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Sticky Lips wants to be in Buffalo

Photo from Sticky Lips website

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

Hip-hop star? Your creepy uncle’s nickname? Nope, Sticky Lips is a barbecue restaurant with two locations in the Rochester area, and it’s now targeting Buffalo, according to a Buffalo Business First article by James Fink.

The article notes that Howard Nielsen, the founder and owner of Sticky Lips, is looking into suburban locations to plant in the 716. “I mean, if Buffalo can send us Mighty Taco,” Nielsen told Fink, “then we can send you Sticky Lips.”

Don’t get angry that another beastly chain is trying to invade Buffalo, as Sticky Lips is still quite small and exclusive to Western New York. Will Sticky Lips beat Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to the Buffalo market? The two should be able to co-exist, as Dinosaur would make a great waterfront addition downtown, and Nielsen’s restaurant could thrive in the suburbs.

Specialties include the Memphis Pit Smoked BBQ Ribs, which the site defines as “the ‘Cadillac’ of ribs, the St. Louis cut pork rib is the base for our five lip-smacking styles. All our ribs are basted, seasoned, and slow smoked with a special blend of hickory and apple wood. Each order comes with our honey glazed cornbread.” Prices range from $6.95 for 1/4 slab alone to $22.95 for a full slab.

The menu reads: “If your ribs have a pink ring, that means our chefs did their job right.”

Uncle Frank’s State Fair Chicken is another Sticky Lips feature—and it looks affordable ($7-8 for a 1/4, $10 for a 1/2), while the Ultimate Mac and Cheese invites Zweigle’s hot dogs to make an appearance. Delicious!

The menu on the restaurant’s website boasts both grilled and pit barbecue, and there are some fairly outside-the-box options—for Buffalo, at least—like fried green tomatoes, pig wings, Mississippi catfish strips, jambalaya, chorizo cheddar grits and ratatouille. I could get into all of those simultaneously.

TAGGED: barbeque, dinosaur bar-b-que, food, sticky lips, sticky lips bbq

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