The Santa Fe Breakfast Burrito Trail

This post on our unofficial Santa Fe Breakfast Burrito Tail was first published in June, 2014. It was updated on 4/17/2016.

Breakfast burritos rock! The New Mexico Tourism Department must agree. They’ve launched the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway. The Land of Enchantment claims that this delicious way to start the day originated here. True or not, the local version is eggs, usually potatoes, and breakfast meat all rolled into a flour tortilla with the chile of your choice. Choose between red or green. If you can’t make up your mind, ask for “Christmas” and you’ll be a bit of both. For hand-held burritos, a great option when you’re on the go, the chile goes inside. If you have time to sit and eat your breakfast, get it smothered with your choice of our official state vegetable. What makes one better than the others? You’ll have to taste them and figure it out for yourself.

The official list,  done by popular vote, has five Santa Fe eateries on it- two of them made our Santa Fe Breakfast Burrito Trail. Although, if you want to try the hottest chile in town, Horesman’s Haven should be on your list. We’ve eaten burritos at every last one of these places and more in our quest for the perfect Santa Fe breakfast burrito.

Santa Fe Travelers’ unofficial Santa Fe Breakfast Burrito Trail

Cafe Pasqual’s

Cafe Pasqual's, photo Steve Collins

Have an organic burrito at Cafe Pasqual’s, photo/Steve Collins

Café Pasquals: A visit to Santa Fe needs to include a breakfast here, a place revered by locals and visitors alike. Food here is almost all organic and everything is made in-house. If you like meeting new people, or don’t want to wait for a table, try the community table. By the time you have finished you won’t be a stranger. Pasqual’s menu offers a chorizo burrito smothered in red or green chile. If you want to substitute bacon or have it without meat, just ask.

La Plazuela

Have a breakfast burrito at La Plazuela Restaurant at La Fonda, photo/courtesy La Fonda on the Plaza

Have a breakfast burrito at La Plazuela Restaurant at La Fonda, photo/courtesy La Fonda on the Plaza

La Plazuela at La Fonda: If you want to have your burrito in a more formal and historic setting, La Fonda’s dining room is a great choice. The  influences of Fred Harvey, architect Jon Gaw Meem and designer Mary Jane Coulter can still be felt here. Sit by the fountain while you enjoy their version of this local favorite.

The Plaza Café

The Plaza Cafe Santa FE NM,

Plaza Cafe has been serving burritos for over 60 years, photoSteve Collins

Plaza Café Yes, it’s on the Plaza and a bit touristy, but they make a great breakfast burrito. The café opened in 1905 and the Razatos family has run this diner-style eatery with its counter since 1947. They were closed for a few years due to a fire, but they’re back and going strong. Don’t miss the Plaza Café Southside the sister eatery to the historic Plaza Café. It’s a great place to enjoy a breakfast burrito. Run by another branch of the Razatos family, the walls are covered with photos of the original. Located in the cluster of restaurants near the Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14 theater on Zafarano Drive, the big dining room is waiting for you.

Tecolote Café

Tecolote Cafe Santa Fe Breakfast Burrito Trail photo Steve Collins

The dining room at Tecolote Cafe St. Michaels Drove photo/Steve Collins

Tecolote Café, a local favorite was on Cerrillos Road for over two decades. They closed Easter 2014 and weren’t able to open their new St. Micheals Drive location until July 2015. The new location is light and airy and almost twice the size of the original. For me, they’re a a serious contender for the best breakfast potatoes in town. But, I may be partial. They remind me of the potatoes my father used to make. They don’t put their potatoes inside the burritos here, but will on request. I just have to have them incorporated. The green chile (my perennial choice) is hot and tasty. Their motto is “Great Breakfasts, No Toast.” Instead they offer a choice of tortillas or their bread baskets. Opt for the basket,with house-made biscuits and muffins and sometimes even cinnamon rolls.

The Pantry

The Pantry's breakfast burrito, photo/courtesy The Pantry

The Pantry’s breakfast burrito, photo/courtesy The Pantry

The Pantry, on Cerrillos Road is where Steve had his first tortilla burger, but that’s a separate story. Besides the usual bacon and ham, the meat choices in their burritos include carne adovado, corned beef, and Steve’s favorite: chorizo.

Tia Sophia

Tia Sophia's Burrito, smothered green chile, photo/Art Wolf

Tia Sophia’s Burrito, smothered green chile, photo/Art Wolf

Tia Sophia: This long-time favorite located at 210 West San Francisco Street, a block from the historic Plaza, has had locals coming downtown for years for their tasty New Mexico breakfasts and lunches. Their burritos are top-notch.

What’s your favorite Santa Fe breakfast burrito?


8 Responses to “The Santa Fe Breakfast Burrito Trail”

  1. Patti
    June 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    We’ve eaten at Cafe Pasqual’s each time we visit Santa Fe. Really enjoy the food and the ambiance. Drat… now I’m craving a breakfast burrito!h

    • Billie Frank
      June 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      You can always make breakfast burritos for all of your guests and satisfy your craving,

  2. Agness
    June 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    One breakfast burrito for me, please!! This plate looks just so delicious!

  3. Maia Duerr/Liberated Life Project
    June 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    And then there is La Montanita Co-op, which makes a pretty mean breakfast burrito in their deli section….

    • Billie Frank
      July 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

      It’s Steve’s favorite on the run burrito.

  4. Christina
    July 11, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    Burritos in Mexico are typical for breakfast. It’s actually one of the fast food you can find. New Mexico has the Tex Mex style burrito and as I can read in the article can be made with fresh and organic ingredients to have a healthy version of Burrito. I like the article and I would like to check out one of these places mentioned in it.

    • Billie Frank
      August 4, 2014 at 7:46 am #

      Actually- we don’t have much “Tex-Mex” food here- it’s Northern New Mexican. Enjoy the places you check out.

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