Drove by Slows at about 10 Saturday night, not yet having eaten, and there was a parking space right in front of Slows that seemed to be calling me. So I went in and had the basic pulled pork dinner. The place has now been open for almost four years, and it was still packed at that hour, which in this economy in Michigan is pretty impressive. And I can see why it's packed. It would have been very easy for them to expand, start dishing out a lot of food kept hot on steam tables, ride their reputation for a few years, make some money, and then go on to something new. But they have not done that. Everything I had was obviously made to order. Had green beans with mustard sauce on the side--they were crisp, tart, and fresh. It'd be easy for them to get away with premade green beans, which are OK even if they sit around for a while, but they haven't gone that route.
The beer list is also remarkable, with lots of items I haven't seen anywhere else around here. I had a Rogue Chipotle ale from Oregon that was expensive but worth it.
It took a while to get the food, for me and for others around me, but nobody seemed to care. This is not a place to go to eat in 20 minutes before a basketball game, and that seems to have sunk in. It's notable that when the owners tried to do a coffee house across the street--a business in which quickness and high volume is key--it failed almost immediately. But the barbecue place is still on the right track, and it's evolving into a local institution.
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