Burrito bracket’s elite 8 is on the ta­ble

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Allyson Reedy Editor’s Note: The Den­ver Post cre­ated its March Mad­ness break­fast burrito bracket to high­light lo­cal restau­rants and to have fun. But when it be­comes ob­vi­ous that some peo­ple are vot­ing over and over again, it loses the level of fairnes

If ev­ery­one loves an un­der­dog, then Jalapeños is Den­ver’s break­fast burrito sweet­heart. The No. 7 seed is the low­est re­main­ing in the tour­ney, and af­ter com­ing through in a nail-biter match-up against No. 3 Ta­male Kitchen, it will look to bracket-bust its way to the Fi­nal Four.

No. 5 Asada Rico, the tiny “cart that could” on the 16th Street Mall, hopes to stop Jalapeños. And, af­ter pulling off a ma­jor up­set of its own (it knocked out No. 1 seed Burrito Gi­ant), Asada Rico is peak­ing at the right time.

Then there’s No. 5 Burrito Com­pany — an­other po­ten­tial Cin­derella that just barely de­feated No. 1 The Orig­i­nal Chubby’s at the buzzer. Can it find the magic again when it faces off against No. 3 Lit­tle Anita’s?

More ex­pected match-ups are No. 1 San­ti­ago’s ver­sus No. 3 Emilio’s Al­most Fa­mous and No. 1 Bon­fire Bur­ri­tos against No. 2 Sam’s No. 3 (we know; con­fus­ing!).

This round of vot­ing goes un­til Sun­day, March 26, at noon, so please keep vot­ing (fairly) and eat­ing!

Kenny Quinn, right, and Michael Lively talk over pours of whiskey at Strana­han’s in Den­ver.

The Colorado Buf­falo Burrito from Sam’s No. 3 in Den­ver. Jeff Nass, Pro­vided by Sam’s No. 3

A smoth­ered break­fast burrito from Jalapeños restau­rant. Pro­vided by Jalapenos

The break­fast burrito from Emilio’s Al­most Fa­mous dressed in guac and green chile. Pro­vided by Emilio’s Al­most Fa­mous

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