Wine Spectator Comes to KC
There I was one Sunday afternoon watching the Royals (I’m an optimist) and reading a recent issue of Wine Spectator, when I came upon an article touting the virtues of our own Oklahoma Joe’s.
In Kansas City visiting friends, James Laube, noted wine expert, hit many of our town’s hot spots, including Blanc Burger and Bottles, Extra Virgin, and Starker’s. Then he got down to business with a barbecue tour, paying homage to Oklahoma Joe’s, Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, Jack’s Stack and L.C.’s–all in one day! He was disappointed that none of these restaurants had a wine list except Jack’s Stack. (On the contrary, I think most Kansas Citians would be put off if they did!) He did offer one bit of good advice for those who enjoy wine with barbecue. Pair it with peppery Zinfandels or Syrahs — they can stand up to spicy sauces. Regardless, I think I’ll stick to Boulevard Wheat with my ribs.
The author proclaimed Oklahoma Joe’s the best of the barbecue, another feather in its cap for this local favorite. Earlier this summer, Anthony Bourdain of Kitchen Confidential fame named it one of the “Thirteen Places to Eat Before you Die” in Men’s Health magazine (an interesting choice for a health mag). This comes of course as no surprise to those of us who consider barbecue one of the four food groups.