Joe’s Pizza Buy the Slice is located in the back of Kelly’s in Westport off of Pennsylvania. When I first moved to KC, this was one of the places that people kept telling me that I had to try. “Where you are from, they have nothing like it”. So after a night of drinking, we hit up Joe’s just like everyone else in Westport did. I gotta tell you, my friends were right. We don’t have anything like this where I am from.
The attraction to this place is that it’s simple and it’s not a hotdog or a gyro from a cart. Other than that, there’s really nothing special. The pizza is all pre-made and sits waiting to go into the oven or waiting to go onto a plate. The heat lamps the pizza is kept under doesn’t really do anything to the pizza itself other than giving it a strange pallor that you have to be drunk to crave.
It’s here that I put honey on my pizza for the first time, and I can say that was the saving grace of these slices. The crust reminded me of the pizza crusts that I used to see in Duke and Duchess gas stations for their pizzas, or in other various gas stations. The cheese is very cheap, and the toppings aren’t high quality either. In all fairness, I was pleased to have an option that wasn’t a food cart.
I went back a few weeks later, during lunch. I wanted to make sure that my impression wasn’t clouded by a haze of beer, plus the specials they run are pretty awesome for a freelancer on a tight budget. Sunday from 4 ‘” 10 PM, it’s 2 slices for $5.00. Lunch time until 2 PM it’s 2 slices and a drink for $5.00 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch, it’s $1.50 per slice.
The pizza was better during lunch. I don’t know if it’s because they didn’t make a bunch ahead of time for an expected bar crowd or if I just happened in at the right time, but it was pretty good for a $1.50 slice of pizza. Again, I added honey after a few bites plain and found that the texture of the crust was too much to handle straight. The sauce is bland, and again, the ingredients aren’t’ the highest quality, but hey, when you’re paying as little as you are, you can’t win them all, can you?
Overall, the space is small, so you can either eat in the back of Kelly’s bar during lunch or at one of the four tables in the restaurant itself. Carry-out is honestly the best way to handle this, especially if you are there late at night. Drunks don’t tend to have very good manners. If you’ve got a few bucks, Joe’s Pizza Buy the Slice is great during lunchtime. If you’re sober and have a few more dollars, I’d head somewhere else for dinner.
It is what it advertises itself to be ‘” a pizza shop in the back of a bar.