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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

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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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