BBQ in Rochester? Not exactly the first thing that came to my mind when planning our weekend road trip but definitely something that should be on your “to do” list if you’re visiting.
Sticky Lips BBQ
Having never been a big fan of BBQ before (although we do go to Ribfest at home every Summer – more for the atmosphere than the food), our family was wowed by Sticky Lips BBQ.
There are two locations in Rochester and we chose the one closest to the Museum of Play.
Quiet Restaurant, Big Personality
We arrived around 11:30am and it wasn’t too crowded. It was quiet which our daughter liked (she is sensitive to noise and any restaurant with loud music is a no no for her) and spacious enough that we were able to leave our son napping in his stroller beside our table without blocking the aisle.
Old signs, vintage photographs, and local memorabilia adorn the walls and makes for a very casual and fun restaurant to have a meal with little ones.
The menu is extensive with tons of options for meat lovers AND vegetarians!
We went with traditional BBQ fare.
Deep fried pickles to start (amazing and loved by everyone) and 4 main entrees for 4 adults and 2 kids.
Pulled Pork Pittsburgh Sandwich with mac n cheese and tomato cucumber salad.
Original Pulled Pork Sandwich with mac n cheese and chili.
Ribs with a piece of cornbread on the side. The ribs were tender and were moist enough that they didn’t need any other sauce on it.
Texas Beef Brisket Pittsburgh Sandwich with collard greens and beans. Greens were a little too sour for our tastes.
The sides were our kids’ favourites and the Pittsburgh Sandwiches were a big hit with the adults.
Meat, seasoned fries and mustard based coleslaw and a tomato slice all piled in between two pieces of buttered jalapeno cornbread. YUM!
While everything had tons of flavour, we couldn’t resist trying some of Sticky Lips house-made sauces.
We tried 4 out of the 7 – All American BBQ (the most popular sauce at Sticky Lips according to our waitress), Cherry Bomb (sweet and spicy), Betty’s Burning Lips (I was too chicken to try this but my husband said it was great) and Carolina Clipper Mustard (tangy mustard with a slightly sweet aftertaste) – my favourite of the bunch.
Sauces are available for sale and I’m kicking myself now for not buying a bottle!
Go there. Pronto.
Starving? Head on over. The portions are huge and offer great value for your money. 4 adults and 2 kids could barely finish 4 mains and 1 starter. Only the plate with the ribs were finished.
Fan of BBQ? Sticky Lips BBQ won’t disappoint.
Not a big BBQ fan? Go there. You’ll become a believer!
Up for a challenge? Try the Atomic Bomb. A pound each of hamburger, pulled pork and fries, bacon, meat sauce, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion and lettuce piled on a giant bun. Finish in 30 minutes, win a t shirt and see your name in lights!