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 and convenience store. 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.
This restaurant often has long lines, but you may be able to get to the counter faster if you arrive in the last hour before closing. They have an express line for carry out, but appear to actually time and slow the service to the dine in line, so that a table becomes free about the time that you get your food. The lines tend to move faster at the larger Olathe and Leawood locations.
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, but order them unseasoned unless you want a lot of sodium and spice.
Joe's 1/2 smoked chicken and one side make a generous meal for only $10.49, 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 ($8.29). 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 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.
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