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Slows Bar BQ

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2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-9828
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 33
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good BBQ and we did not get mugged

This place is renowned for their BBQ, and they almost live up to their reputation. It has the feel of a BBQ place, it has the menu of a BBQ place, they have the service of a BBQ place - too bad the BBQ is just slightly better than OK. The value is good as the quantity is sufficient to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Russ H
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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English first
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Maybe we hit this place on an off day, but it was just OK. The hype surrounding Slows BBQ had me wanting, wishing, hoping for the best BBQ I had ever experienced...Unfortunately, the just didn't deliver the goods. I was expecting it to be awesome, the stuff of legends, and it simply wasn't. It was dry, past it's peak, and... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This place is renowned for their BBQ, and they almost live up to their reputation. It has the feel of a BBQ place, it has the menu of a BBQ place, they have the service of a BBQ place - too bad the BBQ is just slightly better than OK. The value is good as the quantity is sufficient to... More 

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Nashville, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I met with friends for dinner at Slows Bar BQ. The correct door to use to enter the restaurant is very confusing, and while we were waiting for a table, we found ourselves helping out a lot of people find the right entrance door. We put our names in and were texted when our table was ready, which was very... More 

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Menasha, Wisconsin
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This Corktown staple lives up to it's billing as a great BBQ restaurant that is fun and friendly. The sandwiches are almost too big to eat so consider the meal instead since they include two sides. The mac & cheese is a must sides dish. There is a good selection of craft beers to enjoy and I don't think the... More 

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LaSalle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We always enjoy lunch at Slows. The pulled pork is excellent as well as the salads. The service was very good and there is an interesting selection of beers.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The food was really good and even when I was full could not stop eating... My only critism was the staff was not friendly at all. The hostess seemed annoyed and when we sat at the bar to eat the bartenders rarely came to check on us unless we were flagging them down. Perhaps it was an off night and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great catfish, smoked turkey and brisket, also cheese fries, cornbread, and Mac n cheese. Great service and overall affordable. Will definitely be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We often come here because it is not far from home. And we absolutely love it. Great food, fantastic service, and fun atmosphere.

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West Seneca, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Slow's Bar BQ was on Diners, Drive Ins, And Dives, and I figured we had to try this place when we were in Detroit. This place is unbelievable. We tried to get a seat twice at dinnertime, which was impossible. Why? Because the food is SO awesome. The next day we tried lunch time and had a much easier time.... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Slow's BBQ delivers huge helpings of delicious food. I love pulled pork and can not remember a time I couldn't clean my plate, but Slow's was just too much (though I tried my best). Love this place! My husband ordered the ribs and he thought they were outstanding.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Detroit
  • Phone Number: (313) 962-9828

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?