Central Business District, Glendale
This Denver diner staple -- which has been around since 1927 -- offers both handheld breakfast burritos to-go, as well as sit-down, smothered bohemeths the size of a lineman’s forearm (both come with Sam’s meaty, spicy green chile, inside or out). And as you’d expect from a place with a roughly 800-page menu, there are tons of options. A breakfast burrito with ground buffalo meat? Sure, why not? Gyro meat, chile rellenos, chicken fajitas? You bet. If they can cook it, they can stuff it in there. Handhelds come with hash browns; smothered burritos have the option of that, home fries, tater tots or -- whoosh -- French fries.
El Taco is such a Colorado treasure it almost feels insulting to view it merely in the context of a breakfast burrito list. And, yet, on this list it must be: El Taco’s breakfast burrito is of the dine-in (or styrofoam to-go) variety. It's a hefty roll-up, filled with rice (yep, rice), beans, eggs, and one of the following: chorizo, ham, bacon, or potato. Any of those choices will be delicious, but make sure of one thing and one thing alone: Order it smothered -- and if you don’t, expect one of the regulars to holler at you about it. The green chile at El Taco is a saucy flavor bomb and comes flecked with creamy white cheese. Pro-tip: Belly up to the counter so you can watch the ladies in back ply their delicious trade, chopping unique cuts of meat and doling out mind-expansive aromas.
If you come at the king, you better not miss. Araujo’s makes no bones about its battle with Santiago’s. Like Santiago’s, Araujo’s rotates the meat inside its handheld breakfast burritos on a daily basis. It even undercuts the Santiago’s price by 50 cents -- an Araujo’s green chile-infused eye-opener will set you back a total of two bucks. They’ll even hook you up with a smothered, larger burrito -- like Santiago’s -- if you want to dine in. Hell, there’s even a Santiago’s across the street! The main difference here is that Araujo’s simply has one location. If you’re a Santiago’s acolyte, it’s worth a stop at this mom ‘n’ pop. That should be their motto, honestly.