Chicken Hooray in Marin?
While driving by the heliport and the 100 Shoreline office buildings on the exit to Mill Valley (101 going north), I've noticed a rotisserie truck called Chicken Hooray. I finally stopped by today to see what it was. They have whole chickens cooking away with chopped potatoes underneath to catch the juices. They guy (very nice) said that they are at that location on Wednesdays from around 3:00 to 7:30 or 8:00, and a whole chicken is $11 and some cents (i forget the exact amount). I was on my way to a meeting, so I didn't buy anything, but it certainly looked and smelled good. Has anyone tried it? According to the truck, they're based in Corte Madera. I'm planning on trying it one of these Wednesdays, but wanted to check here first. Thanks!
The Chicken Hooray truck was at the Belmont Farmers Market earlier today. We tried the whole roast chicken. It was seasoned ok but the meat wasn't that great. It was one of the last chickens from that particular rotisserie stick so it was waiting the longest to be sold, resulting in the meat being just slightly drier, despite the greasiness from the drippings from the chickens above.
The concept is identical to Roli Roti, but Roli Roti (at least the multiple times I've had it at the Ferry Building Farmers Market) tastes better and offers an organic chicken option. The people at today's Chicken Hooray truck, when asked by someone whether the chicken was free-range, said only that the chicken is "all natural".
Seems more like a copy-cat operation to Roli Roti than an innovator.
It sounds very much like Roli Roti chicken I've seen (and had a few times) at the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market. I remember it as very good. They describe it as European Rotisserie Chicken on their website, and also have a schedule on that site.
They have also previously been at the Sausalito Farmer's Market on Friday evenings...don't know what their plans are for this year...the chicken is moist and quite flavorful...you see trucks like this at almost every local Farmer's Market in France (where they usually also include quail...yum)..saw them in Montpellier, Avignon and other spots in the South
So I finally tried Chicken Hooray tonight. The chicken was on the small side but really juicy, tender, and full of good flavors. Not spicy but very well-seasoned. I also bought a pint of the rosemary potato chunks that lie underneath the chicken as it cooks soaking up all kinds of wonderful tastes. It's a little pricy at $11 for the chicken which could probably feed three people who aren't big eaters, but the taste is sensational. My husband commented how good it was several times. I'll be back! They also have Caesar salads but were sold out when I go there at 5:30. Also - they only take cash which I didn't have, but the very friendly guy, Gustavo, let me write a check. Give it a try!
Cool. No reports I could find on the web but here's their website.
They write ...
"During a visit to Switzerland, we tasted the most delicious chicken we had ever eaten...from a truck! ... Careful planning and execution went into fabricating our truck so we could replicate the delicious flavors of Switzerland.:
On Thursdays they sell on Treasure Island. According to this site that has a picture of the truck with their pretty roasting chickens ...
"They're located in the Chapel parking lot, just inside the main gate on T.I. from 3:00 PM through 7:30 PM each Thursday night"
That sounds like a cool way to pick up dinner on your way to or from SF ... depending on where you live and work.
They sell at the Corte Madera Farmers market and according to their website: First Street, Napa: 5-9pm