Stickyz: a real rock ‘n’ roll chicken shack [classic article]

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Tamar Alexia Fleishman, Esq.

Doesn’t it seem in Baltimore that there’s a void in the live music-as-important-as-the-food-category? Most of the places in the city or metro area that serve food prefer the music to be ambient or mildly rousing at best. Or, in many of the Baltimore area venues, it’s the opposite: food is served before the show or you have to stand up the whole time like a marionette. A whole bunch of not being able to wear cute shoes, being prepared to get beer sloshed on ya’.

So, okay, you’re gonna have to get outta Dodge, so to speak. I recently came back from a journey out west to check out Stickyz in Little Rock. It used to be known as “Sticky Fingerz”, because of their house specialty: real chicken tenders in many flavors, served with your choice of several sauces. All the sauces are made in-house. The creamy dill and creamy cilantro taste like light, fresh versions of ranch dressing.

The decor is like a black painted garage with garage sale art mixed with luxury shabby chic chandeliers and mirrors. There are lots of tables, chairs, booths and banquettes, making for a very comfortable atmosphere to get your rock ‘n’ roll on. They stop serving food at midnight.

Stickyz books the hottest indie performers of every stripe of rock. The stage is intimately near diners, yet the sound is at the level you’d want for a concert. Ticket prices are mostly $10 and under.

FINGERZ
SAUCES

ORIGINAL RECIPE

CREAMY DILL

LEMONY PEPPER

CREOLE MUSTARD

VOODOO

SWEET MUSTARD

MARGARITA

VOODOO

JALAPENO/GINGER

BBQ

STICKY PARMESANS

CREAMY CILANTRO

OUR-BE-QUE

SPICKY KETCHUP

HARD GARLIC

SWEET & SOUR

SWEET & SOUR

CREAM GRAVY

GARLIC GRAVY

Sticky Parmasan chicken is tender and served with a spicy tomato sauce along with the dips — thus, making for quite a bit of stickiness…thus, the name! The Parmesan flavor has a garlic kick, too.

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