I’m always stoked to try new places and the new taco joint (if you can call it a joint) on Main was a pleasure. Upon walking up to the front door, I was worried that the entire place would take the lead of the awkward sign in front, but it certainly didn’t.
The decor was complete with backlit Patron bottle columns (top right), authentic Día de los Muertos art from Mexico City, and a curtain separating the walkway from the bar seating area with rose designs on them. It was quite a festive atmosphere and I look forward to heading back to explore the concrete bar further – it spanned half the restaurant!
The patio was lit by large string lights and was complete with tables and one in particular with a fire pit smack dab in the middle. I look forward to heading back to enjoy the patio when it dips below triple-digit temperatures to watch the beautiful people frequenting the adjacent Mercantile pool.
Once at our table, our waitress recommended the Wild Rita … the Wild Rita was no slouch. It was spicy, fragrant, rimmed with chili-lime salt, and it was BIG. I’d give the drink a AAA rating – and I don’t even like tequila! They also have Negra Modelo, Dos Equis, and Bud light on tap, a drink list with five interesting margaritas and six cocktails to choose from.
The only thing better than the margarita was the food. The chips were just about average, but the avocado salsa was to die for; it’s no wonder that this place is called Wild Salsa (I went through two bowls myself before our food came). They offer other salsas for a cost and sadly my dinner guest didn’t feel the need to try them … bummer. I partook in the three-taco platter with rice and beans and tried three different ones … including a “lengua”, or beef tongue, and it was delicious! They use local ingredients and they are listed on a chalkboard at the front of the shop.
Bottom line: I like a swanky place that can still keep its focus on the food and drink, and Wild Salsa does just that. Definitely put a night aside to jump in here and enjoy the unique fare and strong drinks.
Extra info: they have a great wait staff, everyone is very friendly. Food is served late on Fridays and Saturdays (but I don’t know how late). ALSO, they may be opening for some serious late-night drunk taco action because they have what looks like a to-go window on Main.
Drink strength: 4.5
1800 Main St (Downtown) | 214-741-WILD
Monay-Friday | 4-7 p.m. | $3.50 beers, $4 house margaritas, $4 wells