Eggs, bacon and breakfast potatoes taste good in the morning.
But they taste even better when wrapped inside a tortilla topped with salsa – or maybe smothered in green chile sauce.
Recently, I asked readers to nominate their favorite breakfast burritos, which are being added to menus at more restaurants these days. Fast-food places like Braum’s and Hardee’s make them. So do sit-down places like Riverside Cafe, Beautiful Day Cafe and The Good Egg. QuikTrip even serves them now, and Wichita recently added a breakfast burrito food truck called Dappery Dodo to the fleet.
I tallied up the burritos mentioned on my Dining With Denise Facebook page and compiled this list of the ones readers say are the best.
Doo-Dah Diner, 206 E. Kellogg: Several readers mentioned Doo-Dah’s decadent burrito, stuffed with scrambled eggs, diced potatoes, cheddar cheese, chorizo sausage and jalapeno bacon and then smothered with green chile sauce and melted cheddar. “It’s so good you’ll want to sneak in through the back door,” said reader Drew Teinert. “It’s pure heaven, all wrapped up.”
Rene’s, 677 N. Eisenhower: Rene’s is one of those places that has a long menu of breakfast burritos that are available any time of the day – or night. It’s open 24 hours. The burritos are huge, readers say, and they come with fillings like eggs, cheese and potatoes and can be topped with red and green sauces. “I can eat half and save the second half for the next day,” said Rene’s fan Leslie Burghart.
Tacos Lopez, 795 N. West St.: West Wichita’s most popular burrito place also serves breakfast burritos nearly any time you want them. They’re open 24 hours on the weekends and don’t close until 2 or 3 a.m. the rest of the week. Reader Mathew League recommends the bacon, egg, cheese and potato option. Another reader described the breakfast burritos here simply as “legit.”
Tacos Mexican, 1533 S. Seneca, 1930 E. Pawnee: Its name is simple, but its burritos are not. Tacos Mexican, formerly a Burrito Express, does not make a bad breakfast burrito, according to fans who nominated it. The ones made with sausage, bacon or carne asada were listed as among the best.
Alejandro’s, 1212 S. Rock Road: Several readers, including Marla Dale Burnett, noted the breakfast burritos at Alejandro’s. “Alejandro’s are the best,” she said. “The best handmade tortillas in Kansas.”
El Gordo Mexican Fast Food, 11333 E. Central: Another burrito maker new to the scene is El Gordo, which also serves breakfast burritos any time. Customers have a choice of meat – ham, bacon, sausage, machaca, chorizo and steak – and the burritos also have eggs, potatoes and cheese stuffed inside. “Along with their salsa, my absolute favorite in Wichita,” said Angie Hayes Wilhelm.
Lalo’s Express, 2051 S. Seneca: This Mexican food favorite has an extensive breakfast burrito menu that lists all the usual fillings plus a burrito with just tomatoes and green peppers or one with beans, egg and cheese.
Lina’s, 3570 N. Woodlawn, 4910 E. Central: Lina’s is fairly new to town, but its breakfast burritos already have fans. The burritos are made with ingredients like ham, bacon, sausage, steak and chorizo, and they’re available all day. Trisha Davis recommends the steak and egg. “Have potatoes added and get the verde sauce,” she said. “The tortilla is out of this world.”
Dappery Dodo Breakfast Burritos, 150 N. Cleveland: This new after-hours food truck at the District Marketplace, 150 N. Cleveland, is open from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. It sells basic breakfast burritos as well as more off-the-wall inventions like a Monte Cristo burrito, which stuffs a classic Monte Cristo sandwich inside a burrito.
Braum’s (various locations throughout Wichita): Though they were chided for nominating fast food by some readers, many burrito fans insist that no one makes a better breakfast burrito than Braum’s. Josie Oldham recommends the grande burrito made with bacon instead of sausage. “Perfect balance of jalapeno, fried potatoes, egg, bacon,” she said. “Delicious.”
Other good breakfast burrito makers
Readers also said these restaurants have a way with a breakfast burrito.
R Coffehouse, 1144 N. Bitting
Old Mill Tasty Shop, 604 E. Douglas (offers breakfast on Saturday mornings)
Ricardo’s, 1310 W. Pawnee
Chick Fil-A, many Wichita locations
Public at the Brickyard, 129 N. Rock Island
WazUp Coffee House Derby, 1340 N. Nelson Drive, Derby
T.D.’s BBQ, food truck, makes breakfast burritos by special order only