In this corner -- weighing in at seven pounds (if you're going for the official Big Burrito challenge, as Adam Richman did on a recent episode of Man v. Food), or a more reasonable pound or so, if you just want to grab a breakfast burrito when the place opens at 7 a.m. -- is Jack-n-Grill, Jack Martinez's New Mexican joint that's been drawing the crowds to 2524 Federal Boulevard for a decade now.
And in the other corner -- across the street at 2505 Federal -- is Santiago's XII, which opened this weekend, complete with a makeshift drive-thru. This shop, which moved from West 38th Avenue, is a link in a homegrown chain that's been spilling across the metro area like beer on a Saturday night -- except that none of the Santiago's outposts have a liquor license. But they do have tidy, to-go breakfast burritos that won over Gustavo Arelleno when he visited town last year, and a green chile that won Best Green Chile honors in the Best of Denver 2009 -- taking the crown from longtime winner Jack-n-Grill.
Let the breakfast burrito wars begin!
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.