Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue in Olathe, Kansas is Oklahoma Joe's second 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.
Oklahoma Joe's 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 are a generous meal for only $7.69. But on a recent visit, I ordered the Z-Man Sandwich, unseasoned French fries and a small side of smoked chicken gumbo. The Z-Man is brisket, smoked provolone topped with two onion rings on a kaiser bun ($5.99). The huge order of fries is $2.39 and the gumbo is $2.79.
The gumbo was good, as always, though it may be too spicy for some. The Z-Man was one of the best sandwiches I have had any time in Kansas City!
Oklahoma Joe's serves chili through the winter months. I like it it lot - meaty, sweet and flavorful with no beans. It might have been 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.
I used to warn people about the extremely long lines at
the Olathe Oklahoma Joe's 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 a third Oklahoma 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
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 2008-2010 by Keith Stokes