7444 Beaubien St, Detroit; 313-873-7444; parksoldstylebar-b-q.com
Last year, Roderick Parks Sr. marked 50 years in the barbecue business in the North End. And you simply won't last 50 years unless you have a product that keeps people coming back for more. Aficionados of the sweet or hot barbecue sauces may want to insist upon it when they order, but those with more venturesome tastes should try his vinegar-based Southern sauce that sets Parks apart. It's all made in-house; as Parks puts it, "None of it comes out of a bottle."