^
Keep Westword Free
4

What the Mexican ate while he was in Denver

Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, was in town this week to tout his new book, Orange County: A Personal History, and since he's a colleague, we wanted to take him out to eat. But since he's also the food editor of the OC Weekly (and the hardest-working man in journalism), we wanted to take him to just the right spot, a spot where he could taste how Colorado interpreted Mexican food.

As it turned out, though, Gustavo's plane was late and he barely made his Tattered Cover reading. And he was flying out again right after an appearance on Jay Marvin's show the next morning.

But still, the Mexican had to eat something while he was in Colorado, so rather than taking him out to eat, I took him something to eat, zooming down to the Tech Center yesterday morning with that quintessential Colorado meal: a breakfast burrito.

And not just any breakfast burrito. No, I picked up a Santiago's breakfast burrito -- Best Breakfast Burrito in the Best of Denver 2007 -- from the Sixth and Santa Fe outpost of this homegrown chain. (And yes, even after reading the post about the problem at the West 84th location.) It was Thursday, which meant the meat in the $1.75 burrito was chorizo, and I skipped the cheese and asked for the hot chile. Then I took the neatly wrapped package to Gustavo, who wolfed it down in the lobby of Clear Channel.

His assessment: "The breakfast burrito at Santiago's is everything I love about Denver--humble, not ostentatious, the perfect size and resolutely Mexican at its heart, even as the whiteys that were the eggs and potato tried to supersede the green chile and chorizo for taste, with each bite provoking desires for more. In other words: muy bueno." -- Patricia Calhoun

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

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.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.