Haywards was the first barbeque restaurant we went to here. Hoyt had remembered its uniqueness and class from when he was a child (twenty years ago). It has definitely fallen since then. Not only was service horrible, the furniture was substandard and food was very dry. We stood at the entrance for over five minutes waiting to be seated before we peeked in the kitchen for assistance. The lady looked at us as if she had never seen hungry customers before… but we eventually were seated and our waitress found us. The wait wasn't long, but that could be from only three tables being used. We were also there on a weekday (Tuesday or Thursday, cannot remember), so we were hoping that it was this reason they were understaffed and serving old meat. Ick. Definitely paid too much for what we got… we both ordered ribs. That's about what it was too. Ribs, and fat. Hard to find actual meat on it, but the sauce was pretty good. Overall, highly NOT recommended. Hoyt was really sad about this, it was a fond memory that will unfortunately stay in the past.
A mental observation on the traffic around here. First, it is oddly pleasant that the speed limits here are primarily 40-45mph. I'm used to 30-35mph with a lot of really angry drivers. This also poses a lot of problems for those of us without cars. This place SUCKS for anyone using alternative transportation. In order to use the bus system, I have to walk two miles to the stop at 6 in the morning and walk another three or four blocks at the other end… I miss Madison. Built in bicycle paths on roads and a REAL bus system… oh, and mopeds (making 35mph a reasonable speed, normal mopeds wouldn't work here unless one really wants to upset traffic…). City beautification my butt, add some utilitarian functionality here. For heaven's sake.