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Moonlite Bar-B-Q

2840 W. Parrish Ave., Owensboro, KY - (270) 684-8143
Posted By Joe Cox on 10/8/2013 1:49:00 PM
Moonlite is an interesting cross-section of Kentucky's barbecue heritage, with a smothering of superb side dishes. You don't have to eat the buffet, but if you don't, you'll wish you had.

Start with barbecue-- pulled pork and shredded pork are joined by brisket and mutton. Honestly, Moonlite's selection of barbecue is the one part of the menu that takes some getting used to. When I first ate there, I sometimes considered skipping the 'cue entirely in favor of the sides. But over time, the mutton has really grown on me. It's a little richer and heavier than pork, but give it some time and it'll grow on you (probably literally speaking, around the middle, if you're like me!)

But the sides. Oh the sides. Mashed potatoes, green beans, baked apples, creamed corn, lima beans, etc. etc. etc. I can't list them all for the simple reason that there are so many, I can't remember them all. Superb banana pudding is always a highlight.

Moonlite isn't a place I'd go to often. You really ought to go hungry and eat until you can't eat any more. But when you're in the mood, it is a fine, fine meal.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
barbecued mutton
fried corn
fried apples
burgoo
beef brisket
Ham Biscuits
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A first plate from the buffet line features a ham biscuit at 11 o'clock, then macaroni and cheese, broccoli casserole, pork and chopped mutton, with butter beans in the middle.
"A first plate from the buffet line features a ham biscuit at 11 o'clock, then macaroni and cheese, broccoli casserole, pork and chopped mutton, with butter beans in the middle."
Michael Stern





Sign of Great Eats in Owensboro
"Sign of Great Eats in Owensboro"
Michael Stern


Clockwise from upper left: chopped mutton, brisket, ribs, pulled mutton
"Clockwise from upper left: chopped mutton, brisket, ribs, pulled mutton"
Michael Stern


At the Moonlight buffet: The idea of helping ourselves to all the ham biscuits we want is simply too good to be true.
"At the Moonlight buffet: The idea of helping ourselves to all the ham biscuits we want is simply too good to be true."
Michael Stern


Banana salad, found among the salads and desserts in the Moonlight Buffet. An odd dish, not for everyone. By the way, at the far right of the picture you see the edge of one of Moonlight's superb corn muffins.
"Banana salad, found among the salads and desserts in the Moonlight Buffet. An odd dish, not for everyone. By the way, at the far right of the picture you see the edge of one of Moonlight's superb corn muffins."
Michael Stern


The buffet was huge and it was so good I ate too much, I informed the manager and he told me they had a sign that said 'not responsible for your over eating'
"The buffet was huge and it was so good I ate too much, I informed the manager and he told me they had a sign that said 'not responsible for your over eating'"
Pat Bosley


In Western Kentucky, the name Moonlite equals barbecue excellence.
"In Western Kentucky, the name Moonlite equals barbecue excellence. "
Michael Stern



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