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Local Favorites: Where to Get Breakfast Burritos in Albuquerque

Albuquerque's local chefs, brewers, artists and entrepreneurs use fighting words to dish on their favorite breakfast spots in town.

Local Favorites: Where to Get Breakfast Burritos in Albuquerque

In Albuquerque, there are few topics that evoke as much emotion and in-fighting as, "What's the best breakfast burrito in town?" As Tertia Gillett of Prismatic Coffee said, “You can get into very lively arguments with everyone about what the best breakfast burritos in town are all the time.”

Visit Albuquerque has compiled a list of the 12 Best Breakfast Burritos in Albuquerque based on recommendations sourced by local chefs and eaters. Try a few, and you may find yourself arguing with the locals over which is the tastiest.

Barelas Coffee House

Recommended by: Hakim Bellamy, Jeff Erway, Jonathan Perno, Pilar Westell, Tess Coats

When talking restaurants, and especially breakfast burritos, Jonathan Perno, who is the Executive Chef at Campo at Los Poblanos Inn, chooses his words thoughtfully. "There's a place in the South Valley called Barelas Coffee House. It's a really old institution where you're going to get the most authentic food of what New Mexico has to offer, outside of being in someone else's home."

Barelas Coffee House

Barbacoa El Primo

Recommended by: Jason Green

Even locals find themselves stumbling upon new breakfast burrito spots. Said Jason Green, co-owner of The Grove Cafe & Market, "We recently found Barbacoa El Primo for breakfast, and we love it. It's an old, renovated fast-food restaurant that does takeout service only. It's traditional tacos - barbacoa - and that's really what they have, is breakfast burritos and barbacoa tacos. It's really amazing because they've got mariachi music playing and you just sit out on the patio and eat a lot of tacos!"

Campo

Recommended by: Julia Mandeville, Jonathan Perno, Tess Coats

Jonathan Perno is modest and speaks highly of many eateries around Albuquerque. On the topic of breakfast burritos, however, he expresses loads of confidence in his own creation. "I'm biased. I love our breakfast burritos at my restaurant, Campo. We put a confit chicken in it with green chile, and then we smother it in red and green chile, and we serve it with local Bolita Beans, which is a smaller version of the Pinto Bean that tends to be a bit sweeter but still has a very robust flavor."

Campo

Monroe’s

Recommended by: Tertia Gillett

Tertia Gillett is a co-founder of Prismatic Coffee and points visitors looking for a slice of nostalgia towards Monroe’s. "I love the old Route 66 diners, like Monroe’s, where you can sit down and have everything smothered. I feel like everyone in Albuquerque eats breakfast burritos almost every day, but at this spot, you can get them handheld, to-go, with green chile inside. You can get your breakfast burritos smothered, where they just cover the whole thing in chile!"  

Garcia’s

Recommended by: Tertia Gillett

Prismatic Coffee's Tertia Gillett understands the importance of breakfast burritos in Albuquerque. "At Garcia's, you can get the whole green chile breakfast burrito thing that people live off of here!"

Garcia's

Duran’s Station

Recommended by: Jeff Erway, Thomas Isole

Thomas Isole of Trifecta Coffee Company used the L-word to discuss one of this favorite breakfast places. "I love Duran's Station. It's great if you just want a really good, New Mexican style breakfast."

Duran's Station

Chicharronia Don Choche

Recommended by: Jeff Erway, Tess Coats

Jeff Erway from La Cumbre Brewing suggests a local food truck for those looking to fill their breakfast burrito void. “One of the most popular food trucks in Downtown Albuquerque is Chicharronia Don Choche. He has an avocado-based Verde Salsa that I could pour on just about anything and be happy. I think his tacos are really solid!"

Mary & Tito’s Cafe

Recommended by: Jonathan Perno, Thomas Isole

Jonathan Perno of Campo at Los Poblanos Inn knows that good food has no boundaries. Jonathan sees deliciousness in both hole-in-the-wall joints and award-winning restaurants. "In Albuquerque, Mary & Tito's Cafe is a major institution here. They're a James Beard winner, just for being in the industry and doing what they do for such a long time. They've won awards for that, and it's all completely authentic New Mexican."

K&I Diner

Recommended by: Tess Coats

For Albuquerque's locals, breakfast means short-order cooks in a diner style restaurant. Tess Coats of Spur Line Supply Co. knows where to go when looking for this type of simple breakfast setting. “Barelas Coffee House and K&I Diner are the spots. The greasier and grittier spots like those are where you get the traditional experience."

El Modelo

Recommended by: Jeff Erway, Tess Coats, Tertia Gillett

Chiles are to New Mexico as oranges are to Florida, and Jeff Erway from La Cumbre Brewing knows the importance of this unique pepper in local cuisine. "El Modelo is one of those places you'd never find anywhere else besides for New Mexico. The chile is hot. It's the type of place that people here would say that the chile is made for the locals."

El Modelo

Taqueria Mexico

Recommended by: Tertia Gillett

Tertia Gillett from Prismatic Coffee spoke of the arguments between locals when discussing the city's best breakfast burritos. For more of a grab-and-go style breakfast, “Taqueria Mexico is also one of my favorites for breakfast burritos,” Gillett said.

Taqueria Mexico

Burrito Shaw

Recommended by: Tess Coats

Tess Coats of Spur Line Supply Co highlights Albuquerque's great old-school restaurants. “The South Valley is one of the older parts of town and it's where you go to find the best mom and pop eateries, from Chicharronia Don Choche to Burrito Shaw, which are very much New Mexican. There's also old farmland and greenhouses, just throughout the whole neighborhood you'll find quite a few historic buildings and things like that."

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