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Slows Bar B Q
Taps: 56 / Bottles: 52
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2138 Michigan Ave
phone: (313) 962-9828
(Place added by: putnam on 09-26-2005)
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| Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited Slow's on a Monday evening after working all day downtown. It was just what I needed after a long day on my feet. I sat at the hammered copper bar and stared in amazement at the number and quality of beers on tap. After looking through the wood covered beer list I ordered a MC Ghettoblaster followed by a Hennipen. Both were fantastic. I was a bit tired to begin with and the beers were setting in so I opted for carryout and had a goblet of Maudite while I waited for my half slab of St. Louis ribs with baked beans and potato salad. I ordered the ribs sans sauce because I know sauce can cover imperfections in the ribs or the way they were cooked. I wanted to see if these folks know what they are doing and they passed with flying colors. I will say that it was the best ribs I have had in MI and they could hold their own against and even surpass the level of quality found in most southern rib joints.
The atamosphere was very comfortable with the simple yet elegant interior design. The use of hammered copper and wood fit perfectly together. The quality of the food was top notch. The service was attentive and knowledgable. The beer selection blew me away. From PBR to Trappist styles other than Chimay and a little bit of everything in between. The food and drink is very reasonably priced. Most beers on tap are $4 and the bottles are only a few bucks more than average shelf prices. They also have a killer whisky selection.
GO TO SLOW'S NOW!!
05-18-2006 01:36:56 |
More by ypsifly
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Had heard and read alot about this place and I love the cue so I headed on over after the Tiger game last Thursday.In the section of Corktown in Detroit near old Tiger stadium,really not much parking we found a spot acroos the street off to the side of the place,alot of wood in the interior with a big bar that goes thru the front room into the side room.I didnt get the number of taps I would say 30-35 with a heavy tilt towards MI. micros I had a Founders pale ale,and a Bell's Concecrator doppelbock.We had the bbq beef and gouda enchiladas they were awesome,for an entree I had the tri platter of brisket pulled pork and pulled chicken the chicken was very good the brisket was ok and the pulled pork seemed a bit dry but was flavorful.Iam not a big fan of eastern style NC style bbq but the vinegar and chili based sauce was spot on for the style,also a sweet,spicey,apple based,and orange oberon sauce was available with the spicey sauce my personal favorite.Its always good to find a good cue place with a great tap selection,a good place to go while in metro Detroit.
05-09-2006 12:04:06 |
More by oberon
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
ADDENDUM: The beer list at Slow's has grown as quickly as its number of patrons. Without a single macrobrew on its list and only a limited number of overzealous American micros, the 10 or 12 pages is that much more impressive. A majority of the beers are obviously selected to match the cuisine perfectly. There are bigger lists in Michigan, but there is no BETTER list in Michigan.
OLD REVIEW (10-10-2005): Saddled up to the porcelin pot, it took me a moment or two to recognize the accoustic southern blues tunes playing over the speaker. Sounded about right for the cuisine, though it was interesting the audio was more theme appropriate in the restroom than in the dining room. It was a good first impression, however, as I'd hurried through the place to the back, not giving much of a glance as I passed through.
The beer list is good, though the knowledge -- as might be fair to expect at a new place -- is lacking. Ch'Ti is not Castelain with a different label; thanks for playing. (You're forgiven though because you charge a miniscule 4 dollars for a pint of Dead Guy Ale and a paltry 6 bucks for a bottle of Orval.)
I can't do any more justice to the aesthetic or to the creativity placed in the details than has already been done by inebrius. But I can, if provoked, expend much energy rambling on and on and on and on (and on) about the sauces. My meal selection was The Big Three: chicken, pork, and brisket. At first I dribbled the sauces on just a bit because, really, the smokey flavors and ragged, varying textures were appealing enough. But once I got my favorite combos down, I slathered. I drenched. I swamped. I drowned. Chicken with the mustard sauce. And I have to agree that the Apple BBQ is the greatest thing to come out of a squeezy bottle since 45spf hit the scene for those of us with a Casper-like complexion.
The pork and brisket were better, I think, than the chicken. Perhaps that's obvious. I wasn't impressed by my cornbread, but I couldn't help but steal a sizeable portion of my wife's mac n cheese. I never eat mac n cheese -- good, bad, processed, homemade, elbow, shaped like little cartoon characters, whatever -- but I couldn't really stop myself. Black beans, fried catfish, and corn flan also helped lend my denim wasitband a certain elasticity as I filled up.
All in all, I found it immensely satisfying. It's a great atmosphere, our waitress was quick beyond her three days of experience, and the people seemed very friendly. I'm curious to try the sandwiches, because I have to imagine that one could escape with a big sandwich and the right low-cost beer for 10 bucks, which is pretty amazing considering the $6.95 low-rent turkey wraps slathered in week-old Garden Foods mayo being peddled at so many places these days.
Slow's is refreshing for its food, for its drink, and for its change of pace. Eating oneself into a daze never felt so good.
01-15-2006 15:02:16 |
More by marburg
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
BEER: The beer list was just re-done (January 2006) and vastly expanded. I've done some beer-aware travelling in my days (New York, San Francisco, Munich, Chicago, Amsterdam, London, Prague, and other places) but I've never seen such a coherent collection of top-quality full-service beer under one roof, anywhere. Period.
Three selections from Mahr's, two from Jolly Pumpkin, and others from Thiriez and de Ranke join Duvel, various Bell's products, various beers from Rogue, Hennepin, Samuel Smith's, Fullers, Great Lakes, etc. I think there's over 100 now.
ATMOSPHERE: This isn't merely a restaurant, it's a way of living. Recycled materials in a recycled landscape glorify a city's proud history. Everything about this place conspires to put its audience in touch with a wholesome, lively past, when food was cooked slowly and people were relaxed and happy.
SERVICE: Give them time. It is a minor miracle to bring together such a large team of specialists in such a short period of time (Slow's has only been opened less than 6 months). Considering the progress I expect the next report card to show even more improvement in this area. ALL the servers are eager to help and the ones who are new to real beer are willing to learn. Help them out. They may know more than you think too. Also, this is Detroit. Snobs will be smothered in brisket ends and filled with beer until they get the vibe.
FOOD: There are times on busy Saturday's, when more guests are turned away than who find seats, and at these times, occasionally, the plates of smoked meat can seem a touch on the dry side, like they were prepared maybe that afternoon. I can't imagine how the 6 month old kitchen team has kept up with the onslaught. Long hours and little sleep is my guess. By far, the vast majority of experiences with the food has been world-class (I've been there over 30 times). Fans of slow food will admire the delightful, authentic inconsistencies that prove someone is really making this food by hand. Five sauces are brought to every table every one of them perfect. Macaroni and cheese has nutmeg and pepper in it. Black beans, green beans, waffle fries, blackeyed peas, mashed sweet potato and cole slaw are all great.
Detroit now has a beer stop unsurpassed by any other in the world. Especially if you like bourbon too!
01-11-2006 14:49:06 |
More by putnam
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Original Review: 12/24/05
A barbeque place that showcases craft beer as the beverage of choice? Yes please!
Located in what formerly was a very vibrant area many decades ago but in the last thirty years sank into a deep funk. Recently though, places like Slow's have been starting up in the area, in the shadow of the grand but long-closed Michigan Central Train Station on Michigan Avenue.
Slow's itself is located in an old brick building which much of it's character has been allowed to shine through it's new upper scale facade. Lots of brick, exposed beams, wood floors and so on. The tables are situated around the centrally located bar. The beverage list is exactly opposite of most restaurants, about fifty bottled beers listed and twenty to thirty available on tap with a very meek wine list. A highlight was Rogue Chipotle on draft for $2.50 a glass which pairs really well with Slow's various barbeque offerings. There is a lot of variety but just about everything goes well with their fine culinary offerings The food was well made, but with a few weak links in there, including their very dry and bland cornbread. Entree portions can be small depending on the entree, especially at the prices, which doesn't always live up to the real barbeque traditions. The brisket for instance was listed as being "a full pound" when it was more like 8-10 ounces at most. Truly though, those are the only criticisms I can come up with and compared to all they do right, these are really minor points. Overall really good food, the baby back ribs are truly delicious. One could argue about the food's authenticity in execution or spirit, but their unique urban take on a down home style is authentic and without peer. If you've ever had the real thing, you'll see the differance immediatly, but make no mistake, this food is seriously good.
A good spot to get great food and even better craft beer, and just the type of place Detroit needs. I'm sure as this place develops itself the few kinks it has will be ironed out and it will get even better. I've been here a number of times now and have really fallen in love with the place. I was at first a little unimpressed with their interpretation of barbeque and their initial lax service standard but have since accepted Slow's for what it is and not what it isn't and truly everytime I go their weaker points are less pronounced and their strengths shine. What they do well they do exceedingly well and while it's a bit on the expensive side, it's well worth the expense (and the sometimes long wait for a table). I highly recommend going, truly a personal favorite. Top three in Detroit, hands down.
12-24-2005 03:45:09 |
More by Gaisgeil
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
located on a somewhat "dated" stretch of michigan ave in the middle of detroits historic corktown. apparently its a renovated building from a while ago, and they managed to keep some of the ambiance. new-feeling but incorporates the bustling history from the area. long peninsular-shaped bar surrounded on all 3 sides by inviting booths and tables of varying size. i was seated at a table with a view of michigan avenue.
has a one-page beer and wine menu, but to my pleasant surprise, its 95% beer! about 20 taps, with some locals and many imports and other US micros. decent bottled selection, including about 10 bottles in 750s (such as most of the Castelain series), with about 40 bottles total. the prices are good, with a glass of Rogue Chipotle ale for $2.50; up to $16 for some of the Castelain 750s. Incidentally, Rogue Chipotle is the cheapest beer on the menu, and it functions as its own sommelier, because it quite literally would pair exceptionally with every single item on the menu, and even better considering the price! the food is serious barbeque, sandwiches from $7 and entrees to $25. pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, grilled salmon, mac & cheese, sweet potato mash, and 4 different types of their own barbeque sauce (and a special spicy mustard).... i WILL be back for more, i suggest you do the same.
10-27-2005 01:57:15 |
More by jtw
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I like to try and gauge the value of a joint by the menu. Before a morsel of food touches my lips I generally have a good idea what to expect. Some restaurants are easy to figure, The Fly Trap and its Spartan card of quality on one end, most Coneys and their five page Sysco inventory sheets on the other. Slows was easy: two pages on eight inch square paper, everything based on slow smoked southern fixed food, whimsical names not telling some story, an amazing drinks bill redesigned by a passionate local. Simple fare intended for comfort, joy and value.
I started with a $2.50 pint of Rogue Chipotle, a gently spicy, smoky session ale. There were a dozen good taps, twice as many good bottles. If theyre out of something there is something else just as good to replace it. As good a beer menu as Ive experienced at a place not promoting themselves a beer bar.
When the food comes a spiritual red and white checkered cloth forms over the polished wood table and the folks around you start to drawl. I have lived in and traveled the Deep South extensively and barbeque does not get any better than this. Sure, youll find some semi-rural 200 square foot cinder block houses in Alabama that can smoke a side of pork like no one else but you wont find many places doing this many cuts of meat this well. Sides are good too. Thick cut waffle fries, fat coleslaw redolent of celery seed, shells and cheese with bite, my only grumble a lack of collard greens.
Who thinks collards when theyve got a plate of peppery dry-rubbed smoked short ribs in their face though? Cmon! Buttery brisket and melty pork and five regional sauces to cover themthe North Carolina and Apple were favorites. A goat cheese and fried green tomato appetizer vibrates off the plate. I need to go back just to make sure its real.
Sated and waddling back to the car and before a real estate tour of Corktown I made note of the long stack of well seasoned Hickory lying behind the kitchen, the laundry hanging from the balcony of a flat above the storefronts lining Michigan Avenue, and realized this scene never looked more natural anywhere.
10-06-2005 21:23:38 |
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