Denver's five best breakfast burritos

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Lori Midson
The breakfast burrito from Taco Wagon.
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.

Here are our five favorites:

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Cassandra Kotnik
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.

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Mark Manger
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.

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Mark Manger
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.

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8 comments
jesus
jesus

Too bad almost all of these aren't actually in Denver.

Jimmy
Jimmy

You forgot about Marcos Mexican Grill.  It's on Canosa between 7th and 8th.

Guest
Guest

Thank you for not including Snooze in your lineup.  I am so sick of them winning best of anything anymore.  They've totally sold out and while their food is OK, their burrito is so average.  (& they need a lesson in what green chili really is.)

Rome541
Rome541

Man you cant leave out the Westword winner last year "Pico De Gallo" now El Valle, there open early and you cant beat there burrito's. You have to give them a nod !!!

Ginger L Young
Ginger L Young

Bow-Ree Toe Delite on Federal is my all time favorite place for breakfast burritos!!! YUMMY

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

Great Scott's Big Boy Breakfast Burrito is a sleeper if there ever was one, and Lucero's easily merits inclusion, as well.

dan5280
dan5280

This is a great list, Laura, and I look forward to trying a few new one's (Taco Mex, Taco Wagon).  There is no doubt that Denver loves Santiago's, by evidence of the lines heading out of every one of their locations - especially Leetsdale and Santa Fe from what I have seen. That's my go-to breakfast burro. However if we're going past Denver's borders, it's worth mentioning Senor Miguel's at Alameda & Sable (northeast corner).  Mike Morales hails from New Mexico, and isn't afraid to make his hot as hell with family green chili recipe.  Get the mild or half & half if you're scared (you should be).  Like Santiagos they only offer one particular meat per day, but it's always killer.

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