In Louisville, Kentucky there is a large amount of restaurants that specialize in great barbecue, with restaurants like Bootleg BBQ, Marks Feed Store, as well as chains like Smokey Bones BBQ& Grill, and Famous Dave’s competition for the best BBQ in town is tough.
On Saturday afternoon we met my husband’s family, creating a total of ten in our party, at 5 PM for dinner at Brandon’s BBQ located at 9246 Westport Road. None of us had ever had the opportunity to eat at Brandon’s BBQ before, and were excited about trying it.
Brandon’s has three different locations, the one on Westport Road, another in J-town located at 10301 Taylorsville Road, and the third is in Simpsonville in Shelby County, which is located at 7117 Shelbyville Road across from the Cardinal Club.
My husband nor I had actually ever seen Brandon’s BBQ before, so when we set out we weren’t quite sure where to find it, we had the address, and knew which direction we needed to go but unfortunately went to far, having to turn around. Once we turned around we paid a little more attention to the addresses, and found the restaurant tucked away in an almost-deserted shopping center. There was nothing special, or fancy about the outside of the building, and parking was easy, as the parking lot was practically empty.
Once inside, the décor again was nothing to brag about but the smell was delicious. The dining room is comprised of large cafeteria-style folding tables covered in plastic table cloths, there is a big screen television at the front of the room and a NASCAR race was on, and the walls were covered in U of L and U of K items.
On Friday and Saturday evenings Brandon’s offers a buffet with all you can eat ribs for $9.99 for adults and $3.95 for kids. After examining what the buffet had to offer, we agreed that the buffet was the way to go, with only my nephew ordering a cheeseburger off of the menu. We were then given plastic plates, forks, and cups. Being the only ones in the restaurant it was easy for us to find a seat.
The buffet had quite a bit to choose from for a restaurant the size of Brandon’s with pulled BBQ chicken, pork, and beef, chicken tenders, Hickory smoked chicken, baked beans, green beans, Cole slaw, smoked potato salad, potato wedges, and cinnamon apples. The ribs had to be ordered at the register, and were brought to the table.
The food itself was good, but average there was nothing about it to make you stand up and shout “WOW!” The smoked potato salad was wonderful and by far my favorite with bacon crushed into it. The BBQ sauce has a vinegar base, which I don’t care a lot for, though I know many do.
The only small glitch of the evening was the amount of time it took for my nephew’s cheeseburger to arrive. It took thirty to thirty-five minutes for his food to arrive, again we were the only customers in the restaurant, and by then most of us were done eating. When it did arrive, it was a nice size hamburger with double patties.
All in all the food was good, but there was nothing spectacular about it. Would I eat there again? Maybe, but I will probably try the J-town location just to compare the two.