Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Kansas City, KS

Is Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que a restaurant in a gas station or a gas station with a restaurant? And is it in Kansas City, Kansas or Kansas City, Missouri--which are two separate towns that happen to be next to each other? And is it really in Anthony Bourdain's list of "13 Places To Eat Before You Die"?

The answer these questions are "both", "Kansas", and "yes".

And it's for all of these reasons, but mainly the last one that we made our pilgrimage. The pork ribs are divine, served with only its dry rub and so tender and uniform in texture it's almost ham. But the best thing I ate were the burnt ends, which is everything I like in BBQ distilled into intense single-bite cubes of charred melty fatty smoky meat.

And need I mention that the BBQ here is dirt cheap? The Cowboy Special platter--consisting brisket, pork ribs, sliced sausage, two sides (potato salad and red-beans-and-rice), and Texas toast--costs $15.29. The half pound of burnt ends cost $9.25.

It's almost appropriate that it's in a gas station, because it reminded me, in one nice package, of the two things that are way more expensive in California.

As of this writing, gas in Kansas City is $2.50 per gallon.

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que
3002 West 47th Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66103

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At 2:56 AM, Blogger Matthew Mark said...

I've been a fan of your site over the many years. Love your humor.

You had a better experience at Joe's than I did. Not saying mind was bad at all but it didn't like up to the hype of being one of the 13 places to eat before I die.

Here's my review:

At 10:01 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

Mark, thanks for the comment and for reading all these years! Also thanks for the link to your site. That was a fabulous review of the place. In retrospect, after reading your assessment, I did actually find it odd that the brisket was, as you succinctly put it, not "warmer than the room".

I guess after a long flight and having nothing to eat the entire day, I let those ultra tender ribs (which were just slightly warmer) and the just-made burnt ends color my entire experience, which thankfully, was a good one. At least this time.

Now to read the rest of your awesome site!!!


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