Mexican restaurants which tack a price on their chips and salsa are still liable to get grief from customers who feel entitled to all the chips they can eat. So it's telling that very few Yelpers have indulged in online sniveling over the $3.25 that Senor Moose charges for its salsa platter.
Owner Kathleen Andersen has said she instituted the charge so diners wouldn't fill up on chips instead of ordering other appetizers. She might add that the chips alone are worth the price.
The chips are served with six salsas, including a red sauce spiked with puiya chiles, a fresh salsa verde and a vivacious chipotle chile sauce. All of the salsas are excellent. But the standout are the house-made chips.
The chips are fried to order, and the gorgeous aroma of cooking corn clings to the Ballard restaurant and spills down the street. They're served while still hot, fresh from the oil bath which gives them a glossy sheen. The salty chips are crisp, but have an appealing soft flex. Rather than fret about customers ordering chips instead of an appetizer, the restaurant should probably worry about diners skipping the entree section and making a meal from its brilliant chips.