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Sticky Fingers – Cane Bay

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In the heart of South Carolina’s barbecue scene, Sticky Fingers Ribhouse stands out as a testament to the enduring appeal of authentic Southern BBQ. Founded in 1992 by three high school friends who brought their passion for Memphis-style barbecue from Tennessee to Charleston, Sticky Fingers has grown from a single location to a beloved chain across the Southeast.

“It all started in 1992 with three high school friends, Walldorf, Jeff Goldstein and Todd Eischeid, who all moved from Tennessee to Charleston to open a rib restaurant they named Sticky Fingers,” reports the Post and Courier.

Sticky Fingers Founders
Sticky Fingers Founders: Jeff Goldstein, Todd Eischeid and me (Chad Walldorf) around 2004

Back to the Roots

Marking its 25th anniversary, Sticky Fingers Ribhouse celebrated by recommitting to the original flavors and ethos that made it a cornerstone of the barbecue community.

With one of the founders, Chad Walldorf, back steering the ship, the restaurant signaled a return to its roots. The Post and Courier highlights this homecoming, noting the founders’ intent to “return the restaurants to their glory days.”

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Signature Flavors

Sticky Fingers’ dedication to hickory-smoked meats and a menu that boasts an array of mouth-watering dishes has been a constant through the years. From the “Award Winning” Hickory Smoked Wings to the Memphis dry rubbed ribs, the menu is a celebration of all things BBQ. The restaurant’s focus on delivering authentic, flavorful experiences is evident in every dish served.

The Dining Experience

Beyond the food, Sticky Fingers Ribhouse offers an atmosphere that encapsulates the spirit of Southern hospitality. The restaurant’s ambiance, characterized by a warm and welcoming environment, makes it a favorite among families and BBQ enthusiasts alike.

It’s not just a place to eat; it’s a destination where memories are made over plates of meticulously prepared barbecue.

Community Ties

Sticky Fingers Ribhouse’s impact extends beyond the dining room. The restaurant has woven itself into the fabric of the community, participating in local events and contributing to charitable causes. This engagement reflects a deeper commitment to the people and places that have embraced the Sticky Fingers brand over the years.

A Must-Visit Destination

For anyone exploring the rich tapestry of South Carolina’s barbecue culture, Sticky Fingers Ribhouse is an essential stop. Its story, from humble beginnings to becoming a staple of Southern cuisine, is a testament to the enduring appeal of great BBQ. As the restaurant looks to the future, it remains anchored by the traditions and flavors that have made it a beloved part of the culinary landscape.

Join the Celebration

Visitors and locals alike are invited to experience the magic of Sticky Fingers Ribhouse firsthand. Whether it’s the smoky aroma of hickory-smoked ribs or the bustling atmosphere of a family dinner, Sticky Fingers offers a slice of Southern BBQ heaven that’s too good to miss.

What Folks Are Saying

Google Review

Among the many Google Reviews, reviewer Barbara Smith shared her takeout experience with Sticky Fingers in Cane Bay:

We ordered carryout from our local Cane Bay location in Summerville, SC. This was our first time and we were very happy with the food. We got a family meal, a salad and 2 sandwiches.

Everything was delicious and bountiful. We will have enough leftovers for another meal. We tried the original Carolina BBQ sauce and it did not disappoint. The food was being packed up when we arrived – nice and hot. We ordered online and that went smoothly, as well.

Food: 5/5  |  Service: 5/5

Recommended dishes French Fries, Pulled Pork Sandwich

Yelp Review

Over on Yelp, Summerville resident Justin P went on opening night and came back for more later at Sticky Fingers in Cane Bay:

To be fair we went the first night Sticky Fingers opened to the public in the Cane Bay / Nexton location. Sure there were some minor issues but that is to be expected on day one. Learn from it and move forward. I’ve since been back and still believe the service and food were both good.

I’m a sucker for wings and tried one of the smoked wings my wife ordered. To be honest i should have ordered those over the pork bbq plate. Don’t get me wrong, the pork was good also but the wings were on another level.

The food turn around was rather quick, obviously everything was prepared in advanced and just plated to be brought out. I feel the pork was a little dry due to this and had to saturate in sauce but it was ok.

I also opted for the collard greens which were good and had two helpings of cornbread. I prefer my corn bread a little more moist and sweet, this broke apart pretty easily but did have good flavor. It would be good corn bread to break up and add into a chili when the weather starts to get cold.

Standard tables in the back and booths up front offer seating options to choose from. The decorations were not over spectacular and they got the job done.  I definitely feel you get what you pay for and appreciate the prices were not out of line like a lot of other restaurants at this time.

Save me a platter of wings y’all, i’ll be in soon!

Menu for Sticky Fingers in Cane Bay

Note: Menu prices and options are subject to change over time. Contact the restaurant for the most up-to-date information.

Read our interview with Chad Walldorf, co-founder of Sticky Fingers and find out why you might just be wrong…

Sticky Fingers BBQ Recipes can be found in our latest cookbook: SCBBQ Recipes: Going Whole Hog cookbook  Read more about the cookbook here.

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Exterior of Sticky Fingers in Summerville (Cane Bay Nexton)



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123 N Creek Dr.
Unit A
Summerville, SC 29486

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