Slows Bar B Que

★★★★☆
  • 2138 Michigan Ave

    Detroit, MI 48216

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  • 313-962-9828

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OPEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 11am till 2am SATURDAY & SUNDAY 12pm till 2am

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Well, I've been all over the world and Slow's is about the worst customer service you will experience without asking for it. The food is good, nice combinations, the cooks make it right so don't go changing anything on your order. Mac n' cheese is delicious. Fries are a standout. The new "Slow's To Go" location makes it a little easier to get takeout, no seating to speak of. Same old poor overworked callous souls behind the counter (not all, but most). I just can't help but laugh at how BAD the customer service is...it is remarkable!

3
★★★☆☆

Well, I've been all over the world and Slow's is about the worst customer service you will experience without asking for it. The food is good, nice combinations, the cooks make it right so don't go changing anything on your order. Mac n' cheese is delicious. Fries are a standout. The new "Slow's To Go" location makes it a little easier to get takeout, no seating to speak of. Same old poor overworked callous souls behind the counter (not all, but most). I just can't help but laugh at how BAD the customer service is...it is remarkable!

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Lunch
Much like another review I read from June, the female behind the bar is so rude it was ridiculous. I was told by the lady at the door, (as she gave me a menu), to get the attention of the lady behind the bar to place my carryout order. She ignored me until I waved my hands in her face repeatedly for the fourth time. On each occasion she walked away to a male customer. Finally she pointed me out to a male bar man and he came, offered me a seat at the bar, asked did I want anything to drink, and took my order. He had great customer service. The bar maid appeared to only cater to the male customers. It was crowded with standing room only. It took 30 minutes to receive my carry out order, which was not a bad wait considering how crowded they were.

The food is excellent and although it is noisy, I enjoy the atmosphere, especially the little outdoor eating area. I think they could invest in some customer service training for some of their staff members.

2
★★★★☆

Lunch
Much like another review I read from June, the female behind the bar is so rude it was ridiculous. I was told by the lady at the door, (as she gave me a menu), to get the attention of the lady behind the bar to place my carryout order. She ignored me until I waved my hands in her face repeatedly for the fourth time. On each occasion she walked away to a male customer. Finally she pointed me out to a male bar man and he came, offered me a seat at the bar, asked did I want anything to drink, and took my order. He had great customer service. The bar maid appeared to only cater to the male customers. It was crowded with standing room only. It took 30 minutes to receive my carry out order, which was not a bad wait considering how crowded they were.

The food is excellent and although it is noisy, I enjoy the atmosphere, especially the little outdoor eating area. I think they could invest in some customer service training for some of their staff members.

Pros: The food is fantastic.

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My friend and i went to Slows for lunch today. Busy 30 minutes after opening. The wait time was 1 hour, so we decided on take out. The female at the front door would not give us a menu. She said we had to get one from the bar. The female behind the bar is so rude it is a shame. She ignored us until my friend slapped the bar and said may she have a menu. She walked away to a male customer. So a male bar man came by and gave us a menu and took our order. When two seats at the bar became available we sat. The bar maid kept rolling her eyes at us and did not offer us anything to drink. She would only cater to the male customers. She had the audacity to tell some male customers i quote: You will be able to get some seats when those two leave. They are waiting for take out but are taking up seats. Well, we were paying customers too, so why not sit when a seat became available. It was crowded and standing room only. It took 40 minutes to receive our food and when we got it she threw the bag with our order on the bar. My friend said thank you and the bar maid said whatever. We heard good things about this place but decided never to go back. Also, they need to deflect some of the noise out of there. It is too noisy and too small. The food is excellent that is why i gave them three stars. I told my husband never mind going back. (He and i planned to go). This place is too busy and too noisy. It needs to be in a bigger building. Our ears were ringing when we left out of there. They need better service, then again, the servers are probably stressed and hard of hearing from the small enclosure. Poor management for not getting a better building. Mary ann and mac n cheese and sweet potatoe mash was great, even though the sides were the same price, the mash came in a smaller cup than the mac n cheese. What is up with that?

1
★★★☆☆

My friend and i went to Slows for lunch today. Busy 30 minutes after opening. The wait time was 1 hour, so we decided on take out. The female at the front door would not give us a menu. She said we had to get one from the bar. The female behind the bar is so rude it is a shame. She ignored us until my friend slapped the bar and said may she have a menu. She walked away to a male customer. So a male bar man came by and gave us a menu and took our order. When two seats at the bar became available we sat. The bar maid kept rolling her eyes at us and did not offer us anything to drink. She would only cater to the male customers. She had the audacity to tell some male customers i quote: You will be able to get some seats when those two leave. They are waiting for take out but are taking up seats. Well, we were paying customers too, so why not sit when a seat became available. It was crowded and standing room only. It took 40 minutes to receive our food and when we got it she threw the bag with our order on the bar. My friend said thank you and the bar maid said whatever. We heard good things about this place but decided never to go back. Also, they need to deflect some of the noise out of there. It is too noisy and too small. The food is excellent that is why i gave them three stars. I told my husband never mind going back. (He and i planned to go). This place is too busy and too noisy. It needs to be in a bigger building. Our ears were ringing when we left out of there. They need better service, then again, the servers are probably stressed and hard of hearing from the small enclosure. Poor management for not getting a better building. Mary ann and mac n cheese and sweet potatoe mash was great, even though the sides were the same price, the mash came in a smaller cup than the mac n cheese. What is up with that?

Pros: Food

Cons: Customer Service, Noise Level

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I first started going to Slow's soon after it opened. I quickly fell in love with it. Simply the best bbq I've had in good sized portions for a decent price. My wife and I used to be able to go eat and have drinks for around $50. However, I have noticed since then the food portions have decreased and the prices increased. The wait has always been in issue and little has been done to try to rectify it.

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★★★☆☆

I first started going to Slow's soon after it opened. I quickly fell in love with it. Simply the best bbq I've had in good sized portions for a decent price. My wife and I used to be able to go eat and have drinks for around $50. However, I have noticed since then the food portions have decreased and the prices increased. The wait has always been in issue and little has been done to try to rectify it.

Pros: Great food

Cons: The LONG wait/decline in quality and price

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Having grown up in various spots in the south, I am picky about my BBQ. Nonetheless, I still consider Slow's to be some of the best i've ever had.

Though on the slightly pricier side (particularly with sides coming a la carte), their food is to die for. Exceptional gumbo, absolutely fantastic sides (great waffle fries and the BEST mac & cheese i've ever had), good sandwiches (the Yardbird on Texas Toast is what I imagine heaven might taste like), large portions, great ambiance, etc. Good beer list, though I wish they catered more to the stout drinkers!

I've noticed the cons seem to be about service; I can attest after several visits. Though I've never had the rude service other reviews have mentioned, one or two times I went (when busy), I definitely spent HOURS there simply due to the wait for service, food, etc. Try and go at an off time (the food is just as good), I guess, to get better service (and trust me, there are some nice waiters!).

2
★★★★☆

Having grown up in various spots in the south, I am picky about my BBQ. Nonetheless, I still consider Slow's to be some of the best i've ever had.

Though on the slightly pricier side (particularly with sides coming a la carte), their food is to die for. Exceptional gumbo, absolutely fantastic sides (great waffle fries and the BEST mac & cheese i've ever had), good sandwiches (the Yardbird on Texas Toast is what I imagine heaven might taste like), large portions, great ambiance, etc. Good beer list, though I wish they catered more to the stout drinkers!

I've noticed the cons seem to be about service; I can attest after several visits. Though I've never had the rude service other reviews have mentioned, one or two times I went (when busy), I definitely spent HOURS there simply due to the wait for service, food, etc. Try and go at an off time (the food is just as good), I guess, to get better service (and trust me, there are some nice waiters!).

Pros: FOOD.

Cons: Hit or miss service.

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Great place in Detroit. The place is packed so getting a drink while you wait for a table can be challenging. Once you are seated service is prompt and friendly. Food was simply delicious.

2
★★★★☆

Great place in Detroit. The place is packed so getting a drink while you wait for a table can be challenging. Once you are seated service is prompt and friendly. Food was simply delicious.

Pros: great food

Cons: the wait

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Heather was very attentive, service was spot on and food, BBQ brisket and pulled pork was very nice. Not overly smokey and sauces not overbearing. Worth the drive and price. Busy yet attentive staff. First timers here and found the place ecletic and delicious. Hop slammer was just as advertised. Pulled pork was juicy and flavorful. I would recommend this as a casual dining experience. In a sketchy side of town yet safe.

2
★★★★☆

Heather was very attentive, service was spot on and food, BBQ brisket and pulled pork was very nice. Not overly smokey and sauces not overbearing. Worth the drive and price. Busy yet attentive staff. First timers here and found the place ecletic and delicious. Hop slammer was just as advertised. Pulled pork was juicy and flavorful. I would recommend this as a casual dining experience. In a sketchy side of town yet safe.

Pros: Bar seating with Heather was very nice

Cons: busy for Valentines day

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Great food - we went here yesterday after the Lions win :o) and after hearing my fiance's brother constantly raving about it. We had the combo platter - yummy yummy, they make even mac and cheese gourmet!

2
★★★★☆

Great food - we went here yesterday after the Lions win :o) and after hearing my fiance's brother constantly raving about it. We had the combo platter - yummy yummy, they make even mac and cheese gourmet!

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Got to Slow's on a Friday nite round 8pm. Hostess said the wait was 1hr. After about 1.5hrs, we talked to some people who were all waiting on the outside patio, and they told us they were waiting for over 2hrs [after being told initially there'd be a 1hr wait too].....

Having a show to go to at 11pm, we left and got a mediocre, but desperately needed meal at Hockeytown. I've been to Slow's on mid-weekdays and got served promptly, but the weekend wait is ridiculous. Don't lie Slow's! If it's gonna be 2+ hours, TELL US, we're adults! [it's not as if they had to cook the food either, for it's all ready made beforehand]

Bring a sandwich ,or four, for your 2 hour wait if you decide to go on Friday or Saturday! I still have to get back for some ribs though - I've got unfinished bizzness there!

2
★★★★☆

Got to Slow's on a Friday nite round 8pm. Hostess said the wait was 1hr. After about 1.5hrs, we talked to some people who were all waiting on the outside patio, and they told us they were waiting for over 2hrs [after being told initially there'd be a 1hr wait too].....

Having a show to go to at 11pm, we left and got a mediocre, but desperately needed meal at Hockeytown. I've been to Slow's on mid-weekdays and got served promptly, but the weekend wait is ridiculous. Don't lie Slow's! If it's gonna be 2+ hours, TELL US, we're adults! [it's not as if they had to cook the food either, for it's all ready made beforehand]

Bring a sandwich ,or four, for your 2 hour wait if you decide to go on Friday or Saturday! I still have to get back for some ribs though - I've got unfinished bizzness there!

Pros: awesome food

Cons: forever wait times for weekend dinners

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Worst service, if you are willing to be treated like an A$% for some alright BBQ check it out but don't bother going during dinner or lunch hours you would be lucky to get a beer while you wait.

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★★☆☆☆

Worst service, if you are willing to be treated like an A$% for some alright BBQ check it out but don't bother going during dinner or lunch hours you would be lucky to get a beer while you wait.

Pros: The sandwich if its warm - sometimes the servers are too busy to bring them warm

Cons: the service and the attitude of the staff - terrible

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Do yourself a favor and try their mac n cheese. Holy cow. My husband and I shared our pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches - they were both equally amazing and equally devoured. I had heard it was v. crowded here, so we went at 5:30 on a weekday, no problems getting a table. The beer selection is also really good, and it's definitely a unique place, fun environment. I can't wait to come back.

2
★★★★★

Do yourself a favor and try their mac n cheese. Holy cow. My husband and I shared our pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches - they were both equally amazing and equally devoured. I had heard it was v. crowded here, so we went at 5:30 on a weekday, no problems getting a table. The beer selection is also really good, and it's definitely a unique place, fun environment. I can't wait to come back.

Pros: food, drinks, reviving downtown Detroit

Cons: long wait (at certain times)

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Nestled in the decay left from old tiger stadium a new shiney restaurant sits with excellent food. Place is always busy even for lunch a wait. This is because food is so good. I love the yard bird. Def would recommend

4
★★★★☆

Nestled in the decay left from old tiger stadium a new shiney restaurant sits with excellent food. Place is always busy even for lunch a wait. This is because food is so good. I love the yard bird. Def would recommend

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It is so tender and very well seasoned. The cooks here take their time and make sure the meat is done to perfection. This is a very good place, nice homey restaurant.

3
★★★☆☆

It is so tender and very well seasoned. The cooks here take their time and make sure the meat is done to perfection. This is a very good place, nice homey restaurant.

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First off, do not try to eat here if you're on a tight schedule. My fiance and I arrived around 4:45 on a Saturday, April 12th and clearly the place had just filled up. There wasn't much of a line yet, but the bar and all tables were full. I had been warned about this ahead of time and would've been there earlier had it not been for all the freeway construction in the area. Anyway, the hostess said it would be a 30 minute wait minimum. Luckily, within 10 minutes we were able to snag seats at the bar or else we wouldn't have been seated until about 5:45. The bartender was really hustling and, although it was sometimes tough to get her attention, we never felt neglected. It helped that we decided on drinks, appetizers, and meals pretty quick (bartender took the whole order in one stop). The food did not arrive quickly, but when it did, it was hot and fantastic. My fiance wasn't a fan of the split pea & okra fritters (slightly slimy texture inside) but I thought they were great. I ordered the Hoppin' Jack for dinner with mac & cheese and Mom's green beans. He ordered The Big Three combo with mac & cheese and baked beans. Both entrees were delicious. The mac & cheese was served oven-baked in single size casseroles. Both bean sides had a dash of Slow's sauce mixed in (the mustard sauce is great!). Since dinner was so satisfying, we HAD to order dessert (banana pudding) which was probably some of the best I've ever had. We paid and were out the door by 6:30 (by which time it was wall-to-wall people). And did I mention the beer list? Great selection of microbrew. You can find a beer to go with any dish. I will definitely be going back and drag as many people with me as I can.

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★★★★★

First off, do not try to eat here if you're on a tight schedule. My fiance and I arrived around 4:45 on a Saturday, April 12th and clearly the place had just filled up. There wasn't much of a line yet, but the bar and all tables were full. I had been warned about this ahead of time and would've been there earlier had it not been for all the freeway construction in the area. Anyway, the hostess said it would be a 30 minute wait minimum. Luckily, within 10 minutes we were able to snag seats at the bar or else we wouldn't have been seated until about 5:45. The bartender was really hustling and, although it was sometimes tough to get her attention, we never felt neglected. It helped that we decided on drinks, appetizers, and meals pretty quick (bartender took the whole order in one stop). The food did not arrive quickly, but when it did, it was hot and fantastic. My fiance wasn't a fan of the split pea & okra fritters (slightly slimy texture inside) but I thought they were great. I ordered the Hoppin' Jack for dinner with mac & cheese and Mom's green beans. He ordered The Big Three combo with mac & cheese and baked beans. Both entrees were delicious. The mac & cheese was served oven-baked in single size casseroles. Both bean sides had a dash of Slow's sauce mixed in (the mustard sauce is great!). Since dinner was so satisfying, we HAD to order dessert (banana pudding) which was probably some of the best I've ever had. We paid and were out the door by 6:30 (by which time it was wall-to-wall people). And did I mention the beer list? Great selection of microbrew. You can find a beer to go with any dish. I will definitely be going back and drag as many people with me as I can.

Pros: Food, drink selection

Cons: Nearby freeway construction, parking

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As a native Michigander studying out of state, I had heard a lot of buzz about this place since it opened. I had numerous family members and friends recommend it to me. Well finally while in town for the holidays and a little vacation afterwards, I stopped by this place with my parents after the Auto Show. It had quite an atmosphere. Trendy and sharp, while still very authentic. Because I'm sure a lot of other people had the idea to get lunch there before/after the Auto Show, it was quite busy and we coult only find immediate seating at the bar (not really a problem, as it was quite spacious). The place smelled great, I was greatly anticipating my meal. I was a little worried that this place would just have a boring, typical barbecue/soul food menu, but I was pleasantly surprised by the balance between culinary classics and risks. Between layering a Black & Tan and pouring Jaeger bombs for other customers, the bartender took our order. We all ordered sandwiches, as it was lunch time. In no time our food had arrived, dispite how packed the place was. I had "The Reason", a pulled pork sandwich dressed in just the right amount of a vinegar-based barbecue sauce, also with some cole slaw and dill pickles all held together by two flavorful slices of Texas toast. My parents got two other sandwiches (I forget which ones) that I also tried, and were very good. In addition to our sandwiches, we each got different sides and shared them all: baked beans, cole slaw, and mac and cheese, all of which were excellent. My favorite was the baked beans with peppers and a sort of mustard taste. All in all, this was a great meal, well priced, and quite an experience. This has become one of my favorite restaurants in just one visit! I plan to return everytime I am back in town.

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★★★★★

As a native Michigander studying out of state, I had heard a lot of buzz about this place since it opened. I had numerous family members and friends recommend it to me. Well finally while in town for the holidays and a little vacation afterwards, I stopped by this place with my parents after the Auto Show. It had quite an atmosphere. Trendy and sharp, while still very authentic. Because I'm sure a lot of other people had the idea to get lunch there before/after the Auto Show, it was quite busy and we coult only find immediate seating at the bar (not really a problem, as it was quite spacious). The place smelled great, I was greatly anticipating my meal. I was a little worried that this place would just have a boring, typical barbecue/soul food menu, but I was pleasantly surprised by the balance between culinary classics and risks. Between layering a Black & Tan and pouring Jaeger bombs for other customers, the bartender took our order. We all ordered sandwiches, as it was lunch time. In no time our food had arrived, dispite how packed the place was. I had "The Reason", a pulled pork sandwich dressed in just the right amount of a vinegar-based barbecue sauce, also with some cole slaw and dill pickles all held together by two flavorful slices of Texas toast. My parents got two other sandwiches (I forget which ones) that I also tried, and were very good. In addition to our sandwiches, we each got different sides and shared them all: baked beans, cole slaw, and mac and cheese, all of which were excellent. My favorite was the baked beans with peppers and a sort of mustard taste. All in all, this was a great meal, well priced, and quite an experience. This has become one of my favorite restaurants in just one visit! I plan to return everytime I am back in town.

Pros: Food (quality and quickness), atmosphere

Cons: location (across from Mich Central Depot), had to sit at bar

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Wow! Not only does this place have a great vibe, it also has actual vegetarian options - that's right, at a Barbecue joint! Okra and sweet pea fritters are to die for, the "genius" sandwich is literally a work of genius (none of my fellow diners guessed it was vegetarian), the mac and cheese and sweet potato dishes were top notch, and the desserts were excellent. My carnivorous friends really liked their meals, as well. While I agree that service was slow (though not the worst I've ever had), the food and atmosphere were so great I'll go back again and again.

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★★★★★

Wow! Not only does this place have a great vibe, it also has actual vegetarian options - that's right, at a Barbecue joint! Okra and sweet pea fritters are to die for, the "genius" sandwich is literally a work of genius (none of my fellow diners guessed it was vegetarian), the mac and cheese and sweet potato dishes were top notch, and the desserts were excellent. My carnivorous friends really liked their meals, as well. While I agree that service was slow (though not the worst I've ever had), the food and atmosphere were so great I'll go back again and again.

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The food is pretty good, but even if this was the best bbq I'd ever eaten in my entire life you could NEVER get me to go back to this place. I have never been treated so rudely in all my life. All I have to say is nice people skills Slows' employees. Your mothers would be so proud.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is pretty good, but even if this was the best bbq I'd ever eaten in my entire life you could NEVER get me to go back to this place. I have never been treated so rudely in all my life. All I have to say is nice people skills Slows' employees. Your mothers would be so proud.

Pros: Decent bbq

Cons: Service, service, service

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Slows is a pretty good restaurant. I can't say that they have the best bbq in town, but it's pretty good. The atmosphere is fun and the bar is great. It's a great place to go after work or if you are in the mood for bbq.The customer service is pretty good also.

2
★★★★☆

Slows is a pretty good restaurant. I can't say that they have the best bbq in town, but it's pretty good. The atmosphere is fun and the bar is great. It's a great place to go after work or if you are in the mood for bbq.The customer service is pretty good also.

Pros: Pretty good food, great atmosphere

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Slow's is the best kept secret on Michigan Ave.
The food is great, the bar is usually stocked and there are always smiling faces.
I've been going there for over a year now.
Always call to see how long the wait is.

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★★★★★

Slow's is the best kept secret on Michigan Ave.
The food is great, the bar is usually stocked and there are always smiling faces.
I've been going there for over a year now.
Always call to see how long the wait is.

Pros: food, drinks, great place to grab a dink or a nice dinner and hang out with friends.

Cons: occasional long wait times, small restaurant

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Located near the striking, if somewhat derelict, old train station, Slows is part of the area's revitalization. Interestingly, the front of the brick building is covered with 400 different-size funnels, which are part of a public art…

 

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