Sunday, February 15, 2015

Howling Wolf Taqueria

Fact: people eat more during the winter than they do any other season, and I know all of my blog posts for 2015 can surely attest to that as they have all been dining-related. I think one of the reasons why we consume more now is because we need an extra layer of insulation to stay warm. I mentioned today’s subject in a blog post from May (, and I am excited to finally be spotlighting it. The Howling Wolf Taqueria in Salem, Massachusetts offers up melt-in-your mouth, muy caliente food, and is the best Mexican restaurant around! 

Transplanted Californians and New Mexicans will think they have been transported home when they sink their teeth into one of the items off of Howling Wolf’s ample menu of Mexican fare. Funky, but unpretentious, this restaurant is located in the heart of Downtown Salem, and is an affordable half-Taqueria half-Tequilla Bar. Mondays Beeriot Night (1 burrito and 1 of draft beer for $9.95), Tuesdays are $2 Tacos, and Wednesdays are Wild Wing Wednesdays ($.30 Mexican wings).  For the past three years, Howling Wolf has been voted the #1 Choice for Mexican Restaurant in Salem and has earned Regional Gold in the region by Wicked Local readers. Additionally, they have been featured on the TV shows Chronicle, Phantom Gourmet, and TV Diner. 

Something you can expect every time you come to Howling Wolf is it to be packed! Interestingly though, their host will never write your name down, but will always remember to seat you before the pack of wolves who came after you. Their patient and friendly staff should be  celebrated as much as their food. I swear the whole staff posses super powers because they all work  at lightning fast pace and never crack under pressure. 

Howling Wolf cite ‘freshness, flavor and value of food and drink’ as their ‘highest priorities.’Their staff, led by a Guadalajar chef,  use only the freshest ingredients and make everything daily, including their crisp tortilla chips.  My favorite items are their quesadillas and burritos. Holy Guacamole! 

Their is no denying that this winter has been hard. One of the best ways to cope with the February blues is going out, but unfortunately this year, us New Englanders have been forced to hibernate more often than not. But if you live in Salem, the best part is, Howling Wolf delivers! The only thing is if you don’t reside in the Downtown area, your delivery has to be a minimum of $20. Although dates to Howling Wolf should not be missed! The atmosphere here is fun and casual. On Mondays, they do Stump Trivia, and live music is performed on the weekend. So if your Valentine's Day plans fell thru this weekend, I would definitely recommend rekindling things with your 'wolf' in this hole-in-the-wall joint as the experience will leave anyone howling with joy! 

Howling Wolf Taqueria 
76 Lafayette Street 
Salem, Massachusetts 01970 

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