Blackbelly Market & Santo: 5 Tips for Rocking The Breakfast Burrito Challenge

Breakfast burritos are possibly the ultimate in morning grab ‘n’ go perfection. A warm portable meal that can easily be held in one hand, you really can’t go wrong with this tortilla-wrapped breakfast option.

That’s why I was pretty psyched to be invited to be one of the first to complete the #BlackbellySantoChallenge alongside Jimena from Comino Food Stories.  What’s the #BlackbellySantoChallenge? It’s an Instagram challenge running Feb 1 – 28 at Chef Hosea Rosenberg’s two restaurants, Blackbelly and Santo, in Boulder and it involves buying two burritos in one morning. Those who complete the challenge will get $2 off a burrito of their choice!

This is also a great way to try out a little something from these two restaurants on the cheap. Blackbelly is consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in the Denver-Boulder area, and Santo is still doing gangbusters for dinner and sometimes difficult to get a table. (There are plans for Santo to start lunch service sometime this year.)

Please note:  I was invited by the folks doing PR for  Blackbelly and Santo to participate in the burrito challenge free of charge. Besides the validated card worth $2 upon redemption, no additional financial compensation was received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own.

Rules of the #BlackbellySantoChallenge

It’s pretty easy, but it does involve you posting a photo of your food to Instagram (possibly something you’re doing anyway):

  1. During the month of February, purchase a breakfast burrito at both Blackbelly Market and Santo on the same day.
  2. Get your burrito challenge card validated at each location while you pay at the register. They will date and stamp your card.
  3. Take a photo of your burrito – or a selfie with them – and post to Instagram tagging @BlackbellyCO and @SantoBoulder and including the following in your caption: “I took the #BlackbellySantoChallenge and (Fill in: Blackbelly or Santo) wins!
  4. Bring in your validated card (and proof of your Instagram post) and get $2 off your next burrito purchase at either restaurant. (You’re able to cash in your validated card through March 15.)


Here are my tips on how to rock this breakfast burrito challenge:

1.  Plan your route

Blackbelly and Santo serve their burritos Monday – Friday, 7 – 11 am, and the restaurants are about 10 minutes away from each other in Boulder (see map). Santo is nearer to the downtown Boulder/Pearl Street area and Blackbelly is past CU Boulder’s East Campus and close to the office parks of east Boulder. To complete the challenge, you have to hit both restaurants, so plan your route accordingly to avoid doubling back on your drive, especially if you’re on your way to work.

Breakfast burritos sign outside Santo
Have you heard? There are breakfast burritos!

Interior of Blackbelly Restaurant in Boulder

2. Bring at least a Hamilton (and some Washingtons)

Each breakfast burrito is going to cost you $5 – 6 , for a total of $10 – 12 (plus tax and tip) to complete the challenge. Paper your wallets accordingly. And yes, they do take credit cards.

3. Do an equal comparison

At both Blackbelly and Santo you have your choice of a vegetarian burrito or meat burrito. I think it’s only fair that you compare apples to apples as part of the challenge.

During my visit, I went with the Veggie Burrito at Blackbelly, so I did the same at Santo.

Blackbelly burrito options listed on sign

Santo breakfast burrito menu

Blackbelly meat burrito sign

Also note that the ingredients in the Blackbelly meat burrito changes daily, so you can probably do a sub-burrito challenge, comparing all the meat burritos at Blackbelly. Woah,  Inception-level food games!

4. Bite into your burrito at each restaurant

In order to compare the two burritos, I think you should take at least a few bites of the first one right after getting it. It’s going to take you at least 10 minutes between each restaurant and you simply cannot compare a cold burrito to a warm burrito, after all, we are not SAVAGES!

This means you’re gonna have to remember how those bites tasted at the first restaurant and bring those memories over to the second stop. Write down notes if you have to!

5. Get the perfect shot for Instagram

Part of the challenge is you gotta post a photo of your burrito(s) to Instagram. Lucky for you folks, both restaurants have very nice morning light.

Blackbelly has a little atrium right when you walk in that lets in a ton of light. I found a nice white brick wall section and took a shot of my burrito in front of that. The Blackbelly burrito also comes with some hot sauce, so drizzle a little of it on top of your burrito for a more colorful shot (compare the before and after photos below).

Blackbelly burrito without sauce

Blackbelly burrito

At Santo, if the weather is nice, they’ll be selling the burritos outside. There’s a great patio with ristras hanging that makes for a nice shot – or if they are serving inside (like they were when I took the challenge) take a shot up against one of the nice white walls they have in the front, or with the saint sculpture in the background! (Is there a patron saint of burritos? There should be…)

6. Plan on eating leftover burritos for lunch or pair up with a buddy

Unless you’re crazy hungry, you probably can’t finish both burritos for breakfast. Plan on eating half of one at each restaurant. Save the remaining halves for lunch.

Santo and Blackbelly burrito

Another great idea is going halfsies with a buddy. The only problem is you’ll have to fight over who gets the $2 off their next burrito!

Bonus: My pick for best burrito

Blackbelly burrito with challenge card

The veggie burrito category was fierce, but I did pick a winner. My favorite of the two was the Blackbelly Veggie Burrito. Reason? The Blackbelly burrito has a lot more egg in it plus I love the tater tots. In fact, the very first bite I took of the Blackbelly burrito was full of the crunchy, crispy fried tot skin, which is just so tasty.

The Santo burrito leans more towards a lunch burrito due to all the veggies and the sprinkling of rice. The Santo burrito also has roasted potatoes rather than the fried tater tots, and I just simply prefer tots over other types of potato products in the morning. I could see my preferences switching, for example, if I was headed later in the day, the Santo burrito could be more up my alley since it’s closer to lunchtime.

Want to challenge my opinion? Well, there’s only one way to figure out which one is your favorite! 😉

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