Ever since the first shops on Avenir Place opened, the sign has been up for Oklahoma Joe's. It finally opened on Memorial Day. I stopped in for lunch today. Not much to report since it was just me and I can't eat more than one lunch, but I can report that it smells right for a barbeque joint, though I didn't see a stack of wood, just a lot of stainless steel behind the counter.
It's just a little pricy with sandwiches with a side at $10, but I guess that's about average these days. I had burnt ends since that's something you don't get at most of the BBQ places around here in NorVA. I wish I could be more enthusiastic about them. Perhaps it's their style (and you know that BBQ styles go all over the map as you go all over the map), but these were pretty soft and not very chewy, practically crust (how else would you know they're burnt?) and drowning in sauce. The sauce was pretty good, but there was so much of it that it was hard to tell from the taste that the meat was smoked. It seemed that perhaps after smoking, the chunks of beef were simmered (too long) in sauce.
For those who turn up their nose at Famous Dave's, on a good night I've had quite good burnt ends at the Oakton branch - better than OK Joes, not as good as I had in Kansas City 20 years ago.
Next time, I'll try the brisket, but I'll give them a while to get settled in.
I you're not familiar with the area, this former wasteland off Gallows Road sprung up from practically nothing in two or three years, and now within walking distance, there are a slew of fast-casual restaurants on the block, and a couple of blocks away is Halstead Square, and a half mile or so away is the Mosaic center.