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Oklahoma Joe's named 'Manliest Restaurant in America'

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With the Kansas City Chiefs in last place and the baseball team being the Royals, the city needs something to proud of, something like its famous barbeque.

Kansas City's own Oklahoma Joe's is now home to the "Manliest Restaurant in America."

In August, Men's Health named the nine finalists in its manliest restaurant in America competition.

Out of several categories, such as manliest taco stand and manliest brew pub, the magazine named Oklahoma Joe's for the manliest barbecue.

Some might say their barbeque is the best they have ever had.  The meat is spicy, as some think barbeque should be. And their big portions are also a favorite.

As lunchtime approaches at Oklahoma Joe's, located at 3002 West 47th Avenue, in Kansas City, KS, the pork is getting pulled, the brisket is getting smoked and the taters are getting fried.  It is a carnivore's paradise.

"We're a meat-centric restaurant.  We cook food over flames, that is pretty macho.  It's a fun thing to win," said Doug Worgul, director of marketing for Oklahoma Joe's.  "Our workers are very proud, proud of our food, proud of our popularity."

It is simply a barbecue restaurant in a gas station, which perhaps gives even more credence to its manliness.

"You don't get cloth napkins and servers handing out water.  It's manly for a reason," manager Jeremy Carpenter said.

So how exactly does an establishment earn the "Manliest Restaurant in America" title?

Men's Health cited three things: the meat, location and grunting.  Oklahoma Joe's seems to draw out men's inner caveman.

"These are restaurants where grunting is a sign of appreciation, where items on the menu have been around longer than some sports teams, and where, ultimately, the food satisfies what it means to be a hungry man. Round up some buddies, bring a date, and put in some extra sweat equity at the gym — these spots are best enjoyed with good company and a serious appetite," said Paul Kita, editor of the Guy Gourmet blog for Men's Health.

"Don't get too many cavemen anymore, couple Neanderthals," Worgul joked.

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