So we finally got over to Stickey's in Hillsdale, and had an enjoyable meal. Very first thing, as soon as you walk in, your are greeted with a smoked meat/ bbq smell wafting from the kitchen. The interior is gorgeous. a texas / bbq / pork theme going on here. has a very open, clean, spacious, new feel. The kitchen is open as well, allowing you to watch Larry Hage (the pitmaster) taking racks of ribs out of the smokers and do his thing, which i thought was pretty cool. its byo so we picked up a six pack of shiner bock across the street at shop right liquors. the waitress brought over a huge cooler to our table filled with ice - slightly overkill for a six pack lol, but still impressive.
Waitress was extremely friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. we wanted to try many different items so we split a 1/2 rack of beef rib, and a 3 meat combo. we opted for pulled pork, brisket and the pork ribs. sides (you get 2 w/ the combo, 1 with the 1/2 rack) were collard greens, mac n cheese, and fries.
food was a mixed bag.
the beef rib was one of the tastiest pieces of meat i have ever eaten. no joke. i actually never had a beef rib before, and so glad we chose it. even the 1/2 rack was huge. in my opinion it didn't even seem like a rib, but more like a roast on a huge bone. soft, succulent, tender beef, with some fat nestled in the grain of the meat, just smoky and salty and seasoned perfectly. i would go back just for this dish alone. A+
Brisket: very tasty, nice smoke ring around the meat and crusty outside. could have been a little more fatty/moist imo, but really good.
the Ok - all sides. collard greens were good (not spicy like Finks) mac and cheese was ok, kinda bland. fries were fries, nothing special. Also, side dishes are disappointingly small (besides the fries). little plastic cup small. :(
also Ok was pulled pork. not bad, not great, it was the wife's choice, as pulled pork isnt my favorite. would skip it to try another meat option next time.
Not that impressive: the pork ribs. really disappointed here. Unfortunately i cant help but compare everything to Finks, and these ribs just weren't on par. the rub Larry uses was very good (we had wanted to try 2 different sauces, so they came on the side) but the issue was they were kinda small... not that much meat on the bone. more importantly, i dont think they remove or trim the membrane on the pork ribs. i know ribs are not supposed to be "fall of the bone" and have some bite to them, but these had almost a snap to them and were slightly tough to bite off the bone and chew. tasted good with the sauce, but im used to the huge, soft, awesome pork ribs at Finks.
Sauces were tasty - we chose the traditional and the spicy mojo. ( mojo is basically the traditional with red pepper flakes)
Had good amount of leftover beef rib which was delicious warmed up next day.
All in all would definitely return for the beef rib alone! also next time would like to try their pitt beef, sausage, bbq chicken, and wings (table across got burgers which also looked great)
hard not to compare to my favorite bbq joint Finks, and probably unfair. However, having 2 solid smokehouse bbq places in the county with slightly different offerings is definitely not a bad thing.
other good things, as mentioned before its byo, the staff incredibly friendly. bathrooms are gorgeous, and that cooler brought tableside was awesome.
will be back!