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Thus far I have had the briosket sandwich and the pulled pork - loved them both. I want to try something new. What should I try? And what sides are best?

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  1. I don't know...lets go get some more and keep testing!

    1. Try the okra fritters if you like that kind of thing--can't remember whether they come as a side, an appetizer, or both. I've also had good luck with chicken barbecue dishes there. Added recommendation: after you eat, you can now head across the street to the new Mercury coffee bar for good espresso drinks made from Intelligentsia coffee.

      1. I love the mac and cheese - especially their revised recipe they have now. Skip the cornbread - too dry. I love their sweet potatoes - not sickening sweet. Coleslaw is good, but nothing extraordinary. Waffle fries with cheese my kids adore.

        I always get the baby back ribs. They are always wonderful. Have also had the brisket, chicken, pulled pork, and salmon. They are all good, but I cannot do without the ribs.

        The desserts are worth saving room for too! Every one is good!

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        1. re: susanfitzm

          I got the baby back ribs - these were good. I tried the okra fitters - kind of bland. I tried the mac and cheese, very good. Green beans good. Still think the brisket is the best thing they've got going....

          We did go over to the Mercury Coffee place and this was a disappointment. The woman that waited on my was quite noticeably high and could barely ring up my order. They actually ran out of coffee! We didn't want to stick around for the 5 minutes it would have taken for them to brew some more. I got the last cup they had brewed and it was all right, nothing to write home about. It smelled like something was in burning in the back. They are on the wrong side of the road to capitalize on any overflow from Slows, which was packed at 2 pm in the afternoon even. There was very little food items in the display cases. I predict it isn't long for this world. Too bad - I really wanted it to be great.

          Thanks for the advice.

          1. re: momskitchen

            Gee, that's too bad. If you went at 2 p.m. that was probably after the lunch rush, which could explain the empty cases. I've had a couple of good lunches there. But it sounds like they're having staffing problems. Obvious drug use is a dealbreaker for me.

            1. re: Jim M

              I'll give them another shot next time I am at Slows and maybe I just caught them on a bad day. Have you ever tried El Barzon yet? Another place down on Michigan Avenue....

              1. re: Jim M

                MCB is now closed - did you hear?

                1. re: momskitchen

                  Supposedly it's reopening, according to this:

                  http://www.detnews.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article?AID=/20090210/B IZ/902100446/1361

                  But friends say the situation is confused. Sounds that way. Been a bunch of closings down there. Zaccaro's grocery is closing, and the Woodward and Sweet Georgia Brown are closed. Of course, the new restaurants like the ones in Roast are siphoning off business.

                  In the Corktown area try Mudgie's on Porter St.

                  1. re: Jim M

                    small plates just closed there royal oak location

                    1. re: Jim M

                      Big fan of Mudgie's....

                      I second this!

                      1. re: Jim M

                        If MCB just opened on the same side of Michigan Ave as Slows they may have had a fightin' chance. Heck of a time to open a restaurant...

                  2. re: momskitchen

                    I guess I can't say for sure the gal was high, but she certainly seemed out of it and confused in a very stoned sort of way.....

                2. Four of us will be going to Slows Saturday. Two questions: I've already decided on the brisket as my meal of choice. Never had it anywhere before. Really! Is Texas brisket generally sauced? Second question, is a 3PM meal there going to involve a long wait for seating?

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                  1. re: RedTop

                    Brisket is almost always served without sauce...Slows has a choice of sauces on the table for you to choose from.

                    3PM should not be a problem for seating since there are no games or any huge activities going on downtown.

                    1. re: JanPrimus

                      Thanks for the reply, Jan. To elaborate on my question, should I sauce the brisket I order? Or eat it as plated from the kitchen?

                      1. re: RedTop

                        Try it naked, try it with the sauces and then fly and do as you wish...

                        You will not be causing a scene if you sauce your Brisket. :)

                        I prefer the apple bbq sauce personally...

                        1. re: JanPrimus

                          I like the apple and I also like the one that is really vinegary - can't remember which one. Carolina? Note that If you order the brisket plate, it comes with lots of fat on it, but if you get the sandwich, it's already been defattted, so I get that with the Kaiser roll, and take it apart when it gets there, and then just order a couple sides with it.

                          1. re: momskitchen

                            I can do fat!

                            1. re: RedTop

                              I love the fat!

                            2. re: momskitchen

                              Yep, the Carolina sauce is really good, and quite comparable to what you get out on the back roads in NC. As for sauce vs. no sauce, there is no "correct" way to eat most barbecue dishes. They vary from state to state, even from county to county. I once saw a flyer for a barbecue tour of North Carolina that promised you would taste fifty different kinds. What Slows does is give you a sampling. There are a bunch of different sauces on the table. Try them all.

                            3. re: JanPrimus

                              I totally and completely second JanPrimus' post, here. CORRECT! ;)

                      2. Every time I go I swear I'm trying something new but I always wind up getting the pulled pig and the Catfish App. The best part is tasting all the sauces. My favorites are the N.C and the Apple. Last time we went they had a chocolate BBQ that was killer.

                        1. We went. We waited. We ate. All four of us were very pleased with our entree choices. I didn't get a pound of brisket which the menu states is the serving size. But what I had, I enjoyed thoroughly. I sauced part of the brisket with the Apple bbq, and another part with the NC Sauce. Liked both. Muchly prefer the Apple bbq. Both my sides, mac n cheese and Mom's Green Beans were very good, my nod here goes to the green beans--a great snap and nice hint of spice. I washed this memorable meal down with a couple of Founder's Breakfast Stout, a tap beer. First time sampling this brew. I LIKE IT A LOT! And I did like the glass selection for the Stout. The room was SRO when we got there a bit before 3 PM, and when we left, a bit after 5, we had to literally snake our way to the door. Slows is a keeper in my estimation. Thanks to all for their insight and suggestions.

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                          1. re: RedTop

                            Just for reference...That Breakfast Stout gets better as it gets warmer. I usually will order it and another beer at the same time so I can give the Stout the time it needs to warm up.

                            1. re: JanPrimus

                              It's all about the mac smothered with n.c sauce.