over the the other popular BBQ place in town. Maybe my expectations were to high, because we love the other place, but this just didn't hit the spot.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

While the Old Hickory does not offer a buffet, it does have what I consider to be the best BBQ mutton and pork in all of western Kentucky. It's just a cut above the Moonlite in my opinion. The flavor just seems to be a bit deeper and richer whether you're eating mutton or pork. They have a varied menu... More 

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Additional Information about Old Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q

Address: 338 Washington Ave, Owensboro, KY 42301-5450
Phone Number: 270-926-9000
Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Owensboro
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 338 Washington Ave, Owensboro, KY 42301-5450
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Owensboro
  • Phone Number: 270-926-9000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?