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Erin Udell

Paul Michaelsen thinks he’s attempted each breakfast burrito served in Fort Collins.

The Matador Mexican Grill co-owner is constantly researching his competitors on a query to make a city’s tastiest breakfast burrito.

“We wish to make certain we are removing improved everyday,” Michaelsen said. “There’s a lot of good breakfast burritos in town.”

All his endless investigate has paid off.

Matador Mexican Grill during 1823 E. Harmony Road was voted Fort Collins’ best breakfast burrito by Coloradoan readers in a Mar Madness breakfast burrito joint competition.

The competition started with 56 breakfast burrito establishments. Readers narrowed it down to a Final Four, with La Luz, Farmer’s Table and Cafe 1024 during a Poudre Valley Hospital competing with Matador in a final round of voting.

So what helps Matador mount out opposite these other Fort Collins staples?

“I consider a biggest thing is a maple jalapeno salsa we make special for breakfast burritos,” Michaelsen said.

Contrasting honeyed with sharp adds singular season layers to a pressed flour tortilla dish.

Sauces are a specialty during a eight-year-old Matador, that typically carries about 25 varieties and is constantly building new flavors. The restaurant’s Fat Tire jalapeno salsa is sole in New Belgium’s brewery present shop.

“We have all from ruin-your-day prohibited to classical mild,” pronounced Michaelsen, who also formerly ran Taco Del Mar and Toro Mexican Grill.

Matador stuffs a breakfast burritos with potatoes and scrambled eggs along with a business choice of vegetables, chicken, bacon, chorizo or steak.

Just as Michaelsen researches internal burritos, he ventured to San Francisco’s Mission District — deliberate a hearth of a vast Mission-style burritos a grill serves — for inspiration before opening Matador in 2009.

“We attempted flattering most all we could get a hands on,” Michaelsen said. “It was like 5-6 burritos a day. It was tough to travel afterwards.”

But now, after years of endless research, Matador can interest a explain of carrying Fort Collins’ favorite breakfast burrito.

Follow Jacob Laxen on Twitter and Instagram @jacoblaxen

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