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CHAPALA

Six locations, chapalarestaurants.com When you’ve got a hankerin’ for Mexican food, it’s a safe bet you’re not far from a Chapala. Treasure Valley’s own mini-chain makes sure that when you think Mexican food, your brain immediately wanders to the burrito-, chimichanga- and margarita-filled halls of the nearest Chapala. Because we all know that when you want chips and salsa and a Dos XX, you want them now. SECOND PLACE: EL GALLO GIRO, KUNA THIRD PLACE: CASA MEXICO

BEST LOCAL PATIO

BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE/ RED FEATHER LOUNGE

246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/redfeather; 208-345-1813, justeatlocal.com/bittercreek It’s impossible to separate these two patios. The restaurants are under the same ownership, share facilities and are both dedicated to local food. But in no way are the two more linked than at the patio. The expanse of street-front dining spans both window fronts and offers some of the best people watching around. This isn’t where you go to escape. This is where you go to run in to absolutely everyone you’ve ever met. SECOND PLACE: REEF THIRD PLACE: BARDENAY, BOISE

BEST LOCAL THAI FOOD

MAI THAI

750 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8424, maithaigroup.com; 78 E. Eagle River St., Eagle, 208-938-8424, maithaieagle.com Stepping into either Mai Thai location is immediately soothing. In Boise, you leave behind the bustle of Idaho Street. In Eagle, the riverside setting provides a bit of serenity. And both offer beautifully plated food. SECOND PLACE: CHIANG MAI THAI

BEST LOCAL SANDWICH SHOP

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BEST LOCAL SOUTH-OF-THEBORDER RESTAURANT

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COBBY’S

1030 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0990; 4348 Chinden Blvd., 208-322-7401; 6899 Overland Road, 208-323-0606, cobbys.com A sandwich sounds simple, but once you’ve had an outstanding example, you’re never the same. Cobby’s knows how to do it right, keeping patrons lining up for more than three decades. They come in search of lunch, but they leave with oh so much more. SECOND PLACE: DELI GEORGE THIRD PLACE: BAGUETTE DELI

BEST LOCAL HANGOVER FOOD

THE CAPRI

2520 W. Fairview Ave., 208-342-1442 Hangover stomach is kind of like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors screaming “Feed me!” And nothing soothes like greasy diner food bought with the $5 bill you found tucked in your pocket. Your debit card is probably still at Neurolux. Or is it Grainey’s? Kuna Cowgirls maybe? Whatever. As long as there are hashbrowns and coffee, all will be right with the world. SECOND PLACE: LOS BETOS THIRD PLACE: MERRITT’S COUNTRY CAFE

BEST LOCAL FINE DINING

CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE

981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300, chandlersboise.com First, request Steve’s section. Start with a 10-Minute Martini and escargot. Next, the limousine salad with cashews and bleu cheese crumbles. Steve will bring you a nice bottle to complement the main event: Duck Two Ways or a rack of lamb. Think ahead for chocolate souffle with chantilly cream, which takes about a half-hour to cook. Finish with a shot of espresso or a nice port. Fine, very fine indeed. SECOND PLACE: COTTONWOOD GRILLE THIRD PLACE: BERRYHILL & CO.

THIRD PLACE: TIE, SIAM CAFE AND THAI CUISINE

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Boise Weekly Vol. 19 Issue 14  

Best of Boise 2010: Readers' Choices

Boise Weekly Vol. 19 Issue 14  

Best of Boise 2010: Readers' Choices