We like the Howlah—a platter that includes chicken taquitos, avocado fries, chicken wings, and bacon-wrapped jalapenos (which are not for the faint of heart). Everything is scratch-made, and the vibe is fun cantina party. If you can’t make it to Salem, takeout-focused locations have popped up in North Andover and Marblehead.
76 Lafayette St., Salem, 978-744-WOLF (9653), howlingwolftaqueria.com
Outdoor seating on charming State Street makes this a terrific spot for sipping a margarita while people watching. Don’t skip dessert—the churros are delicious.
50 State St., Newburyport, 978-499-0428, agavemexicanbistro.com