Steamy Joe has been named the No. 1 restaurant in Arkansas City by tripadvisor.com.
The coffee house, located at 216 W. Central Ave., opened just last year. Its grand opening was Sept. 1, 2015.
Owner Ruth Ryel, and her husband, Randy Ryel, converted the 111-year-old residence into a coffee shop over the course of a year.
The couple, who have been married for nearly 40 years, can be found at Steamy Joe almost every day.
“She likes to put smiles on people’s faces with her baking,” Randy Ryel said of his wife. “People love her food.”
Ruth Ryel provides a plethora of choices for customers who want something sweet.
Most days, there are cookies, muffins and brownies available. Sometimes, there are pies or scones, as well.
Steamy Joe also features coffee selections that rival those of “big city” coffee shops.
When the Ryels selected a brew for their coffee, they chose a blend called Flying Monkey that contains Costa Rican, Columbian and Brazilian coffee beans.
The beans are used in the store’s espresso, as well as its regular coffee brew.
Seasonal drinks are created regularly. Last October, Steamy Joe featured a drink called “Ghost in the Graveyard.”
More recently, it had a “pink drink” that was mostly made of strawberry and dairy products. The drink is available only when supplies allow.
The Ryels, who both graduated from Arkansas City High School in the ’70s, have been selling Steamy Joe products outside of the coffee shop, too.
Both were in Wilson Park for America’s Heartbeat on June 3 and Cowley’s Outdoor Market on June 18.
Steamy Joe caters large events, too, including weddings.
Friday nights at the coffee shop often are filled with live music, coloring book pages and regular coffee options.
Ruth Ryel even has started giving customers a dinner option on Fridays.
Steamy Joe apparel is available for sale. Some T-shirt options even come in a “raspberry” color.