If you’re near CenturyLink, don’t just wing it. Bring a list of these top spots for poultry: as a sandwich, as a bun, as a taquito ...

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With the restaurant scene in Pioneer Square blowing up, it’s time to move beyond the standard-issue hot wing. Here are five pregame poultry possibilities.

1. Fried Chicken Sando at Quality Athletics: smoked red aoli, mizuna, honey drizzle

Though Quality Athletics honcho Josh Henderson has stepped away from the renowned Skillet Diner, the spirit of his perfectly fried chicken lives on in this sandwich. An expert battering and hot oil bath make for an ideal crunch, punctuated by the smokey aoli and slight sweetness from the honey. This is yardbird of the highest order. 121 S. King St., Seattle (206-420-3015 or qualityathletics.com)

2. Taquitos at Casco Antiguo: shredded duck carnitas with curtido slaw, crema, queso fresco, cilantro

There are a lot of bad taquitos in the world. These are not those. House-made tortillas fried to an expert crisp enrobe a sizable portion of delectable duck. An on-tap margarita is the only suitable complement. 115 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle (206-538-0400 or cascoantiguoseattle.com)

3. Chicken fat fries at Damn the Weather

OK, this is poultry in only a gestural sense. But sometimes gestures matter. Medium-cut spuds dropped in bubbling chicken fat render an enviable ratio of crisp to soft. If you like French fries, you will be moved in a visceral way by this version. If you don’t like French fries, well, you can’t be helped anyway. 116 First Ave. S., Seattle (206-946-1283 or damntheweather.com)

4. Gochujang chicken wings at Girin: honey glaze, toasted sesame, scallion

There is no shortage of wings near the Clink on game day, but this Korean version is well worth a try. Front-sweetness with a slow-building heat on the finish are lovely overtones to the stay-crispy fry job on this game-day standby. 501 Stadium Place S., Seattle (206-257-4259 orgirinseattle.com)

5. Five spice duck confit pinch buns at Kraken Congee: pickled blueberry sauce, cucumber

This take on the Chinese street food — now having a lengthy moment stateside — stacks the savory flavor of spiced duck with an acidic sweetness of the blueberries and fresh snap of cucumber, with a pillowy steamed bun uniting the handheld affair. 88 Yesler Way, Seattle (206-748-9999 or krakencongee.com)