The finest comfort fare perks people up, recalls family meals past, and doubles as a neck pillow during road trips. Cozy up to pleasing cuisine with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of down-home eats at Old Hickory Bar-B-Que.
A family legacy spanning three generations, Old Hickory Bar-B-Que has been plating up hearty helpings of supper-club cuisine since 1969. The menu seamlessly melds barbecue, steak, and seafood; feel free to air out indecisiveness by noshing oxymoronic appetizers such as the jumbo-shrimp cocktail ($8.95). Saucy and sassy, the half slab of ribs ($12.50) flirts with the sophisticated, big-city, aged choice New York strip steak ($21.95 for 12 oz.), while the roast prime rib au jus ($20.95) watches from the sidelines with a hint of jealousy. Classic sides such as tossed salad, baked potato, stewed tomatoes, and applesauce act as standup neighbors to the chopped-sirloin sandwich with cheese ($6.25) and water the bamboo plants of the broasted half-chicken ($9.95+) when it's out of town.
The pit master at World Bar-B-Que works hard slow-cooking Carolina-style pulled pork, Texas brisket, and St. Louis–style pork ribs, imbuing each meat with distinctive barbecue bark and deep, smoky flavors. After the cuts have smoked for 6–15 hours, diners take over with finishing touches, adorning their choice of meats with sauces such as sweet-and-spicy blackberry habanero and classic sides such as potato salad and baked beans. They can also forge everything from smoked and beer-soaked burgers to authentic Cuban sandwiches.
On certain nights, patrons can finish off meaty cuts and showcase their singing chops with open-mic and karaoke sessions. The generous eatery also sets aside one day a week for a "World Invasion"—a chance for local groups, charitable organizations, or extraterrestrial barbecue-reconnaissance parties to take over the restaurant and receive a portion of the evening's sales.
4029 N Main St.
Dayton, Ohio 45405-1654Get Directions