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Slows Bar B Q

Not Rated.
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Taps: 56 / Bottles: 52
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
97
world-class

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.95%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-26-2013 17:26:06 | More by Stevedore
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Drk93TT

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-10-2013 22:04:11 | More by Drk93TT
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25 | $$$

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.

12-06-2013 17:27:24 | More by MarcatGSB
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-03-2013 05:00:42 | More by Sammy
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Jaysmittyland

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

11-27-2013 18:33:21 | More by Jaysmittyland
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Danielr26

Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-25-2013 03:04:18 | More by Danielr26
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Rons35

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-13-2013 23:26:12 | More by Rons35
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-18-2013 16:46:37 | More by JohnnieNepal
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-09-2013 14:24:58 | More by garuda
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I made a visit to Slows last Friday afternoon. This place was high on my priority list for things to do while in Detroit. Little did I know at the time that my long weekend would turn into an unexpected week long trip in the Big D (thanks Hurricane Sandy).

After arriving at the airport, we jumped in a cab and went directly to Slows Bar Bq, with our cumbersome bags and all. The timing of our arrival was methodical, realizing that this place is notorious for long waits on the weekend. In retrospect, our mid-afternoon arrival, between lunch and dinner worked out quite well.

We started off Brisket Enchilada that was awesome and packed with flavor. The brisket was really tender and the enchilada tasted authentic. We spilt an entree, so I got to try the St. Louis Ribs and the brisket, everything is super flavorful. Awesome food, no doubt.

Slows showcases a very respectable selection of beers. I ordered from the draft selection, there is a large chalkboard up front that lists all of their selections. You can expect about 20 or so draft offerings with a heavy emphasis on Michigan based craft breweries. Awesome selections from Bells and Founders like Bells Two Hearted, Hell Hath No Fury, Batch #10,000 and Batch #11,000 (this was really tasty!), Founders Breakfast Stout & Harvest Ale.

I would say that this place is a must stop while in Detroit. Slows is an establishment that has done a wonderful job of offering great craft beer and high quality BBQ. Recommended.

11-02-2012 18:15:27 | More by Hibernator
Slows Bar B Q in Detroit, MI
97 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.