Marking a decade of fiesta-all-the-time this year, Howling Wolf keeps the party going with gentle prices, scratch–made food, and delicious margaritas. We like the San Diego–style fish tacos, served with cabbage, tomato, and chipotle-cilantro white sauce. If you’re indecisive, try the Tres Amigos, a platter stacked with grilled chicken with salsa verde lime sauce, carne asada, and grilled scallions, as well as grilled shrimp with mango chile sauce, served with guacamole and rice and beans. If you can’t make it to Salem, check out the take-out focused locations in North Andover and Marblehead.
76 Lafayette St., Salem, 978-744-WOLF (9653), howlingwolftaqueria.com
Agave Mexican Bistro
With 125 different tequilas on offer, this is a perfect place to explore the spirit in-depth, paired of course with some delicious food, like the guacamole, prepared tableside, the nachos, or Premium Carne Asada Burrito.
50 State St., Newburyport, 978- 499-0428, agavemexicanbistro.com