Originally Posted by Archie F. Swin
I've never lived in or close to KC, but in the few times I've visited the metro I've been to Gates and Oklahoma Joe's. I found Gates to be mediocre...Okie Joes rocked my world! Proof positive that good things indeed do come from Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Joe's is so-named because owner Jeff Stehney first used an Oklahoma Joe brand smoker when he started competing. Through this, Jeff became friends with the owner of the brand. They decided to go into the restaurant business together. One Oklahoma Joe's was opened in Stillwater (HQ of the smoker compnay) and another in KCK. When the owner of the smoker brand sold the company some short time later the Stillwater branch was closed down. All of which is to say that I don't consider the restaurant to "come from Stillwater."
Wow, I'm ****ing encyclopedic.