My student days may be long gone but I can still hold my own with students when it comes to drinking margaritas so I was delighted to be invited to join some other bloggers and influencers for the Great Student Taco-over at Diablo Loco on Edinburgh’s southside last week.
Their drinks pack a wicked punch
After a long day of marketing segmentation, a frozen margarita (or two) was just what the doctor ordered and boy, do these guys know how to mix a good cocktail. Their passion-fruit margarita being my ultimate favourite certainly hit the spot with the strawberry coming a close second.
Situated on South Clerk Street, Diablo Loco is a local Mexican cantina and the perfect place for students but it’s also worth venturing from further afield as their food is ‘pretty hot’ and they serve an interesting array of tequila and mezcals too.
Diablo Loco’s eats will have you fired up
On the night in question, their tasty diablo had cooked up a spicy range of devilish Mexican style eats. For any gluten-free eaters amongst you, their crispy corn-based nachos, with cheese and pico de gallo, (a fresh salsa of chopped tomato, onion, coriander, serrano pepper, salt and lime juice) and the tostadas are worth checking out. We tried three different types: a vegetarian one of sweet potato, pineapple and habanero aioli and pomegranate; and my favourite two, a spicy pulled pork, pickled onion and coriander; and a Yucatan chicken, habanero aioli with more jewels of ruby pomegranate.
We also sampled quesadillas made with Monterey jack cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo and pickled onion (v) and finished with two different types of tacos: smokey chicken tinga, habanero cheese sauce; and a very spicy jackfruit with avocado mojo (v), which had all of our eyes watering and our mouths on fire, which only another margarita would cool down.
Fabulous weekly events – oh to be a student again
Diablo Loco have some amazing weekly promotions including student drinks deals, including 20% off all food (how do I get some fake student ID?); selected cocktails at £4 (Sunday-Thursday) – open to everyone, not just students!; Wings Wednesdays, with all the wings you can eat and 2 pints of Estrella for £20; MEXcellent Weekends where for £30 you can get fajitas with your choice of Bloody Marys or frozen margaritas; and 2 pints of Tennents and a sharing bowl of nachos for £10, served every day.
And for those who like to dance with the devil, there’s live music every Friday an Saturday; and Goose’s Loco Quiz every Monday at 8.30pm with free entry.
Diablo loco is a great addition to Edinburgh’s south side and with its vibrant interior and friendly staff, it’s definitely worth checking out. I may not be a student anymore but I’ll definitely be returning as this is some of the best Mexican grub in the city. So which night will you be checking out?
74-78 South Clerk Street
Tel : 0131 667 2701