Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dinner with Ruth, Paul, and Senor Moose

Ruth's Birthday was earlier this month, and the original plans to get together on the electric boats again were postponed until her brother can come to town. So the four of us got together tonight for dinner in Ruth's 'hood - Ballard - at one of her favorite restaurants - Senor Moose.

Dan & I both went for a Cervezarita - Pacifico and tequila with lime juice, with a spicy rim and garnished with a jalapeno slice.

We all started off with Esquites - a bowl of fresh corn cut off the cob, & epazote with cream, paired with some fried corn tortillas. You stir the corn and creamy cheese mixture together, then scoop it out with pieces of the tortilla. I can see why they run out some nights.

And for entrees I had the Manchamanteles - a Oaxacan dish of "pork cooked in a tangy sweet and spicy mole of plantains, pineapple, aromatic spices, and chile guajillo, served with mashed sweet potatoes and black beans". It was heaven.

Dan went for a classic - Enchiladas Suiza. Ruth & Paul both opted for the Carne Asada, in two forms - tacos for Paul, and Ala Tampiquena for Ruth (and for me, since I practically finished off her dinner.)

Another menu item they frequently run out of (Senor Moose almost always has a line of people waiting outside, even in poor weather, to get inside for their delicious regional Mexican food) is the Tres Leches Cake. Since they had it, and we were celebrating a birthday, we couldn't pass up sharing a piece.

The secret to getting a table right away and not having to worry about whether they're already out of the equites and cake? Get there just before 5pm, when they open. The place is empty and the pantry is stocked, so to speak. We were the first in the door (a little before 5, thanks to the gracious staff) and scored a table by the window to enjoy the last hours of a sunny Spring day.

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