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Tacolicious expands chicken concept to Palo Alto

Uploaded: Aug 6, 2018

Last summer, Bay Area Mexican restaurant Tacolicious launched a delivery-only rotisserie chicken concept out of one of its San Francisco locations. Dubbed MF Chicken, it will expand to the Palo Alto Tacolicious today, Aug. 6.

The chickens will be made at Tacolicious at 632 Emerson St. and be available for pick-up there or delivery through Caviar and DoorDash.

"Think of it as a concept within a concept," a press release suggests.

The Rocky free-range chickens are rubbed with an ancho chile-based marinade and then roasted. They come with organic corn tortillas, rice, Rancho Gordo black midnight beans and necessary taco toppings like chopped onions, cilantro, pickled cabbage and two salsas.

The spread from MF Chicken. Photo courtesy Tacolicious.

The MF Chicken menu also includes a chicken soup, salad and cauliflower al pastor made with achiote and lime.

MF Chicken was inspired in part by the Tacolicious owners' childhood memories at chicken chain El Pollo Loco, visits to pollo asado stands in Mexico and co-owner Joe Hargrave's time learning "the art of the rotisserie" at Restaurant LuLu in San Francisco in the 1990s.

However, "trying to feed my family had me scheming about MF Chicken since 2012 when we got very close to opening a place in Noe Valley," Hargrave said in the press release.

A whole chicken with sides will cost $32 and a half, $17. The restaurant's website says a whole chicken and sides feed about three people — "four if you're light eaters or have kids."

MF "stands for whatever you want it to," said Kory Cogdill, PR and community manager for Tacolicious. The takeout bags are covered with examples in both Spanish and English: muy fuerte, muy fantástico, mi familia, mad flavor, messy fingers and, yes, "O[MFG."

In addition to the Palo Alto outpost, Tacolicious operates three locations in San Francisco and one at Santana Row in San Jose.