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Sticky Fingers

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Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen, Pub, Chicken Wings
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235 Meeting Street, Downtown Charleston, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-853-7427
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: The first location, opened in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina in 1992...
The first location, opened in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina in 1992, remains the flagship store for Sticky Fingers. That's where the five barbecue sauces - Memphis Original, Carolina Classic, Tennessee Whiskey, Carolina Sweet and Habanero Hot - came to life. The sweet smell of hickory wood permeates through each restaurant as all of the smoked meats are still slow cooked on-site in barbecue pits and watched closely by our resident pit masters. It is that continued commitment to tradition and authenticity that makes our restaurants and signature barbecue sauces so popular. Recognized for serving the best hickory-smoked Memphis-style barbecue and ribs in the Southeast and creating award-winning barbecue sauce sold in 5,000 retail locations across the country, Sticky Fingers Smokehouses celebrated their 20th Anniversary in 2013. To this day, the restaurants remain true to the original founders' ideals of great customer service, reasonable prices and having a passion for 'fall-off-the-bone delicious' ribs, pulled pork barbecue and chicken. Memphis-style Barbecue is cooked at a low-temperature, and with a slow-smoked dry (without any sauce) process that enhances the natural flavor of the meat. Since the pork is smoked without sauce the high quality of the meat is the most important ingredient. The meat is cooked in a smoker and although thoroughly cooked, is pink in color. It is tenderly hand-pulled (not chopped). Other popular styles of Barbecue rely on a sauce to flavor the meat. Most "Carolina-style" Barbecue is cooked on a grill (not a smoker) or boiled in a vinegar-based sauce and chopped with a knife. At Sticky Fingers you will enjoy a casual dining environment with family, friends, and kids while getting sticky and having fun, or hang out at our fully stocked bar with signature cocktails and a wide selection of beer and wine while watching the big game on one of the many widescreen TV's. Get Sticky. Have Fun! Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Sticky Fingers is a unique barbecue smokehouse concept with 16 locations in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. Sticky Fingers specializes in high quality barbecue and comfort food and offers five signature barbecue sauces - Memphis Original, Carolina Classic, Tennessee Whiskey, Carolina Sweet and Habanero Hot. In addition to its core restaurant business, the company has generated successful catering, online mail order and retail barbecue sauce businesses. Sticky Fingers offers guests monthly offers and updates through its StickEClub. To-Go: Our complete dine-in menu is available To-Go and we have added Family-Style options for meats and sides in larger containers. In addition we offer value priced "Express Meals" To-Go. Express Meals are sized just right for families and include a pint of homemade cole salw, BBQ Baked Beans and a bottle of Sticky Fingers Sauce. Catering: We offer 3 levels of catering services for parties from 20 to 4,000! Full Service Catering Don't want to lift a finger? Let our professional catering staff do all the work for you. We will set-up, maintain the buffet line during the designated serving time, and clean up when it's over. We will provide serving tables and linens. Food will be served in metal pans from warmed chafing dishes. Full Service Delivery This option includes everything in the delivery service plus a disposable tablecloth and set-up of disposable aluminum chafing dishes with sternos to keep your food hot. Delivery Service We set it up, you take care of the rest. Our experienced caterer will deliver the food to you in ready-to-serve aluminum pans. All packaging is disposable.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A good rest stop

Another day of walking Charleston in the 90+ degree heat --- with humidity. Knowing that we've got another couple miles to do that day, Sticky Fingers was an oasis. Very good selection of beer and bar food although they have a restaurant there too. The catfish sandwich was huge, fresh, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Guhor1966
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New Bern, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Had the pulled pork roll which was okay but did not have much flavor to it seeing as I read it was smoked over hickory wood. Went for the larger size roll which I asked the server if it was when it arrived, just was expecting it to be bigger. The Mac and Cheese which I chose for my side... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Another day of walking Charleston in the 90+ degree heat --- with humidity. Knowing that we've got another couple miles to do that day, Sticky Fingers was an oasis. Very good selection of beer and bar food although they have a restaurant there too. The catfish sandwich was huge, fresh, and delicious. Service by Holly was extraordinary and the whole... More 

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We used to eat here all the time when we visited Charleston, but since they have changed owners a few years ago, you can see that corners are being cut and it is not the same food you used to get. I felt like I was being a burden asking for corn muffins which used to be brought out complimentary... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My wife and I each ordered the signature sampler platter for lunch that included two chicken wings, two ribs, pulled pork, baked style BBQ beans and coleslaw. A lot of food for just $10 per meal. The coleslaw is homemade, has very good taste and the serving size in itself is a quite large amount. The wings, beans and pulled... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a so so bbq place not great but not bad. Prices were reasonable, wait staff was good. Just not anything to write home about

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Brilliant experience eating here, our first real try of Southern BBQ and it really didn't disappoint. The table has 5 different sauces on it so make sure you order you meal with no sauce so that you can apply your own. Service was great and the prices extremely reasonable. Highly recommend.

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Wings were very good. They should pay a little more attention to their inventory though. Two items we ordered were out! On a Tuesday? Go to the grocery store!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Be sure to get the peach cobbler - warm, topped with ice cream - delicious! The B BQ is great and restaurant is conveniently located.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Sticky Fingers Charleston offers good, smoked meats (pork, beef, chicken) and five different BBQ sauces. The menu is your basic BBQ style offerings and sides, all set in a casual atmosphere (like most bbq chains). The restaurant seems to be geared to the tourist side of business and is convenient to the downtown and historic parts of the city. Prices... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This restaurant is basically a tourist trap. The food was pretty average. It should have been a sign not to waste time here when it was pretty much empty on a Saturday night. Service was good. The collard greens were the best part.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 235 Meeting Street, Downtown Charleston, Charleston, SC 29401
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-853-7427

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen, Pub, Chicken Wings

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget

Description

The first location, opened in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina in 1992, remains the flagship store for Sticky Fingers. That's where the five barbecue sauces - Memphis Original, Carolina Classic, Tennessee Whiskey, Carolina Sweet and Habanero Hot - came to life. The sweet smell of hickory wood permeates through each restaurant as all of the smoked meats are still slow cooked on-site in barbecue pits and watched closely by our resident pit masters. It is that continued commitment to tradition and authenticity that makes our restaurants and signature barbecue sauces so popular. Recognized for serving the best hickory-smoked Memphis-style barbecue and ribs in the Southeast and creating award-winning barbecue sauce sold in 5,000 retail locations across the country, Sticky Fingers Smokehouses celebrated their 20th Anniversary in 2013. To this day, the restaurants remain true to the original founders' ideals of great customer service, reasonable prices and having a passion for 'fall-off-the-bone delicious' ribs, pulled pork barbecue and chicken. Memphis-style Barbecue is cooked at a low-temperature, and with a slow-smoked dry (without any sauce) process that enhances the natural flavor of the meat. Since the pork is smoked without sauce the high quality of the meat is the most important ingredient. The meat is cooked in a smoker and although thoroughly cooked, is pink in color. It is tenderly hand-pulled (not chopped). Other popular styles of Barbecue rely on a sauce to flavor the meat. Most "Carolina-style" Barbecue is cooked on a grill (not a smoker) or boiled in a vinegar-based sauce and chopped with a knife. At Sticky Fingers you will enjoy a casual dining environment with family, friends, and kids while getting sticky and having fun, or hang out at our fully stocked bar with signature cocktails and a wide selection of beer and wine while watching the big game on one of the many widescreen TV's. Get Sticky. Have Fun! Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Sticky Fingers is a unique barbecue smokehouse concept with 16 locations in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. Sticky Fingers specializes in high quality barbecue and comfort food and offers five signature barbecue sauces - Memphis Original, Carolina Classic, Tennessee Whiskey, Carolina Sweet and Habanero Hot. In addition to its core restaurant business, the company has generated successful catering, online mail order and retail barbecue sauce businesses. Sticky Fingers offers guests monthly offers and updates through its StickEClub. To-Go: Our complete dine-in menu is available To-Go and we have added Family-Style options for meats and sides in larger containers. In addition we offer value priced "Express Meals" To-Go. Express Meals are sized just right for families and include a pint of homemade cole salw, BBQ Baked Beans and a bottle of Sticky Fingers Sauce. Catering: We offer 3 levels of catering services for parties from 20 to 4,000! Full Service Catering Don't want to lift a finger? Let our professional catering staff do all the work for you. We will set-up, maintain the buffet line during the designated serving time, and clean up when it's over. We will provide serving tables and linens. Food will be served in metal pans from warmed chafing dishes. Full Service Delivery This option includes everything in the delivery service plus a disposable tablecloth and set-up of disposable aluminum chafing dishes with sternos to keep your food hot. Delivery Service We set it up, you take care of the rest. Our experienced caterer will deliver the food to you in ready-to-serve aluminum pans. All packaging is disposable.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?