Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue, Genessee Royale Bistro make Bon Appétit list

Two area restaurants — Oklahoma Joe’s and Genessee Royale Bistro — made Bon Appétit’s new feature “

Fill ’Er Up. 16 Cool Restaurants That Are (or Used to Be) Gas Stations.”

The magazine said some restaurateurs relish the “history and authenticity” of the venues, while some like the challenge behind the restoration.

But not all of the focus is on the venue. Bon Appétit has this to say about Oklahoma Joe’s:

“Kansas City might not have invented barbecue, but it


perfected it. And at this famous spot housed in a still-functioning gas station, lines form early for the heavenly meat, smoked slow and low with Missouri white oak. Burnt ends are a KC tradition, ditto the thick, tomato-based, molasses-infused BBQ sauce. One of the menu favorites, the Z-Man Sandwich, is stacked with 17-hour smoked brisket, smoked provolone, and onion rings on a Kaiser roll, and pairs just right with a local Boulevard brew. Don't forget to pick up wiper fluid when you're browsing the station's lauded dry rubs and a variety of BBQ sauces from around the country.”

As for the Genessee Royale Bistro, at 1531 Genessee, Bon Appétit said:

“Across the street from the sturdy Old Livestock Exchange Building sits this Southern bistro housed in an old Sinclair gas station. The brunch menu is loaded with comfort food like cream-top biscuits with fried chicken. Eating solo? Saddle up at the bar for burgers served on local Wolferman's English muffins and Bloodys with Old Bay seasoning. Friday happy hour ushers in a rotating menu of small plates, which pair well with Boulevard suds.”

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