There is no shortage of iconic food establishments in the state of Kentucky. Old-school and family-owned, these beloved businesses remain popular community staples and they are often regarded as being the place to go if you're looking for unbeatable, delicious food.
While they can sometimes fly under the radar and are often missed by tourists and out-of-towners alike, they remain some of the most legendary food establishments.
Southern Living has combed the region for restaurants like these and one small BBQ joint from a small city in Kentucky has made the list, keep reading to learn more.
A Paducah landmark, Starnes Bar-B-Q has been serving delicious, homemade barbecue since the 1950s. This tiny BBQ joint is housed inside a bright green cinderblock building and has been a local favorite for decades.
There's a smokehouse out back, where Starnes slow smokes each of their meats using old-school techniques with real wood which allows the barbecue to come out with a smoky char taste that can only be achieved from a low, slow cook.
This finger-licking barbecue is then smothered in their signature spicy-sweet sauce that you can also buy by the bottle.
Their menu is simple and to the point. Choose between pork, turkey, beef, ham, or bologna bbq served on a sandwich or by the pound. Sides include potato salad and coleslaw.
This no-frills approach to dining seems rarer and rarer in today's day and age. It is also what helps keep Starnes pricing as low as possible with menu items costing as little as $1.20.
The restaurant is open every day of the week from 8 am until 6 pm and closed Sunday and Monday. To learn more about Starnes, be sure to check out their official Facebook page here.