I’m embarrassed to report that this was my first visit to the Smiling Moose! I ordered the shrimp po boy tacos ($11), tempura fried shrimp topped with roasted red pepper and corn salsa, roasted red pepper mayo, red cabbage, Sriracha, and cilantro. The toppings added a Chinese-Mexican-fusion spiciness.
Meanwhile, the sweet bbq grilled chicken sandwich ($11)—topped with bacon, sharp cheddar, and grilled onion—was meaty and good. Homemade pasta salad, lightly flavored with vinegar, came as a side.
Myriad burgers, salads, sliders, and snacks round out the menu, all of it reasonably priced. Check online for daily soups and specials. Finally, enticing was the Moose Classic Mac & Cheese ($10), but I’ll save it for next time. The Smiling Moose has two locations, the South Side original location and in Cranberry Township. They are owned by Chef Mike “Scarfo” Scalatelli. 1306 E. Carson St., South Side. (C.M.)