Whether you’re recovering from a wild night, preparing for a big adventure, or just want an excuse to dissolve into a food coma for a few hours, sometimes a breakfast burrito is the only thing that fits the bill.
Many Ashevillians have wondered whether a great breakfast burrito even exists in the 828 — but roll with us, and you just might find the ‘rito of your dreams. Here are the ones that come most highly-recommended in the Land of Sky.
Tienda El Quetzal, 150 Weaverville Rd., Woodfin
If you want a thick, no-frills roll that’s delightfully messy, look no further. Tienda’s spicy wrap comes with scrambled eggs, sausage, jalapenos, Jack cheese, sour cream, and chunky salsa — and it’s available all day long. While this spot doesn’t have a website, you can preview the menu here.
Sand Hill Kitchen, 491 Sardis Rd.
The legends behind your favorite fried chicken sandwich have also engineered a burrito that, in the words of AVLtoday City Editor Brook, “tastes like a revelation.” It’s packed with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, home fries, herbed Duke’s mayo + your choice of protein, plus the option to add pickled jalapenos (which we highly recommend). The real clincher: it’s sealed with a crispy layer of melted cheese, which gives each bite a lively little crunch.
LaRumba Restaurant Latino, 105 River Hills Rd.
The housemade tortillas are a happy highlight of LaRumba’s grilled burrito, which comes stuffed to the brim with scrambled eggs, potatoes, Oaxaca queso, onions, bell peppers, guacamole, and sour cream. The protein choices are vast + exciting, including everything from carne asada to chicken tinga to vegan chorizo.
Tiger Bay Cafe, 373 Haywood Rd.
The inclusion of avocado + fresh tomatoes — plus the fact that it’s served in a spinach wrap — gives Tiger Bay’s burrito a light, gardeny vibe, while the chipotle mayo and melty cheddar cheese ensure its still packed with flavor. While you’re there, you’ll want to snag an iced oat milk latte from Battlecat Coffee Bar, which shares the building with the cafe.
El Patron, 2251 Hendersonville Rd. + 2628 Hendersonville Rd., Arden
If you’ve got somewhere to be, consider making a quick pit stop at this gas station gem. The breakfast burritos are readymade and come with fresh, housemade salsa.
West Village Market, 771 Haywood Rd.
Vegans and omnivores can both have their fill at this neighborhood deli. The plant-based burrito includes Barley-corn salad, vegan chorizo, black beans, sweet potato, salsa, and Vegenaise, while the regular version includes a classic combo of eggs, black beans, cheddar cheese, and salsa.
Trout Lily Deli & Market, 1297 Charlotte Hwy., Fairview
Build your own breakfast burritos with protein options like tempeh, sausage, bacon, or even a hamburger patty. They’re available all day long, so take your time.
The Med, 57 College St.
Downtown Asheville’s oldest operating diner has had plenty of time to perfect its burrito, and it shows. If you hate a burrito that falls apart, you’ll appreciate this one’s structural integrity. It comes with sausage, egg, breakfast potatoes, verde, pico de gallo, cheddar + cotija cheese — we recommend eating it with an extra dash of salsa.
Abeja’s House Cafe, 1550 Hendersonville Rd.
Stuffed with scrambled eggs, Mexican black beans, spinach, guacamole, pepper mix, and pepper jack cheese, this burrito does not skimp. The best part might be the avocado cream sauce topping, though.
Pupuseria Patty, 1563 Patton Ave
These burritos are the size of a small infant, and we love it.