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, this BBQ is as interesting and as gourmet as they come.
With so much negative media coverage of Detroit, Slow's has given a reason for diehard critics to venture to this city as it stands 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 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.