My friend Nicole brought a buddy to visit New England from Atlanta, and he decided he wanted to see Salem. We took a trip to Salem so he could get his history lesson on, and when we were done with our museum trips of the day, we stopped at the Howling Wolf, per recommendation of one of our group. We made our way to the restaurant, and it only gets exciting from there.
Upon entry, we were promptly greeted by a host and brought to a table big enough for our party of five. We were then quickly greeted by our waiter, who took our drink orders and brought some chips and salsa to the table. We gave him our food orders, and proceeded to have some good conversation, while we took in the ambiance, which kept us busy. Let me elaborate.
The restaurant is filled with bright colors, beautiful murals and paintings, done by local artists (and for sale!), all for the looking while you wait. I felt more upbeat and happy, like it was a place I wanted to be in forever. My friends had comments on how small the place was, but I was still in love with the decor and didn’t care about the space (which really wasn’t bad to begin with).
After about ten minutes or so, our food finally came. My friends ordered versions of tacos and enchiladas, filled with steak and more premium meats. I chose a chicken burrito, without the tortilla, and boy was I surprised! It was like a mountain of food: lettuce, grilled chicken, corn salsa, cheese, and black beans. There was more than enough to feed the entire table! I ended up having two meals out of it completely, where everyone else’s meals were only one serving.
I highly recommend the burrito, tortilla or bare. The alcohol is strong, the food good, and the place clean and exciting!
Howling Wolf Taqueria is located at 76 Lafayette St in Salem.