Tex-Mex takeaway food with a Scottish twist, and the option to eat-in or at a nearby bar.
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.
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
- Delivery: ask for details
- Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access
- Capacity: 10
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2010