Slows BBQ is one of those places that always features on the must visit list when it comes to eating out in Detroit. Opening in 2009 it's now one of the key businesses along Michigan Avenue in Detroit's Corktown. It's a causal place, popular and trendy with us young folk to say the least in one of the most up and coming areas of the city outside of Downtown and Midtown (one historically linked to Irish immigrants if you didn't guess that from the areas name).
With a menu filled with southern inspired slow cooked meats their ribs are coated and rubbed in 13 spices leaving a spicy caramelized crust, slow cooked for hours until they are delightfully trendy. But if ribs aren't your thing they have lots of other delicious dishes and sides alongside a lot of Michigan beers and fancy beers on tap too.
So what did we start with? Well first things first we shared a plentiful appetizer of sweet catfish in a tempura batter with a delightful sauce to accompany it. While Joe oped for the full plate of ribs I went for the big three - a selection of three of their best - pulled pork, pulled chicken and sliced brisket. Each entree and combo comes with your choice of two sides - so mac n cheese (the best ever) and some spicy baked beans for me (mmm) and waffle fries covered in Hoffman's cheese (rather tasty and very cheesy) and some coleslaw (nom) for him. Seriously you get so much food, pratically everyone leaves with a doggy bag full.
I should probably admit before moving to the US I had little experience eating barbecue foods so i've always been a little daunted by it, especially with how messy you can get doing so. I'm not an expert at knowing the best and the rest when it comes to BBQ but Slows certainly pushed a certain chain place I've eaten at prior to this off the radar. They know how to do their food. Everything is served pretty quick, the spice is just right. Four sauces to accompany your meal are offered on your table which take everything to next level. Service is great, friendly and there's no rush to leave if you fancy having a special drink after your meal.
Parking could a bit of an issue, especially on a busy summer evening, Michigan Avenue is a bit limited for parking but there is a lot behind the Mercury Bar literally over the road and for $3 you can park for as long as you like, plus your money goes into funding the guy who keeps an eye on your car and goes into looking after Roosevelt Park.
Slows can be found at;
2138 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, Michigan, 48216
How do you like your barbecue grub?