An Average Icon. A distant fourth in OP BBQ. Hayward's is definitely a local favorite (suits from Hallmark downtown drive out to dine here). As a BBQ afficianado, Hayward's is a shadow of it's former self. Hayward sold out about 5 years ago and they place has not improved (although the steak fries are still *killer*!). With Jack Stack and Smokehouse in the area, there's no reason to go to Hayward's... if you're looking for well-above average BBQ. And who's not?
The BEST BBQ on Planet Earth.
I grew up in KC but have lived in the DFW area for almost 30 years. I drive to Kansas City now and then, just to eat here and buy cases of sauce to tempt my friends in Texas. This is, by far, the best BBQ in the United States of America. Which means, it's the best BBQ on Planet Earth.
Texans think they own BBQ. Texans are clueless. They have no concept of BBQ reality. I'm sure the same can be said of Memphis BBQ, St. Louis BBQ or anywhere else.
I have nightmares about the day when both Hayward and Hattie are no longer with us. I hope they have children who take over the business. If not, we're all in trouble......
BTW: It's located in Overland Park, KS. Not Shawnee Mission, KS.
I grew up in JoCo and was exposed to BBQ at Haywards. I now live in California and just took some smoked chicken (from my smoker) to a friends house and a bottle of Haywards and they loved it.
They called and ordered a case of the sauce while I was there. The woman who loved it so much works at a fancy restaurant in Marin (Jo Co of the Bay Area) and plans on giving it as gifts. All the foodlovers will be ordering their own case shortly. BBQ is not good in California.
I was raised on Kansas City BBQ, Hayward's Pit has long been my favorite and is rated in the top 3 city-wide by nearly everyone I know..
What should you expect from K.C. BBQ? Ribs: the meat falls off the bone. Brisket: slow-cooked for hours in a pit filled with decades of character. Sauce: flavorful, spicy, complex. You get it all and more at Hayward's.
I served in the Navy for 4 years. By far (other than family/friends), what I most missed while I was away from Kansas City was Hayward's Pit BBQ and Hayward's BBQ Sauce. My family shipped me innumerable bottles, but it was never enough. I had to keep it locked up to keep the vultures (officers) away.
If you want to taste K.C.'s best , you have to eat at Hayward's.
BBQ done right. I love this place. I often go and get a turkey or beef sandwitch but you could throw a dart at the menu and not go wrong. The owner Mr Hayward is often there and always very polite and friendly. The sauce is awsome and...I could go on forever just trust me go and get ready to be very happy.
I try to have Haywards BBQ a few times a year. That is a challenge because I live in Texas.
Everything about it, from the aroma wafting through the neighbor hood to the last bit of sauce that found it's way to the inside of my wrist, is mouth watering good! If you are not sure what you want, I would get the sampler. For true BBQ taste masters, I recommend the short end.
When ever I need a real BBQ fix, I give them a call and it is delivered to me.
Love it, love it, love it!
A Must do In KC. This was the highest rated on Citysearch.. I SEE WHY! This place was incredible. We came in on a quiet day kinda midway between lunch and dinner. As suggested i tried a plate of burnt ends and i was in heaven. Believe me, the sauce these other reviews are talking about is the real deal! I tried another place in KC and I was horrified with my dinky plate of burnt ends. I wouldn't say it was even a 1/4 lb (that's 4 oz) where I at least got probably close to a pound here and had to take some home (smothered in sauce of course!)
ONE OF THE BEST BBQ PLACES IN THIS AREA. I HAVE BEEN GOING TO HAYWARD'S SINCE I WAS A LIL' GIRL & THEY STILL ARE THE VERY BEST!!!
Great neighborhood place.. Service was quick and friendly. Take-out is great. Prices reasonible. Bar attached.
expensive and fatty meats. they do not trim their meats here like other places. higher priced also. nice service.
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