Los Cardos

Tex-Mex takeaway food with a Scottish twist, and the option to order for home delivery, to eat-in or even enjoy it at a nearby bar.

Takeaway review
Meaning ‘The Thistles’ in Spanish, Los Cardos is one of only a few places in Edinburgh offering Mexican takeaway and delivery (to postcodes EH1–8). Ordering is based on a mix and match premise where the customer chooses from a burrito, fajita, burrito bowl, quesadillas or soft tacos. Next comes the filling, which includes chill-citrus marinated Red Tractor chicken, slow-cooked pork smothered in a salsa verde, or just plain black beans. Additionally, condiments of pico de gallo, ‘roastin red’ salsa and guacamole can be included. Alternatively, a steak burrito bowl contains thick slices of beef, rice, piquant peppers and spicy beans. A vegetarian soft taco is enlivened by a creamy guacamole and chargrilled peppers.

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Once you know that Los Cardos means ‘thistles’, suddenly a haggis burrito (meat or veggie) starts to make sense. While the signature, peppery Macsween options stand out as muy braw, you’ll also find familiar favourites like chicken, steak and black beans to pick and mix with generous helpings of fresh guacamole and the full spectrum of salsa on your burrito, soft taco, quesadilla or bowl at this small, no-frills venue. Predominantly a takeaway with a basic seating area (you can BYOB), Los Cardos also offers home delivery through its website, Just Eat or Deliveroo. You can even choose to enjoy your food in the neighbouring Victoria Bar. Order handmade corn nachos to start, slathered in a creamy, smoky queso sauce and as many extras as you can afford, but be sure to share to stand any hope of finishing your XL tinfoil-clad main. This is fresh comfort food, best enjoyed in the comfort of your own home: save loscardosonline to your favourites and blast your delivery in the microwave to warm up – don't forget to remove the tinfoil first!

The List's rating
6.6

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Gill Thomson visited Los Cardos on 6 March 2018
  • High point: Turn traitor and enjoy your haggis Mexican-style
  • Low point: Turn up the temperature: venue and food
  • Notable dish: Veggie haggis burrito
  • Average price: £10 (lunch); £10 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Restaurant has launched a new online delivery site: loscardosonline, with delivery available from 5:30pm weekdays and 5:00pm weekends; collection available from noon; Just Eat and Deliveroo also available
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Latin/Mexican playlist
  • Capacity: 10
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 2010
  • BYOB: Free corkage