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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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168 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Judge_Smails-BR
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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 

Thank TheCrazyCam
Ypsilanti, Michigan
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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30 reviews
23 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 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

1 Thank citizen360
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

My husband and I split a half rack of baby ribs, baked Beans, potato salad, cornbread and gumbo. The ribs were not baby back and were very dried out, the potato salad needed salt and the beans had a lot of molasses in them. The cornbread was dry. The gumbo was okay but I've had better. The total came to... More 

1 Thank Kirsten F

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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, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?