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Slows Bar-B-Q

Not Rated.
Slows Bar-B-QSlows Bar-B-Q
BA SCORE
97
world-class

72 Ratings
Ratings: 72
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 11.59%
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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Photo of diamond_mind
2/5  rDev -54.5%

Service was sad, they didn't seem to know what beer they had and didn't and were unwilling to try and figure it out.

Photo of Debbiedo
2.13/5  rDev -51.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

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.

Photo of scottlerok
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped into this place on a business trip after consulting Beer Advocate.

The area is a little questionable but this is a nice place. It's got exposed brick walls, natural woods finish and good natural lighting from the front windows. There's a U shaped bar in the center with booths on one side and tables on the other.

The bartenders were OK but didn't seem to be very outgoing with their service or knowledge of beer.

They have a large selection of beer on tap (I'd guess 20-25) and lots more in the bottle. I tried Ommegang Hennepin, Founder's Brewing Red's Rye and Goliath Triple. I found the selection good but not inspired.

The food was very, very good but a bit pricy for what you get. I had a catfish sandwich and at $9, you should get fries or something with it.

This is as good as I've found in the Detroit area but not exceptional when you consider other parts of the country.

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of frazbri
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Slow's is a place that you wouldn't just happen to find in your wanderings. It's not in a trendy neighborhood lined with sidewalk cafes and art galleries. It's on Michigan Ave near Rosa Parks Blvd almost in the shadow of the old train station.

The name is a statement of how food should be. The essence of Barbecue (q) is time. It can't be hurried. Low & slow is the mantra.

The menu is a combination of barbeque & southern comfort foods with a few twists. I chose thier version of surf & turf: blackened (or fried) catfish, brisket, and jambalaya. My two sides were macaroni & cheese and corn bread. The fish, jambalaya and corn bread were good, but the brisket and macaroni were among the best I've ever had. The brisket was fork tender, juicy and delicious. Add a little spicy sauce, and it was killer. The mac was creamy with a nice crust of cheese on top. We also had barbecue buffalo wings as an appetizer. The apple barbeque sauce was perfect on the chicken.

Slow's beer menu was pretty darn good as well. They showcase Michigan breweries with selections from Short's, Bell, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin and Motor City, but also carry some beers from Rogue, Stone, Unibrou and Great Lakes to name a few. There are beer menus on the table, which always helps make choosing easier.

Service was solid. Our server wasn't a full on beer geek, but knew the taplist and asked others to get answers she didn't know.

Go.

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had heard and read alot about this place and I love the cue so I headed on over after the Tiger game last Thursday.In the section of Corktown in Detroit near old Tiger stadium,really not much parking we found a spot acroos the street off to the side of the place,alot of wood in the interior with a big bar that goes thru the front room into the side room.I didnt get the number of taps I would say 30-35 with a heavy tilt towards MI. micros I had a Founders pale ale,and a Bell's Concecrator doppelbock.We had the bbq beef and gouda enchiladas they were awesome,for an entree I had the tri platter of brisket pulled pork and pulled chicken the chicken was very good the brisket was ok and the pulled pork seemed a bit dry but was flavorful.Iam not a big fan of eastern style NC style bbq but the vinegar and chili based sauce was spot on for the style,also a sweet,spicey,apple based,and orange oberon sauce was available with the spicey sauce my personal favorite.Its always good to find a good cue place with a great tap selection,a good place to go while in metro Detroit.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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!

Photo of mcallister
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here on advice from cmore. Right down the road from old Tigers stadium. Not the best part of town but definitely worth braving the conditions to go to this great joint.

Tap selection was very good with many Michigan brews that I would have loved to try. I did get to sample Short's IPA. They also had Atwater, Bell's, Rogues, Michigan Brewing, and many other great tappers. Bottle selection was also tremendous both imports and craft beers alike. We all split a bottle of Hitachino Weizen after dinner. Also to note a wonder scotch and whiskey list was also available. I also recognized many "good" bottles of wine although I did not view a wine list.

Food was awesome. I have a brisket sandwich with smoked gouda and onion marmalade and a side of black beans. 5 different sauces to choose from at your table (or the bar for us) which were all very tasty. Served on your choice of texas toast or Kaiser roll. I chose Texas. Sandwich was great and I'd love to try some of their other goodies.

Only thing lacking in this joint was service was pretty subpar. Seems we had too wait quite awhile in between ordering beers, food, beers. According to cmore this usually isn't the case.

Only other complaint is cmore drank them out of Short's Cherry Porter before we could make it to Michigan.

Highly recommended and I look forward to returning if ever in the area.

Photo of uno99
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first visit here based on recommendations from BA

Atmosphere was average, I wasn't crazy about the decor, but the bathrooms are very nice and clean and I suppose all the folky wood tables suits the food

Service was great, I asked the bartender to give a rundown on the tap list and he spent a good 10 minutes explaining what he had. He didn't mind giving out samples of ones we were interested in.

Selection: 20 beers on tap and about 20 more bottles. there entire tap list is micro as is most of the bottles. I immediately ordered a Founders breakfast stout which i was happy to see was on tap. Sampled the cask ale which they had as well. they have large bottles of Chimay available as well as Ayinger Celebrator and other Belgian/German goodies.

Food: the 3 of us ordered different things and we all enjoyed it. I love how you can selected 2 different sides with your main course. I recommend the mac and cheese.

Photo of olacub
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

What a surprise this place was. It's located a few blocks from Tiger Stadium, practically across the street from the old abandoned train station. The atmosphere is comfortable - lots of exposed brick, dark wood, and large windows in the eating area.

Nice selection of beers. 15 or so taps, carefully chosen, and a sizable bottled beer list. I started with a pint of Short's Spiced Ale (which I didn't like - lemon and black pepper, ugh), then moved on to some Ghettoblaster, and finished with some Lion Stout to have with lunch. The beers were all fresh, and served in the proper glassware. Nice.

The food was a mixed bag. My cup of Crawfish Bisque was excellent, but was served luke warm at best. I tried the Lonestar, a brisket sandwich served on Texas toast, and was a little disappointed. The sauce was terrific, but the brisket was way too fatty. A couple of bites were pure fat - enough to induce a gag reflex. I also tried a side of the macaroni and cheese, which was incredibly rich and tasty.

I'll definitely come back when in Detroit again.

Photo of moshea
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been putting off reviewing Slows for some time now. How do I review this place? As a beer bar I would maybe give it a B. However, the food and overall experience, for me, make it an A+. So how do I rate this place; as a beer bar or as my favorite overall hometown spot?

Atmosphere: BBQ shack urban chic. The restaurant is located in a rundown part of Detroit, but hell what part of Detroit is not run down? Out of towners do not fear, there is plenty of well lit free parking on both sides of Michigan Avenue, but be careful not to stray too far.

Quality: The tap list is a bit on the small side for a beer bar but well thought out. The food is top of the line. My family is a vegetarian family, and on each visit my wife and I and two small children walk out of there as stuffed as can be.

Service: Hipster unshaven boys in tight jeans and cute hipster girls. I have never been blown away by the service but they get the job done.

Selection: As I said, the selection is a bit limited but well thought out. There are always a few Michigan only taps, a few solid California offerings and several other American and European offerings

Food: Best food in town. Nuff said. A true BBQ head may disagree, but hell this is Detroit. How ironic is it that a vegetarian familiy's favorite restaurant is a BBQ joint? The vegetarian chicken sandwich is fantastic as is the mac and cheese. There are plenty of great sides to choose form as well.

Value. Fair enough

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I stopped here for dinner while in Detroit on business. It was rated #1 place by BA to stop for a beer in Detroit, so I finally tried it.

The atmosphere is pretty cool, lots of woodwork, especially in the entrance. But the food and the beer is the draw:

There were about 15 taps, all with good selections: Maudite, Hennepin, Bell's Oberon, Bell's Consecrator, Arcadia IPA, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Hoegaarden, and more. Also there were ~25 more Belgian and French style beers in bottles, including Trappists such as Westmalle, Rochefort, and Achel. Very good selection for a BBQ place.

The food was excellent and the beer was relatively low priced. I had Hennepin on tap for $4, and Saison DuPont (375ml) for $8. I highly recommend this place for a good dinner in Detroit.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ktel
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Slows is on my list every time I go to Detroit. Don't always make it there, but its always on the list. The BBQ is VERY good. Brisket, pulled pork, with traditional sides like mac-n-cheese, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, cornbread, etc. Their BBQ sauces are all house-made, with 5 different varieties. All are very good. I've only had sandwiches, not any entrees, but I have to assume they are just as good.

What was such a pleasant surprise when I went here the first time was the beer list. They have a superb beer list. They have about 20 on tap, with a broad variety of Michigan, other U.S., and imported beers. Also an extensive bottle list, with a number of Belgians and U.S. Belgian-styles. If the barbecue wasn't so damn good this place would just be an awesome beer bar. But instead its an awesome barbecue restaurant with a phenomenal beer list. What more could you want.

Slow's is a slice of heaven. I highly recommend it. Go there - just go there.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is one of the stops that I looked forward to the most. Being able to combine two of my favorite loves, beer and bbq together in one place is quite special.
For a place to have food this good and all the beer available that they do should be a sin. The food was hearty and absolutely delicious. Whenever you can have a Shorts Huma Lupa IPA with your pulled pork sandwich, life has to be good. If I had a place like this locally, I would be there at least once a week with no problem what so ever. The beer list is enough to bring you there alone. Then when you couple the incredible food with it this place is a no brainer. Detroit has something very special with this place and to say that I'm jealous would be an understatement.

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Slows Bar-B-Q in Detroit, MI
97 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.