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About Slows Bar Bq Pontiac

Slows Bar Bq opened its first Oakland County location in Pontiac alongside the Flagstar Strand Theatre in April 2017.

8 North Saginaw Street
Pontiac, MI 48342
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Thursday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Friday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(248) 409-5329

Website:
http://www.slowsbarbq.com/locations/pontiac/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Slows Bar Bq Pontiac Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

3.9

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Great Beer (13)
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Good for Groups (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Fun (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Spicy (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was this restaurant’s last night. We enjoyed it’s last hurrah.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Pulled pork was delicious. Mac and cheese and cole slaw were not as good as Corktown restaurant. Noise level was deafening. Very difficult to hold a conversation without shouting.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

the food was very good, but it was very loud. it is hard to have a conversation.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were from out of town visiting a son. He suggested Slows for an evening together for
great barbecue. We took our whole family and found the waiter and host very helpful, warm, and welcoming. The food was excellent and well worth the drive. We would highly recommend your restaurant, and will look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great beer and food as usual! And love that they take reservations!

Tags: Spicy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Slow's Bar BQ let the revival of barbecue cuisine in the metro Detroit area. Their original Corktown location always has an hour wait to be seated. I was excited to hear they were opening a location in Pontiac which accepts reservations. I have visited their Pontiac location twice in the past two months and enjoy great BBQ both times. The service is top notch and their food is consistently good. I highly recommend the Yardbird chicken sandwich!

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was really not very good. The brisket and ribs were both very dry. Pulled pork was pretty good. Cornbread was great. Coleslaw, beans and corn were just ok. Not as good as downtown. Did like that they took a reservation but not sure we will go back

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Long time fans of original location we were in Pontiac for a show so went here for a bite to eat. Smaller menu than Detroit and my first two beer picks were not available. Brisket was drier than expected but still very tasty. If I didn't know how exceptional the original Corktown location is this would have had 5 stars across the board.
It's not Corktown but it's still great. Also awesome to see downtown Pontiac bouncing back. Ten years ago it was a ghost town.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We ate at Slows before a comedy show. The food was very good. I would revisit the Slows in Pontiac again.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Everything was great. Just wish there was a little more on the menu! I only eat chicken or vegetarian and there were only 2 dishes I could eat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Our server was great. She was energetic, fun, very friendly and helpful. Great food and great value.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Good food, good drinks, and fast service.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Got my weekly fix of awesome barbecue and baked beans! What a great new addition to the Pontiac dining scene. I'm a regular and I highly recommend this location. Plus it's always nice to eat next to an Oakland County Sheriff!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fun, Comfort Food, Authentic, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

My son requested BBQ for his family dinner before heading off for boot camp. It definitely hit the spot and our waiter was very attentive.

My husband and I shared the American Sandwich and the Jambalaya and both were fantastic. My older son ordered the brisket and my younger order the pulled pork sandwich.

I would definitely recommend the toasted bread over the kaiser roll.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great local BBQ place! The original Slows location in Corktown is legendary. Their new Pontic location brings the same great menu to Oakland County. I like that the new location in downtown Pontiac takes reservations!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The standard by which all others should be judged. The best in the area! And close to all the Bloomfields and Birmingham. The added attraction: firemen and sheriffs all the time! Safe and yummy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Great Beer, Fun, Healthy, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Authentic, Organic
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food and beer were very good as is expected from Slows BBQ. But I was a little disappointed that the feel of the restaurant wasn't as unique of an experience as the one downtown Detroit. If it's for a special occasion or a date, go downtown. Maybe I just sound picky, because I know they can't all be the same. But my old soul prefers the feel of the original.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Very good meal and excellent service. Only complaint is that the brisket was a bit fatty. But the other meats were great and the sides were excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Love the fact that I can go to Pontiac for Slows BBQ! Since opening, have already been there 4 times for lunch. Always good food! Portions are large enough to share so come hungry.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was awesome. Loved our waitress. Was a little loud in there because tables are close together, and we went during a peak hour! But all in all, I will definitely go again.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was great but I believe it will take a while for this business to get totally on its feet. The food was decent but for the price I'd rather go to another BBQ restaurant where I can get equally as much or more for the price with, in my opinion, higher quality food. While this does not apply to all the staff there our waitress was not the best. She seemed distracted during every interaction and it seemed as though she was in a hurry. The restaurant was not full and there were a decent amount of staff there. At the end of the meal she made an error with the credit cards, using the wrong card on the wrong order. This would have been more of an issue if we weren't dining with family. The disappointing thing about that is that each card was on a clipboard with the appropriate tab, and reversing the charges would incur double charges on your cards until they are able to be reversed by your bank. All in all the dining experience was more of a hassle than it was worth. If I want to give slows another shot, next time I think I'll go to the Detroit location that is much more well established.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We went for our Anniversary and we were not disappointed! The food was AMAZING!! We tried all 3 - the beef brisket, pulled pork and the apple smoked BBQ chicken...tender, delicious, flavorful. The atmosphere was perfect for our liking. LOVED that they repurposed items from Pontiac Central High School in their decor. Way to go Slows...we will be back - bringing others with us!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 22, 2017

A let down compared to Michigan Ave location in terms of ambience. Still the same great food!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The service was top notch!

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·Dined on July 18, 2017

The food was great. The waiter was very polite and professional. Great location. Convenient parking.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Very noisy! Angela wait person needs much help. Pontiac parking is a forest. If it weren't for busboy we would have got a ticket. Parking signage needs work on.
Food was very good.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food and very clean. The service was good. The place was a little noisy because there were no dividers.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Waterford)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Good service but food not to our taste. We prefer fall off the bone ribs and the sauces pretty much all had a kick, as did the sides (Cole slaw and baked beans). Make sure you pay and get a receipt at the parking machine as no free parking.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Spicy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great BBQ and nice menu of beers. Wasn't as busy as I thought it would be.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Another great location for this iconic BBQ joint. Was there on a quiet holiday evening so not sure how it will be on a weekend when you have to fight for parking. But with food this good, worth the hassle.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 1, 2017

As good as the Original Detroit location,except closer to home

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Everything was great except the parking. It was raining and the meter was not working. Should have had an out of order sign.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The food and staff were excellent! The baked beans are amazing. My husband and I loved their wings as well as the pulled pork. So many delicious items to choose from.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We had an excellent dinner at Slows on Saturday. Making a reservation through Open Table was important as the restaurant was packed. We were glad to see that the issues raised by pervious reviewers (no combination platter, no phone-in take-out orders, etc.) have all been taken care of. The service was excellent. The food was very good; not Franklin barbeque, but still very good. We'll be back.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Great Beer
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 23, 2017

So glad to see this popular Detroit restaurant be part of the Pontiac revival. However, the menu is limited to BBQ and I seem to have lost my appetite for such heavy food. Wish they had fish options, but that is not what they are. The noise level is very high. Not conducive to hearing aids and seniors. Slows is for young folks.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 23, 2017

It was EXTREMELY loud in the restaurant. You could barely hear the person across the table. Food was good. Menu was not as extensive as what we expected based on regular trips to the Corktown location that we enjoy.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Came with the family for father's day. Our first time at this location. Everything was great! Service ..food..and we had a party of 8. Definitely be back for more!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I was so glad to be able to reserve a table! We went for fathers day dinner and our table was set up and waiting for us when we arrived. Food was fabulous, and dad was happy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Ribs were so tough, we barely ate. So loud! Server was nice and efficient

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Great food, great beer selection. Took awhile for the food to arrive and we noticed there were 2 tables whi arrived after us and they received their food before us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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