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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

Continue reading for more Best of Denver 2013 finalists.