ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico knows a thing or two about breakfast burritos, so much so, the state asked New Mexicans to weigh in on their favorite burrito joint. Monday, they announced the 50 founding members of the Breakfast Burrito Byway.
Out of nearly 5,000 restaurants in the state of New Mexico, 400 were nominated. Of those 400, only 50 made the Breakfast Burrito Byway.
Tens of thousands of votes were cast and, Monday, Governor Susanna Martinez unveiled those who made the cut and, the number one breakfast burrito in the state- Katrinah’s East Mountain Grill.
“It’s amazing,” says owner Kathy Schuit.
Schuit says support from Edgewood has been overwhelming.
“I don’t think we realized how much support we had in the community until this whole event started taking place and even really until the end of it because when it was done people would come up to us and say, ‘oh I hope you won because we voted for you every single day,'” explains Schuit.
So, who rounds out the top three? Coming in second is the Apple Tree Cafe in Corrales and in third place- Twisters.
Yet, representatives with the New Mexico Tourism Department say, it’s not just about choosing winners.
“It’s fun, it’s engaging but, at the end of the day it’s about economic development for the state,” says New Mexico Department of Tourism Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson.
It’s a way to reinforce pride in New Mexico and encourage travel. Whether you’re a fan of Katrinah’s East Mountain Grill or another stop on the Burrito Byway, like Tim’s Place, Blake’s, Twisters or Frontier.
“It surpassed all of our expectations and I think that speaks volumes to what it means to people here in New Mexico to be from New Mexico and to love our food, to love everything that makes New Mexico New Mexico,” Jacobson.