Rotigo, a new counter-service restaurant, wine bar, and market, is a “choose-your-own-adventure” situation built around rotisserie chicken by jack of all culinary trades Cate Hughes. The many hats she’s worn in the industry include consulting, managing operations, doing fiscal analysis, putting together beverage programs, and more. This is her second brick-and-mortar and the 13th restaurant she’s been involved in opening.
“The concept really came out of how I like to eat, which is healthy and fresh. My daughter has a ton of pretty life-threatening allergies, so as a parent I’m super conscientious about giving people options without compromising flavor,” said Hughes. Everything is made à la minute (to order), so diners with dietary restrictions can request that ingredients be omitted.
Rotigo (the name is short for rotisserie to go) sources their pasture-raised chickens from Cooks Venture. Shipments come in thrice weekly, and the fresh—never frozen—birds are brined for 48 hours before going into the air chiller for 12-14 hours, which allows them to develop a crispy skin. From there, they’re rubbed with a mix of Mediterranean spices and head for the rotisserie. Rotigo’s rotisserie can roast up to 40 chickens at a time, with chickens always at the ready for folks wanting to grab and go.
The rotisserie chickens are available by the whole ($34), half ($19), or quarter ($10) and are accompanied by your choice of sauce (chermoula, salsa verde, garlic chili oil, chili-garlic aioli, and green goddess aioli), all of which are vegan. Once you make those selections, bolster your meal with à la carte vegan veggie sides (one portion feeds two) like smashed yukon golds, garlicky greens, roasted carrots, fried Brussels sprouts, and more.
Now, I’m one of the masses who is used to ye olde reliable five buck Costco rotisserie chicken, but I’m telling you now: don’t write off Rotigo because of the higher price point. It’s easily the most flavorful and succulent rotisserie chicken I’ve ever eaten, and has maybe even earned a spot in my top 10 most favorite chicken dishes.
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