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Slows Bar-B-Q

Not Rated.
Slows Bar-B-QSlows Bar-B-Q
BA SCORE
98
world-class

66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.46%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

styleisking, Jul 28, 2014
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4.07/5  rDev -8.3%

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 -9.9%

Buck_Jones, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

_morandi_, Jul 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

A_Ondersma, Jun 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

spham, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Jas45678, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

bumchilly25, May 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

TypsiYpsi, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

importedfromdet, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Dshep1340, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Stevedore, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Drk93TT, Dec 10, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -13.5%

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 -4.3%

Sammy, Dec 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Jaysmittyland, Nov 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Danielr26, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Rons35, Nov 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

JohnnieNepal, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

garuda, Oct 09, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Hibernator, Nov 02, 2012
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2.13/5  rDev -52%

The reason I'm only giving this place only two stars is because it is incredibly overrated and someone just needs to be honest. The wait was 2 hours. Ok, we'll kill the two hours; I understand this was the most hopping place on Michigan Ave. The trouble I had with Slows is the food was just 'ok.' I ordered the ribs and chicken combo. I upped for the $2 to get baby back ribs. The ribs were nothing special, very difficult to eat (tough), but I would still say they were not awful. The chicken was cooked very well like it was pre-cooked and reheated. What was the chef thinking?

Overall I didn't mind the dinner. What I want to advise everyone is don't wait two hours expecting the best BBQ you've ever had. Granted, the primary audience in the place was suburbanites and I'm not sure Bloomfield Hills is bopping with good BBQ either. In many cases, this may be the best BBQ they've ever had and that was an honest response.

They have a good selection of beers on tap. However, when I asked my server about a couple of them, she had no idea. Bummer, I was hoping for a different experience.

Debbiedo, Mar 28, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +8.8%

Stopped here before the Wings Blues game on New Year's Eve. There is a good amount of free street parking.

Inside it was pretty damn busy. A 1 hr 15 minute wait for 2. We nabbed a spot at the bar though after about 5 minutes.

Our bartender was excellent. She game me a lot of free samples and was prompt about everything. The food is pretty good. I just got a sandwich and couldn't finish it. It was massive. The hot sauce is good but could be hotter. The tap selection was world-class although i was pissed they didn't have the Ayinger on tap that was on the boards.

I thought the prices were pretty reasonable. A world-class restaurant.

crossovert, Jan 02, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +3.2%

Visited with my girlfriend before heading to the Wings & Jets game on December 10th.

Atmosphere: finished-wood-on-worn-brick decor gives the place an inviting "down home" feel that works well for a barbecue joint. Lots of tables surrounding a U-shaped bar with some light coming in from outside. Only complaint is that we felt a bit cramped since the restaurant was jam packed.

Service: our server was a really funny and jovial guy who provided great recos and lots of laughs. Food came out quickly and after we finished our meal he assured us that we still had plenty of time to enjoy a few drinks (but we had a game to catch!).

Selection: went with an Arbor Brewing Milestone Porter on cask and a pint of Larry Hoppe Double IPA from the same brewery. Both beers paired beautifully with the BBQ and my girlfriend liked her white wine. Other standouts were Southern Tier Mokah, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, and Weihenstephaner White Hoplosion on tap and Stone 15th Anniversary in bottles.

Food: ordered the three dishes that were featured on MVF Nation (Brisket Enchilada, Slow's Mac-N-Cheese, Triple Threat Pork); each one was incredibly good. The pork was super tender and juicy and I couldn't get enough of the delicious spicy sauce on the Enchilada. First-rate fare.

Overall: Slow's combines my two favourite things like no other. This would be my regular hangout if I lived in the area and it's probably even better during down times (if they have any). A mandatory stop for beer and barbecue lovers with the best micro lineup in Detroit.

cratez, Dec 29, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Slows is in Corktown right in the shadow of Detroit's most infamous building, the MCS. Yes, the area seems sketchy, but any long term resident of metro Detroit knows that so long as you remain within the highways that bound Downtown (Detroit's demilitarized zone) you will be fine...just be smart.

I have been a long time fan of Slows, first drawn down by the promise of the best BBQ in Detroit and was certainly not disappointed. The dinner plates are overflowing, the sandwiches are amazing, and the sides are all so good its difficult to choose.

Only recently have I come to fully appreciate the beer selection. 20 or so taps + a firkin. Mostly Michigan brew (obviously not a bad thing) but some amazing beers from around the country/world also make a strong showing. The bottle selection is also strong, with just about any Jolly Pumpkin beer you could want. I would also suggest a nice glass of whiskey with dinner as Slows has the best whiskey/bourbon/scotch menu in town with great prices. On top of the awesome beer/booze selection, the bartenders all seem to be quite knowledgable and great at what they do.

Honestly one of my favorite restaraunts of all time, but quickly becoming my favorite beer stop in Downtown Detroit. I just recently stopped in after a Tiger's game and only drank, no food at all.

One important point to make: Slows only takes reservations for groups 6 people and larger and will quickly fill the spots shortly after opening at noon. If you cannot get a reservation I would suggest only going as a twosome, that way you can battle for a spot at the bar rather than wait the 2+ hours for a table. Then again, with such a great bar 2+ hours may not be a bad thing. Just think of it as having your post-dinner drinks a bit early.

mcomben, Sep 29, 2011
Slows Bar-B-Q in Detroit, MI
98 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.