Hays Journals

Once Wild West

Best of IgoUgo

A March 2007 trip to Hays by smallplasticman

Alley Art Photo, Hays, Kansas More Photos
Quote: It's more than a junction.

Once Wild West

Overview

Alley Art Photo, Hays, Kansas
Quote:
Hays, Kansas is a bustling city located between Denver, Colorado and Kansas City, Missouri right off Interstate 70. It is a place rich in history. Wild Bill Hickok served as sheriff here for several months in 1869 when Hays was considered part of the ‘Wild West.’ Hays was a violent place. Between 1867 and 1873 there were thirty homicides in the Hays area. Today it is a junction for travelers, college students, rural folks, and business.There is a lot to do here. Aside from shopping, Hays has a lot to offer. Restaurants are plentiful in Hays, and new ones seem to appear every few months, as some older ones die out. This is one of my favorite things to do in Hays; dine out....Read More

Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant Photo, Hays, Kansas
Quote:
There are many places to eat in Hays, but when I find a place I like I usually return time and time again. Jalisco Mexican Restaurant is one of those places. They offer great food and great prices, and seldom does the customer walk out hungry. As in most places, there is a lunch and dinner menu, with the difference being the small increase in price for dinner.The chips and salsa arrive quickly to the table while the customer scans the rather large menu. The salsa tastes great, but it is way too mild for my likings. It is served in a small carafe, which is cute, but still, not spicy enough. The staff speak and understand English pretty well, which makes ordering your meal carefree....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2007

Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant
2514 Vine, Unit 1 Centennial Mall
Hays
(785) 628-1238

Golden Corral

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "The Golden Corral"

Golden Corral Photo,
Quote:
Generally, I prefer dining in small cafés or locally-owned small businesses, but on occasion, a nice bang for your buck meal with buffet rules is in order. When I get in this mood, there is only one choice in Hays: The Golden Corral. Their salad and fruit bar is awesome. Dozens of choices of fresh vegetables and fruits and salads cover one third of the food service area. The second third of the buffet is loaded with entrees and hot meal choices. Steak is served to order during suppertime along with the regular buffet meal. The Golden Corral has daily specials and themes, which make getting bored with the already huge assortment of choices available an almost impossible task. The final third...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

Golden Corral
383 West Mopar Drive
Hays, Kansas 67601
(785) 625-4141

Taco Shop

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Taco Shop Photo, Hays, Kansas
Quote:
The Taco Shop in Hays, KS, has been serving hungry people since 1970. Their formula is simple: produce fresh, tasty food at a reasonable price. They have succeeded, but after 37 years, I think they know that. The first time I ate at the Taco Shop, back in 2001, I was most impressed by their salsa bar. It is here you can fill up the portion cups with a variety of salsas, jalapeños, onions, and the world’s best fresca. Someone wakes up early to prepare the entire sauce selection fresh, daily. And for a town with beer-drinking college students, my hat goes off to those food preps.Most items are available for fewer than $3 and there is nothing over $6, so the bang-for-your-buck fac...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 21, 2007

Taco Shop
333 West 8th
Hays, Kansas 67601-4405
(785) 625-7114

Schilleci's Bakery Deli & Catering

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Schillechi's"

Schilleci's Bakery Deli & Catering Photo, Hays, Kansas
Quote:
Several years ago my wife took me to a little bakery in Hays, Kansas for a German bakery item with meat in it, a bierock. I enjoyed it because it was sweet on the outside and had meat and onions on the inside. It reminded me of the hom-bow, an Asian treat I enjoyed every time I went to Seattle, Washington, at the Pike Place Market.A few months ago we had heard of a new Vietnamese place in Hays, but after driving up and down 27th Street, we could not find it, and gave up looking. Thankfully, one of our neighbors told us where this place was, and to our surprise, it was located in Schilleci’s, the home of the hom-bow-like bakery item.Schilleci’s still serves bakery items, deli sandwiches...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2007

Schilleci's Bakery Deli & Catering
1103 East 27th Street
Hays, Kansas 67601
(785) 625-9009

Bar-B-Cutie

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Bar-B-Cutie Photo, Hays, Kansas
Quote:
Bar-B-Cutie comes to Kansas! They have been in business, and claim to be ‘the world’s best barbecue since 1950!’ With many restaurants in Tennessee, their roots are probably grounded in a place with a rich barbecue history. They have franchises in Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Delaware, and now Kansas. The new restaurant in Hays gave my family a chance to try the place out with a cute name and over half a century of experience in the art of barbecue. We were not disappointed. Immediately after walking in the front door the smell of smoky wood gently teased our nostrils, and induced hunger. There is something awe inspiring about the smell of smoking mesquite and hickory....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 2, 2007

Bar-B-Cutie
1230 East 27th Street
Hays, Kansas 67601
(785) 621-4720

Dos De Oros Mexican Restaurante

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "El Dos De Oros Mexican Restaurante"

Dos De Oros Mexican Restaurante Photo, Hays, Kansas
Quote:
Like so many restaurants in Kansas, El Dos De Oros Mexican Restaurante has an appearance on the outside much different than it’s inside. The outside of the building is quite bland, but when you step in the door you are bombarded with sights, sounds, and smells like no other place in Hays. The first thing to get my attention was the very colorful table sets and chairs scattered throughout the dining rooms. In all my dining experiences I’ve not seen anything like this before. The rest of the decor is nicely done, and is what I expect when I dine in any ethnic café or restaurant.On this dining experience my family and I were quickly seated and had chips and salsa at the table before we could ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2007

Dos De Oros Mexican Restaurante
1002 E 41st St.
Hays, Kansas 67601

Roma's Italian Restaurant

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Roma's Italian Restaurant Photo, Hays, Kansas
Quote:
Considering I now live in a small town in Kansas, when I make it to the big city of Hays, usually once a week, dining out is always on the list of things to do. Folks in a small town talk, and when they talk about Italian food in Hays; there is one place they all mention: Roma’s Italian Restaurant. My family and I went to Roma’s between lunch and suppertime on a Sunday afternoon. It was for this reason that I was surprised to see that we were not alone in our quest for Italian food. There were several full tables of families besides us eating. I imagine they do a great business on the normal dining hours for most Kansans.After being seated we had our drinks ordered quickly and began lo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2007

Roma's Italian Restaurant
2000 East 13th. Street
Hays, Kansas
(785) 621-4491

PAT'S BEEF JERKY

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

PAT'S BEEF JERKY Photo, Liebenthal, Kansas
Quote:
A few years ago my wife told me of a little place outside of Hays that made the ‘finest jerky around.’ I first dismissed her words, figuring she was just boasting about the local meat, but now have become convinced she was correct.On our way back from a trip to Dodge City, we stopped at this little meat market outside of Hays, in Liebenthal, KS. I was finally going to taste this treat my wife spoke of several years ago.We quickly spotted the Hot Jerky, and with a nod and a raised eyebrow, settled on that first. We were steered toward the shredded jerky, and without much hesitation, my wife grabbed a bag of original flavor, too. I spotted the t-shirts, and without having tried t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 21, 2007

PAT'S BEEF JERKY
401 Main
Liebenthal, Kansas 67553
(785) 222-3341

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum Photo, Hays, Kansas
Quote:
Whether you are a fan of barbed wire, history, or friendly people who love to share their antiques and artifacts with the world, the LaCrosse Kansas Barbed Wire Museum is your place. I’m assuming the elderly people working there and the surrounding buildings are all volunteers, so half the fun for us was being greeted and shown around by these beautiful old women.The barbed wire museum displays over 700 varieties of barbed wire and related fencing items. The fencing tools on display are one of the world’s largest of its kind. Although the building that houses these items is not huge, it has them displayed in an easy way to view and admire and doesn’t take too long to see most everything they h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2007

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
120 W. 1st Street
La Crosse, Kansas 67548
(785) 222-9900

About the Writer

smallplasticman

smallplasticman
Stockton, Kansas