Underdog leads in NM’s best breakfast burrito challenge

EDGEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexicans take their breakfast burritos very seriously.

The state-run contest for New Mexico’s favorite breakfast burrito is at the finish line and you will probably be surprised to learn who is in the lead.

Hundreds of popular restaurants are competing for bragging right, who has New Mexico’s best breakfast burrito?

Voting ends Sunday, but the results so far show it is not Blake’s.

It is not Golden Pride.

It is not Frontier.

It is actually a tiny restaurant in the small Town of Edgewood.

Next to Busy Bee Quilts and Dough Re Mi Bake Shop sits Katrinah’s East Mountain Grill.

“We are a little town in the state, but her burrito has that much impact,” said loyal customer Nikki Johnson.

It’s locals like Johnson who are helping put this hangout on the map, the Breakfast Burrito Byway, a route the State Tourism Department will encourage visitors to take to taste their way through New Mexico’s 50 best.

So, what’s the secret at Katrinah’s East Mountain Grill?

The chile, of course.

“I have sampled chile all over the state, and I really, I like our chile,” said owner Kathy Schuit.

It also helps that Schuit is telling everyone about it.

Customers are reminded about the contest with a whiteboard on the way in and cards on the way out and the small community has been responding in a big way.

This Edgewood eatery is leading with more than 10 percent of the votes.

“I just about fell off my chair,” Anne House said. “I was like, ‘Oh, there are more people than us that make sure we vote every day.’”

“Every morning before we go to work, on Facebook, send it out,” Johnson said. “Get the word out and then go to work.”

The owner at Katrinah’s East Mountain Grill has promised if it makes the top 50, customers will get half-price breakfast burritos for a week. If it makes the top spot, customers will get half-price breakfast burritos for a month.

Voting ends Sunday night at 11:45.

Click here to pick your favorite.

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