Detroit's foodie scene is something that took me completely by surprise during my visit there. The legendary Slow's Bar B-Q restaurant located on Michigan Avenue attracts foodies and locals alike who want to sample unique foods as well as craft beer.
From appetizers that include the "Split Pea and Okra Fritters" to Jambalaya, Catfish and even unusual vegetarian options make this an unusual BBQ because it is as gourmet as they come.
With so many reasons in the media for not visiting Detroit, Slow's has given a reason for diehard critics to book a trip to venture this city which is on the brink of reinventing itseIf.
Having opened its doors in 2005 in Corktown thanks to the vision of co-owner Phillip Cooley, Slow's found a welcome audience in this Irish immigrant-rich area on the fringe of Detroit's downtown. Of course, there is no one formula for success, but Slow's low-key vibe, commitment to a clean decor and an emphasis on camaraderie and the spirit of barbecue have made this a bit of a mecca for locals and tourists alike.
Can gourmet cuisine shape and influence travelers? Most definitely.