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KC Barbecue Tour Stop #4: Oklahoma Joe’s

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Today, I’m excited to (finally!) unveil the FOURTH stop on the Kansas City BBQ Tour!

Yes friends, it’s actually happening. You may have thought this day would never come. Well, it’s here!

To catch you up on the backstory, back in…ohh…2011… I had this grand idea of eating at local BBQ restaurants and posting about them here on MWB. Unfortunately, I have been moving at a snail’s pace.

It’s about quality people…not quantity.

Not to be biased, as this is a deeply scientific and fair/balanced study of local restaurants, but Oklahoma Joe’s is my absolute favorite restaurant in…the world!

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First off, you should know their original location is in a gas station. It’s not fancy. Personally, I like it! You can multi-task and fill up on gas before or after filling up on lunch (or dinner.) If eating in gas stations isn’t your thing, you can check out their two non-gas-station locations.

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While everything at Ok Joe’s is good, I recommend the Z-Man Sandwich (brisket topped with an onion ring and provolone, served on a bun) with a Coke and side of onion rings. Or cole slaw. Or both. I also love the Carolina Pork Sandwich (pulled pork and cole slaw on a bun.) You really can’t go wrong! Oh, their fries are good too. Just FYI.

In case you’d like to check them out, here’s their website.

You can also dig deep into history and peruse the other posts in my KC BBQ Tour here.

Caffeine Monday

I didn’t drink coffee for the first 21 years of my life, so needless to say, I’m making up for lost time!

In fact, I didn’t even know how to operate a coffee pot until one of my first jobs – at a doctor’s office – where I proudly held the position of Medical Records Wizard/General Errand Girl/Lunch Fetcher/Coffee Maker. While making coffee was a nice break from operating the copy machine, my first attempt was a bit of a disaster! Since as my parents never drank coffee (we didn’t even own a coffee pot…) I had no idea what the coffee-to-water ratio should be and ended up brewing what can only be described as a big pot of super strong espresso! Needless to say, with all that caffeine, I don’t think anyone slept for 48 hours after drinking a cup of Adrienne’s Special Blend.

Since then, I’ve refined by coffee-related skills a bit, and have enjoyed sampling coffee in cute little coffee shops from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Lawrence, Kansas. And while I love any excuse to camp out with my laptop and a pair of headphones,  sometimes I’m in a hurry (okay – running late) and only have time for a quick drive-through run.

Filling Station Coffee here in Kansas City is one of those lovely places with both a cool indoor seating area and a drive-through. They’re also the reason I’m awake today!

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Here are the details:

Filling Station Coffee
1010 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

Blueberry Fields Forever

My mom and I spent this past Saturday morning at The Berry Patch, this great place south of Kansas City where you can pick your own blueberries! Growing up, we usually made it out there at least once a summer, so we were determined to resurrect the tradition this year – despite the 100+ degree heat we’ve been having lately. (Eeek!)

In an effort to keep from completely melting in the sun, we headed out there early Saturday morning – after fueling up on caffeine at our favorite coffee shop The Roasterie. (Any early morning activity is a good excuse to visit The Roasterie first.)
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Once we got to The Berry Patch, our first stop was the main building on the property, where we grabbed buckets to hold our blueberries. I was overly ambitious and grabbed two buckets for each of us. Ha ha ha. More on that later.

Sleeping kittens

We passed by the furry residents of The Berry Patch on our way to the blueberry fields. For a minute I wished I was napping in the shade, too…until I realized there’s no way I can sleep after drinking a giant iced latte.

I loved this sweet old guy, too. He was camped out in the shade, trying to stay cool.

Anyways…blueberries!

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