Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
There is a showdown of sorts in that strange stretch of road that sidles up to the Merrimack River. You know that area that is beyond the rail bridge that is both Washington Street and River Street.
It’s a place where Tacos Lupita ruled when it came to freshly made Mexican food. But now, not a mile away, there’s a new kid in town ‘Stuft’. And it’s easy to see why they both will make that area of Haverhill more interesting.
TACOS LUPITA, 194 River St, Haverhill, MA 01832, 978-374-1839 CLOSED MONDAYS
Tacos Lupita is decidedly old school. No FB page other than one fans put together, no website, family run, very modestly priced, the offerings best described as comfort food. People really like the options here and give the restaurant 4 and 5 stars on Yelp and TripAdvisor despite a much less than glamorous exterior or interior. People like the chance to slide down a buffet-like counter and pick out their meats, beans, rice, sauces and veggies. Tacos Lupita makes home style food, nothing exotic, not too many options, just good. Check out their selection of authentic non-alcoholic beverages, too, like Jarittos fruit flavored sodas and Horchata Salvadorean style rice milk. There is a long held debate about which is better roasted pork (al pastor) or fried pork. But everyone agrees at less than $6 per well packed, made-to-order burrito, the price is right.
STUFT, 150 Washington St., Haverhill, MA 01832 (978) 377-7981 CLOSED MONDAYS but hours are still evolving
STUFT is many things Tacos Lupita isn’t. It’s trendy, more adventurous with food combinations, new, frequented by hipsters, and more expensive. Stuft does crazy good things with tater tots and offers a french fry based nacho dish. Mexican Street Corn is roasted then topped with a spiced mayonnaise, cotija cheese and herbs. You get a little piece of corn with entrees and can order a full cob to satisfy bigger cravings. Wings are a big part of their menu and there are a good selection of sauces to choose from. The shop was packed on a beautiful Thursday night, so it took a little longer to find a parking space (even behind the Tap was full) and we were advised of a 15+ minute wait for our order. But, they’ve only been open a couple of weeks, so everyone should cut them some slack if service is occasionally spotty. They will work that out; they are still staffing up, and will probably make changes to the menu and their hours that might streamline service. THOH recommends liking their Facebook page to see their full menu and to keep up as they find their groove. The food (according to several people who suggested The Heartbeat of Haverhill check them out) is authentic and delicious.
WHICH DO YOU PREFER – TACOS LUPITA OR STUFT???