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  • Mark Leffingwell / Staff Photographer

    Oh yeah, that's the good stuff. Come to mama.

  • Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Illegal Pete's on The Hill serves up burritos until 2:30 a.m.

  • Autumn Parry / Staff Photographer

    Blackbelly Market is also a butcher shop, so its breakfast burritos are stuffed with fresh and tasty meats.

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Burritos are the perfect meal for college students. They are delicious, cheap, highly portable and can be the size of small babies.

In the off chance you are not a fan of sitting in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell at 2 a.m. or are very paranoid about foodborne diseases from a certain assembly-line burrito chain, here are some other options in Boulder to explore.

Illegal Pete’s

1124 13th St.; 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Thursday-Saturday

1447 Pearl St.; 7 a.m.-midnight Monday-Wednesday; 7 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday; 9 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday

Illegal Pete’s is also an assembly-line burrito joint but with more variety than your Chipotles and Qdobas. Try the fish burrito or the quesadillas for a break from the regular burrito routine. Plus, they are open late on Pearl Street and University Hill, two places where students on a “study break” might find themselves hurting for food in the wee hours of the night.

Verde

3070 28th St.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Verde started out as a food truck serving burritos, tacos and quesadillas, but the truck was so successful they were able to open a brick-and-mortar place on 28th Street. Of course, you can still find the truck around town.

Their burritos are ginormous, and at the brick-and-mortar location, you can get them smothered or chimichanga style.

But the real star of their menu is the California burrito, which eschews the rice and beans for guacamole, cheese and home fries. Get it with Verde’s signature machaca beef instead of the standard carne asada for a real treat.

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

5360 Arapahoe Ave.; 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday

This particular burrito place may or may not be right next to two of the places I spend many of my days — the office and the golf course — but I swear that’s not the reason I’m writing about it.

Their “wet” burritos — which are covered in chipotle cream sauce, salsa fresco, Mexican cheese and sour cream — are worth the trouble of needing to use a fork and knife to eat them.

Blackbelly Market

1606 Conestoga St.; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Breakfast burritos are burritos, too, and few places in Boulder do them better than Blackbelly. Their butcher’s burritos start with eggs, green chile, tater tots and cheese and then showcase a different meat every day, from ham and bacon to chorizo and beef. And since the place is a butcher shop, you know the meat is fresh and tasty.

Efrain’s

1630 N. 63rd St.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday

If you really like spicy, the drive out to east Boulder is worth it. The “Efrain” burrito comes with the caveat on the menu “no exchanges or refunds,” because the chef gets to choose what goes into your Efrain. But whatever it is, it is usually five-alarm spicy. I may or may not have openly sobbed the last time I ate one. Hurts so good.

Mitchell Byars: twitter.com/mitchellbyars

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