I wrote a review about a restaurant in Bay City, Michigan called Harvey’s Grill and Bar back in January of this year. The same small Michigan chain opened up an almost identical version, Hayden’s Grill and Bar, in Canton, Michigan in October.
The decor of this restaurant is also upscale, though it’s missing the outdoor fireplace and patio with an acoustic guitar player on Wednesday nights it’s Bay City cousin features. Very modern and sleek materials create a posh feel. The menu is almost identical to their up-north locations, featuring salads, sandwiches, pasta and fish entrees. They also have their delicious deep fried Oreo and deep fried Twinkie desserts.
Hayden’s has a policy for the wait staff to leave a business card with their name at the customer’s table. I’m not entirely sure what that’s about, maybe if you really enjoy the service you know who to request next time, or at least you can remember their name if you need to flag them down during your current visit (though that hasn’t been an issue so far). Our waitress, Tonya, was very attentive and pleasant.
We had filled out an online survey on our last visit that entitled us to a free appetizer. We settled on the traditional bone-in wings with barbecue sauce and a side of ranch dressing in place of blue cheese. The wings were nice and meaty and well sauced. The barbecue sauce was smoky and sweet with just the right amount of spicy kick for my taste buds. They were so good that for a minute I almost didn’t miss Wings Wings, a phenomenal wings place on Cross St. in Ypsilanti that went out of business last year, much to my dismay.
I have to admit that I’m a sucker for pretzel bun, so it was an easy choice for me to go with one of Hayden’s signature sandwiches, the Chicken Bruschetta. The sandwich consists of a grilled chicken breast, pesto, provolone cheese and a seasoned tomato mixture on a grilled pretzel bun. I also chose their coleslaw in place of the seasoned French fries. I really enjoyed the flavors of this sandwich. The pesto wasn’t overwhelming and worked nicely with the provolone and tomato flavors. The grilled bun had a nice signature pretzel taste and soft texture and the chicken breast was fairly moist. The coleslaw was a nice and creamy, but a little heavy on the dressing.
We were too full for dessert on this visit, but remembering how good the deep fried Oreo dessert was up in Bay City it’s a definite must on our next visit to Hayden’s!