2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
Some of the best BBQ I've ever had. AND I'm from the South. Places like these convert vegetarians into carnivores.
Detroit should be proud to carry a gem of a place like Slows BBQ Downtown. The area isn't the most scenic being right across the Roosevelt, but the place is downright good. It's pretty big on the inside and their outdoor patio is nice as well. They have a giant bar in the middle with some TV's scattered around showing Michigan games. Service here is also stellar. Very friendly and just high energy. Our server must have had one too many energy drinks, but he was great.
Being Asian and all, we did Slows the Chinese family way of sharing a bunch of dishes. We ordered the Texas Style Beef Brisket, Mac N Cheese, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, the Longhorn Sandwich and the Triple Threat Sandwich.
Mac N Cheese here is some of the best I've had. They use pasta shells instead of macaroni and it works wonderfully here. The cheese is velvety smooth and tastes like real cheese, not that fake stuff some places use. The layer of baked cheese on top is something that all Mac N Cheese should have, but restaurants rarely do. It's so easy and can really enhance the Mac N Cheese but not many places do it. Slows does and gets major points in my book for it. The mashed sweet potatoes (yams) were wonderful. The right amount of sugar and cinnamon to accent the sweetness of the potatoes already were good. It was a little burned on the bottom, but I'm just being nitpicky.
The Texas Style Beef Brisket ($13.95) was great. It's tough to make good brisket because the juice runs out so easily, but this place did a good job. There was a nice smokeline with a thin layer of fat and juicy meat. It's sliced a bit too thin for my liking, as I love the thick slices that they have down south, but it was still pretty darn good.
The Longhorn Sandwich ($8.95) is sliced beef brisket on texas toast with a special onion marmalade, smoked gouda, and spicy sauce. The beef brisket is great here because the marmalade and spicy sauce really give it a velvety texture in a good way. The gouda cheese is a bit hard which actually really worked well with the sandwich. It added a nice sweet taste for the sandwich as well.
The Triple Threat Pork Sandwich ($8.95). A practicing Jew's worst nightmare. This sandwich was so good, it was displayed on Travel Channel's Man Vs Food. It is a dead pig between bread buns. Pulled Pork topped with Sliced Ham topped with Applewood Smoked Bacon. If that doesn't scream American, well you're better off swimming across the river to Canada. The Kaiser roll could only hope to contain what was one of the best sandwiches in Detroit. The pulled pork was tasty and tender. The grilled ham was a tad thin, but was so good with just the right amount of char. The bacon was a bit overcooked but...it's still Bacon (Man's best friend). This sandwich would have been good with any one of the three items, but it had them all. Worth the visit here alone.
There actually isn't a reason not to go to Slows. The service is friendly and the food is good. If you haven't been to Slows BBQ yet, you're missing out. There really isn't anything that bad about the place. Bathrooms kinda suck (Does that even matter?? No, but I didn't want to build up their ego too much...)
Ambience – BService – A-Price – AFood – A
OVERALL – A-