I grew up in the lowcountry and as a kid stayed up all night many a time drinking beer and cooking whole hogs in backyard pits. REAL lowcountry BBQ. Sticky Fingers, IMO, is grossly overrated. It's Memphis style BBQ, not SC or lowcountry BBQ. If you want some serious BBQ, drive to Holly Hill and eat at Sweatman's or go to Conway for meat from Scott's. There are dozens of mom & pop BBQ joints within 70 miles of the coast that put Sticky Fingers to shame. Brown's in Kingstree is fantastic!! Here in Charleston the best places for Carolina style or lowcountry BBQ are Duke's on Folly Road and JB's Smokeshack on Maybank over on Johns Island.
Great food, super service. Hosted a large party for lunch during our wedding weekend and almost everyone in the party bought the BBQ sauce sampler - it was THAT good.
Had a Sunday Dinner solo at Sticky Fingers last week.
Ambiance: I was solo so sat at the Bar. Nice selection of traditional Blues music professionally mixed was possibly satellite radio. The cute "What's Your Blues Name" sign next to the bar was very popular with the patrons. My Blues Name is "Skinny Money" which falls too close to the truth for comfort. This place is way too close to Meeting and Market so if your tourist patience is running low, better to visit through the week or late on Sunday.
Service: Bartender (Cameron I think?) was friendly and attentive. He knew the menu as well as the (albeit limited) Beer selections well. A huge explosion of bar glasses in the back room was accepted by him with grace. He did a nice job.
Beverages: I chose a Sam Adams Summer Ale off the Tap which came in a frosty cold glass and was an excellent pairing with the food.
Food: I chose a full rack (leftover lunch baby!) in the Memphis Dry Rub style with Fries and Macn'Cheese. Mac was excellent and enough to save some for leftover. Fries were seasoned reasonably and crispy and GONE. At some point I grew out of candy-coated ribs. I generally order Ribs dry whether a place offers "Dry Rub" or not. The ribs were actually quite good. Their rub is a little sweet for my taste and not spicy enough. The BBQ sauces offered were ok but I didn't feel they were anything special. Still great on the fries. They did however also have a Habanero hot sauce (Like Texas Pete but Habanero instead of Cayenne) that was excellent with the meat. It could be my taste is different than most peoples' on this particular subject but with hot sauce is my current favorite way to eat ribs.
Value: Well, this is in a tourist neighborhood so it's definitely not cheap. Ribs rarely seem to be reasonable anymore anyway unless you cook them yourself but that's another subject. The Rack was big and it was good. The sides were fine. I would say the value was Average or slightly below but that's only because of the total price. Excellent offerings particularly for a franchise. I'll be in again.
4 of us are on a work assignment, ate the 2nd week in February, we shared the fried onion appetizer, 2 of us had the rib sampler platter and the other 2 had ribs and stuff. The food was really tasty and tender. The servers had good social skills and were very attentive with great timing.
I had the sampler platter to get a good cross section of rib varieties. I had 3 friends with me...the atmosphere was enjoyable, the servers never rushed us and were very friendly with great social skills. That was 1.5 months ago and everyone still raves about the flavor of the ribs.
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