Los Cardos

Los Cardos
281 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8PD
  • Telephone 0131 555 6619
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–10pm.
  • Average price £8 (evening meal)
  • Website loscardosonline.com
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Tex-Mex takeaway food with a Scottish twist, and the option to eat-in or 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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Halfway down Leith Walk, slotting neatly into the street's landscape of pubs, cafés and takeaways, Los Cardos (‘thistles’ in Spanish), takes its place as your neighbourhood Mexican joint. Super-friendly staff jump to attention when you step in, ready to start the Cardos conveyor belt. Your basic Mexican favourites – burrito, taco, quesadilla or bowl – can be stuffed full with one of a wealth of fillings: from chicken or steak in chilli citrus marinade, to carnitas, or, if you’re feeling particularly patriotic, meat or veggie haggis. In the space itself, the few seats for dining-in confirm Los Cardos prime purpose as a quickie takeaway – perfect for pre or post-night out fuel. Their burrito bowl is a tower made up of big, bountiful layers of taste: rice and beans, followed by intense, peppery Macsween’s haggis soothed with sour cream. Top it off with sparky salsa and homemade guacamole that’s creamy and chunky – splash out on an extra pot to take home with you for those guac emergencies.

  • High point: There's a lot of food to go around
  • Low point: More room to sit in and enjoy would be nice
  • Average price: £8 (dinner)
  • Delivery: ask for details
  • Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access
  • Capacity: 10
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 2010