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This self-described "chili shack" in SoDo has the roadhouse decor to complement its rustic, American fare. A life-size Hamm's bear guards the stage, and vinyl stools and neon beer signs border the small bar room, as if Route 66 somehow detoured through First Avenue. The stage is small and faces the bar, and even three-piece bands - from punk to rockabilly - get loud in this diminutive space. It's a biker-style joint, with the tattooed Ed Hardy patronage to match, but if you have a taste for chili and mac and cheese and a thirst for cold beer, Slim's is worth a pit stop.
The chili is ok but not great. It should be, but there's something missing - we still haven't figured out what. But they have my PBR and his Evan Williams, and Diana is an awesome bartender. The others are kinda bitchy, but Diana is always bubbly. The sound man is a jerk. We showed up one Saturday to see the DT's and it was 1) too loud for the size of the venue. 2) When the people next to us asked for more vocals, he yelled at them to move to the front of the speakers to hear them. When *we* moved to the front, we STILL couldn't hear the vocals. I told him, and he was pissed at me. He wasn't drinking that I could see, but not all of us want our eardrums blown out late at night.
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