Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Kansas City, Kansas
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas, Kansas was the first Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue location in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It opened in 1996, a few months after a Oklahoma Joe's opened in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Stillwater location has long since closed, but two much larger restaurants have since opened in Olathe and Leawood, Kansas. The name of these three restaurants was changed to Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in 2014.
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que shares a modest sized building with a gas station. Until 2020 there was a convenience store in the building, but during Covid, Joe's took over that space and expanded the restaurant. Outside, they took over half of the space occupied by the gasoline pumps, so that cars can only get fuel on the far side of the pumps, while an outside dining area goes right up to the pumps on the building side. In addition, they have added curb service with about 10 of the parking spaces.
Joe's has a good, consistent product and even better marketing. They have received a lot of national recognition and have become a destination for people visiting Kansas City from other cities and countries. The last time that we were there, a group from Chicago stopped us to take a photo for them.
In the past, this restaurant often had long lines because there were few tables and they appeared to actually time and slow the service to the dine-in line, so that a table became free about the time that you get your food. Since the seating expansion and the curb side delivery, we have not experienced an excessive wait. It may get slower when the weather is too cold for dining outside.
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que is known for a wide of variety of quality smoked meats as well as the onion rings and baked beans. The French fries are fresh. They are seasoned and used to have what I considered to be too much sodium and spice. They have cut back on those over the years and I believe almost everyone will prefer them spiced today.
Joe's 1/2 smoked chicken and one side make a generous meal for $12.69, but they are best known for the Z-Man Sandwich. The Z-Man is brisket, smoked provolone topped with two onion rings on a kaiser bun ($9.89). The Z-Man is one of the best sandwiches I have had anywhere in Kansas City! Other meats which we particularly recommend are the pork ribs and the burn ends
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que serves chili through the winter months. I like the chili a lot. It is meaty, sweet and flavorful with no beans. It is a little too mild for my taste, but they offer onions and diced jalapeños (and cheese) on top, which made it just right. They also provide several hot sauces.
The gumbo is available year around and is quite good,
though it may be too spicy for some.
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