In 1818, George and Elizabeth Moore built a new house in which to raise their future family. Their youngest daughter, Mariah, would go on to spend her entire life in the home her parents had bequeathed to her. When Rick Kelley and David Sears decided to transform the historic residence into a restaurant nearly a century after her passing, they chose the name to honor its longest-term resident. They also added a 3,000-square-foot expansion and restored the fireplaces, wood flooring, and brick walls to their original appearance.
Thanks to these refurbishments, Mariah’s old home seems to have found new life in the 21st century. Where she used to cook, chefs now hand-cut steaks and slide thin-crust pizzas into a large brick oven for firing. As Bowling Green's oldest standing brick structure, the nearly 200-year-old Mariah Moore House offers diners much to gaze at if they can pry their eyes away from the hearty fare on their plates. The building’s historic accents include a Brunswick bar top from the 1880s, an aged carousel horse, and a TV-video wall salvaged from Grover Cleveland’s presidential situation room.
The Holiday Inn University Plaza's atrium-style high-rise hotel spoils out-of-towners and local staycationers with a plethora of accommodations, including in-room dining options and complimentary newspaper delivery. This Groupon gets you a guest room with a choice of king-size or double bed (up to $114 value). During your stay, you’ll be treated to a half-dozen chocolate-covered strawberries ($7 value) and a bottle of champagne ($12 value). After a night of passionate channel surfing, rouse from your slumber to bask in the savory ambience of breakfast for two (up to $20 value) and enjoy a late checkout ($35 value), just in case the bottle of bubbly caused you to sneak in an extra booze snooze.
Big D's scoops more than 40 varieties of superpremium ice cream, gussies up Nathan's Famous all-beef hot dogs, and dishes out neighborhood hospitality to hungry hoards. Guests to this friendly, family-owned eatery can cool tempers and temperamental taste buds by ascending on cones piled high with chocolate, turtle, and amaretto-cherry scoops ($2.65/single). Or, enjoy the semisolid sweets in their most sippable state with an old-fashioned shake or malt ($4.55–$5.75). A treasure trove of toppings—including white-chocolate syrup, Butterfinger bits, and freshly chopped Oreos ($0.55/each)—await to adorn customizable sundaes ($3.50–$5.50), and a classic banana split ($5.95) can be shared among friends or repurposed as an extremely perishable viking hat.
The Cockeyed Pig permeates a menu of ribs, brisket, and pulled pork with an outback smoker's timber-tickled flavors, complemented by headline-grabbing Ol' South Fine Swine barbecue sauce. Fire up chompers and high-octane sporks to slash through the Chainsaw's Favorite belief-beggaring feast of St. Louis–style ribs, pulled pork, and Hoot's Texas brisket, coupled with a duo of sides including the customer-favorite potato salad and Mama's style mac 'n' cheese ($20, serves one to two people). Pepe's burrito entree channels a border-bridging tortilla stuffed with sliced brisket into a basket trimmed with ranch house beans ($9.50). Hushpuppies huddle around the catfish dinner's stream-torn centerpiece ($8.95) to form a table decoration fit for a grizzly bear graduation.