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Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack in the River Market (the venue formerly known as Sticky Fingerz) is best known for its excellent live music shows that have featured such acts as Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Dash Rip Rock, and the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, but it isn't the first place folks might think of for good eats. That doesn't make much sense, because while rock n' roll comes first, they advertise the chicken right there in the name. I hadn't ever spent much time eating at Stickyz, but my sister swears by the place and always makes a point of stopping in for a sandwich whenever she's in town. One of the last times she was up here, I went to lunch with her at the chicken shack, and became an immediate convert.
The sandwich in question that made me a fan was the Sticky Fingerz Sammich, which takes what Stickyz does best — fried chicken fingers — and crams them into a hoagie roll with mozzarella and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and what the menu calls “creamy dill dressing” (and what us normals call “ranch”). It’s simple, completely unchallenging to the palate — and completely delicious. The chicken is moist and juicy, breaded just right and fried to a crisp. The bread is substantial and holds up well beneath the weight of all that chicken and cheese but it doesn’t get in the way of the flavors. It’s a good, solid chicken sandwich; and for under eight bucks, it’s a great deal. Be sure to add a batch of fries with it if only to experience the delight that is the Stickyz spicy ketchup.
As a quick lunch, or as a method of soaking up all that pre-show beer, this sandwich is perfect. It's hefty, salty goodness that uses well-battered chicken and a pile of toppings to make a complete package. There are a lot of good sandwiches in this town, and the Sticky Fingerz Sammich ranks among the best.