Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Olathe, Kansas
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Olathe, Kansas was the second Oklahoma Joe's location. The first location is in a working gasoline station in Kansas City, Kansas. But the Olathe location is much larger and serves the same food. A third location has recently opened in Leawood. Although the brand was built as Oklahoma Joe's, the name changed to Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in 2014.
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que is known for a wide of variety of quality smoked meats. The French fries are fresh, but order them unseasoned unless you want a lot of sodium and spice.
I often have Joe's 1/2 smoked chicken and and one side. They make a generous meal for only $8.99.
Joe's may be best known for the Z-Man Sandwich. The Z-Man is brisket, smoked provolone topped with two onion rings on a kaiser bun ($6.99). The Z-Man is one of the best sandwiches I have had any time in Kansas City!
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 jalapenos (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.
I used to warn people about the extremely long lines at
the Olathe Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que at meal times. It was so bad that
I wouldn't go there for lunch if I couldn't arrive before 11:15AM or after
12:45PM, but since the opening of the third Joe's in Leawood, the lines
have grown much more manageable. There may still be 5-20 people in line
waiting to order, but there are many counter staff and they can move that
line reasonably fast.
Tip: When lines are long, call in an order to go at (913) 782-6858 and pick up the order at the bar.
L-11/09 copyright 2008-2015 by Keith Stokes