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Desperately seeking chicken wings

I need some deep fried, crispy, juicy chicken wings, and I want the WHOLE wing. I like salt and pepper chicken wings, but they are almost always just the middle joint. I want my drumette!

Here's the catch -- I have to have them today or tomorrow, since I'm going on a diet starting Thursday. I work in the Civic Center, and live in San Mateo, so those regions would be preferable.

And if you have any other suggestions for greasy, calorie-laden delights that I should indulge in these last 2 days of freedom that would be good, too. (Yes, I know how ridiculous that is.)

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  1. Wondering if someone who's had them at J's Pots of Soul could tell us if they fit your criteria?

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    J's Pots of Soul
    203 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      The wings at J's Pots of Soul are deep-fried, crispy, juicy and BIG. need I say more? (closed on Mondays)

    2. Not near Civic Center, but worth a ride on the N-Judah: the dry fried chicken wings at San Tung

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      San Tung Chinese Restaurant
      1031 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

      1. It does seem a little crazy to indulge before embarking on a weight-loss program but I've done it too!

        Not near Civic Center or San Mateo but probably the best chicken wings ever are from King Sing on Balboa... search this board for a report on recent meals there - the dry fried chicken wings are one of their specials - and there are both parts of the wing! They are separated but they are both included in the order...

        Dietary splurge worthy items for me would include roast pig from a Chinese take-out deli like Lam Hoa Thanh on Irving in the City (spelling is probably wrong...) also roast or Peking duck.

        Carnitas or tacos al pastor - maybe from El Grullense Grill on Woodside Rd. in Redwood City or the take out counter at the Mi Rancho market on Roosevelt in Redwood City also. Chicharonnes - guacamole - chips - I like Casa Sanches when I can't get any freshly made yummy ones.

        How about Beard Papa cream puffs? They're not that far from Civic Center - or - once again, in Redwood City on Middlefield.

        Good luck on your diet...

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        1. re: RWCFoodie

          Links to the two threads on King Sing. The chicken wings are better than the version at San Tung, and yes, they use both parts of the wing.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/423195
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/427604

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          King Sing Mandarin
          501 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I got takeout wings from San Tung last week and they were super good, I couldn't tell much difference between them and King Sing. I think I might need to do a side-by-side taste test to determine if one is really better than the other, since they are both so good and so similar. For me, it depends on what side of the park I am on when I get hungry :)

            Dave MP

        2. I was wondering if you can order the whole wing. They are fabulous at China First on Clement, a platter for under $4.00 on their "all day specials" menu, but I think only the middles. Wonder if you can you ask for the whole damn thing? What do they do w/ the rest anyway?

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          1. re: Sarah

            Chinese butchers sell whole wings, middle joint only or drummette. The drummettes are more expensive, and because they're white meat, aren't that popular with Chinese patrons anyway. You could ask for the whole wing, but if the kitchen doesn't have any as a raw ingredient to cook, it's pointless. Also, the wings are often marinated before frying, so BYO wings probably wouldn't work

          2. I 2nd San Tung. The original chicken wings are to die for! YUM! Good luck...