Best Barbecue Restaurant: Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey

Captured by  Neil Zeller

Captured by Neil Zeller

You don’t even need to walk in the door to this joint to smell the delicious smoked meat scent wafting out of the restaurant. Hayden Block’s meat-centred menu will have you licking your chops from start to finish. Choose your meat and then add on side dishes of bacon wrapped corn, coleslaw, beet salad or spicy chicken wings. Pair your meal with a stiff whiskey or perhaps a cocktail to sample their finest stock. Ask any staff member about their wide selection spirits so they can help you choose something specific to your tastes.

Whether you’re interested in brunch or late night eats, Hayden Block does it all. Located in the heart of Kensington with a patio that overlooks the main roadway, you’ll be suited for any occasion. If you’re heading down there for a weekend night, we suggest getting their early, because tables fill up and you won’t be able to pull yourself away from that tantalizing smell of perfectly cured meats. Walk away from your meal feeling completely satisfied, perhaps purchasing a bottle of their in-house barbeque sauce, whichever flavour suits your fancy. Browse Calgary’s Best Barbeque for another year running to view their menu, sauces, liquor options and merchandise.

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