Restaurants in Owensboro, KY

Home of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, Owensboro, Kentucky, lays claim to being the BBQ Capital of the World. Whether or not that’s true, it definitely is the BBQ mutton capital, where aged lamb is the priority meat. Unlike the subtle elegance of smoke-laced pork that is more typically southern, mutton packs a wallop, its sharp sheep tang minimally tempered by hours of smoke. The result is succulence to the max. Mutton customarily is dressed with “dip” — a sort of au-jus version of barbecue sauce — and every restaurant that serves it also offers the old Kentucky jumble soup known as burgoo.

Owensboro’s Most Famous Dishes

Two slices of BBQ brisket, one lean, the other supersucculently fatty

BBQ Brisket

Tall, gnarled-top light gold biscuit


Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.


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