New to Hays or just traveling through? Don’t worry. I’ve lived in Hays nearly my whole life and have ate at just about every single restaurant, multiple times. The good thing about Hays, Kansas is that there are a bunch of unique places to grab a bite; so even though it seems like you’re in the middle of nowhere, you won’t go hungry. Here are a few of the local’s favorite spots to get you started.
Gutch’s – This is my personal favorite. Honestly it’s my favorite restaurant ever, anywhere. Gutch’s is known for their wood fired pizza, and it’s the best pizza you’ll ever have, I promise you. I’ve yet to have a bad meal there and I go there constantly.
The Golden Q – If you haven’t heard of the Q before then you’re pretty far out of the loop. This place is amazing. It has the best hamburgers in the state of Kansas. Plus TV’s all around the place. I highly recommend going during a KC Royals, KU basketball, K-State football, or Kansas City Chiefs game. People are loyal to their local teams and it’s by far the best place to watch them at.
Gella’s – Known for their unique atmosphere and award winning beer, you have to try this place out. People from all around the country have gone to Gella’s and everyone leaves happy. The only complaint I have about the place is that it takes forever to get seated. It’s not their fault that they’re so damn popular though. I recommend their hot wings; by far the best in town.
TK’s SmokeHaus – The best barbecue place in town. Actually, I think it’s the only barbecue place in town, but nevertheless it’s great tasting. They make their own BBQ sauce and slow cook their meat. Everything is made by scratch and you can taste the difference. They started in 2013 and have already had to relocate to a bigger building. If you like barbecue, this is a must.
Thirsty’s – This place has a TV on the ground that you walk on when you come in the door, TV’s for each individual stall in the bathroom, and TV’s all around the place. It’s a great sports bar that is still classy enough to take your family. It’s one of the most unique places you will ever eat at, and their food is pretty good too. My go-to is always their chicken fried chicken.
Sip n Spin – A diamond in the rough, this place has good ass food at a cheap ass price. Like seriously, I don’t think there’s a better deal in Hays. This is my go-to place to play pool or throw darts, and it keeps me coming back for the cheap beer and fire food. Make sure you pay attention to their specials every day, and damn sure don’t miss Wing Wednesday.
Sake2Me – I’m personally not a big fan of sushi. Honestly, I’ve always been scared to try it. However, I’ve heard so many great things about Sake2Me and it’s the most popular amongst the college-age kids. If I ever man-up and try sushi, I’ll try it from this place because everyone has a positive review about it.