Slows Bar BQ Grand Rapids

435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids
(616) 454-1588

Recent Reviews

Barry Weinstein

Food was decent (slightly dry) The worse part was the pricing structure. Brisket bbq... Bun an extra 3.00, Baked Beans on the side 5.00 My brisket bbq meal cost over 25.00 with my Iced Tea. I am not cheap but felt if I looked hard enough I may have been charged for my napkin too

Jack Cairborne

This is one of my favorite restaurants everi ABSOLUTELY LOVE THERE SMASHED SWEET POTATOES AND COLESLAW

Caitlin Ludwig

When we called to order we inquired about a few items because we have a family member with food allergies and they took the time to not only look up the couple of items we asked but also ended up labeling the other items we ordered as well. We really appreciated the attention to detail. I ordered "The Reason" sandwich which was very good.

Marisela Gonzalez

Although it was $40 for two meals, the lady taking my order was friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and the food was great. Love their burnt ends

Gannie Warrington

Wow- the famed Detroit barbecue place has opened an outpost in Grand Rapids Located on the edge of downtown in an area of loft conversions, street parking is available Many micro brews available on draft make for a tough decision on beverages The menu has so many choices- could make a delicious meal out of appetizers alone. We opted for pork tacos with pickled jalapeños and a bowl of the excellent chili Also had some sides- sweet potato mash and coleslaw to go along with the famed brisket- cheese-bacon super sandwich Come hungry- portions big AND delicious

Kellie J.

Great place to grab some bbq. I love the reason and waffle fries! Such a good combo. The wings are also some of the best I've ever had!!!

Daniel Schofield

Used to be top notch good fast and worth a trip.

Chris C

Stopped in for lunch 3/2. Bar tender was great. She was very friendly and chatty. Food was amazing. I had Mac n Cheese with chuncks of brisket and my brother had mac n cheese with brisket taco meat. We also had a bowl.. yes a bowl of waffle fries and a piece of cornbread. Very cool place with amazing food. You will not be let down! Ate the leftovers on the plane headed back to west coast.

Yono Whoitis

Husband had the trio plate. He thought the brisket was the best and juicy. I had the salad and it was crispy fresh and refreshing. The service was very friendly. A nice place to go on a Sunday afternoon for shopping and antiquing.

Gary B.

Had a Yelp event at the downtown market and decided to eat at Slow's while we were there. It was an early Saturday afternoon and we were able to get seated right away. The did get pretty busy a little busier while we were there. My wife got The Reason sandwich. Pulled pork, cole slaw, and pickles. She liked it and I got to eat the leftovers and I liked it as well. Even re-heated up pretty good. She also ordered a side of fries and our waitress told us there was quite a few and could probably do with just a side if I was going to order them as well. She also got the Brix root beer and she really liked that. Now for my sandwich. I ordered the Triple Threat. Where has this sandwich been all my life??? Ham, pulled pork, and bacon. This with the sweet bbq sauce they have was unbelievably good. Picture was posted for this one. Take a look and then go get one. I will definitely be back for that sandwich again. The waffle cut fries were also really good. Service was great. Place was kept clean and they cleared empty tables quickly. The ONLY thing I didn't care for was the seats not padded at all. Me and my wife are getting older and our butts don't like hard surfaces that much anymore. But I will suffer another half hour or so to come again.


We were surprised by the emptiness of Slows in GR! The brisket is just as amazing as in Detroit, and our waitress took great care of us! If you live in the area, you should definitely make it a place to frequent!

Cassie B.

Bang for your buck: 4/10 Quality: 2/10 Service: 7/10 Ambiance/Location: 9/10 Overall: 6/10 The ambiance and location score of this restaurant really pumps up the overall score, but the food was so unimpressive. I was excited to try Slows during a week in Grand Rapids for a conference based on the recommendation of my closest friend, a Michigan native, who spoke highly of the restaurant. I ordered the wings, brisket, and a side salad. The meat was so dry and tough like it had been cooked the night before and microwaved before being brought to the table. The side salad was little more than iceberg lettuce and a boat of ranch. The sauces on the table were really good, and I wish the meat had been better so I could have really enjoyed the flavor. It was all incredibly expensive for how underwhelming it was. BBQ definitely comes at a price, and that is understandable, but definitely not worth the money at this time. The service was good. She brought our food out promptly and periodically checked in with us, but seemed overall more interested in closing duties than she did serving us despite it being hours before closing time. With all of that said, the ambiance and location are great! The restaurant was spacious inside and clean. There was a large parking lot nearby and it was located near other shops, breweries, and restaurants, so you can explore after a meal.

Pastor Doug

First time here, the burger I had was very good, my wife had pulled pork and said it was excellent. My chili was average, and the coleslaw wasn't much better...the waffle fries were crispy and delicious..I would come back.

Robert Marsh

Some tasty BBQ trust me on this one... you must check this place out. Check out the market area it's also a must do!

Aaron Moore

Super good food. Very fair price. The wait staff was very knowledgeable of their food and beverage selection.

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