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Los Cardos

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Los Cardos, Edinburgh

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Popular, value for money Mexican street food takeaway with a few seats, also offering online collection and home delivery

It might sound like a fairly textbook first world problem, but only a few years ago, there was nowhere in Edinburgh to get a decent takeaway burrito. Horrified residents were forced to sit in for Mexican food, or choose a different type of street food to eat while walking home from the pub. 

Now, not only is this place open and serving very, very good, densely packed bundles of black beans, guacamole and spicy chicken and beef to takeaway, they even do evening home deliveries and online orders for collection too. It happened after the owner Neil Miller travelled around the West Coast of the States, and came back determined to bring some of that cheap and copious style of cuisine to Edinburgh. The classics are all there - tacos, quesadillas, burritos and fajitas starting from around £5, as well as a few new creations, including a haggis and steak taco, or a tortilla-less bean bowl with no rice, for those trying to dodge carbs.

The gap in the market was clearly a very hungry one, as since opening in 2010, the place is rarely without a queue. Service is generally fast though, and there is room for about ten people to sit in if you can’t bear the indignity of walking down Leith Walk with salsa and sour cream dripping out a foil wrap and down your forearm. Loyalty cards are available too if you’re planning on making a habit of it.

Written by Claire Sawers


281 Leith Walk
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