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 BBQ 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.
Other dishes available only at particular times are the burnt ends (available at lunch on Monday & Saturday and at supper on Wednesday) and soft shell crab po' boy sandwiches (Fridays during Lent).
The gumbo is available year around and is quite good, though it may be too spicy for some.
Be prepared for long lines anywhere near meal time. The lines were shorter after the opening of the third restaurant in Leawood, but they are slowly getting longer. The line moves fairly fast, but when it goes the length of the restaurant it can still be a fairly long wait.
L-11/09 copyright 2008-2015 by Keith Stokes