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Satchel's BBQ

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3035 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-5119
+1 734-971-5100
11:00 - 21:00
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Whitehouse, Ohio
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Our office loves this place! We've been going there since it first opened. They smoke their own meats in the smoker at the front of the parking lot. You can smell the smoke as soon as you walk into the restaurant, decorated with log tables and plastic checkerboard tablecloths. You place your order at the counter and it's prepared while... More 

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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174 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I've been meaning to try this place for 3 years since my daughter started at UM. I ordered the dry spare ribs and they were VERY good. Very tender but had a great bark on the outside. The sauces were a bit weak as another reviewer noted but that didn't stop me from enjoying them. I'll be back on my... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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71 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

For over twenty pounds of cooked meat that had been resting for half an hour before consumption, the food was quite delicious. The beans and rice were especially good, which helped in accommodating for the vegans in my group. On top of that, service assisted in carrying food into the car, a much appreciated gesture. I cannot speak for Satchel's... More 

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Lunch was pull chicken with creamy Mac and cheese with corn bread. It was hot, fresh, quick and inexpensive. Large selection of pulled pork, brisket, kielbasa, and chicken. Casual dining with the smoker right out front. Right next to Whole Foods on Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor.

Thank Courtney M
Saint Louis, Missouri
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102 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Barbecue varies and preferences vary as well. The ribs here were large, tender, and not fatty but had minimal if any rub. The two sauces were both thin, watery tomato based options.

Thank D3336HDkevinp
Ann Arbor, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

I ordered Satchel's for a family reunion last weekend and they delivered big. The Owner and staff are dedicated to providing a solid and positive customer experience. And when the food is unique and delicious, it is a 1-2 combo! Satchel's offers real, live, authentic Southern BBQ. I highly recommend their must-have brisket. The chicken is spectacularly seasoned. Their sides... More 

Thank babettetenhaken2016
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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104 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

My bun came coated in grease and the brisket had a rather large amount of fat on it. I had had a poor experience here twice. There are better BBQ places....

Thank Randy S
Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

If you're looking for good BBQ, try this place. It's got all the staples from brisket, ribs, mac-n-cheese, collard greens, rice/beans! I prefer this place over Zingerman's Roadhouse for BBQ. They have a sit down area but nothing fancy like Zingerman's. It's behind the Verizon Wireless Store next to Whole Foods supermarket.

Thank MLK417
Pearland, Texas
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68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

OMG, very good! Ordered pull pork plate. Can't go wrong! This is Texas style BBQ. Sauces are good. Appetizing to say the least. Potato Salad ultra good, cornbread too. I'm from Texas so this is very similar!

Thank Fred D
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

I've been to Satchel's twice because it's Ann Arbor and I'm not a grill mistress myself. So when I crave barbecue, I tend to visit places. My observation is that the restaurant isn't clean, they serve meat that is burned AND lukewarm, and the sides are not very tasty for at least $13 per combination meal. I'd spend elsewhere.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3035 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-5119
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ann Arbor
  • Phone Number: +1 734-971-5100

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