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Entry from December 25, 2018
Stinger (steak + chicken finger); Stinger Fries; Stinger Pizza; Stinger Taco

A “Stinger” sandwich is a hoagie or sub sandwich that contains chicken fingers and steak (like a Philly cheesesteak). It also often has lettuce, tomatoes, onions and hot sauce. The book Buffalo Everything:  A Guide to Eating in “The Nickel City” (2018) by Arthur Bovino states:

“And Jim’s SteakOut’s director of operations Guy Macon said they put the sandwich on the menu in 2008.”

Although the invention of the sandwich is credited to Jim’s Steakout restaurant in Buffalo, New York, in 2008, the Buffalo (NY) News had an earlier citation on October 9, 2005:

“My wife Teresa had a ‘stinger’ sub, the most expensive item on the menu at $7.95. It consisted of steak and chicken fingers (hence the st-inger) stuffed into a submarine roll.”

“Stinger Fries” contains chicken fingers and steak mixed with fries. “Who would be interested in Stinger Fries?  Just a thought” was posted on Twitter by Jim’s Steakout on July 14, 2014. “These are stinger fries. Steak + chicken fingers and hot sauce over fries” was posted on Twitter by Joe Lodur Perez on January 24, 2015. However, different fries use the same “stinger” name. “Stinger Fries $2.99 Fries Loaded with Jalapenos, onions, Chili, Cheese and Ketchup!  Yummy!” was posted on Twitter by Big Larry’s burgers on July 16, 2014.

“Stinger Pizza” contains chicken fingers and steak on a pizza. “Dinner: Stinger pizza- bleu cheese sauce, chicken fingers (hot), steak, onions, banana peppers, cheese” was posted on Twitter by G ❤ 🇵🇸 🧕 on April 28, 2012. “I could really go for a stinger pizza. For my tweeps outside Buffalo, that is steak and chicken fingers on a pizza” was posted on Twitter by Chris Agne on December 16, 2012.

“Stinger Taco” contains chicken fingers and steak in a taco. “Im not hating, I just had a stinger taco and fries with some loganberry” was posted on Twitter by James McConnaghy on March 3, 2010. “Stinger tacos too ez (@ Johnny’s Pizzeria & Restaurant)” was posted on Twitter by Christian Wheeler on December 9, 2010. “Stinger tacos!!! (@ Colosso Taco)” was posted on Twitter by Adam M€G•£dr|€k on February 4, 2011.


Jim’s Steakout (Buffalo, NY)
STINGER HOAGIE
Certified Angus Steak and Tenderloin Chicken Fingers chopped on the grill, topped with fried onions, melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, Frank’s Red Hot and Jim’s Secret Sauce—all on a toasted Italian roll.

STINGER
Mouthwatering Certified Angus Steak and Tenderloin Chicken Fingers topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions - all on a toasted Italian roll.

STINGER WRAP
Steak, Tenderloin Chicken Fingers, melted cheese, Frank’s and Jim’s Secret Sauce wrapped in a soft flour tortilla.

9 October 2005, Buffalo (NY) News, “Pellegrino’s mixes good ingredients” by Mike Kurilovitch, pg. NC7:
My wife Teresa had a “stinger” sub, the most expensive item on the menu at $7.95. It consisted of steak and chicken fingers (hence the st-inger) stuffed into a submarine roll. The steak was thin and tender and the fingers thick and crunchy, topped with melted cheese, lettuce and tomato.

3 October 2008, Buffalo (NY) News, “Cheap eats,” pg. G3:
Dan ordered a Stinger, an unusual hot sub made with both chicken fingers and steak ($4.75 for a half, $8.50 for a whole). The Stinger’s…

Twitter
dJACK
@itsJustDjackson
Jims steakout for my stinger. That’s a philly steak and a buffalo chicken hero n 1 sandwich. Crackness! My arteries r fine. Don’t worry.
2:11 PM - 4 May 2009

Twitter
Sean-Franc Strang
@sean_franc
Replying to @jonahan
@jooblie jims steakout makes this awesome stinger sub, half chicken finger, half steak sub. the wrap version is killar.
3:57 PM - 8 Sep 2009

30 October 2009, Honolulu (HI) Star-Bulletin, “Food for Thought: A Savory Guide to Dining on Oahu” sec., pg. 14, col. 1:
When Buffalo boys Eric Richter and Tomas Arana decided to open their hoagie store in April of this year, they brought authentic wing and hoagies to the city.
(Pg. 15, col. 1—ed.)
JM: The Stinger is for those who really enjoy a huge sandwich!

Eric: Yeah, it’s pretty big. It’s a combination of grilled steak topped with melted cheese and then we add chicken fingers, which are tossed in our hot sauce, and then we add lettuce, tomatoes and raw onion. The dressing is mayo, olive oil or bleu cheese.
(Col. 5—ed.)
The Stinger—a combination of chicken finger and steak in freshly made crusty bread.

Twitter
James McConnaghy
@McConnaghy
@aymie Im not hating, I just had a stinger taco and fries with some loganberry. Im all about late night meals
4:11 AM - 3 Mar 2010

Twitter
Christian Wheeler
@wheels8899
Stinger tacos too ez (@ Johnny’s Pizzeria & Restaurant) http://4sq.com/cpG85t
4:58 PM - 9 Dec 2010

Twitter
Adam M€G•£dr|€k
@AdamMcG_716
Stinger tacos!!! (@ Colosso Taco) http://4sq.com/eZ4wry
10:19 PM - 4 Feb 2011

Buffalo (NY) Business First
Buffalo sandwich makes national list
By Elizabeth Carey – TV Reporter
Mar 3, 2011, 8:01am EST
A Buffalo-born sandwich is making national headlines. Jim’s Steakout has made a list of “America’s Best New Sandwiches, Part II” for its creation called “The Stinger.”

It’s referred to as “a basic steak sandwich with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion - oh yeah, and some chicken fingers on top for good measure.” According to Jim’s menu, you can get them hot, medium or mild… your choice. The sandwich is also complete with melted cheese. Blue cheese will cost you extra. Leave it to Buffalonians to add chicken fingers and blue cheese to a steak sandwich!

Twitter
CK
@CKmakesPLDs
I’m currently fantasizing about a stinger taco from #goodguyspizza
5:28 PM - 18 May 2011

Twitter
Adam M€G•£dr|€k
@AdamMcG_716
Stinger taco at brio restaurant is orgasm in my mouth. #nojoke
8:24 PM - 26 Aug 2011 from Lewiston, NY

Twitter
Rob Joslin
@hamlizard
Super stinger taco from colasso was phenominal last night. But I bit my tongue while eating it and now I can’t talk. #drunk #bloodeverywhere
12:20 PM - 29 Oct 2011

Twitter
G ❤ 🇵🇸 🧕
@Jesssica_Rabbit
Dinner: Stinger pizza- bleu cheese sauce, chicken fingers (hot), steak, onions, banana peppers, cheese.
Yum smile
7:55 PM - 28 Apr 2012

Twitter
Chris Agne
@ChrisAgne
I could really go for a stinger pizza. For my tweeps outside Buffalo, that is steak and chicken fingers on a pizza.
10:12 PM - 16 Dec 2012

Twitter
x-AmherstAleHouse 🍕 🍺
@AmherstAleHouse
New menu item @AmherstAleHouse
THE STINGER PIZZA
Yes, that’s right… And It’s awesome!
(Steak & Chicken Fingers are goooood)
3:00 PM - 28 May 2014

Twitter
Jim’s Steakout
@JimsSteakout
Who would be interested in Stinger Fries?  Just a thought smile #Buffalo #Buffalove #FOOD
6:04 PM - 14 Jul 2014

Twitter
Big Larry’s burgers
@Big_larrys08
Stinger Fries $2.99 Fries Loaded with Jalapenos, onions, Chili, Cheese and Ketchup!  Yummy!
11:00 AM - 16 Jul 2014

Twitter
Joe Lodur Perez
@LodurZJ
These are stinger fries. Steak + chicken fingers and hot sauce over fries.
(A photo is shown. --ed.)
4:56 PM - 24 Jan 2015

YouTube
How To Make The Stinger Sandwich!
BiteAndChewFoodReview
Published on Oct 27, 2015
In this video i’ll show you how to make The Stinger Sandwich!  This sandwich originated in Buffalo, New York, at Jim’s Steakout!  It is made with Buffalo chicken tenders, piled onto a Philly Cheesesteak! I hope you enjoy.

Facebook
Bisonte Pizza Co.
March 7, 2016 ·
Today’s March Madness Mystery Pizza: The Stinger. Steak, chicken fingers, onions, and peppers with bomber sauce. It’s made with the same ingredients as our Steak and Stinger subs. Soooo good! Not on the menu and only available today. Get it by the slice, or large or small pizza. Try it - you won’t regret it!

Twitter
Rasmus² 🔊
@kpwills
Buffalo favorite:
The Stinger
A steak sub, topped with chicken fingers.
Yeah you read that right
12:00 AM - 24 Nov 2016

Twitter
Said Dakhil-Rivera
@SaidTheBed
Replying to @MitsuShow
But have you ever tried a Buffalo chicken finger sub from Buffalo? Or even a Buffalo Stinger?
4:39 AM - 7 Dec 2017

Google Books
Buffalo Everything:
A Guide to Eating in “The Nickel City”

By Arthur Bovino
The Countryman Press
2018
Pg. ?:
You’re a Tasty One, Mr. Stinger: Sting, Stang, Stung
While Jim’s SteakOut and Colosso go back to the ‘80s and ‘60s, respectively, as far as anyone can tell, the stinger sub is actually a fairly recent phenomenon—we’re talking the past 15 years or so. (...) And Jim’s SteakOut’s director of operations Guy Macon said they put the sandwich on the menu in 2008.

Visit Buffalo-Niagara
9 Classic Buffalo Foods to Be Thankful For
By Brian Hayden
11/16/2018 | BARS AND NIGHTLIFE, FOOD & DRINK, WINGS
(...)
9. Chicken Finger Subs
Served alone, chicken fingers are as American as apple pie. But pile them onto a sub sandwich? That may very well be a Buffalo thing. The hot bleu sub at Jim’s Steakout, with fingers smothered in hot sauce and covered in bleu cheese, is the perfect post-partying late night snack.

Posted by Barry Popik
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