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Hayward's Pit BBQ

12804 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, KS 66215-3509
+1 913-451-8080
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burnt ends” (40 reviews)
“onion rings” (14 reviews)
“ribs” (29 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
12804 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, KS 66215-3509
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a good meal at Hayward's. Smoked chicken wings for an appetizer were excellent. The meat for entrees was good, not the best in KC... But the sides...they were awesome! Best sides we had with BBQ in KC. The baked beans, the creamy cheesy...More

Thank Jay H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had to give this place a try. Definitely didn't disappoint. Had the variety platter with sliced brisket, ribs and burnt ends. The brisket was sliced very thin and really didn't have a lot of flavor. The ribs were really good, just the right amount of...More

Thank mhiykmeel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In Kansas City, people take their barbecue seriously. So, if you talk trash about being the best in this game, you better be ready to battle. Take the Santa Fe Trail Dr. in Lenexa, KS, look to the left, across the street from the railroad...More

1  Thank Hitheroadwithlila
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hands down this is the place for burnt ends - they have such great specials too. Every single side they serve is delicious to taste and generous in amount. I haven't found better fried okra anywhere. The three meat special is enough for two folks...More

1  Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is one of the better BBQ restaurants in the KC area and has been around for many years, although they recently relocated from OP, KS to Lenexa, KS. This is closer to my house now, which is good for us. Haywards has a distinct...More

1  Thank Robert M
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Loved the casual atmosphere! The food was outstanding. LOVED the fried portabello mushrooms!! Great barbecue and great service.

1  Thank Cathee C
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Everything you would want in a down home country BBQ. Tried the smoked sausage, burnt ends, pulled pork and ribs which were all very good. Great flavor and two BBQ sauces unnecessary but very good. For a side you have to have the smoked beans....More

1  Thank JTM125
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

No expectations coming here. 1st time, close to work. This meat was tender, good smoke, the sauce was not great but above average. This would be a top BBQ restaurant in any other city. Come here and try it for the people alone. They are...More

1  Thank Don H
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I wouldn't say that the food was bad here. It just was not what i had hoped for. The burnt ends were too burnt as in they were crispy, dry and no flavor.beyond that delicate balance for burnt ends. The ribs were tender and very...More

Thank vvgogh
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Always like to try a different place each time we visit the area. Our group tried the ribs, burnt ends and brisket. All were extremely tender and the ribs and burnt ends smelled like they had just come off the wood fired grill. The brisket...More

Thank Vistaviewer77
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12804 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, KS 66215-3509
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Lenexa
  • Phone Number: +1 913-451-8080
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A Barbeque restaurant, that was established in 1972, by Hayward Spears Sr. We specialize in smoke meats, most notably, burnt ends, which have been declared Best Burnt Ends, by the Kansas City Bar-B-Que Society. We are a dine-in or carry-out restaurant that will also cater any special occasion. The owner, Eric Sweeney, grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. He worked for Hayward when he was a teen-ager, stoking the hickory wood fire. He purchased the restaurant in 2014, with the intention of bringing Hayward's back to it's Heyday and has been successful at doing so. Stop by the smoke house in the back of the restaurant to say hello, or talk about Bar-B-Que. Bar-B-Que is his lifetime passion, so you may get an earful!
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