Edinburgh Festival Guide: Quick Eats
Toasties, burritos and pig on a roll: cafes and takeaways to hit up when you need food, fast.
This article is from 2016.
You've only got a brief window between shows and your absolutely hank marvin. If you enter a show in this taste a comedian might hear the rumble of your belly and make you the butt of their next joke. Luckily there are plenty of eateries around the city offers quick eats.
The Baked Potato Shop
Cockburn Street, Old Town
There's no tuna mayo in this vegan joint just off the Royal Mile, but normal or garlic butter potatoes can be loaded with cheesy baked beans, (soya) egg mayo or healthy quinoa and avocado salads. The potatoes are giant and if you don't fancy a tattie you can have the fillings in bread rolls or salads.
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El Toro Loco
60 Grassmarket, Old Town
Enjoy burritos, tacos and quesadillas loaded with slow cooked meats and topped with beans, salsas and guacamole all freshly-made on the premise of this Mexican restaurant named after a crazy bull. Swing by in the morning for a breakfast burrito or Huevos Rancheros or make use of the late evening opening hours to grab a bite and a tequila before a midnight show.
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80 Bruntsfield Place, Southside
Think cheese. Lots of gooey mature cheddar and gruyère, oozing out of fresh sourdough bread. Meltmongers is serious about all things melted. There's a recently launched breakfast menu, melts crammed with lemony grilled chicken and Jarlsberg and, for dessert, the meltmallow: a Nutella, banana and marshmallow sandwich of dreams.
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The Mosque Kitchen
31–33 Nicolson Square, Southside
The Mosque Kitchen is a no-frills establishment; a large canteen-style dining room, serving meat and vegetable curries, on paper plates with plastic cutlery, at low prices. Although basic, the curries are cooked fresh daily, served in generous portions, and are tasty and satisfying. Quick counter service with ready-to-go food means the staff power through the lunch queues.
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Pig in a Poke
95 Rose Street, New Town
There are few things in life that offer such simple pleasure as pork between bread. In fact it's a wonder there aren't more hog roast takeaways. Pig in a Poke deliver well-cooked meat, in a fired bun, with stuffing, crackling and apple sauce. As with many simple joys in life, the original way is still the best.
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Middle Meadow Walk, Lauriston Place, Old Town
This green police box at the top of Middle Meadow Walk serves sweet and savoury gluten-free crêpes, with a sunny, healthy Brazilian spin. They sell pressed juices, coffee and daily crêpe specials can feature butternut squash, spicy sausage, jalapenos, marinated lamb, chicken, spinach and lots of melted cheese.
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