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A Barbecue Odyssey

Homer’s meats and sauces bring the heat to Downtown Henderson

While Casey Todd was growing up, his family always came together for barbecues. Todd’s great-grandfather, Homer Ward, was an avid cook, and Homer’s Barbecue is a tribute to Ward’s mastery of a barbecue pit.

Homer’s, at 128 Second St. in Henderson, Kentucky, is Todd’s newest Downtown Henderson restaurant, following Hometown Roots and Roast Coffee Bar.

The menu at Homer’s is loaded with smoky, savory meats — pork, brisket, chick- en, or Texas-style ribs — with five choices of sauce, all made in-house.

There are plenty of intriguing appetizers, too, such as the pork cakes, which Todd describes as a take on crab cakes. Pulled pork and cream cheese are cooked into a patty, topped with coleslaw, and drizzled with Carolina mustard and sweet and tangy barbecue sauce.

Another appetizer to try are briskitos, which Todd says is a recreation of his favorite school lunch, chili crispitos, only with the dry rub brisket of blended herbs and spices.

For an unexpected fusion of flavor, go for the dirty rice bowl, a mixture of brown rice, creamy queso, and “cowboy caviar” – bean dip, for the city slickers – topped with candied jalapenos.

Salad selections are prepared with locally sourced greens and house-made dressings. For your glass, try one of the eight beers Homer’s has on tap, plus several cocktails. On Thursdays through Saturdays in summer, patio diners can enjoy live music.

Todd takes pride in helping to revive Downtown Henderson with his businesses and says Homer’s is the latest part of that effort.

“We don’t want to be a special occasion restaurant. We want to be a weekly restaurant for families and friends,” he says.




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