Slow’s BBQ In Grand Rapids Has Opened!


Slow’s is a very popular BBQ restaurant located in Corktown in Detroit. They recently opened up their second location here in Grand Rapids, right in the Downtown Market. As BBQ and Southern Cuisine have been gaining immense popularity over the past several years, it was only a matter of time before GR would have a spattering of Southern influenced dining spots opening up.

One of the best, if not the best thing about this place? They use humanely treated animals from family owned farms, where they are fed a vegetarian diet and are never pumped with hormones or antibiotics. Awesome.


A pile of incredibly tender and fatty beef brisket topped with onion marmalade, spicy sauce and smoked gouda. You have your choice of a Poppy Seed Roll or Zingerman’s Toast.


Admittedly, I have never been a fan of BBQ. I enjoy learning about the processes and the different varieties of culture and tradition that BBQ actually entails, but it’s just not something I ever craved or sought out. However, Slow’s is a restaurant I actually want to go back to. The quality of food is great, and all the sides and the sandwiches were delicious. Next time, I’ll go with a side or two that is lighter, as all my choices for this trip were heavy and rich.

They have a full bar as well, and an interesting set up of ordering. When you walk in, stand in line to make your choices, and then you give them your name, and you pay. When your food is ready they have servers walk around and call your name until they find you. They have separate servers to take your drink order, and you cash out with them for your cocktails. The atmosphere is spacious and nice, and they have outdoor seating and open walls for warmer weather. I had an enjoyable first visit, and I’m looking forward to my next one.

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