The South’s best chicken salad has invaded the Perimeter. Chicken Salad Chick opens in Buckhead.
Our meal was part of a media event, but the opinions expressed are my own.
The Alabama-based franchise has exploded in growth over the last few years. In metro Atlanta alone, there are five locations. They have a loyal following, and their latest Buckhead storefront, which just opened June 27, is already doing booming business. It has all the shine of a new restaurant: spotless furnishings, friendly staff, everyone eager to share the Chicken Salad Chick experience with customers. I visited for a preview just before their grand opening, and I can tell you, these people are serious about their chicken salad.
So why the fuss over this go-to lunch staple? I understand the question. I’m a late chicken salad bloomer myself — some holdover memories from childhood involving celery. I thought the dish unimpressive, boring even, but take it as the blank canvas it is (and go light on the celery), and the sky’s the limit.
Chicken Salad Chick has perfected this art. They’ll serve you a scoop in any style you could want — and a few you didn’t know you wanted until you try them. I’m talking flavor combos like the Fruity Fran (apples, grapes and pineapple keep it sweet) and Sassy Scotty (because you know you would have added ranch and bacon to your chicken salad if you’d thought of it first). They have another that tastes like a basket of wings jammed into a creamy bone-free chicken schmear, and the result, as expected, is buffalo saucy goodness. Even their BBQ flavor is pretty tasty: high praise coming from someone who isn’t wild over barbecue.
Point being, you’ll find something you like. They even can do gluten-free and vegetarian, the latter through side offerings like pimento cheese, pasta salad, egg salad and most other entrees that involve the word “salad.”
For dessert, there are buttercream cookies, which are fine. (It’s a cookie.) But do yourself a favor and order the grape salad. The brown sugar encrusted pecans take it to another level.