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KC Barbecue Tour Stop #4: Oklahoma Joe’s


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!


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.


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.

KC Barbecue Tour Stop #3: Danny Edwards

There are so many great barbecue restaurants around Kansas City that I haven’t been to, despite the fact I’ve lived here all my life.  So when I started this blog, I thought it would be fun to try each and share pictures and stories here on Midwestern Belle.  Sadly, since February, I’ve been to a grand total of…

Three barbecue restaurants!!!

And this rate I’ll be working on this little project until I’m old and gray.

So, without further ado, I’d like to present the third restaurant: Danny Edwards Blvd Barbecue.

The restaurant is located in an industrial looking building close to downtown Kansas City.  It looks small from the outside but once you step inside, it’s actually very open with lots of chairs and tables.

Like this!

Are you ready for a little history lesson?  Up until three years ago, as the story goes, Danny Edwards was located in a small, 18-seat restaurant in downtown Kansas City.  Lots of customers got their food to-go because there wasn’t enough seating for everyone. In 2007, city developers took over the block and forced Danny Edwards out.  Thankfully, he turned the move into something positive and opened this location with more tables, chairs and room for everyone.

The end!  Of the history lesson portion at least.

They’re open from 11-3 Monday-Saturday, so it’s a lunch place only.  We got there right at noon so it was busy!   I was glad to have a few minutes in line to decide on what to order, and finally decided on the Southern Style Sandwich (pulled pork with coleslaw), baked beans, and seasoned fries.

Um…yum!  Everything was so good and the pulled pork was some of the best I’ve ever had.  And, as you can see, the portions are VERY generous.

I also have to mention that their staff was so friendly and helpful.  After ordering at the counter and getting our drinks, we had to wait a few minutes for a table (it’s a casual, seat yourself kind of place) and a sweet waitress totally took us under her wing.  Maybe we looked lost and confused?  Either way, she helped us watch for an open table and even brought out extra napkins and silverware when our food came out.

Here’s Danny Edwards info in case you’d like to check them out:

Danny Edwards Blvd Barbecue
2900 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108-3615
(816) 283-0880

KC Barbecue Tour Stop #2: Zarda BBQ

I wasn’t sure what to think when I arrived at Zarda BBQ in Blue Springs last Saturday.  Their online reviews are very mixed – people either love them or hate them.  Some of the reviews are pretty harsh so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I am now convinced you can’t always trust online reviews (other than this one of course).  I loved it!

The restaurant is located on 7 Highway in Blue Springs, about twenty minutes from downtown KC.

Once you step inside, the menu is posted above the counter where you place your order.  If you’re like me, you’ll be completely overwhelmed when you look at it.

There was so much to choose from: sliced meat, ribs, sandwiches, burnt ends, pulled pork, combination meals… pretty much anything you could want at a BBQ restaurant.  There were also quite a few available sides: bar-b-que beans, cheesy corn, potato salad, fries, fried okra…

Needless to say, it took me a few minutes to decide what I wanted!

Did I want the pulled pork?  Or a sliced meat platter…

Cheesy corn or bar-b-que beans?

After much deliberation, I finally settled on the burnt ends sandwich ($6.25) and two sides: bar-b-que beans and waffle fries ($2.15 each).  Oh, and a Dr. Pepper.

After ordering, I took a number and found an open booth.  The restaurant was pretty busy as it was noon on a Saturday, but I didn’t have trouble finding a booth by a window.  When my number was called, I grabbed my food from the counter.  It looked like this:

Some of the reviews had warned their portions are small, but the only thing I thought was on the small side was the bar-b-que beans, but the flavor more than made up for the size.   The waffle fries were great, too, and well-seasoned – which I love.  And last but not least, the burnt ends sandwich was perfect: the burnt ends were just right and covered in Zarda’s sauce.  There was also more sauce available on the table, but I didn’t need it.

Pros: Great food, friendly service, clean restaurant, affordable
Cons: None!

Zarda BBQ
214 NW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO – (816) 229-9999 ‎