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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Inspired by a holiday in Colorado, Los Cardos (Spanish for 'the thistles') has been a popular Tex-Mex destination on Leith Walk since 2010. Although primarily a takeaway and delivery restaurant with limited seating space for 10, diners are welcome to enjoy their meals in nearby bars Victoria, Boda and Sofi's. The menu features burritos, fajitas, quesadillas and soft tacos with a choice of steak, chicken, pork, Macsween's haggis and vegetarian fillings. Those wishing to lay off the carbs might wish to dive into a burrito bowl (actually a large box), generously portioned with succulent Aberdeen Angus steak, fajita-style vegetables, sour cream, cheese and fresh pico de gallo salsa. The quesadillas arrive precision engineered with just the right amount of vegetarian haggis, enveloped in melted cheese within a handsomely grilled tortilla. A selection of salsas are available with something for every palate, and the tortilla chips are wonderfully fresh and crisp. Portions are excellent value, friendly staff more than happy to talk you through your options, and even when it's busy the service is remarkably efficient.

  • High point: Superb food at great prices
  • Low point: Delivery doesn't cover the whole of Edinburgh
  • Notable dish: Steak burrito bowl
  • Delivery: ask for details
  • Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access
  • Capacity: 10
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 2010