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Slows Bar-B-Q

Not Rated.
Slows Bar-B-QSlows Bar-B-Q
BA SCORE
95
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Taps: 56
Bottles: 52
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, Michigan, 48216-1305
United States
phone: (313) 962-9828

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @slowsbbq

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(Place added by: putnam on 09-26-2005)
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Reviews by CBA:
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4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

Went with friends who are ardent Slow's fans, and it's easy to see why. Great set up inside with exposed beams, brick and wood detailing. Place was packed, and we thought we'd got there early (just before 5pm on a Saturday) - evidently not. No problems though, just sit at the bar and enjoy the excellent tap list (Arcadia, Dragonmead, Motor City, Bells, Founders, Great Lakes, JP, Shorts and on and on) Nice to see the focus is on regional and local brews. Food was outstanding with monsterous portions. Service was efficient and quick considering how slammed they were. My vote is for the NC sauce. Go, eat, drink and enjoy the meat sweats.

Oh ya - if you've got 6 or more in your group be sure to make a reservation.

CBA, Dec 28, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

dwatty, Wednesday at 09:05 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

styleisking, Jul 28, 2014
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4.07/5  rDev -7.9%

Slow’s is right next to Michigan Central Station, which is one of those places you MUST visit when you’re in Detroit. The area looks run-down and ghetto (unsurprisingly), but there are a couple of quality stops around Michigan Avenue.

Slow’s is mighty cool, a BBQ-joint with two bars, nice bartenders, jazz music and tons of good beer. Among the brews on tap: Founders Smoked Porter, Griffin Claw Flying Buffalo, Founders Devil Dancer, Right Brain Looping Owl, Witch’s Hat Train Hopper, Short’s Goodnight… mostly Michigan, mostly rare, all high-quality.

Our bartender was burly, sweaty, slightly gruff and super knowledgeable. He gave me a bunch of samples because I was nice. We were in a bit of a hurry to make it to a lunch date so we stayed for only one beer and didn’t try the food, but you’d better bet I will check Slow’s again next time I’m in Detroit!

DoubleSimcoe, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Buck_Jones, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

_morandi_, Jul 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

A_Ondersma, Jun 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

spham, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Jas45678, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

bumchilly25, May 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

TypsiYpsi, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

importedfromdet, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Dshep1340, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Stevedore, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Drk93TT, Dec 10, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -13.1%

Wednesday night around 6:30, a group of four of us roll up, and it's an hour wait for a table. I'm not surprised. We find some room over by the bar, and study the chalk board of draft selections. Wow, really nice selection. A great variety, and more taps than I had expected.
All four of us got something different, and we all got to try something we hadn't had before on the trip. A nice mix of Belgian Imports, American Craft and alot of Michigan craft.

Even just as a beer destination in the Detroit area, Slow's is worth the stop.

The food wasn't anything special. This evening the chicken was very moist, the brisket was a touch dry, the ribs (short ribs) were mediocre and uncut (which makes it difficult for the customer to consume, no steak knife, and the butter knife wasn't eating through the meat either), and the pulled pork was the best thing on the plate. The sides were rather blan...but the corn bread was very good.
As being highly regarded as some of the best BBQ in the Midwest, I was pretty disappointed. It's a cool place, don't get me wrong, but there is better BBQ in Michigan.

MarcatGSB, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Sammy, Dec 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Jaysmittyland, Nov 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Danielr26, Nov 25, 2013
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Slows Bar-B-Q in Detroit, MI
95 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.