Illegal Jack's

Illegal Jack's
44–45 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9ET
  • Telephone 0131 629 2722
  • Seasonal times Open until 11pm during the festival
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
  • Website www.illegaljacks.co.uk
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Birra Moretti

Sequel to the former Lothian Road Tex-Mex favourite, revived courtesy of a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Originally opened on Lothian Road in 2009, Illegal Jack's was forced to close down five years later after a flood in the flat above brought down its ceiling. Unable to raise funds through traditional means (grrr, banks), owner Jack Muir set up a Kickstarter campaign to reopen the business. Six months and a touch over £80,000 later, and St Patrick Square is now home to the brand new Illegal Jack's. Much of the produce is locally sourced, including Perthshire steak, West Lothian haggis and Barney's beer which is brewed just 400 metres down the road. Even the habanero peppers are supplied by a family-run business in Cumbria. The haggis makes a great filling for immaculately crisp quesa minis, served piping hot with a cooling sour cream. Steak fajitas come with plenty of veg and an assortment of toppings pleasingly arranged in colour-coordinated bowls, and the enormous burritos are filled with a choice of meat fillings, plus vegetarian options including veggie haggis, chilli and sautéed veg. There's plenty of space to sit down to enjoy your food, and you can wash it down with beer from a menu on weekly rotation.

  • High point: The quesa minis are sublime
  • Low point: The mixture of table service and counter service can be confusing
  • Notable dish: Haggis quesa minis
  • 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
  • Music on stereo: Mixture of 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s music
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2009 (2015 in current location)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
  • House wine: Half bottles available per bottle