Denver's five best breakfast burritos
While we especially love a greasy mess of eggs, green chile and chorizo wrapped in a tortilla when we're combating the effects of a night of bad decisions, we'll brake for breakfast burritos in this town any day of the week. And while it's hard to mess up a breakfast burrito, there are a few spots in the Mile High City that make this morning gut-bomb better than anyone else.
Lori Midson The breakfast burrito from Taco Wagon.
Here are our five favorites:
5. Santiago's Mexican Restaurant
This Colorado chain that grew out of a Brighton restaurant serves what may be Colorado's most iconic breakfast burrito, a crowd-pleasing blend of eggs, potatoes and whatever meat the restaurant is serving that day, be it chorizo, ham, bacon or breakfast sausage. Ladled with hot green chile, the best part of the deal is that the burrito sells for just $1.75 -- or $2 if you wanted it sprinkled with cheese.
4. Taco Mex
There are two times when you'll find a line at this East Colfax taqueria: when the spit is running out front under the taco tent, and in the mornings, when the neighborhood's denizens line up for their breakfast fixes. And with good reason: Tacos Mex must cook all eggs and meats on the same greasy grill, because there's the unquestionable influence of bacon grease laced through every breakfast burrito the place serves, which only serves to enhance the combination of meat, egg and potato, bound by a lard-infused tortilla and topped by one of the many fiery, crave-worthy sauces on the joint's salsa bar.
3. Tamales Moreno
Tamales Moreno makes some superlative tamales, but so long as we're stopping by to pick up a dozen, we'll make our trip in the morning so we've got an excuse to stuff our faces with a breakfast burrito, too. Fresh, stretchy flour tortillas are stuffed with scrambled eggs, crisp bits of smoky bacon, soft potatoes and green chile, which oozes into every crevice. And beyond the ingredients, these burritos are flavored by the sort of smokiness or grease that can only come from a well-seasoned pan or, maybe, a grubby kitchen covered with old cooking film, and that's enough to make you polish off every last bite.