100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Smothered Breakfast Burritos at Chickee's Lil Kitchen

No. 50: Smothered Breakfast Burritos at Chickee's Lil Kitchen 4340 Zuni Street 720-329-3980 In a cute neighborhood with a perky name like Sunnyside, what could be more appropriate than a breakfast and lunch eatery so small you have to order from a walk-up window? Owner Harriett Sanchez might be willing to let you inside if she didn't need every inch of space inside the little cottage kitchen to whip up green chile, gumbo, red beans and rice and other Mexican and Cajun specialties. Instead, head over when it's sunny and grab a breakfast burrito on the patio -- or go in any weather for that matter and take your burrito to go.

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For the best breakfast burrito combo, go with the chorizo, potato and egg. The green chile is smooth and rich, with a warm heat perfect for easing into the day. Fresh scrambled eggs and soft potatoes complement the chorizo sausage, made from scratch by Sanchez's husband. And if you call a day ahead, you can land a stack of fresh flour tortillas that Sanchez makes herself.

Some breakfast burritos rely on grease to up the flavor (which isn't a bad thing, on occasion), but Chickee's burrito is more country than city, with wholesome and satisfying ingredients without the film of oil on the chile or bright orange drippings from the sausage. For a burrito as big as your forearm, it's filling without being heavy.

Sanchez keeps her Cajun and Mexican recipes separate, except for a weekend special of smothered burritos stuffed with house-made boudin. You can hold out for Saturday to score one of these, but Chickee's chorizo is available every day (except Monday, when the walk-up window is closed).

In advance of the Best of Denver 2015, we're loading our plates with contenders for the best dishes in the city. And over the next few months, we'll be sharing many of them with you, counting down (in no particular order) one hundred of our favorite dishes before the the Best of Denver 2015 hits the streets on March 26. In the meantime, if there's a dish you think we need to try, tell us about it in the comments section below, or shoot us an e-mail at [email protected]

Hungry for more? All the dishes in our 2014 countdown are linked below.

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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