Catapulting slow-cooked meat into the jaws of backyard partygoers and sauce-spotted diners, Real BarBQ boasts five house sauces along with reliably smoky general and catering menus. Classic eats such as a pulled-pork sandwich ($5.99) or a whole smoked barbecue chicken ($8.99) those who opt to dine in at either location. Partying carnivores can put in a catering request for a combo such as the Real’s smoking combo ($10.99 / person), which includes a choice of two meats and a cornucopia of sides, or Real’s cowboy dinner ($12.99 / person), featuring brisket, ribs, and peppery smoked sausage. On the takeout menu, ribs come in 50- ($72.99) or 100-piece ($140.99) orders, each with enough extra barbecue sauce to grease up the Slip-'n'-Slide for an afternoon’s worth of open-mouthed dives.
R.U.B. BBQ has earned shout-outs from the New York Times as well as a handful of television features for its tender, well-flavored meats. Various proteins are smoked daily and slathered in a made-from-scratch rub of more than 20 spices and herbs, and cooks begin each dish with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Aromatic smoke wafting from ribs, chicken dishes, and seafood platters invites guests inside, where dangling light fixtures illuminate red walls and cobalt tiling along with 30 flatscreen televisions that were flattened when an elephant sat down. More than 100 tap and bottled brews, including a lengthy list of Michigan favorites, help to extinguish fiery spices.
For classic barbecue, head to Smokeys BBQ in Detroit's Finney district. The menu at Smokeys BBQ does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Got the whole gang with you? Smokeys BBQ is a great pick for large parties. Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Smokeys BBQ offers convenient carry out and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the restaurant space. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Smokeys BBQ offers catering.
There's no need to bust your budget at Smokeys BBQ, with affordable prices that almost always stay under $15.
Steaming plates of barbecue have been tempting diners at Parks Old Style Bar-B-Q every day since 1964. The restaurant slathers its sweet and smoky sauce on baby back ribs, chicken, and wings in portions that can feed people of all appetites. Try a dish of rib tips smothered in sauce with a choice of two sides including coleslaw, baked beans, and potato salad. If you can't decide on a meat, the restaurant offers combo platters with ribs and wings, or if you're in need for a hefty helping of comfort food, macaroni and cheese makes a fine accompaniment to a rib sandwich. Finish up the meal with one of five Southern-style desserts including sweet potato pie and peach cobbler.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to The Turkey Grill for American-style cuisine. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. The Turkey Grill can easily accommodate large groups or parties. Volume levels at the restaurant can approach ear-splitting levels between the noisy crowds and the booming music.
Catering services are also available. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Chow down for less at The Turkey Grill, where a meal almost always costs under $15.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Bert's Market Place, a down-home barbecue joint in Detroit. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Bert's Market Place. Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats. Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Bert's Market Place's gorgeous patio. Musical groups often perform live and DJs are common here, too. For those who enjoy entertainment while dining, Bert's Market Place hosts live DJs. Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Bert's Market Place as well. Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over. Dress is typically casual at Bert's Market Place, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. Getting your food to go is also an option.
Patrons are provided with sufficient parking nearby.
Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark.