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Monday, April 30, 2012

Number 11: Wing Wings' Chicken Salad Biscuit

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click to enlarge Wing Wings' chicken salad biscuit. - GIL RIEGO JR.
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  • Wing Wings' chicken salad biscuit.

SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition


"I make the chicken salad biscuit to offer a non-fried, boneless option that can appeal to pretty much everyone," says 

Wing Wings owner Christian Ciscle of the sleeper on his menu. It's a three-buck item, listed apart from all the chicken wings, something you barely notice unless a friend points it out.

But it's hardly a throwaway dish. Ciscle tosses shredded chicken with mayonnaise, Old Bay seasoning, and finely diced celery -- just enough to give the chicken salad a discreet crunch. He crowns each scoop with dabs of his jerk-inspired herb sauce (one of the optional sauces for his chicken wings) and a bit of remoulade.

The biscuit is a soft one, more buttery than flaky, a convenient handle for the chicken salad. There's a faint and unexpected sweetness to the filling, a hint of sharp shallot, and the flickering scent of the herbs. It's double-take good; even if you've ordered the first one out of curiosity, you may find yourself returning to Ciscle's Lower Haight shop for a biscut bag.

Wing Wings: 422 Haight (at Webster), 834-5001,

Other favorites in this series:

12: Pamonha de sal from Pamonha's

13: Kasa Indian Truck's gobi aloo kati roll

14: Delfina's trippa alla fiorentina

15: Truffled tater tots from Leatherneck Steakhouse

16: Baia Pasta's durum-wheat pastas

17: Z&Y's flaming fish with chile oil

18: Auntie April's fried catfish

19: None but the Brave from Heaven's Dog

20: Saha's vegan kibbeh

21: Starter Bakery's hazelnut kouign amann

22: Pupusas at Cafe and Restaurant Montecristo

23: 2 a.m. apple fritter at Bob's

24: Le Sanctuaire's vadouvan

25: Crab louis salad at Nettie's Crab Shack

26: Soy sauce chicken from Happy Bakery & Deli

27: Locanda's Jewish-style artichoke

28: Local: Mission Eatery's asparagus-egg sandwich

29: Memphis Minnie's 18-hour brisket

30: Custard buns from City View

31: Mission Chinese Food's kung pao pastrami

32: Panisse frites from Frances

33: Izakaya Yuzuki's chawanmushi

34: Fatted Calf's chorizo

35: Silvanas from House of Silvanas

36: Linden Street Brewery's black lager

37: Aged oolongs from Red Blossom Tea Company

38: Broken Record's crawfish grits

39: Cebiche mixto from La Mar 

40: Nutella-hazelnut hand pie from Black Jet Baking Co.
41: Fifth Floor's burger
42: Perbacco's agnolotti dal plin
43: Iced coffee from Sightglass
44: Cypress Grove's Purple Haze Chevre
45: Lechon from Tastebuds Cuisine
46: Duck with beets from AQ
47: Tai nigiri at ICHI Sushi
48: Fish with explosive chiles from Spices! 
49: Baker & Banker Bakery's blueberry cream cheese muffin
50: Kufta tajine from Cafe Zitouna

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