The best barbeque restaurant - Oklahoma Joe's BBQ
- in the best barbeque town - Kansas City - is going native. The home of the Z-Man
, named by Anthony Bourdain as "One of Thirteen Places to Eat Before You Die,"
and third on Yelp's list of the top 100 places to eat
, Okie Joe's announced it will become Joe's Kansas City by the end of 2014.
Subtle signs of this transition have been around for several years, including the expurgation of "Oklahoma" from the names of the sauce and fries seasoning. To paraphrase the Bard,
|O! be some other name:|
|What’s in a name? that which we call a rib|
|By any other name would taste as sweet;|
|So Okie Joe's would, were it not Okie Joe's call’d,|
|Retain that dear perfection which it owes|
|Without that title. |
Even so, many will lament the tossing of the original moniker onto the dustbins of history.