Review: Senor Moose Cafe

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Well, sorry about the cell phone pic folks. My Dad is in town, and we were wandering around the wilds of Ballard when he declared his hunger. Immediately my mental food tracking GPS went in to gear, and said "Senor Moose!! I haven’t been to Senor Moose in far too long!"

The Moose is one of the most amazing restaurants in the Seattle area. When you walk in, you feel like you are in a humble backroads diner, with cozy but rustic furniture. You would think that this is going to be a pleasant ham-and-eggs joint, but then you notice all of the Mexican decorations, and you hope against hope, maybe there will be huevos rancheros too.

Oh, dear hungry sir or madam, you have not dared to dream big enough. Open your eyes, and you will find yourself rewarded with Calabacitas Guisadas (zucchini, corn, and onion stew from Michoacan, $8.75), Papas Con Rajas (poblano chilis and potatoes in cream, from Mexico City, $7.95), the Huevos Con Nopalitos pictured above (eggs with fresh cactus paddles, black beans and cotija cheese, and corn tortillas, $7.95), or the magnificient Huevos Ahogados (poached eggs "drowning" in a tomato broth, $7.95).

And that just begins to scratch the surface of the menu. Out of a tiny kitchen, owner Kathleen Andersen and chef Abraham Mata offer dozens of regional specialties from all over Mexico. Kathleen lived and traveled throughout Mexico for decades, and collected recipes from every abuela and tia she was lucky enough to spend time with.

Vegetarians as well as carnivores will find plenty of options, though the menu might be a bit tough for vegans.

If you have any of the cookbooks of Diana Kennedy or Rick Bayless (or have eaten at his restaurants), you will be amazed to find the same level of authenticity and flavor in an inexpensive joint in Ballard.

The menu also includes some American-style breakfast items, and more familiar tacos and enchiladas for those who aren’t in the mood to stretch their culinary horizons first thing in the morning. Dad was really happy with his Havarti, Mushroom and Spinach scramble ($7.95).

Breakfast is offered from 8:00 – 3:00 everyday, and dinner starts at 5:00, running until 9:00 on weekdays and 10:00 on Friday and Saturday.

Senor Moose in Seattle

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Friday, January 25th, 2008 in Restaurants, Seattle.

5 Responses to “Review: Senor Moose Cafe”

  1. January 25, 2008 at 6:06 pm #

    I was very much looking forward to a dinner of mushroom paté spread on slices of whole wheat baguette… until you went and mentioned calabacitas. I had finally forgotten how much I miss that dish! Well, now it looks like I may have to whip up a batch this weekend. Or try my own version of the huevos con nopalitos… it sounds amazing!

  2. Mister X
    January 26, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    I’ve walked by Senor Moose a dozen times, it sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing — we’ll give it a try soon!

    -Mister X
    President, Michael Natkin Fan Club

  3. January 27, 2008 at 8:39 am #

    I was looking at that place and thinking “Hmmm Should I go in”? Decided not to but next time I will give it a chance.

  4. Michael Natkin
    January 27, 2008 at 8:49 am #

    Who is this Mr. X?!? In any case, by all means everyone go there! It is so dang good.

  5. January 27, 2008 at 10:05 am #

    Well, whaddya know… a new place just opened up near my house, and they serve calabacitas! I got my fix on after all, thanks.

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