Barbecue might not be the first thing you think of when you’re in Detroit, but it should be. That’s because Detroit is the home of Slows Bar-B-Q, which serves some truly amazing barbecue, sandwiches, and beer in the heart of downtown Detroit. Locations are opening soon in Grand Rapids and Pontiac.
The first thing you notice after walking into the stylish restaurant is the huge bar, which winds its way through the entire room. You might as well just grab a seat there, because you’ll want to work your way through the restaurant’s insanely extensive beer menu, which highlights lots of craft beers, including plenty of local and seasonal microbrews. Seriously, this may be the best beer menu in the city.
Baby back ribs, St. Louis spare ribs, brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and turkey, and smoked garlic pork sausage are the primary meats, all of which are hormone-free and raised humanely on family-owned farms. They’re smoky and delicious on their own, but we suggest you try them tucked into one of their stellar sandwiches, available with Zingerman’s toast or a poppy seed roll. The Yardbird (smoked pulled chicken mixed with mushrooms and cheese and topped with bacon), Triple Threat Pork (bacon, pulled pork, and ham), and the Longhorn (beef brisket with onion marmalade, smoked Gouda, and special sauce) will forever haunt your dreams. But don’t miss out on the sides; the macaroni and cheese in particular is outrageously delicious.