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Slows Bar B Q
Taps: 56 / Bottles: 52
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2138 Michigan Ave
phone: (313) 962-9828
(Place added by: putnam on 09-26-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Based on good-ol' Beerfly, I decided to try this place. And what an experience. On a cold, overcast "spring" day, while in town for a conference, I drove to this completely derelict looking part of town, full of abandoned buildings (not the least of which was old Tigers Stadium, which I last visited some 30 plus years ago at my first ever MLB game), and a slightly unnerving feel. Honestly, I wasn't too sure about coming here. But I saw the street around the building full of cars, and there was nothing else open, so they all had to be here for Slow's.
And in entering the place, they are really trying to revitalize a very depressed area, and I give them a lot of credit. A mix of old bricks (the original building), old wood, and new stone makes for a pleasant atmosphere, even to the point of new tech, high tech waterless urinals. My biggest problem is that I am no longer used to smokers indoors- they were limited to half of the wrap-around bar, but still was hard to take. Overall, it is first and foremost a BBQ restaurant that centers around this bar.
But a very nice bar indeed. 20 taps, 40-60 bottles, mostly very good. I enjoyed 2 midwestern brews from tap with a great pulled pork sandwich and Mac and Cheese side, but they also had Stone Old Guardian and Pale Ale, Hennepin, and a bunch of quality taps.
Highly recommended for both beer and food, plus the opportunity to see a real effort to rebuild a part of town that has seen much better days.
03-31-2008 00:21:02 |
More by Dukeofearl
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is one of the stops that I looked forward to the most. Being able to combine two of my favorite loves, beer and bbq together in one place is quite special.
For a place to have food this good and all the beer available that they do should be a sin. The food was hearty and absolutely delicious. Whenever you can have a Shorts Huma Lupa IPA with your pulled pork sandwich, life has to be good. If I had a place like this locally, I would be there at least once a week with no problem what so ever. The beer list is enough to bring you there alone. Then when you couple the incredible food with it this place is a no brainer. Detroit has something very special with this place and to say that I'm jealous would be an understatement.
05-21-2009 02:05:40 |
More by FtownThrowDown
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-25-2009 03:34:31 |
More by ktel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place looks to be down in an older part of the city, down the road from the old Tigers stadium, which was a treat to drive by. The area where it is located seemed to be quite vacant. The place is very inviting as you walk in you are right next to a wrap bar that is placed in the middle of the large room that wraps around. Booths are on the side of the bar where the entrance was and on the other side numerous tables. The feel of the place is very nice, brick and wooden walls which seem to give it an inviting feel. Cant exactly remember but I think that the floors where wood as well and that seemed to just add to everything. The beer selection was very impressive, I got 2 Great Lakes and one Michigan Brewing offering just because I can not get them back in NY but the number of brews offered on tap seemed to be about 14 or so and then I lost count after 70 bottles. The food was very good, from the reviews I had read and then my experience, simple great and did not disappoint. Had a nice menu with many different choices. I got their version of Surf and Turf which consisted of fried catfish, beef brisket and jambalaya along with a side of their mac and cheese. Everything was very good, the mac and cheese was out of this world. The service was great, when my beer was getting low the bartender would be over asking for my next selection as well as checking in on how the food was, etc. I would say with the beer selection that they have and the good food, this place is a must when in the Detroit area.
10-25-2007 09:55:45 |
More by Stimack
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
As an out-of-towner, I had an impression of Slows before I even walked in the door. My cousin had cautioned me that the area was less than stellar, just to be a little careful.
The area around Slows is not built up, but the inside is very urban chic. A host stand sits in front of you with the bar to the left as you walk in to a brightly lit wood and exposed brick interior with high ceilings. It has quite the loft feel throughout.
The food definitely deserves its reputation. The ribs were delicious, and I was disappointed that I could not try all of the BBQ on the menu. The mac and cheese and cheese fries are their two signature sides, so I really loaded up on the health food.
Their tap list is well thought out, with around 20 taps of local and seasonal beer on tap. They skip the Michigan beers you have had a million times already and go for Short's, Jolly Pumpkin, and Rochester Mills Brewing Co., to name a few. Their draft beers were reasonably priced, so I did not even need to dive into the bottles, although they had a good selection.
The service was fairly friendly and prompt. The bartender (while we waited for our table) and the waitress (once we sat down) were both able to make friendly suggestions without being overbearing.
Recommended for sure.
06-29-2011 18:26:34 |
More by KickInTheChalice
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I visited Slows before a Tigers game. It was in a run down neighborhood. I actually walked by the front door and didn't realize it was the entrance. Once I entered, around 12:45pm on a Friday, I was told that there was a 45 minute wait. I figured the lunch rush was about over. Luckily, two seats opened at the bar.
The place is quaint. They had I think 20 beers on tap with about half being from Michigan. It was a decent selection. I was more impressed by the food. I had to have some of the barbecue and the mac and cheese was delicious!
The server was amiable and competent. I thought the beer leaned toward the high side as far as price goes and for the offerings but overall it was well worth it.
08-20-2011 20:50:54 |
More by buschbeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped by on a beautiful Sunday afternoon after a Twins/Tigers game at Comerica. Not too hard to find (just look for non-abandoned buildings), not far from the old Tiger Stadium and across the street from the eerily abandoned architectural gem of a railroad station. Anyways, modern, brick and wood exterior with a fenced-in patio. Inside has same wood and brick look with a large, horse-shoe shaped bar with variously-sized tables scattered around it. We sat at the bar since the table wait was over 45 minutes. Place was busy, but not crazy. Took the bartender a few minutes to help us but after that he did a decent job of attending to our needs. Nice tap selection of good, old standbys (Great Lakes Edmund, Bell's Oberon, Arcadia IPA, etc.) and some exciting rotating taps (Short's, Atwater, Rogue). Big bottle selection as well, laid out in a multi-page beer menu.
From our angle, the taps were hard to see and they did not have a board menu, so we couldn't tell what all the rotating seasonals were, so they could fix that. My only real complaint though! Beer was fresh and delicious (I had a Short's Huma...IPA). But the food was exceptional! The best BBQ I have had in a long time! Great beer, great food, desolate location. A must-visit place when in Detroit.
05-03-2007 15:54:21 |
More by alexgash
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Given my ratings, I obviously love Slow's. It's in a really cool part of Detroit... one that gets no love, but has a lot of character. Some people may call it a bad area, but the looming train station, the abandoned streets... everything just adds to the appeal of the restaurant.
The interior is well decorated and cozy. Lots of exposed brick and wood. Big glass windows let you watch Michigan Ave. The bar is large and central, with booths and tables peppered throughout. I also really dig the bathroom.
The beer is great. They have an awesome selection of both bottles and taps... the last time I was there I had some Maudite, Edmund Fitzgerald, and Ghettoblaster all on tap. I reckon they have about 20+ taps, and nearly 100 bottles. They also have a phenomenal selection of bourbon, which I happen to love.
Service is always spot on. I suppose it helps that I know one of the bartenders personally, but quite frankly, I've never had a dissapointing moment.
The selection of both beer and food is fantastic. Amazing brews, and amazing meals. Their "The Reason" pulled pork sandwich is outta this world, and you MUST try the Mac n Cheese... seriously great.
I love Slow's for everything it is... a great meal, some great brew, great service, and a great vibe.
A round of applause for this wonderful restaurant, please.
03-08-2008 21:11:28 |
More by SaucyA
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went with friends who are ardent Slow's fans, and it's easy to see why. Great set up inside with exposed beams, brick and wood detailing. Place was packed, and we thought we'd got there early (just before 5pm on a Saturday) - evidently not. No problems though, just sit at the bar and enjoy the excellent tap list (Arcadia, Dragonmead, Motor City, Bells, Founders, Great Lakes, JP, Shorts and on and on) Nice to see the focus is on regional and local brews. Food was outstanding with monsterous portions. Service was efficient and quick considering how slammed they were. My vote is for the NC sauce. Go, eat, drink and enjoy the meat sweats.
Oh ya - if you've got 6 or more in your group be sure to make a reservation.
12-28-2008 13:04:56 |
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