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Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The Food & Drink finalists

Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The Food & Drink finalists

For the first time in the thirty-year history of Westword's Best of Denver, we've split the Best of Denver Readers' Poll into two rounds, giving you the chance to look at the vote-getters and then voting again for your favorite bars, restaurants and foods in Denver and Boulder. And the results of the first round are in! Keep reading to uncover the five finalists you, the readers, have selected for the Food & Drink categories on this year's Readers' Poll. And know this: You still have the chance to change the results.

See also:

- Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The first round of Shopping & Services finalists

- Denver's ten best sushi restaurants

- Denver's five best expense-account restaurants

The finalists listed below are by no means shoe-ins -- meaning that in the next (and final) round of voting, you can either vote for your favorite finalist or start over with a completely different entry. The final deadline for both print and online voting is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at which point we'll close the poll and calculate the results one last time. You'll be able to read both Westword and Readers' Poll winners when our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands on March 28.

In the meantime, let us know what you think of the first-round finalists in the comments section below. And don't forget to vote! Note: If a category is "new" (Best New Restaurant, for example), limit your answers to restaurants that opened in 2012.

The standings as of Monday, February 24:

Best bakery:

Denver Bread Company

Buffalo Doughboy

The Shoppe

Wooden Spoon Cafe & Bakery

Happy Cakes

Best pancakes:

Snooze

The Original Pancake House

DJ's Berkley Cafe

Jelly

IHOP

Best chicken and waffles:

Pink Tank

Euclid Hall

Steuben's

Vegan Van

Lola

Best brunch buffet:

Dazzle

Brown Palace Hotel

The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs)

Washington Park Grille

NoNo's Cafe

Best burrito:

Diego Zhang's

DJ's Berkeley Cafe

Breakfast King

Santiago's Mexican Restaurant

Sam's No. 3

Best breakfast burrito -- to go:

Santiago's

Tacos Rapidos

Jalapeno's

Bubba Chinos

Gomez

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Best ice cream:

Sweet Action

Little Man Ice Cream

Sweet Cow

Scrumptious

Bonnie Brae

Best food truck:

Pink Tank

Eighty Ate

Slyderman

Vegan Van

Uncle Fred's Franks

Best food cart:

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

Taste of the Philippines

Slyderman

Hey PB&J

Caveman Cafeteria

Best restaurant patio:

Linger

Lola

My Brother's Bar

Ace

Denver Beer Co.

Best rooftop patio:

The Tavern Downtown

Linger

The Fainting Goat

LoDo's Bar & Grill

The Irish Rover

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Best chef:

Alex Seidel (Fruition)

Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja and Bistro Vendome)

Frank Bonanno (Osteria Marco, Bones, Luca)

Troy Guard (TAG)

Matt Selby (Corner House)

Best bartender:

Tim Harris (Jax Fish House)

Kyle Knox

Josh Burbank (Jax Fish House)

Cody Floyd (Arvada Beer)

Gerald Collier (Corner House)

Best new bar:

Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink

Sidewinder

TRVE Brewing

Corner House

Arvada Beer Company

Best new brewery-tap room:

River North Brewery

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew

TRVE Brewing

Arvada Beer Company

Renegade Brewing

Best new brewery-tap room -- beer:

TRVE Brewing

Denver Beer Co.

Black Shirt Brewing

River North Brewery

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew

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Best new brewery-tap room -- ambience:

TRVE Brewing

Denver Beer Co.

Renegade Brewing

Arvada Beer Company

Black Shirt Brewing

Best draft beer list:

Falling Rock Tap House

Denver Beer Co.

Renegade Brewing

Yard House

Hops & Pie

Best bottle beer list:

Freshcraft

Falling Rock Tap House

Old Chicago

The Kitchen Denver

The Cheeky Monk

Best wine bar:

Indulge

The Village Cork

Cru

Caveau

Silver Vines Winery

Best contemporary cocktail bar:

Williams & Graham

The Cruise Room

Green Russell

Corner House

Forest Room 5

Best barrel-aged cocktail:

Vesta Dipping Grill

Bittersweet

Williams & Graham

Wazee Supper Club

Root Down

Best martini:

The Cruise Room

Martini's Bistro

The Robusto Room

The Capital Grille

Green Russell

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Best Bloody Mary bar:

Max's

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar

The Hornet

Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

The Tavern Uptown

Best margarita:

Lola

Pinche Taqueria

Rio Grande

Wahoo's

El Noa Noa

Best sandwich shop:

Cheba Hut

Snarf's

Fat Jack's Supersubs

Masterpiece Delicatessen

Drew's Deli

Best vegetarian restaurant:

City, O' City

WaterCourse Foods

Vegan Van

Eden

The Garden

Best veggie burger:

Ted's Montana Grill

Root Down

Diego Zhang's

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

Highland Tap and Burger

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Best burger:

Hamburger Mary's

Park Burger

Cherry Cricket

Elway's

My Brother's Bar

Best french fries:

Ted's Montana Grill

Park Burger

TAG Burger Bar

Smashburger

Manneken Frites

Best fried pickles:

Eighty Ate

City, O' City

Governor's Park

Fire on the Mountain

TAG

Best hot dog:

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

Steve's Snappin' Dogs

Mustard's Last Stand

Mile High Vienna Stand

Uncle Fred's Franks

Best barbecue:

Moe's Original BBQ

Brothers BBQ

Brickyard BBQ

Big Papa's BBQ

Yazoo Barbeque Company

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Best fried chicken:

Carrie's Place

Steuben's

White Fence Farm

Popeye's

KFC

Best wings:

Fire on the Mountain

Wingman

Big Hoss Bar-B-Q

Piper Inn

Buffalo Wild Wings

Best macaroni and cheese:

Steuben's

The Hornet

Hops & Pie

Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

Big Hoss Bar-B-Q

Best pizza:

Slice Works

Hops & Pie

Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse

Sexy Pizza

Beau Jo's

Best specialty pizza:

Slice Works

Hops & Pie

Basic Kneads

Mellow Mushroom

Fired Up

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Best spaghetti and meatballs:

Gaetano's

Citygrille

Patsy's

Carmine's

Maggiano's

Best Italian restaurant:

Maggiano's

Gaetano's

Il Posto

Carmine's

Luca D'Italia

Best taqueria:

Pinche Taqueria

El Taco de Mexico

Tacos Jalisco

Tacos y Salsas

Baja Fresh

Best free chips and salsa:

Lola

Rio Grande

Benny's Restaurante y Cantina

Blue Bonnet

El Camino

Best green chile:

El Taco de Mexico

Pinche Taqueria

Tacos y Salsas

El Camino

Blue Bonnet

Best red chile:

Little Anita's

El Taco de Mexico

Lola

Santiago's

Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl

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Best nachos:

Rio Grande

Governor's Park

Cap City Tavern

Illegal Pete's

Old Chicago

Best steak house:

The Keg

Elway's

Morton's

Ted's Montana Grill

Texas Roadhouse

Best seafood restaurant:

Jax Fish House

Ocean Prime

Oceanaire

Lola

McCormick's

Best sushi:

Sushi Den

Sushi Sasa

Sushi Hai

Izakaya Den

Blue Fin Sushi Den

Best Japanese restaurant:

Domo

Sushi Den

Izakaya Den

Amu Sake Bar & Restaurant

Sushi Sasa

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Best Chinese restaurant:

Imperial

P.F. Chang's

Ming's Dynasty

Tea Garden

Star Kitchen

Best dim sum:

Star Kitchen

Ace

China Jade

Imperial

Empress Seafood

Best Vietnamese restaurant:

New Saigon

Parallel Seventeen

Pho on 6th

Saigon Bowl

Pho 95

Best Thai restaurant:

Phat Thai

Wild Ginger

Thai Basil

US Thai Cafe

Spicy Basil

Best Indian restaurant:

Little India

Yak and Yeti

Namaste

Masala

Jai Ho

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Best Colorado snack

Goldfish and cheetos

Rocky Mountain Oysters

beer

Noosa Yoghurt

green chile

Best new coffee house

Weathervane Cafe

Happy Coffee

Roostercat Coffee House

Pablo's on Pennsylvania

Black Eye Coffee Shop

Best eggs benedict:

Snooze

DJ's Berkeley Cafe

Jelly

Wild Eggs

Corner House

Best lunch under $5:

Slyderman

Santiago's

Tacos Rapidos

Taste of the Philippines

Uncle Fred's Franks

Best dinner under $10:

Wahoo's Fish Taco

Pho-Natic

Masterpiece Delicatessen

Chipotle

Odelay Tacos

Best expense-account dinner:

Vesta Dipping Grill

Sushi Den

Zengo

Linger

Fruition

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Best pie:

Humble Pie

The Shoppe

Village Inn

Wednesday's Pie

Mermaid's

Best milkshake:

Sweet Cow

Steuben's

Scrumptious

H Burger

Sweet Action

Best restaurant for a first date:

Steuben's

Z Cuisine

Linger

Root Down

Corner House

Best restaurant for a break-up:

Taco Bell

Lola

Ace

Tamayo

Racine's

Best after-midnight menu:

Pete's Kitchen

Fat Jack's Supersubs

Tom's Urban 24

Fat Sully's

Sputnik

Best 24/7 restaurant:

Tom's Urban 24

Pete's Kitchen

Denver Diner

McCoy's Restaurant

Waffle House

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Best diner:

Tom's Diner

Pete's Kitchen

Denver Diner

Mama's Cafe

Tom's Urban 24

Best chef's counter:

TAG|RAW Bar

Ace

Bones

Uncle

Charcoal

Best late-afternoon happy hour:

Lou's Food Bar

Lola

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

Corner House

Elway's Downtown

Best late-night happy hour:

Mezcal

The Fainting Goat

Irish Snug

Corner House

Sputnik

Best dive bar:

P.S. Lounge

hi-dive

Don's Club Tavern

Candlelight Tavern

Local 46

Best tap room glassware:

Black Shirt Brewing

River North Brewery

TRVE Brewing

Arvada Beer Company

Prost Brewing

Best brewpub:

Vine street Pub & Brewery

West Flanders Brewing

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Breckenridge Brewery

Dad & Dudes Breweria

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Best wine by the glass:

Row 14

Solera

Cru

Rioja

Lala's

Best wine shop:

Silver Vines

Argonaut

Mondo Vino

Applejack

Divino

Best salad bar:

Mad Greens

Fourleaf Chopped Salads

Sweet Tomatoes

ModMarket

Souper Salad

Best vegetarian dish in a non-vegetarian restaurant:

Little India

Rioja

Jerusalem

Twelve

Euclid Hall

Best fried rice:

Benihana

Mt. Fuji

P.F. Chang's

Wokano

Swing Thai

Best neighborhood Italian restaurant:

Gaetano's

Undici Ristorante

Shells & Sauce

Carmine's

Cafe Jordano

Best salsa bar:

Tacos Y Salsas

Lola

Baja Fresh

Diego's

Rubio's

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Best vegetarian green chile:

Diego's

Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Little Anita's

Santiago's

Best cheap steak:

Texas Roadhouse

Columbine Steakhouse

LoHi SteakBar

Outback Steakhouse

Simms Steakhouse

Best noodle bar:

Uncle

Bones

Oshima Ramen of America

Pho on 6th

Lao Wang Noodle House

Best Korean restaurant:

Shin Sa Dong

Seoul BBQ

Uoki

Dae Gee

Han Kang

Best Central/South American restaurant:

Cafe Brazil

Limon

Empanada Express Grill

Buenos Aires

Cebiche

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Best Ethiopian restaurant:

Mataam Fez

The Nile

Arada

Queen of Sheba

Ras Kassa's

Best Middle Eastern restaurant:

Jerusalem

Damascus

Ali Baba Grill

Marrakech Grill

Sahara

Best German restaurant:

Golden Europe

Cafe Berlin

Helga's

Karl's Deli

Uber Sausage

Best French restaurant:

Le Central

Bistro Vendome

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar

Mizuna

Z Cuisine

Best neighborhood restaurant:

Steuben's

Corner House

Highland Tap and Burger

Ted's Montana Grill

Hops & Pie

Best sports bar for watching games:

Stoney's

Blake Street Tavern

Swinger's

Sports Column

Three Lions

Best sports bar for playing games:

1UP

Blake Street Tavern

Wynkoop

Three Dogs

Punch Bowl - Social Food & Drink

Best sports bar for food and drink:

Stoney's

Tailgate Tavern and Grill

Three Lions

Buffalo Wild Wings

Swinger's

Best new restaurant:

The Populist

Grillin' Wings & Things

Ace

Corner House

True Food Kitchen

Best restaurant neighborhood:

Highland

Cherry Creek

South Pearl

Uptown

LoDo

It's your turn to weigh in! Vote for one of these finalists -- or any other favorite -- in the second (and final) round of the Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll.



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