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Slows Bar B Q
Taps: 56 / Bottles: 52
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2138 Michigan Ave
phone: (313) 962-9828
(Place added by: putnam on 09-26-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place looks to be down in an older part of the city, down the road from the old Tigers stadium, which was a treat to drive by. The area where it is located seemed to be quite vacant. The place is very inviting as you walk in you are right next to a wrap bar that is placed in the middle of the large room that wraps around. Booths are on the side of the bar where the entrance was and on the other side numerous tables. The feel of the place is very nice, brick and wooden walls which seem to give it an inviting feel. Cant exactly remember but I think that the floors where wood as well and that seemed to just add to everything. The beer selection was very impressive, I got 2 Great Lakes and one Michigan Brewing offering just because I can not get them back in NY but the number of brews offered on tap seemed to be about 14 or so and then I lost count after 70 bottles. The food was very good, from the reviews I had read and then my experience, simple great and did not disappoint. Had a nice menu with many different choices. I got their version of Surf and Turf which consisted of fried catfish, beef brisket and jambalaya along with a side of their mac and cheese. Everything was very good, the mac and cheese was out of this world. The service was great, when my beer was getting low the bartender would be over asking for my next selection as well as checking in on how the food was, etc. I would say with the beer selection that they have and the good food, this place is a must when in the Detroit area.
10-25-2007 09:55:45 |
More by Stimack
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped by on a beautiful Sunday afternoon after a Twins/Tigers game at Comerica. Not too hard to find (just look for non-abandoned buildings), not far from the old Tiger Stadium and across the street from the eerily abandoned architectural gem of a railroad station. Anyways, modern, brick and wood exterior with a fenced-in patio. Inside has same wood and brick look with a large, horse-shoe shaped bar with variously-sized tables scattered around it. We sat at the bar since the table wait was over 45 minutes. Place was busy, but not crazy. Took the bartender a few minutes to help us but after that he did a decent job of attending to our needs. Nice tap selection of good, old standbys (Great Lakes Edmund, Bell's Oberon, Arcadia IPA, etc.) and some exciting rotating taps (Short's, Atwater, Rogue). Big bottle selection as well, laid out in a multi-page beer menu.
From our angle, the taps were hard to see and they did not have a board menu, so we couldn't tell what all the rotating seasonals were, so they could fix that. My only real complaint though! Beer was fresh and delicious (I had a Short's Huma...IPA). But the food was exceptional! The best BBQ I have had in a long time! Great beer, great food, desolate location. A must-visit place when in Detroit.
05-03-2007 15:54:21 |
More by alexgash
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
05-02-2007 01:27:49 |
More by mcallister
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
What a surprise this place was. It's located a few blocks from Tiger Stadium, practically across the street from the old abandoned train station. The atmosphere is comfortable - lots of exposed brick, dark wood, and large windows in the eating area.
Nice selection of beers. 15 or so taps, carefully chosen, and a sizable bottled beer list. I started with a pint of Short's Spiced Ale (which I didn't like - lemon and black pepper, ugh), then moved on to some Ghettoblaster, and finished with some Lion Stout to have with lunch. The beers were all fresh, and served in the proper glassware. Nice.
The food was a mixed bag. My cup of Crawfish Bisque was excellent, but was served luke warm at best. I tried the Lonestar, a brisket sandwich served on Texas toast, and was a little disappointed. The sauce was terrific, but the brisket was way too fatty. A couple of bites were pure fat - enough to induce a gag reflex. I also tried a side of the macaroni and cheese, which was incredibly rich and tasty.
I'll definitely come back when in Detroit again.
01-21-2007 17:07:52 |
More by olacub
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A great place on the outskirts of downtown Detroit. I visited on a weekday evening around 7:30. On the outside, the surrounding area appeared disserted except for the lack of parking nearby the restaurant. On the inside, the place was full of folks and buzzing with conversation. This is exactly the type of restaurant you would expect to find in a renovated old building in a downtown urban setting. I sat at the large bar in the center of the restaurant and ordered both food and beer. They have a fantastic selection of beers on tap and in bottles. I had a draft Chambly Noir from Unibroue that was outstanding. I like most all of Unibroues beers, but I rarely find them on tap. The black Belgian style ale went well with the Big Three BBQ entree that I ordered (a combo plate of pulled chicken, pulled pork and sliced brisket). The food was excellent as well, and it came out before I even finished perusing the extensive beer menu. The service was prompt and professional, the crowd was an urban mix of all ages, and the selection of BBQ sauces added an extra level of satisfaction to my dining experience. I found that the Apple BBQ sauce went well with my chicken, the Mustard sauce was great on the brisket and the Spicy sauce was a good compliment to the pulled pork. The sweet potato mash and cornbread were also quite tasty. After my meal, I ordered a bottle of Duchess de Bourgogne. This is an amazing beer and a testament to the well thought out selection of Belgian and French style ales offered at Slows. Quite honestly, I found this to be the best BBQ restaurant Ive visited in recent memory. I will certainly return.
12-07-2006 02:53:03 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
While Slow's may get (rightfully) lauded on this website, it is first and foremost a top-notch barbecue joint, one of the only restaurants in the city of Detroit that will be filled on a Monday at 12:05.
The entire restaurant is done in a simple wood-paneling, and a main bar divides the entryway from the main dining room. The kitchen is just off to the side, and it's easy to sneak a peek inside. I won't say much more about the atmosphere here, because it's the food and beer (and bourbon) that are front and center.
Slow's meats may be the best barbecue I've tasted outside the Carolinas, Texas or Missouri, and what's best about it is that it takes the best of each of those bbq hotbeds and brings them to downtown Detroit. The pulled pork, brisket, and chicken are all delicious and taste even better when tossed with one of Slow's homemade sauces. The Apple BBQ and Mustard are spectacular, and their Spicy BBQ, Sweet BBQ, North Carolina Sauce, and Jalapeno Garlic are all impressive as well. I also enjoyed my homemade side dishes--sweet potato mashers, greenbeans with mustard sauce, potato salad, and a rich, buttery slice of cornbread. I split the fried catfish appetizer with the folks I ate with, and there was more than enough to fill us twice over on the table. Not a single dish was short of brilliant.
As for beer--right this is a beer review after all--they've got about twenty taps fitted with brews specifically chosen to match the barbecue. Over the course of the meal I had a Founders Pale Ale, Hennepin, and Bell's Best Brown. Amongst the other taps were Two Hearted Ale, Arcadia IPA, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Maudite, and Rogue Chipotle Ale. Their bottle list, which is also available on their website, is equally impressive, and all this in a bar that has a wide-ranging collection of American whiskies to boot! The beer does the food justice--no small feat given how fantastic an eatery this is.
The only downside to Slow's is that it lives up to its name. We waited over 40 minutes for our lunch. Our server, to her great credit, apologized and offered us a free round of beers, and the wait was certainly worth the food. But, caveat emptor, you might wait for a bit for Slow's dishes.
Slow's is much more than a "beer bar." It's a great restaurant that acknowledges the importance of great beer, and eating here, one almost helps to elevate craft beer to a much merited status of food 'pairer.' If the craft beer movement is going to enter and change the realm of haute cuisine (as I believe it should) by shifting the way people think about food and drink pairings, we'll need more places like Slow's.
Don't miss it.
11-20-2006 21:17:46 |
More by benito
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow, did we ever pass up a good thing when the people that I was with opted not to take me here in February! It sat a couple of blocks north of the former Tiger Stadium site, and boy, was it deceptive. The address (correctly) was 2138 Michigan Avenue, but the number was frosted into the upper glass panel at the end of a short vestibule. What fronts said vestibule? you may ask. Well, how does a huge, horizontally slatted, varnished blonde wood doorway with a small mail-sized slot marked Pull grab you? Yeah, me too. Fortunately, some of the staff were on break and pointed to the way in. Phew.
The whole place was dominated by blonde and light-brown wood and exposed, unfinished brick. Along the right wall, headed aft, were three extremely high-backed booths, followed by the kitchen, all of the way aft. Fronting the kitchen were wide strips of hammered copper, fastened by pop rivets. Turning left after entering the door, I encountered the elongated, U-shaped, copper-topped bar. The right side of said bar, facing aft, was the smoking section. There was a nice, open passageway that bisected the bar, which was buttressed in the overhead by heavy bolted and nailed wood plates. This was probably necessary because the left side of the space, facing aft, is/was 2140 Michigan Avenue! To the far left were their restaurant tables and chairs, followed by three big picture windows overlooking Michigan Avenue. There was also a biergarten under construction, ostensibly due to open after 04 July weekend of 2006, on the site of what would have formerly been 2142 Michigan Avenue. The washrooms were all of the way aft on the left-hand side and continued the industrial feel with rough welds and a tiny concrete sink. The ambiance was also very good, with soft jazz and blues being played as background music.
The beer (and bourbon and wine) list came sandwiched between two wood boards, hinged together like a hospital clipboard. Ha! They featured twenty (20) taps and one hundred (100) bottles, almost all micros and quality imports. Fabulous.
08-28-2006 22:58:05 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Reviewed from a visit on Wednesday, July 5th.
Finally, made it down to Slow's, during my week off from work. Putnam from Cloverleaf, has always highly recommended this place. Showed up Wednesday around 8:00pm. Only seating that was available, was at the bar. Very nice decor, tons of wood and hammered copper. Booths and tables are available, and about 15 seats at the bar.
The bartender was excellent, told us about the specials and what was new on tap. Speaking of taps, Slow's has 20 awesome taps. From Bell's, Arcadia, Hennepin, Rogue, and Great Lakes, just to name a few. They have a fanastic beer menu. All beers are listed by styles. They even have Trappist brews from Orval and Rochefort. Most likely the best beer selection I've seen in this state. They even have two pages dedicated to Bourbons.
Now to the food. The food is absolutely fanastic!! I ordered the North Carolina pulled pork. It was awesome!!! Along with the pork you get to choose two sides. I had the potato salad and the baked beans. Both were very tasty and delicious. Portions are good sized, I was very full when I finished my meal. All in all Slow's has to be the best place to go for great beer and great food! Prices are very reasonable and the waitstaff is great. I can see many return trips in my future. A must try!!!
07-09-2006 16:41:18 |
More by BigDaddyWil
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
06-08-2006 23:49:25 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited Detroit over the long weekend and went to Slow's after the Tiger's game on Sunday. It was a treat and a surprise too. I didn't expect it to be anything special pre-judging by the neighborhood, which for the most part, appears to be abandoned. Parking was a cinch. The A/C felt great coming in out of the heat. We sat at the bar and the service was prompt. The bar menu is two wood planks connected by a hinge on one end. The selection was deep. Michigan micros are well represented from a visitors standpoint. I was surprised to see one of my west coast favorites on tap: Rogue Dead Guy. They also had the Lindemans Pomme on tap . I think there were 16 draft choices and none of them are macros. I hadnt tried the Lindemans yet so we asked for a taster. The bartender poured a sample for us. I ordered a Bells Oberon Ale draft. We ordered a plate of wings that were served with 4 different BBQ sauces. They were the one-piece drumette and wing portion and they were fabulous. The bourbon menu is an extensive 2 pages. There are more bottled Belgians to choose from than I was familiar with. We also had a Jolly Pumpkin Roja to help the wings down. The menu pokes fun at the macros by using their respective propaganda to describe them. Its even funnier because they deliberately mix them up. Bud Light description: Why ask why, drink Bud dry / Bud Description: The Champagne of beers / Miller High Life: Tastes great Less Filling and so on. There were a few construction guys at work outside on what appeared to be the start of a patio. The wash basins and fixtures in the bathroom are unpretentiously cool so dont forget to go and wash your hands. Thanks to the BAs on the Great Lakes forum for a great suggestion!
05-31-2006 05:29:58 |
More by ALECOHOLIC
Slows Bar B Q in Detroit, MI
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