Illegal Jack's

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Illegal Jack's
44–45 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9ET
  • Telephone 0131 629 2722
  • Seasonal times Festival: open until 11pm
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
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Great value homemade Tex-Mex food with a focus on local ingredients and catering for dietary requirements.

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Serving quality Tex-Mex food at seriously good-value prices, it’s little wonder Illegal Jack’s is popular with locals, students and tourists alike. Owner and head chef Jack Muir’s unfussy, homely restaurant is an ideal place to relax over a taco or two though everything on the menu can be taken away too. Vegans are especially well catered for, with jackfruit carnitas, veggie chilli and veggie haggis all served up as fillings, each available topped with vegan cheese and drizzled with fabulous homemade hot sauce. Carnivorous customers need not despair, as meats are quality too with steak from Perthshire, and haggis ‘locally caught’ in West Lothian. The drinks list, which changes regularly, features craft ales and lagers, wines and cocktails, and even original recipe Irn Bru (available while stocks last). If you’re looking for a cheap bite without compromising on taste or quality, you’ve found the right place.

The List's rating






Miranda Heggie visited Illegal Jack's
  • High point: Serious bang for your buck
  • Low point: Food served on boards can be a bit messy
  • Notable dish: Tacos with jackfruit carnitas
  • Average price: £7 for a burrito or chilli bowl and juice (set lunch); £12 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Via Deliveroo
  • Private dining: Up to 12 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2009 (2015 in current location)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3