The Place: Señor Moose Café, 5242 Leary Ave. N.W., 784-5568, BALLARD.
There's not too many places to go for great Mexican food in Ballard should the craving strike you around lunchtime. When we started yearning for the spicy stuff last week, we headed to Senor Moose on Leary Way, just as the place was getting ready to shut the doors on lunch service (3 p.m.). We sat down and immediately asked the server to bring us their two most popular dishes. We were so starving, we couldn't care less what we got. But it's how we felt after we ate that really defined this noontime nosh.
The Enchiladas Rojas en Salsa de Chile Guajillo ($9.95) is basically a plate of three enchiladas stuffed with shredded beef covered in a dense and spicy guajillo salsa. The beef is tender and crisp on the edges. The spice is not overwhelming, despite our server's warning that we shouldn't order it unless we could take the heat. It had a nice kick, but nothing out of the ordinary. Three enchiladas with a side of beans was hearty, to say the least.
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The Champ: These were terribly tough competitors. Each dish had a defining flavor that we enjoyed, which really makes this a difficult challenge to judge. But when it comes down to it, it's the call of the enchiladas we suspect will lure us into the Moose again.