Los Cardos Nacho Bar
Big flavours and big portions from this popular Tex-Mex takeaway which also has a small eat-in area.
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.
Judging by its constant custom, Los Cardos Nacho Bar is a go-to takeaway for Leith locals seeking a post-work, post-gym (or post-anything) Tex-Mex takeaway. Whack your bulging burrito in the microwave or feast on reliable, really good value, slap-up wraps on the spot in their new, larger Leith Walk premises which has a couple of tables and more room to conjure up some more unusual menu items like Adobo lamb, beef barbacoa and tortilla soup – a spicy veg broth with green chill and lime, and customisable toppings. Or give in to a pile of homemade nachos in creamy queso sauce. Then make it your own: choose your wrap, filling, topping, beans, salsa and level of heat. How about soft tacos with pork slow-roasted in verde salsa marinade? Or a haggis quesadilla with roasting red salsa? You bet. You can even have your burrito in a bowl not a tortilla. If you want dessert, there’s only Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream tubs, but you’ll probably be full, in a good way. Best be hitting the gym again tomorrow.
- Delivery: Charge depends on distance. Delivery Mon–Fri from 5.30pm; Sat–Sun from 5pm (55 mins). Collection from noon (15 mins)
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Pop music
- Capacity: 6
- Largest group: 0
- Open since: 2010