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Every year when people ask why we’re not giving more play to the winners of the Best of Denver Readers’ Poll, this is our answer. Without exception, McDonald’s – and not just any independent local restaurant – emerged as the readers’ choice in the “Best French Fries” category. Democracy may be a good political system, but it is not the formula for a very tasty meal.

This year’s Best of Denver Readers Survey was a particularly vigorous exercise in democracy. For the first time, people were allowed to vote early and vote often … up to once a day. This system allowed avid fans of some restaurants to get their favorites to the top (we see you, Chile con Quesadilla), but it also had a remarkable result: McDonald’s didn’t win the Best French Fries category!

Read on to find out who did it and see all of the other winners in the Best of Denver 2021 Readers Poll. We have also included the editorial recommendations in these categories. (For a full description of these winners, as well as many other editorial awards in categories that did not take part in the survey, visit westword.com/best-of.) Bon appetit!

Best breakfast
Eat! Eat Drink
Readers’ choice: Snooze: An AM Eatery

Best brunch
The bookbinding
Readers’ choice: Palenque Cocina Y Agaveria

Best bottomless brunch deal
The lobby
Readers’ choice: The buffet at the Monarch Casino

Best dinner
Pete’s kitchen
Readers’ choice: Steuben’s

Best donuts
Wake beacon
Readers’ Choice: Berkeley Donuts

Best new coffee house
Cabrona coffee
Readers choice: pen and box

Best bakery
Moxie Bread Co.
Readers’ Choice: Grateful Bread Company

Best breakfast burrito
Fast tacos
Readers’ Choice: Renegade Burrito

Best green chile
The roof
Readers’ choice: Chile con Quesadilla

Best tacos
Taqueria Street and Carnitas
Readers’ choice: Chile con Quesadilla

Best tamales
Bald
Readers’ choice: La Popular

Best food truck / cart
Pho King Rapidos
Readers’ choice: Chile con Quesadilla

Best ice cream / gelato shop
Smith + Canon
Readers choice: High Point Creamery

Best sandwich shop
Dimestore Delibar
Reader’s Choice: Stack Subs

Best hamburger
Sullivan’s junk kitchen
Readers’ choice: Snarfburger

Best chicken sandwich
Chicken Rebel
Readers’ choice: Birdcall

Best chicken wings
King of the Wings
Readers’ choice: fire on the mountain

Best fried chicken
The Post Chicken & Beer
Readers’ choice: Steuben’s

Best french fries
Tacos Tequila Whiskey
Readers’ choice: Snarfburger

Best nachos
Pig taco
Readers’ Choice: Esters Pub

Best pizzeria
Blue pan pizza
Readers’ choice: Hops & Cake

Best thick crust pizza
Crush pizza + tap
Readers’ choice: Hops & Cake

Best thin crust pizza
Wagon driver
Readers’ Choice: Esters Pub

Best grill restaurant
Owlbear barbecue
Readers ‘Choice: Smokin’ Yards BBQ

Best Southern / Soul Restaurant
Welton Street Cafe
Readers’ choice: Nola Jane Restaurant & Bar

Best vegan restaurant
Someone people
Readers ‘choice: Stadt, O’ Stadt

Best vegetarian green chile
Santo
Readers’ choice: Palenque Cocina Y Agaveria

Best veggie burger
Meta Burger
Readers’ choice: Snarfburger

Best chinese restaurant
Hop Alley
Readers’ choice: Meta Asian Kitchen

Best dumplings
Uncle Zoe’s Chinese cuisine
Readers’ choice: Ace Eat Serve

Best sack
Ohana Island cuisine
Readers’ Choice: Poke House

Best ramen
Ramen Star
Readers’ Choice: Uncle

Best Thai restaurant
Taste of Thailand
Reader’s Choice: Taste of Thailand

Best Korean restaurant
Dae Gee
Readers’ Choice: Dae Gee

Best Vietnamese restaurant
Hearty Vietnam
Readers’ Choice: Golden Bowl

Best Pho
Now Pho
Readers’ choice: Pho 95

Best Indian restaurant
The Madras Cafe
Readers choice: Spice Room

Best Ethiopian restaurant
Megenagna
Readers’ choice: Konjo Ethiopian Food

Best Central / South American Restaurant (Not Mexican)
Cafe Brazil
Readers’ choice: Carne – Argentina Street Food

Best German / Eastern European restaurant
Baba & Pops Pierogi Kitchen & Bar
Readers’ choice: Helgas Deutsch

Lobster Ravioli at Olivia, Westwords Pick for Best New Restaurant.

Lobster Ravioli at Olivia, Westwords Pick for Best New Restaurant.

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Best Italian restaurant
Barolo Grill
Readers’ Choice: Jovanina’s Broken Italian

Best old school Italian restaurant
Lechuga’s Italian restaurant
Readers’ choice: Gaetano’s

Best French restaurant
Bistro Vendôme
Readers’ choice: Coohills Restaurant and Bar

Best Mediterranean restaurant
Safta
Readers’ Choice: Jerusalem Restaurant

Best Japanese restaurant
Izakaya Den
Readers’ choice: Osaka Ramen

Best sushi
Sushi Den
Readers’ choice: Sushi Den

Best new bar
Dirty laundry
Readers’ choice: Nola Jane Restaurant & Bar

Best happy hour
Mr. Bear
Readers’ choice: Palenque Cocina Y Agaveria

Best house margarita
Dos Santos
Readers’ choice: Palenque Cocina Y Agaveria

Best dive bar
Nob Hill Inn
Readers’ Choice: Wild Corgi Pub

Best wine bar
Sunday vinyl
Readers’ Choice: Noble Riot

Best embroidery
Haykin Family Cider
Readers’ choice: Waldschänke Ciders

Best Colorado Distiller
Laws Whiskey House
Readers’ Choice: Laura Walters from Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse

Best distillery tasting room
The Family Jones Spirit House
Readers’ choice: Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse

Best new brewery taproom
Wild commission beer project
Readers’ Choice: Barquentine Brewing Company

Best kids menu
Acova
Readers’ choice: Ace Eat Serve

Best restaurant terrace
My brother’s bar
Readers’ choice: Nola Jane Restaurant & Bar

Best roof terrace
linger
Readers’ choice: Nola Jane Restaurant & Bar

Best patio for pets
Relationship Beerworks
Readers’ choice: Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse

Best fish restaurant
Jax fish house
Readers’ choice: Jax Fish House

Best oysters
Stoic & real
Readers’ choice: Oyster Wulff

Best steakhouse
Guard and mercy
Readers’ choice: Monarch Chophouse

Best Food Hall
Milk market
Readers’ Choice: Denver Central Market

Best hotel restaurant
Super mega good
Readers’ choice: Monarch Chophouse

Best new restaurant
Olivia
Readers’ choice: Nola Jane Restaurant & Bar

That’s just a taste of what you’ll find at the Best of Denver 2021. Ready for the rest? See it here.

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