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Review: Hayward’s Pit Bar B Que 

Barbeque is a fairly localized event in Kansas City, due to sheer volume of tasty choices, if nothing else.  I’m told by a reputable source there are at least 100 in the metro area.  So we often stick to a place closer to home and call it our favorite.

But the other day I trekked out to Hayward’s Pit Bar B Que at 110th and Antioch and was very pleasantly surprised.  I’ve not been there since it was at 95th and Antioch and certainly not since Eric Sweeney bought it a little more than a year ago (Hayward Spears, the original owner, still remains the “face” of the restaurant and I assume his original sauce will [and should] never change.)

I can only speak for lunch, where the sandwiches are very large and very tasty.  The burnt ends actually tasted like burnt ends should.  The deep fried okra was crispy.  The beer, on special, was only $3 for a large glass of Boulevard pale ale – they have a decent beer selection in bottles as well.  Their sweet potato fries are waffle cut and they have four great sounding salads and their big platters of meats and sides are definitely filling.  They have barbequed salmon and baby backs, as well as lunch specials, including 5 ribs and a side which is what I’m getting next time.  Prices are reasonable.
We wanted their jalapeño poppers which aren’t on the menu but DO occasionally show up along with, say, cheesy bites or a specially created sandwich, on the “secret menu.”  Regulars there know to ask what owner Eric or manager Kyle have devised that day.  It’s not every day, and according to our waiter, “You come in on the right day and get lucky.”

We felt lucky enough to find traditional barbeque that was done right with an excellent sauce.  If you’re out South and about, try the locally owned Hayward’s, especially if you’ve not been there for a while.  You’ll be happy you did!   

When was the last time you have been to Hayward's BBQ

11051 Antioch Rd 
Overland Park, KS 66210 
Ph. (913) 451-8080 

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