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ChocoKitty Jan 16, 2002 04:11 PM

I'm craving BBQ ribs. Who makes the best ribs in metro Detroit?

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    Sony Bob RE: ChocoKitty Jan 17, 2002 02:01 PM

    Can't get BBQ ribs in Detroit like you can in Kansas City. If in the Royal Oak area, try Oxford Inn on Main St. Your best bet is to wait for "BerkleyBabe" to answer (which she will}. I don't think there's a place in the Detroit area that she doesn't know! Trust her.
    Bob

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      beth RE: Sony Bob Jan 18, 2002 11:03 AM

      Some of our favorite places for ribs are:
      Alexanders - 7 mile @ Haggerty in Northville
      Moose Preserve - 17 Mile in Pontiac
      Beaver Creek - on Wayne Rd., south of Ford in Westland

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        Queenofquality RE: beth Feb 10, 2002 09:34 PM

        The best ribs in Detroit are served at my house on the Sunday prior to Labor Day Monday on the Labor Day weekend. The commercial places can not beat my homemade sauce or my attention to the slow cooking over live coals with out par boiling them first. But then I do not try to cook for the masses - only 120 invited guests. :)

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          berkleybabe RE: Queenofquality Mar 16, 2002 08:10 PM

          So when can we expect our chowhound invitations? ;)

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      berkleybabe RE: ChocoKitty Jan 18, 2002 06:41 AM

      I can't say I have the best answer for you; we've always found really tasty, tender, nonfatty/falling off the bone ribs at Matt Prentice's Flying Fish Tavern (13 mile and Southfield). Memphis Smoke in Royal Oak has a good selection, but leans toward greasy. Why not try some other places and post what you've found...you may find THE best spot!

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        lewwelch RE: ChocoKitty Jan 20, 2002 06:02 AM

        In Pontiac, on Woodward Ave (north of St. Joe's hospital), there is a carwash/soul food restaurant called CW's Soul Food. Just take out, but they make amazing ribs as well as several terrific sides like sweet potato-pie, greens, etc...

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          berkleybabe RE: lewwelch Jan 20, 2002 02:20 PM

          I've seen that place a number of times and it certainly raised my curiosity. Thanks for the post--we'll drop in in the near future!

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          ChocoKitty RE: ChocoKitty Jan 21, 2002 12:49 PM

          Well, I stopped the BBQ rib craving (temporarily!) at Nikola's in Southfield on Telegraph Rd., next to Shield's. They were pretty good (but oh, I keep dreaming that there are better ones out there!), maybe a little too sweet, but this was easily fixed with a dousing of Tabasco. And a half slab was HUGE -- they serve the "real" meaty ribs, not the baby-backs.

          Thanks for the leads on the other places. I'm probably going to make another rib run this week.

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            Tom Rusinow RE: ChocoKitty Jan 22, 2002 07:53 AM

            The eastsiders go to "Champs" on Mack between 7 and 8 and for the real deal, "Milts" on Houston-Whittier about 1 mile west of I-94.

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              Jim Kinsella RE: Tom Rusinow Jul 19, 2005 12:43 PM

              Another couple and us cruise for ribs about once a month. We ate at Champs, would never go back.

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              Matthew RE: ChocoKitty Mar 16, 2002 02:50 PM

              Oxford Inn --Royal Oak is a good bet. Also , Mt. Chalet-- Royal Oak- 14/Woodward , or .. good old Boneyard !! Bon Appetite

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                Marty tcs. RE: ChocoKitty Apr 8, 2002 12:26 PM

                I almost feel honored that this, my first submission, should be for one of my favorite foods at one of my most favorite of Detroit places. Ginopolis on the Grill at 12mile and Middlebelt. Not only do they have a great variety of other food selections ranging from fish to lamb but they are also noted for their celebrity photo walls. TV stars like Tim Allen to any and all of the various Detroit sports teams. But the ribs,oh man, I'm drooling on myself just thinking about them. And there can be only one dessert pick to end any meal there. A simple hot fudge sundae made with the best of fudge toppings--Sander's Hot Fudge. Go for two scoops of vanilla; you get more fudge that way.

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                  berkleybabe RE: Marty tcs. Apr 8, 2002 03:20 PM

                  Hey, glad to have you on the Midwest board--we always need more Motowners! Welcome, I hope you'll keep posting your finds and favorites for the rest of us to enjoy...

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                    berkleygary RE: Marty tcs. Apr 8, 2002 08:37 PM

                    Just a note on Ginopolis's ribs - Ginopolis married into a family whose restaurant near Cincinnati is widely famous for ribs - The White House(?) might be the name of the restaurant - and the story I've heard is that she brought the rib and sauce recipes with her to the marriage.

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                      moonstone1940 RE: berkleygary Dec 17, 2007 09:40 PM

                      Ginopolis, I think is a cousin of the Montgomery Inn in Cinci, Sinatra, and many other stars would request ribs from Ginopolis when in Town. Montgomery Inn Sauce is available in the grocery stores - for sure Meijers. Slow cook ribs with some type of citrus, onions and garlic and then add the sauce.

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                        boagman RE: moonstone1940 Dec 18, 2007 10:41 AM

                        Um, huh? I think you may be confusing Sinatra with someone else entirely. Ol' Blue Eyes was a staunch patron of the now-defunct Excalibur in Southfield for his ribs IIRC. He would always make that a destination when he came.

                        That being said, I really enjoy the Montgomery Inn sauce I buy at the store. Not sure about its use for ribs, but it sure makes for a great topping on baked chicken and such. I'm a fan.

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                    xman887 RE: ChocoKitty Dec 18, 2007 08:05 PM

                    out by lakeside on hall road is a place called the boneyard. i have never been there. anyone have any experience there?

                    http://www.theboneyardbbq.com/

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                      Jim M RE: xman887 Dec 18, 2007 08:14 PM

                      I've been to the one on Telegraph in Dearborn Heights and liked it quite a bit. They had two basic cooking methods, as I recall--one traditional, and one that roasted the meat for a while so that it would fall off the bone. Nothing spectacular, but high-quality pork that makes for satisfying 'cue.

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                        oaklandfoody RE: xman887 Dec 24, 2007 05:46 PM

                        ok at best, it's a chain. I like famous dave's bettter.

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                          boagman RE: oaklandfoody Dec 24, 2007 06:23 PM

                          Geez...that's a pretty condemning statement, that. I mean, FD's is just about the lowest common denominator of ribs I've had to my recollection. They're edible, bu that's about it.

                          That being said, I'm not fond of Boneyard, either. Both places are disappointing, and I avoid them if at all possible.

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                            Docsknotinn RE: boagman Jan 16, 2008 06:29 AM

                            When we went to FD's I felt like everything was right out of a box or a can. Bluch. There is supposed to be a place on the East side over on Mack, Green's deep South BBQ but I've never been there.

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                        Ludlows23 RE: ChocoKitty Dec 20, 2007 07:38 PM

                        Hmm - no one mentioned Slows in Detroit? that is my #1 favorite place for BBQ, but I admit, much of my "love" goes to their mac & cheese - its an event in itself. But they also have 5-7 different sauces at the table for whatever BBQ mood you are in.

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                          oaklandfoody RE: Ludlows23 Dec 24, 2007 05:44 PM

                          Slows is great most of the time, but the mac&cheese isn't that great (it's nutmeg heavy and cheese light.)

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                            boagman RE: oaklandfoody Dec 24, 2007 06:27 PM

                            WOW! You don't like their mac and cheese? That is truly amazing. You are the *first* person to tell me that they didn't like it (or are you just saying that it's "merely okay"?), and I've heard nothing but raves about it until now.

                            That being said, I hate *all* mac and cheese. Cheese and I have a special relationship, that being that I pretty much detest it in all ways except for as a pizza topping, and then *only* mozzerella. None of this chicken/artichoke/feta GARBAGE pizza that I was forced to endure the smell of over the weekend. Absolutely nasty in every conceivable fashion.

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                          gastronomical RE: ChocoKitty Dec 29, 2007 12:49 PM

                          For my money I like Tunnel BBQ in Windsor, technically not Detroit, but it's in the area... make sure you go there on a busy weekend dinner service for best quality. In Detroit I like Slows. Bone yard i think is overrated, they don't trim their bones and they have tons of connective tissue on them. I've had Ginopolis, which is an extension of the Montgomery Inn, and i'm just not a fan of the fall of the bone kind so much. Just my preference.

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                            buttermonkey RE: gastronomical Jan 17, 2008 09:27 AM

                            I like Tunnel BBQ also, they have lowered their prices to stay competative with this side of the border as our $ falls and the Canadian $ rises. I also agree with Oaklandfoody on the FD's verses Boneyard. IMO, FD's RIBS aren't bad but I won't say that about anythig else they offer. I have friends in Rochester; I met them there over the summer for a bite and brews one nite. I was a bit later than them and walked in on the end of the 5# rib tips and fries the tips were good so i ordered just the STL style ribs. The ribs wern't bad but the other things on the plate were left almost untouched. I doubt the RIBS came from a box; it wasn't Tony Roma's. Tony Roma's, IMO, are bottom of the barrel and I know most of Roma's products are pre-fabricated.

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                            smager54 RE: ChocoKitty Jan 2, 2008 01:35 PM

                            I'm with Ludlows23 on Slows, smack on a dark, almost scary part of Michigan Avenue west of the old Tiger Stadium. But the energy inside is high, the food is great and you're doing good for Motown to eat there and be happy and come back.

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                              Jim M RE: smager54 Jan 2, 2008 02:24 PM

                              They do offer valet parking for those concerned about the area (being on a main drag it should be relatively safe). I've been back a couple times recentlly and found the quality undiminished.

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                              butterhead RE: ChocoKitty Jan 3, 2008 06:46 PM

                              slows' slows' slows' !!! But only for the meat as most of the sides are so so. the beloved mac & cheese isn't that great, it is light on cheese and tastes like flour and the corn bread is dry as hell.

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                                cstiv RE: butterhead Jan 15, 2008 06:18 AM

                                I work near Slow's and I've eaten there quite a bit, and I just don't think it's that good. I was excited about it when it opened because it was close, and hip, and I love barbecue. But I think my love of the concept and my sincere hope that it would be good forced me to keep giving it second chances. The last straw was a few months ago I ordered the beef brisket and it came so dry and leathery, it was like something from a school cafeteria. The first time I ate there the pulled pork was actually undercooked (pink and translucent) but I cut them some slack since they had just opened. Then I had ribs that I needed a steak knife to cut, and finally the brisket and I just can't take them as serious barbecue place. All that being said, the pulled pork and the mac and cheese are pretty good, the decor is cool, and I'm glad that they are there for the neighborhood's sake.

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                                  Docsknotinn RE: cstiv Jan 15, 2008 06:30 AM

                                  I love Slows. It's not perfect but it's easilly the best BBQ in the greater detroit area. The mac and cheese has been changed. They used to use a smoked Gouda which had an odd grainy texture when cooked. They now use Cheddar and it's much better. Some of the sides are a little lame. I'm no fan of their potato salad or cole slaw. The fried catfish is incredibly good as is the pulled pig. If you don't like slows your going to hate famous daves or the boneyard.

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                                    cstiv RE: Docsknotinn Jan 15, 2008 06:43 AM

                                    I wasn't planning on eating at either of those places but I did read about Lazybones in a seperate thread. It is pretty close and I can't believe this is the first I heard of it. As far as the meat at Slow's goes, the name is false advertising. If they actually cooked their ribs or brisket low and slow enough, they would not have arrived on my plate like they did.

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                                      Docsknotinn RE: cstiv Jan 15, 2008 08:29 AM

                                      I'm not saying this is what happened to you but a lot of people mistake the pink color from real smoked meat as being under done. There is no false advertising there. The meat is definately smoked. Sorry you had a bad experience. We've been many times and have always been happy with our meal.

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                                        cstiv RE: Docsknotinn Jan 15, 2008 11:44 AM

                                        Yeah, I know what a smoke ring looks like, I do a lot of my own barbecueing. The brisket was obviously cooked to hot, because it was just gray and dry inside, and I needed a steak knife to cut it. The pulled pork I referred to in an earlier post was actually underdone (it was translucent). But I don't want to pile on poor Slow's. What I really want to find is some good barbecue in the Metro area. I am looking forward to trying Lazybones.

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                                          Jim M RE: cstiv Jan 15, 2008 01:15 PM

                                          Barbecue is temperamental stuff, and any one place might be best on a given night. I've had very good luck at Slows with pulled pork and chicken dishes (have not eaten the brisket). For those out Washtenaw way, try Smoke House Blues on Washtenaw Ave. between AA and Ypsilanti--often remarkably good, and I can specifically recommend the brisket there.

                                          Eastsiders, is Milt's still serving it up?

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                                    detroitbrian RE: cstiv Jan 15, 2008 08:41 AM

                                    I share your feelings 100%. So, I don't think you've had a completely unique experience. It's definitely a place worth checking out (and based on the raves I've read here, I will do so again), but it fails to deliver on it's promise.

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                                      xman887 RE: cstiv Jan 15, 2008 07:46 PM

                                      i had lunch there last week and ordered the brisket sandwich on texas toast and enjoyed it. the meat was moist and tender. i like their spicy sauce. the seasonal/special sauce was labled "orange pop" and damn if it didn't taste like a bottle of faygo. good, but a little strange.

                                      their pork has been hit or miss for me on a couple of occaisions. about a month ago i had their sandwich that is a triple play on pork - shoulder, ham, and thick cut bacon. the pork was good but the bacon was the best thing on the plate.

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                                      Tabrams RE: butterhead Apr 21, 2009 07:40 AM

                                      One of the issues with Slows is that their image is somewhat tied to regional politics. There are some rabid supporters of the place and the hype can sometimes be deafening – an easy way to setup a first-time patron for a disappointing meal. That said, my experience with at least a half-dozen meals at Slows has been good to excellent. I almost always order the St. Louis-style ribs because I prefer a spicy dry-rub smoked rib (you can have your soggy baby back). And they can't be beat for beer/wine/bourbon selection.

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                                        Fritter RE: Tabrams Apr 21, 2009 05:16 PM

                                        Slows is tied to regional politics? In what way? I always wind up with the pulled pig sandwich. I'm just not much of a fan for their sides but I really enjoy the place and trying out all the different BBQ sauces.

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                                          Tabrams RE: Fritter Apr 23, 2009 07:16 AM

                                          The owners are seriously invested (and do a lot of good) for the neighborhood and surrounding communities. Slows gets a lot of press and has become a kind of symbol for urban renewal. I've seen dining experiences altered by far less.

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                                      buttermonkey RE: ChocoKitty Jan 15, 2008 07:50 PM

                                      I had Slows' tonight. It was real good. STL style ribs were tender with a little snap to the meat, the pulled pork was moist and tender, but the chicken was a bit dry. I liked the corn bread but barely ate the mac & cheese. It was my first time there; the place was packed at 7pm. I'll probably be back.

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                                        buttermonkey RE: ChocoKitty Jan 17, 2008 08:06 PM

                                        I am wondering has anyone been to Rib City BBq? I drove past one on Northwestern today. Is it open; if so is it any good?

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                                          gastronomical RE: buttermonkey Sep 24, 2008 05:48 PM

                                          I don't know if it's the same, but I ate at the one in Troy...Awful. The smallest ribs I've EVER seen. Like from a suckling pig. Steer clear of Rib City.

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                                          keslacye RE: ChocoKitty Jan 19, 2008 07:39 AM

                                          I agree with most of the posters here - Slows is pretty good, but not great. I think you go there for the atmosphere more than anything else. Famous Dave's is disgusting, I would never go there again.

                                          Honestly, the best and most consisently good ribs I've had in this area are at any one of the three J Alexander's. I know it's a chain, but I love their sauce, and the ribs always fall off the bone. Fantastic sides, too. The mac and cheese there IS amazing.

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                                            ezeg RE: ChocoKitty Feb 10, 2008 06:59 AM

                                            yes famous daves r only good at the grand opening period other wise it jus another chain..... everyone else is jus hit and miss. top 3 when they r on thier game blues bbq boneyard, parks. is there any good brisket in the d sounds like smoques got it goin on in the windy city.......

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                                              BBQlover76 RE: ChocoKitty Feb 4, 2009 06:16 PM

                                              Hey hey. I'm new here. I agree about Slow's being hit and miss. Went on my birthday over the summer, all ten people at the table loved it. Before then? Slow service and sub par brisket, mac & cheese. Apple bbq suace is out of this world. Closer to home, I enjoy Rib City in Troy. Someone else tore them up, but I would rather eat there than bring my hacksaw to FD or Boneyard. I was there Sunday. Baby backs are super tender (although a little smallish) @ $15. Better than FD @ $22. Sweet beans and slaw. STL are my new favorite dish there though. PS Ginopolis? Did someone hit the lottery to eat there?

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                                                boagman RE: BBQlover76 Feb 4, 2009 07:51 PM

                                                You should try Lazybones in Roseville. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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                                                  BBQlover76 RE: boagman Jul 8, 2009 09:41 PM

                                                  Thank you, Coney With Everything!
                                                  Been too long since i've been out here.
                                                  Boagman, I've heard some things about Lazybones- Good and bad. They're on my Gotta Eat There hitlist. So many places, so little time and money. I heard some rumblings about a place in east side of Detroit called Champs? No relation to Chammps. Any word?

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                                                    boagman RE: BBQlover76 Jul 9, 2009 12:00 AM

                                                    Really? I'd be interested in hearing what bad things you've heard about Lazybones...to be honest, I've never heard a detractor, yet. It's not that the place doesn't have its limitations, but I really think Deni does a great job with what he has. Perfect? No. Very good? You bet. Dependable? For sure.

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                                                      JanPrimus RE: boagman Jul 9, 2009 11:49 AM

                                                      I live in Westland....and I have zero problems driving all the way to Roseville for Lazybones. It has been a solid well liked choice for everyone that comes over to eat when I pick it up. I usually get two of the Texas Platters and some burnt ends.

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                                                  coney with everything RE: BBQlover76 Feb 5, 2009 03:54 AM

                                                  Welcome to Chowhound, BBQlover!

                                                3. Robbwith2bees RE: ChocoKitty Feb 5, 2009 07:41 AM

                                                  Pick-A-Bone on 6 mile in Livonia is pretty good. Ribs tend to be a little on the small side, but cooked right and tasty. $12-$16-ish. Also, if you're just craving BBQ; not necessarily ribs; and you decide to try Memphis Smoke in Royal Oak, you gotta go with the BBQ Chicken. It's half a bird and two sides for like $10-12. Can't go wrong.

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                                                    motorcityhound RE: ChocoKitty Feb 20, 2009 12:16 PM

                                                    If your on the east side, try Milt's Gourmet Bar-B-Que in Harper Woods. The quality has suffered a little bit since Milt was shot a while back but its still better than anything you can get at Slows.

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                                                      donkensler RE: ChocoKitty Feb 27, 2009 03:21 PM

                                                      I'll recommend Kirk's Bar-b-que on Woodward just south of Downtown Birmingham. It's the rebirth of a place that was on Grand River in Detroit from the 60's to the 90's, owned by one of the daughters of the man who owned the original. The ribs are meaty, not fatty, moist, and fall-off-the-bone tender. It's a small storefront with a few small tables, so basically best for takeout. I ate there for the first time tonight, and I'll definitely be going back.

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                                                        rainsux RE: donkensler Apr 11, 2009 11:27 AM

                                                        I visited Kirk's for lunch today. Had their rib tips. Food was hot. Service was quick.
                                                        Sauce was a let down. I'll stick with Milt's, Ginopolis and Beans & Cornbread.

                                                      2. otisf RE: ChocoKitty Mar 24, 2009 01:59 PM

                                                        I don't know the best place for ribs in Detroit, but I do know the best rib sauce if you're doing your own. Just Sweet Enough, and the only place I know that carries it is Hollywood Market in RoyalOak. Enjoy!

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                                                          JanPrimus RE: otisf Mar 25, 2009 06:22 AM

                                                          I recently picked up a Raspberry Chipotle BBQ sauce at Holiday Market in Canton and was very happy. They also have a Bacon BBQ that we tried that was good but did not have the complexity and heat that we all wanted.

                                                          On a side note I picked up some Boston Butt yesterday for 88 cents a pound at Kroger (not my favorite butcher by a mile but I just got laid off a few weeks ago). So I will be wiping those sauces out today making pulled pork sandwiches tonight.

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                                                            coney with everything RE: JanPrimus Mar 25, 2009 12:19 PM

                                                            VERY sorry to hear about your layoff, jan. God knows everyone in DTW knows at least a couple people who are out of a job, or are calling MARVIN themselves.

                                                            On a Chowier note--I don't like Kroger pork in particular b/c they inject it with that damn "solution". I'd rather brine my own, thanks. I know Busch's is a bit spendy overall but they have good sales and pretty good pork, IMO.

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                                                              JanPrimus RE: coney with everything Mar 26, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                              I did brine it for 12 hours after I got it so maybe I brought balance back to the force, just like the book "Charcuterie" foretold.

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                                                          DetroitNative RE: ChocoKitty Mar 26, 2009 02:05 PM

                                                          As a native Detroiter now living in Ireland I want to thank you for posting a question that led to so many trips down memory lane! I had a blast reading fellow Rib lovers posts as they discussed the hot spots!. By-the-by - Do I remember that I used to go to Ginopolis's bar when I was in my early 20's? (going back a few years here!) I seem to remember it was one of the places to hit on a friday or saturday night?

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                                                            rainsux RE: DetroitNative Mar 27, 2009 03:03 PM

                                                            > Ginopolis ... I seem to remember it was one of the places to hit on a
                                                            > friday or saturday night?

                                                            In the mid-late 1970, Playboy listed it was one of the Top-10 discos. T.h.a.t.
                                                            distinction motivated olde man Ginoplis to remove the dance floor and switch
                                                            to a full service restaurant format.

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                                                              DetroitNative RE: rainsux Mar 30, 2009 11:47 AM

                                                              Thanks for the reply! gosh - I think I kind of remember that - not the playboy rating but them getting rid of the disco. May it have happened that the floor was removed in the early 80's? I couldn't drink until 82 and although I may have slipped into a few places before then, I didn't have a fake ID.

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                                                                Double Espresso RE: rainsux Jan 11, 2010 07:31 AM

                                                                The place Playboy was referring to was the Ginopolis which was once in the heart of Greektown - and was more of a "star gazer" sort of Disco. All the Tigers, Pistons and local celebs used to mix it up there...

                                                            2. rainsux RE: ChocoKitty Apr 21, 2009 05:27 AM

                                                              The BBQ Song:

                                                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ubTQf...

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                                                                Scott2.0 RE: ChocoKitty Nov 22, 2009 07:18 PM

                                                                Hands down the best has to be Lazybones in Roseville. Just (finally!) went there for the first time and everything we ordered was phenominal. That puts Slows as a close second, but Lazybones takes the cake without a doubt. I will be making the trek down 696 much more often now.

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                                                                  JanPrimus RE: Scott2.0 Nov 23, 2009 04:32 AM

                                                                  A good think to try for first timers is the Texas Sampler. Although I have to admit that is what I get still to this date. I wish they would get a west side location. Chef Deni if you ever read this...please consider the request! :)

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                                                                  MissDena1 RE: ChocoKitty Jan 23, 2010 04:23 PM

                                                                  We love Lazybones in Roseville! We stopped by there to check it out a couple of years ago and I was shocked! I even catered my son's rehearsal dinner with food from Lazybones. (The food got RAVE reviews.) My sister lives in Grand Rapids and occasionally she calls in an order and my husband and I take it to her on a Saturday. If Deni could expand to Grand Rapids he would make a fortune because there are no good BBQ joints there. I would pick Lazybones any day over Slows. The last time I went to Slows my brisket sandwich was almost all fat. And the name of the place also describes the service. Every time I have been there I was disappointed.

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                                                                    boagman RE: MissDena1 Jan 24, 2010 01:37 PM

                                                                    I'm a big fan of Lazybones, though I've never had their ribs before. I can imagine that they'd be fantastic. Deny knows his stuff.

                                                                    While I'm certainly not surprised that the service at Slows is slow/horrible/disappointing, I am *very* shocked by your comments about the brisket sandwich being all fat. That's something that I've never run across when I've been there, and I would *certainly* have sent that thing back...as you should have. I realize that it can be a pain, but any time food comes out of the kitchen that way, it's simply unacceptable, and I would refuse to pay for it. If any flack was given, a manager would be *immediately* called. They'd still be culpable for a lousy visit, yes, but it's at least partially on you for not calling that to their attention. I'm darned sure that they'd have fixed that.

                                                                    If only they could solve their horrible service problem...

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                                                                      JanPrimus RE: boagman Jan 24, 2010 07:42 PM

                                                                      I am hoping the new Slow's (Only Takeout) location over on Cass will help the service a little bit.

                                                                      Also on a side note about Cass....

                                                                      Corridor Sausage Co. is coming soon.
                                                                      Artisanal sausages, cured meats, and charcuterie coming to the Cass Corridor (Corner of Cass and Canfield) in March 2010! I know one partner is the sous chef over at the Whitney right now. This makes me happy!

                                                                  2. JanPrimus RE: ChocoKitty Apr 12, 2010 04:39 PM

                                                                    Ripped from website!

                                                                    LAZYBONES SMOKEHOUSE SECOND LOCATION
                                                                    COMING SOON!

                                                                    43203 GARFIELD RD. CLINTON TWP. MI 48038
                                                                    FEATURING INDOOR SEATING AND AN OUTDOOR PATIO
                                                                    TO BETTER SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS

                                                                    OPENING LATE MAY EARLY JUNE 2010!

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                                                                      boagman RE: JanPrimus Apr 12, 2010 04:45 PM

                                                                      I...I think I just cried a little bit. This is *such* good news! I take it that the Hollyroxx Cafe is gone, then? That's what used to be at that address. Interesting, and fantastic news!

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                                                                        JanPrimus RE: boagman Apr 13, 2010 04:31 AM

                                                                        Did Hollyroxx have a liquor license? Maybe we get lucky and it could be transferred.

                                                                        NM....just looked them up and it looks like no transferable license.

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                                                                        vtombrown RE: JanPrimus Apr 12, 2010 08:02 PM

                                                                        Any prayer for a liquor license at the Lazybones new Garfield location?

                                                                        PS---since seeing your Jan-24 note, I've been counting the days to the Corridor Sausage Co. opening. Alas, it's been pushed back (at least) until Sept. :-(

                                                                        PPS---About six months ago, Jim M touted a BBQ place in Jackson, MI called "West Texas Barbecue Co." I happened to be in Plymouth and I figured I could sooner drive clear to Jackson and be served, then I could drive to Slows and be served, damned the greenhouse gasses from my car in getting there.

                                                                        Barbeque aficionados (i.e., those who think Lazybones, Blue Ox and Slows are the areas' "real deals") should try this place. I'm not saying you'll love it. I'm just saying that this place is one of your callings and you don't have a choice. www.westexbbq.com

                                                                        Interestingly, they smoke with a white oak, and do so slowly and precisely. Fridays are their revered smoked prime rib day. Saturdays are all-you-can-eat day for $18, but I don't recommend this, if you value your health.

                                                                        The proud pit master, the neighborhood and the tidy restaurant bathroom featuring the owner's toothbrush/razor/deodorant right on the counter, don't even attempt to put themselves forward as being pretty, but this IS a required stop on the circuit.

                                                                        My kid and I had sampler platters of brisket, pork shoulder, turkey breast, sausage and baby backs. Uncharacteristically, I have to give the nod to the ribs, assuming one likes dry rub. But, all the meats were quite good. Again, the REAL DEAL. Believe me.

                                                                        The sides were average. Plain beans (little smoke or fat) with heavy molasses. Decent coleslaw fresh from a mix. Tasty mustard potato salad, supposedly homemade. Bad mac 'n cheese, and arguably mediocre BBQ sauce. The service was very personable(!) and charming, and the "barn" interior was a great and cute change of pace. Limited hours. Please write about your experiences. (Jim M--Thx for the tip.)

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                                                                          Jim M RE: vtombrown Apr 12, 2010 09:28 PM

                                                                          Glad you liked it! I also prefer the ribs, although the brisket is what they tout. Only thing I have to add is that you can eat outside in nice weather. Inside there are only a few tables. Or you can take it to Cascades Park or somewhere else outdoors.

                                                                          I have never tried the prime rib there, but it sounds great.

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                                                                        asheblogs RE: ChocoKitty May 4, 2010 05:29 PM

                                                                        I'm new to the area, so I don't have the perspective some of you may. But I've got to recommend RJ's Roost in Detroit (Rivertown), which is relatively new. They've got fall-off-the-bone tender ribs and barbecue sauce so good I keep a bottle in the fridge at all times. Check it out.

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                                                                          boagman RE: asheblogs May 4, 2010 09:22 PM

                                                                          www.rjsroost.com

                                                                          That's the website, apparently. Not the most informative one I've ever seen, since you actually have to download the menu in order to see the address for the place. You'd think that they'd have that on the front page, or at the very least under one of the main tabs!

                                                                          So...um, fair is fair: a slab of ribs is $21 here, after tax. An entire slab meal is going to run you over $25, after tax. Prices like these, especially for what looks to be a carry-out-emphasized place don't exactly make me rush out into the 'hood. Really: prices like these make me start to think that Kirk's BBQ and Chicken Shack are relative bargains!

                                                                          Are coupons available? Because even BBQ-dedicated places like Lazybones and Blue Ox are cheaper than this on regular menu prices. Slows is about the same, but Slows offers full service!

                                                                          I may check it out if I'm out that way, but I don't think a special trip will be in order.

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                                                                            xman887 RE: boagman May 5, 2010 10:24 AM

                                                                            you are right, an address might help. i got an error message when i tried to download the menu. looks more like a chicken place than a bbq place. and it is pricey, too.

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                                                                              asheblogs RE: xman887 Jun 11, 2010 09:13 AM

                                                                              Yeah, their website could use some work. The address is 3496 East Jefferson Avenue. The chicken's good too, but the slab is why I go there.

                                                                              You asked about the "best ribs," not the "best ribs for the price."

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                                                                                boagman RE: asheblogs Jun 12, 2010 11:12 PM

                                                                                You're right, ashe...and I shouldn't poo-poo them until I see whether they're actually worth what they're charging. Mea culpa.

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                                                                                  Duquesne RE: boagman Dec 1, 2010 01:17 PM

                                                                                  Yep, right again, Boagman. Now get going and let us know ...

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                                                                          Double Espresso RE: ChocoKitty Jan 21, 2011 07:34 AM

                                                                          I know it's the dead of winter and perhaps longing for a nice summer day has elevated the memory.... but I have to say, the "100 yard long BBQ grill" on Rusell St at the Eastern Market has some of the most outstanding pulled pork, ribs, brisket I've had in a long time... Washed down with fresh squeezed lemonade?? Fuhgeddaboudit!! :)

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                                                                            JanPrimus RE: Double Espresso Jan 21, 2011 08:20 AM

                                                                            I believe that is Bert's Ribs. I do love getting some of the meat, corn, wonderbread slice and a beer and people watching on a Saturday morning from there.

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