lunch in owensboro

Where to grab lunch in Owensboro? Here’s our favorites to grab a quick bite.

There are many restaurants in Owensboro offering a quick bite to eat for lunch. Whether you are on your lunch break or just traveling through during the lunch time hours, we have you covered for lunch.

These are some of the best places to eat lunch in Owensboro:

Moonlite Inn BBQ

Known for their mouth watering BBQ and mutton cooked over a wood fire pit smoked daily, Moonlite offers delicious BBQ. The buffet offers tons of sides, meats and desserts. The good thing about Moonlite is that it’s hot and ready when you walk in the doors.

2840 West Parrish Avenue, Owensboro, KY

Colby’s Deli & Cafe

Colby’s Deli and Cafe offers breakfast and lunch. They offer a wide range of soups, sandwiches and daily specials. If you are in the downtown area, check this little cafe out.

401 Frederica Street, Suite 101B, Owensboro, KY

Papa Grande 54

Some of the best Mexican food in Owensboro is Papa Grande. The food is always fresh and delicious and comes out fast. There are lunch specials available. My favorite is the chimichanga.

3830 Hwy 54, Suite #203, Owensboro, KY

Kentucky Legend Cafe

If you are in the downtown area for lunch, then you should check out the Kentucky Legend Cafe. It’s located in the Owensboro Convention Center. They offer a lot of delicious soups, sandwiches, wraps and a fresh salad bar.

501 West 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY

Wonder Whip

If you are craving a delicious burger, then check out Wonder Whip. Located on the far east end of town, Wonder Whip is locally owned and is an old-style drive in offering burgers, chicken, fries, fish and more. Don’t forget to get a sweet frozen treat before you leave.

2434 East 4th Street, Owensboro, KY

Colby’s Fine Food & Spirits

Located downtown, Colby’s is one of Owensboro’s best and most popular restaurants. Opening in 1987, they offer a wide range of American style food from sandwiches, burgers, steaks, seafood and more. The place is kid friendly. Grab a delicious strawberry milk shake on the way out!

204 W 3rd Street, Owensboro, KY

The Miller House

Only open for lunch on Thursday and Friday, The Miller House is located in a historic house built in 1905. Not necessarily a quick place to eat lunch, they offer delicious meals featuring sandwiches, salads, catfish, meatloaf and more. They also have an amazing bourbon bar that was named a Top 5 Bourbon Bar in the US.

301 E 5th Street, Owensboro, KY


Drake’s is an American style restaurant and sportsbar that offers a wide range of food such as hamburgers, fries, steaks, sandwiches and typical sports bar food. If you want a bowl of hot chili, it’s one of my favorite places in Owensboro to get a bowl of meaty chili.

3050 Highland Pointe Drive, Owensboro, KY

Ole South BBQ

Also known as a local BBQ staple restaurant is Ole South. They feature a buffet offering a wide range of smoked meats, chicken, pork along with a variety of sides. Ole South also has a local favorite, burgoo if you are wanting to try our local flavors. The buffet is smaller than Moonlite but has plenty of options to fill you up.

3523 Hwy 54, Owensboro, KY

Dees Diner

Located downtown, Dee’s Diner offers both breakfast and lunch and has a variety of foods. Sandwiches, burgers, pancakes, bacon and eggs are a few of the diner style foods offered.

1362 E 4th St, Owensboro, KY

Gary’s Drive In

Located on the West side of town, Gary’s Drive In is a small local drive in offering burgers, fries and more. The burgers are delicious, come out fast and are highly recommended.

2220 Veach Road, Owensboro, KY

We hoped this guide helped you find a place to eat lunch in Owensboro. If you have any lunch places in Owensboro that I missed, please let me know.

Also, check out our guide we put together about the best places to eat in Owensboro.

What’s your favorite lunch place in Owensboro?

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One response to “Where to grab lunch in Owensboro? Here’s our favorites to grab a quick bite.”

  1. Donnie

    What about Madewell’s?

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