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Slows Bar B Q
Taps: 56 / Bottles: 52
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2138 Michigan Ave
phone: (313) 962-9828
(Place added by: putnam on 09-26-2005)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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: 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 | 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 |
More by inebrius
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited Slow's on a Monday evening after working all day downtown. It was just what I needed after a long day on my feet. I sat at the hammered copper bar and stared in amazement at the number and quality of beers on tap. After looking through the wood covered beer list I ordered a MC Ghettoblaster followed by a Hennipen. Both were fantastic. I was a bit tired to begin with and the beers were setting in so I opted for carryout and had a goblet of Maudite while I waited for my half slab of St. Louis ribs with baked beans and potato salad. I ordered the ribs sans sauce because I know sauce can cover imperfections in the ribs or the way they were cooked. I wanted to see if these folks know what they are doing and they passed with flying colors. I will say that it was the best ribs I have had in MI and they could hold their own against and even surpass the level of quality found in most southern rib joints.
The atamosphere was very comfortable with the simple yet elegant interior design. The use of hammered copper and wood fit perfectly together. The quality of the food was top notch. The service was attentive and knowledgable. The beer selection blew me away. From PBR to Trappist styles other than Chimay and a little bit of everything in between. The food and drink is very reasonably priced. Most beers on tap are $4 and the bottles are only a few bucks more than average shelf prices. They also have a killer whisky selection.
GO TO SLOW'S NOW!!
05-18-2006 01:36:56 |
More by ypsifly
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-02-2012 00:33:24 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Slows is in Corktown right in the shadow of Detroit's most infamous building, the MCS. Yes, the area seems sketchy, but any long term resident of metro Detroit knows that so long as you remain within the highways that bound Downtown (Detroit's demilitarized zone) you will be fine...just be smart.
I have been a long time fan of Slows, first drawn down by the promise of the best BBQ in Detroit and was certainly not disappointed. The dinner plates are overflowing, the sandwiches are amazing, and the sides are all so good its difficult to choose.
Only recently have I come to fully appreciate the beer selection. 20 or so taps + a firkin. Mostly Michigan brew (obviously not a bad thing) but some amazing beers from around the country/world also make a strong showing. The bottle selection is also strong, with just about any Jolly Pumpkin beer you could want. I would also suggest a nice glass of whiskey with dinner as Slows has the best whiskey/bourbon/scotch menu in town with great prices. On top of the awesome beer/booze selection, the bartenders all seem to be quite knowledgable and great at what they do.
Honestly one of my favorite restaraunts of all time, but quickly becoming my favorite beer stop in Downtown Detroit. I just recently stopped in after a Tiger's game and only drank, no food at all.
One important point to make: Slows only takes reservations for groups 6 people and larger and will quickly fill the spots shortly after opening at noon. If you cannot get a reservation I would suggest only going as a twosome, that way you can battle for a spot at the bar rather than wait the 2+ hours for a table. Then again, with such a great bar 2+ hours may not be a bad thing. Just think of it as having your post-dinner drinks a bit early.
09-29-2011 18:40:24 |
More by mcomben
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 |
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