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Slows Bar BQ

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2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216-1305
+1 313-962-9828
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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150 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Slow's Restaurant for lunch and service was great. No waiting to get in. Nice atmosphere. We shared a BBQ plate with two sides - three types of BBQ and mac 'n cheese and coleslaw. Chicken was delicious and brisket was really moist. Pulled pork was just a little dry. Sides delicious. Recommend.

Thank FamilyofthreeSydney
Columbia, South Carolina
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48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lunch on a Sunday morning at Slow's BBQ, so we skipped the crowds others have spoken of. Highlight to us was the flavor in the beef ribs and beef brisket. Sauces were good, particularly the Apple and​ Spicey. We all agreed the meat did not need any and stood best on its own. Sides were OUTSTANDING, we had the BBQ... More 

Thank XEagleDriver
Allen Park, Michigan
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173 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 305 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Well after years of wonder if's my wife and I finally made it to Slows BBQ in Detroit. I have a pretty detailed review so please take your time .. Parking: Use caution as the Parking in Detroit has changed a Bit, especially down Michigan Ave. There are Block Outlines in the Street approx 5 Feet from the Curb that... More 

Thank Steve R
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is great and well worth the hour wait. Pulled pork and the Brisket were our favorites and all the sides were good too. If you give them your phone number they will text you when your table is ready. I believe they have 20 beers on tap. Next time we go we will put in a reservation. You... More 

Thank Lewy169
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I have only eaten here once, I have used their catering several times. They are always "right on" on helping to order just the right amount. The food is always ready and prepared for travel and set up in great sturdy tins. The food is always amazing and high quality. I have catered Slows for many parties, including a... More 

Thank Mary Anne C
Detroit, Michigan
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

OK if you're a fan of tough barbecue and super sweet sauces. They actually brag about how to have to work to get the meat off the bone. I prefer the super tender type.

1 Thank Isa G
Allen Park, Michigan
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31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Slow's last week for lunch. It was the first time in about 2 years. We have probably eaten there 20+ times since they opened. I was disappointed. I had the pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw and NC sauce. It had very little taste, nothing like I remembered. The waffle fries were not done. My wife had a cheeseburger... More 

1 Thank danriley2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the pork slide sandwich except it was ginormous with poppy seed buns and pickle slaw on top. It was a phenomenal meal for the price there is also one inside Ford field.

Thank Aharon M
Detroit, Michigan, United States
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

True slow cooked BBQ the fat should melt away. We had pulled pork and it was full of fat. The taste was average. The potatoes were swimming in grease. The service was slow. I do not see what the hype is for over priced marginal BBQ.

Thank Rachel W
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First thing that hit's you when you visit Slow's is the aroma. Yep, it tastes as good as it smells. I prefer the chicken ( I like the mustard-y sauce). My husband likes the brisket. I think it would be hard to go wrong with any of the choices. Mac and Cheese is yummy too!

Thank Alicia S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216-1305
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Detroit
  • Phone Number: +1 313-962-9828

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?