Rotisserie chicken was trending for awhile a couple of years ago, but it also helps when you open a rotisserie spot to have the reputation of people like Sarah and Evan Rich, the wife-and-husband team behind the fine dining spot Rich Table.
For their second restaurant, which is also in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, the couple went casual focusing on rotisserie dining. I visited the 7-month-old corner spot in the tail end of 2017 when I met my friend Sylvia for dinner.
The menu is primarily sandwiches (including a fried chicken sandwich) and then items from the rotisserie. You can get half or whole chicken, along with other items such as duck leg and vegetables. The chicken is definitely a winner; the half order we got was moist with a savory skin that had a twist of lemon. You can choose two of four dipping sauces that comes with it, such as chimichurri, Douglas Fir sour cream, chipotle yogurt and BBQ.
Side note: There are also one or two specials. Be sure to check the chalkboard, because we didn’t and missed out on the roasted Brussels sprouts.
The duck leg was a bit disappointing because it was difficult to eat, and not as tender as I hoped. But the whole roasted cauliflower with red beet tahini was delicious and well done.
For dessert, there’s soft serve with milk ice cream and a changing sorbet (when we were there it was apple). Sylvia and I didn’t think we’d like the milk, thinking it would be plain, but we ended up preferring that over the apple. (We tried both because the server accidentally brought out the milk instead of the apple we ordered.)
The last bite
RT Rotisserie seems to be a welcomed addition to the neighborhood, doing brisk business for both dining in and taking out. The chicken and cauliflower are a must, but don’t expect a whole lot of options.
The rating: 2.5 out of 4 camera snaps
The deets: RT Rotisserie, 101 Oak St., San Francisco. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. No reservations. Major credit cards accepted. rtrotisserie.com
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