Full Moon Bar-B-Que
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Full Moon Bar-B-Que

The moon never sets on this hickory-smoked barbecue eatery with outposts around the state. Former Alabama football coach Pat James opened the first location on Birmingham’s Southside in the mid-1980s. David Maluf, one of the current owners, said, “The one distinctive thing about every Full Moon is the way we cook the food. All our meats are cooked fresh on an open wood-burning pit every day. When you see a Full Moon, you expect to see smoke.” But that’s not all. The Half-Moon cookies and carrot cakes are made fresh daily.
2494 Enterprise Drive Opelika, AL 36801
334 741-7570
Mon-Th 10:30am - 9:00pm Fri-Sat 10:30am - 10:00pm Sun 11:00 - 9:00pm
This experience may be open for on-site visitation; however, offerings and/or operating procedures may have changed due to COVID-19. Please verify details before you go and visit the COVID-19 Resources page for more information.
Mon-Th 10:30am - 9:00pm Fri-Sat 10:30am - 10:00pm Sun 11:00 - 9:00pm

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  • 2494 Enterprise Drive
  • Opelika, AL 36801
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One of the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama

Half-Moon Cookies

Once known as Pat James' Full Moon Bar-B-Que, the restaurant was bought in 1997 by brothers David and Joe Maluff. Full Moon now boasts nine locations, including the original on Birmingham's Southside.

Although Full Moon is known for its smoked meat, customers flock to the counter and drive-thru window for its famous Half Moon cookies. Made from scratch daily and filled with chocolate chips and pecans, each cookie has just the right amount of crisp. Every single one is hand-dipped into rich, melted milk chocolate, giving it it's distinctive "half moon" appearance. Half Moon cookies are also available by the tin for distant fans or those locals who just can't get enough.

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