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VOTE: America's Favorite Taco, Burger And More

Calling all foodies: we've got something for you to chew on. Voting is now underway for Tablespoon.com's second-annual People's Choice Food Awards — also known as The Munchies — and we must say this year's competition looks particularly yummy.

"Chopped" or "Top Chef"? Mario Batali or Anthony Bourdain? Bouchon Bakery or Momofuku Milk Bar? This epic culinary matchup of nomnom-inees was chosen by an expert panel of 26 professional and celebrity foodies from around the country, including "Bizzare Foods" host Andrew Zimmern, writer Adam Platt and chef April Bloomfield (meet them all here).

Click through the slideshow below to check out who's up for awards in all 20 delicious categories — from best craft brewery to best food blog, best chef and best overall food city. Then, head on over to tablespoon.com/themunchies to vote for your picks. You can vote once a day until April 30 — winners will be announced in May — so get to it!

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  • Best Burger

    You know the real thing when you taste it.  If you scarf down just one more burger, make it one of these. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Butcher And The Burger (Chicago, IL); DB Bistro Moderne (New York, NY & Miami, FL); Father's Office (Los Angeles, CA); Shake Shack (New York, NY); Umami Burger (Los Angeles, CA). <em>(2012 Winner: In-N-Out Burger)</em>

  • Best Chef

    This is the chef who measures above the rest. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Barbara Lynch (No. 9 Park, Boston, MA); Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Atlanta, GA); Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Chicago, IL); Suzanne Goin (Lucques, Los Angeles, CA); Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Yountville, CA) <em>(2012 Winner: April Bloomfield; The Spotted Pig; NYC)</em>

  • Best Craft Brewery

    Craft brewing is hot… who makes the best brews? <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Bell's Brewery (Kalamazoo, MI); Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY): New Glarus Brewing Co. (New Glarus, WI); Rogue Ales (Newport, OR); Summit Brewing Co. (St. Paul, MN) <em>(2012 Winner: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Milton, DE)</em>

  • Best Coffee Shop

    While most coffeehouses just serve average joe, a few brew (and roast and pour) on a whole other level. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Blue Bottle Coffee (Oakland, CA); Intelligentsia Coffee (Chicago, IL); Joe (New York, NY); La Colombe (Philadelphia, PA); Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Portland, OR). <em>(2012 Winner: Cafe Grumpy; NYC)</em>

  • Best Food TV Show

    These food reality tv shows are so addictive to watch, its unreal. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> "Chopped" (Food Network); "Iron Chef America" (Food Network); "Master Chef" (Fox); "The Taste" (ABC); "Top Chef" (Bravo). <em>(2012 Winner: "Top Chef")</em>

  • Best Food TV Personality

    With all the celebrated chefs & cooking pros on TV, who stands out above the rest? <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Alton Brown ("Good Eats"); Andrew Zimmern ("Bizzare Foods"); Anthony Bourdain ("The Taste"); Lidia Bastianich ("Lidia's Italy"); Mario Batali ("The Chew"). <em>(2012 Winner: Bobby Flay; "Food Network Star")</em>

  • Best Taco

    Traditional or new fangled takes, tacos are more than mainstream. Where is the can’t-live-without taco to be found? <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Big Star (Chicago, IL); Empellon Taqueria (New York, NY); La Condesa (Austin, TX); La Super Rica (Santa Barbara, CA); Salvation Taco (New York, NY) <em>(2012 Winner: Torchy's Tacos; Austin, TX)</em>

  • Best Food Truck

    We’ve flagged down the most inspired, innovative eateries on four wheels. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> AZ Canteen (Minneapolis, MN); Biryani Cart (New York, NY); Kogi BBQ Truck (Los Angeles, CA); Marination Mobile (Seattle, WA); Riffs Fine Street Foods (Nashville, TN). <em>(2012 Winner: Wafles & Dinges; NYC)</em>

  • Best Pizza

    Many places boast the world’s BEST pizza…but who really has claim to that slice of fame? <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Bar Toma (Chicago, IL); Di Fara Pizza (Brooklyn, NY); Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix, AZ); Pizzeria Mozza (Los Angeles, CA); Roberta's Pizza (Brooklyn, NY). <em>(2012 Winner: Grimaldi's Pizzeria; Brooklyn, NY)</em>

  • Best Local Farmers Market

    What goes into a phenomenal farmer’s market? Awesome food, great growers, a vibrant community scene…pretty much everything under the sun. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (San Francisco, CA); Madison Farmers Market (Madison, WI); North Market (Columbus, OH); Santa Monica Farmers Market (Santa Monica, CA); Union Square Greenmarket (New York, NY). <em>(2012 Winner: Pike Place Market; Seattle, WA)</em>

  • Best Late Night Food

    For after hours grub, this is the best of the best. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Blue Ribbon (New York, NY); David's Café (Miami, FL); Holeman & Finch Public House (Atlanta, GA): Pink's Hot Dogs (Los Angeles, CA); Waffle House (Atlanta, GA). <em>(2012 Winner: N/A)</em>

  • Best Food Blog or Site

    These food blogs or sites get our juices flowing. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Eater; Grub Street; Michael Ruhlman; Serious Eats; Smitten Kitchen. <em>(2012 Winner: The Pioneer Woman; Ree Drummond)</em>

  • Best BBQ

    There are BBQ places, and then there are BARBECUE places. These spots are truly a rack above the rest. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Franklin BBQ (Austin, TX); Hill Country BBQ (New York, NY); Oklahoma Joe's (Kansas City, KS); Salt Lick (Austin, TX); Scott's BBQ (Hemingway, SC). <em>(2012 Winner: N/A)</em>

  • Best Breakfast

    Mornings are made better because of places like these. The best breakfast can be found HERE. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Balthazar (New York, NY); The Flying Biscuit Café (Atlanta, GA); Hominy Grill (Charleston, SC); Loveless Café (Nashville, TN); Puerto Sagua (Miami, FL) <em>(2012 Winner: N/A)</em>

  • Best Food Magazine

    Food for thought…here are the tasty titles we look forward to reading each month. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Bon Appétit; Cooking Light; Food & Wine; Lucky Peach; Saveur. <em>(2012 Winner: Food Network Magazine; Hearst)</em>

  • Best Food City

    There are cities that have always been known for an amazing food scene, and cities that have recently joined the ranks. This city is a must-eat destination for any food lover. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA. <em>(2012 Winner: N/A)</em>

  • Best Bakery

    Whether its best known for cookies, pastries, pies or other treats... this bakery is the sweetest of them all. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Bouchon Bakery (Yountville, CA); Hoosier Mama Pie Co. (Chicago, IL); Momofuku Milk Bar (New York, NY); Salty Tart (Minneapolis, MN); Tartine Bakery (San Francisco, CA). <em>(2012 Winner -- Best Cookie: Levain Bakery; NYC)</em>

  • Best Ice Cream

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for…our favorite ice cream or fro yo. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> Big Gay Ice Cream (New York, NY); Black Dog Gelato (Chicago, IL); Graeter's (Cincinnatti, OH); Humphrey Slocombe (San Francisco, CA): Il Laboratorio del Gelato (New York, NY). <em>(2012 Winner: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams; Columbus, OH)</em>

  • Best New Cookbook

    This is your favorite new cookbook that hit shelves within the last year. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> A Girl and Her Pig by April Bloomfield; Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel; Canal House Cooks Every Day by Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton; Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi; The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte. <em>(2012 Winner: Food 52 Cookbook by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs)</em>

  • Best Food Podcast or Radio Show

    These podcasts or radio shows are a favorite for hungry ears. <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies" target="_blank">Click here to vote for your pick!</a> <strong>2013 Nominees:</strong> "Food Is The New Rock"; "Good Food" (KCRW); "Main Course" (Heritage Radio Network); "NPR: Food" (NPR); "Spilled Milk." <em>(2012 Winner: "The Splendid Table"; American Public Media)</em>

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