Published May 11th, 2016 at 7:55 AM
Sometimes you need a food pillow — a warm, comforting collection of bites to ease you into the morning. Breakfast burritos can provide that soft landing whenever you are starting your day (and are of particular value if you’ve had a long night).
Breakfast burritos are often kitchen sink affairs, flour tortillas like overinflated balloons, filled with the standard accoutrements of a breakfast plate. While we’ve picked a few that are roughly the size of tennis ball cans, we’ve placed more emphasis on what’s inside and whether breakfast is available all day. This is a collection of five breakfast burritos that deserve serious face time.
5. Southwest Blvd. Breakfast Burrito at The Mixing Bowl Noshery (520 Southwest Blvd.). You get nearly a foot of the kitchen sink — sausage, peppers, onions, cheese, hash browns, scrambled eggs and salsa. This is the tasty offspring of a nap and a wrap served seven days a week until 4 p.m.
4. Pico Breakfast Burrito at Pancho’s (3546 Main St., multiple locations). This is the simplest version of the breakfast burritos that are served all day (which earns them multiple bonus points) with potatoes, scrambled eggs, pico de gallo and shredded cheddar. The potato-to-egg ratio can get a little whacky (you can end up with a spud avalanche), but you can counteract that by adding everything from bacon to chorizo.
3 Burrito of Love at Succotash (2601 Holmes St.). Pancakes can be tortillas, right? Here you have a scrambled egg, cheddar and bacon wrapped in an oversized buttermilk pancake — this is how you ate as a kid and should be thinking about eating as an adult. A little maple syrup, and you’ve got a salty and sweet carnival for brunch (available until 2 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, and 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday).
2. Breakfast Burrito at Burritos to Go (710B Central St., Kansas City, Kansas, multiple locations). In this tiny space attached to a gas station, you can get a sizzling combination of chorizo and eggs. Each bite will leave a little heat on your lips — a tingling you might start to crave. They serve breakfast until 10:30 a.m.
1. Vegan Burrito at City Market Coffeehouse (305 Main St.). Breakfast all day includes a standard breakfast burrito (scrambled eggs, hash browns and cheddar) and also a righteous Vegan Burrito (tofu scramble with roasted potatoes, quinrizo and spinach). Quinrizo is vegan chorizo, which has an echo of the heat in the spicy sausage. This one is filling without being devastating (I’m looking at you Pancho’s) and has a nice contrast of textures between the crumbly, soft interior and the grilled, pressed flour tortilla.
— Jonathan Bender writes about food trends and is the author of “Cookies & Beer” and “Stock, Broth & Bowl.” Follow him on Twitter @jonathanbender.