My heart was broken today. I got up early and made the long drive from SE Denver back up to old stomping grounds in N Denver to pick up a big order of Breakfast Burritos from Sophia's on 72nd and Federal. I simply can't find any thing down south that compares. I pull around the corner on 72nd and... OMG.. the horror! Sophia's is closed and has been re-opened as "Mia's". I say a prayer to Saint Pasilla (patron protector of spicy foods) and go inside.. hoping that the recipes stayed in the kitchen but the ownership changed. It wasn't to be. We now have big wads of scrambled eggs.. a little chile.. sparse potatoes.. light cheese... flavorless tortilla. Not inedible.. and probably healthier... but definitely not worth a long drive!
Now granted, everyone has a different opinion about what makes a breakfast burro great. So I'll lay out mine: gravy-based new mexican green chile that is decidedly spicy. eggs that are integrated and not just "dry scrambled eggs wrapped in a tortilla". No skimping on the cheese. Not smothered but hand-held (even if a little sloppy). Crispy chorizo or bacon a plus but not necessary. A pronounced taste of onion or tomato is a definite minus.
I like the green chile at Santiago's so perhaps there's hope that they do a good breakfast burrito. Viva Burrito makes good mexican food but not New mexican food- ie: no green chile. El Chubby's Hampden and El Chubby's Aurora make good greasy burritos but 1) eggs too dry 2) chorizo TOO greasy 3) not enough cheese 4) not enough chilies in their chile!
Who knows where else I should try?? I feel like I've had a death in the family!!