Slows BarBQ  in Detroit’s Corktown area opened six years ago, and it’s been slammed ever since.

Case in point: you still can’t get a table within a few minutes of walking in the door. Arriving for lunch on a recent drizzling Sunday, I elbowed my way to a table in the back. Soon I was shouting out my order to the waitress and mulling over which of Slows BarBQ’s half-dozen hot sauces I’d try first. While it’s tough to snag a table, your patience will pay off once you sink your teeth into items like a side of Slows’ Mac ‘n Cheese or a slab of baby-back ribs. You can start the meal with an appetizer like Niman Ranch brisket enchilada or split-pea and okra fritters, before easing into meatier entrées that serve as odes to America’s diverse food cultures, like St. Louis Spare Ribs or Texas Style Beef Brisket.

On the “lighter” side, a bowl of gumbo or a Charles Bronson salad (pit-smoked tomato vinaigrette drizzled over organic baby spinach, roasted red onion, smoked gouda and applewood bacon) can also be had.

Owned by a Detroit native who opened the BBQ-focused eatery after wrapping up a modeling career in Europe, this is BBQ at its best. If it’s a warm day, the patio becomes the perfect place to sip a cold beer. (On tap are many beers from local sources such as Bell’s Brewery, Jolly Pumpkin and Founders Brewing Company.) Yet Slows BarBQ is also a wine lover’s dream, with gems like a Crémant from Burgundy, France; and a Michigan Cream Sherry from St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw, Michigan (the eastern side of the state). 2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI, 313-962-9828,

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