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Old Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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338 Washington Ave, Owensboro, KY 42301-5450
+1 270-926-9000
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is hard to say what was wrong with this place. Seems like everything was just not good enough. The service could be better but it wasn't. The food could be tastier but it wasn't! Even the desert though was not too bad yet it was just not so good. We kept waiting for things to improve but never got... More 

Thank Michael M
Owensboro, Kentucky
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Old hickory has a great take out menu and arguably the best local style BBQ. There are times when nothing else will hit the spot.

Thank Scottkimn N
Chester, Virginia
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On a business trip and not likely to visit Owensboro again, so I wanted to find something unique. Wow, what an option - Mutton BBQ! I lived in the UK (briefly) and we had Mutton stew as a school lunch once a week, so i was intrigued. I bought the chopped platter and a chopped pork sandwich as a comparison.... More 

Thank John C
Owensboro, Kentucky
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Moonlite moonlite moonlite, it's all people want to go on about. Ok look, the buffet is awesome at moonlite. It really is. But if you want the best BBQ Meat (especially the mutton) go to Old Hickory.

1 Thank adamp0well
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are from Owensboro you will probably agree this is the best BBQ in town! The food is great! It's a cozy atmosphere and friendly service you won't be disappointed!

1 Thank Heath-Sheridan F
Owensboro, Kentucky
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108 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

We eat at Moonlite fairly often and someone suggested Old Hickory was better than Moonlite. All I can tell you is we will be back at Moonlite next time. Old Hickory has good food, but we all preferred Moonlite, plus the buffet at Moonlite has better food and an awesome selection. You can't hardly get in Moonlite for lunch around... More 

Thank Catfish85U
Owensboro, Kentucky
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50 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

I was told while in Owensboro that you need to try the BBQ. Old Hickory was close by so I decided to give it a try. Lunch was huge! I did send the mashed potatoes back - like warm - and they just heated them up rather than give me fresh ones. The meat (pork) was tender and tasty.

Thank Jeanne W
Boca Grande, Florida
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145 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

We were visiting family about an hour away so we decided to venture out for lunch after shopping. We decided to stop here after reading reviews since many places weren't open until 5pm in the area. The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was very "cozy". We both ordered the Chopped Pork, one as a platter and the other... More 

Thank ErinLee13
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

A couple of friends and I rode our motorcycles from Danville, KY over to Owensboro, KY on 11-4. We had dinner at the Old Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q. I really love BBQ mutton and Old Hickory is one of my favorites. Old hickory BBQ is uses a thin vinegar base sauce kinda like Carolina style which I like as a change... More 

2 Thank Steven H
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Great food, great service!! I can't say enough great things about this place! I love to take all of my out of town guest here.

1 Thank kyyardlizard

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 338 Washington Ave, Owensboro, KY 42301-5450
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Owensboro
  • Phone Number: +1 270-926-9000

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