No more does your evening meal have to be beholden to the afterthought of an express supermarket's 'round the world' section: Lupe Pintos has been a one-stop shop for the spice lover for over 20 years. Mexican, Caribbean, American, Asian and generally all things spicy (choose from over 30 varieties of chilli pepper), they import larder staples, chorizo, hot sauces, teas, snacks, tins of things like green pigeon peas and, of course, tequila, in up to 35 varieties. Owner Doug Bell is particularly well versed in Spanish wines, stocking some that are so obscure they're not usually seen outside Spanish borders. Their A–Z of spices is so comprehensive they've very rarely been caught out – basically, if you seek it, you'll find it here. He and partner Rhoda's dedication has spawned the annual Chili Cook-Off, a judge-adjudicated search of Edinburgh and Glasgow's restaurants to find the ultimate example of this hotly contested dish that was attended by over 1000 people across the two cities in 2012.
Lupe Pintos has been a one-stop shop for lovers of world food for over 20 years. Spanish and Mexican are the specialties but there is a great range of South Asian spices and sauces too. Chillis of all shapes and sizes, refried beans, home-made salsa and most famously chorizo from Northern Spain are all firm favourites with the regular patrons. There a range of Spanish beers,100% aguave tequila – up to 35 varieties, rum and a compact but expertly chosen range of Spanish wine – one of owner Doug Bell’s passions. Their A–Z of spices is so comprehensive it is rarely caught out – basically, if you seek it, you'll find it here – and their house mixes of Cajun and Mexican spices beat anything you’ll find in a supermarket. Bell and partner Rhoda's dedication has spawned the annual Chili Cook-Off, a judge-adjudicated search of Edinburgh and Glasgow's restaurants to find the ultimate example of this hotly contested dish. These days it’s a sell-out event for over 1000 people across the two cities and always hotly anctipated.
- Provides: Wheelchair access
- Open since: 2001
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Best shops to buy condiments for Christmas8 Dec 2016
Where to pick up sauces, vinegars and chutneys in Glasgow and Edinburgh
So, you've got your turkey, your beef, and a metric tonne of potatoes and veg. The only thing missing is your condiment haul. Here are the best places to pick up sauces, vinegars and chutneys.
Neighbourhood Watch: Great Western Road, Glasgow19 Dec 2011
Including The Captain's Rest, The Belle and Lupe Pintos
What’s it like? One big road full of pubs, cafés and little shops. Flats are mostly old tenements above the bars, restaurants and stores which go up most of the road. Where’s it, like? In the West End, a stone’s throw from Woodlands and Byres Road.