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BEST LOCAL BAKERY
BEST LOCAL VEGETARIAN FOOD
1800 W. Overland Road, 208-424-0273, shangri-la-tea.com
983 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208338-1499; 217 N. Eighth St., 208345-2149, zeppolebakery.com
Remember back when a tuna sandwich with gobs of mayo on white bread was considered a “diet” lunch option? Shangri-La Teahouse offers a healthier alternative with its raw, vegan mock “toona” salad sandwich on sprouted ﬂax bread with avocado, tomato, greens and barley sprouts. Or if mock “toona” sounds ﬁshy to you, sample other cruelty-free options like veggie burgers, soups, salads, pizzas and wraps.
Um, have you chewed Zeppole’s ciabatta? How about the challah? Bitten into a baguette? Popped a slice of panettone? Treated yourself to a twig? Yeah, well we have. We’d like to pat our readers on their shoulders (sorry, we got a little ﬂour from our francese on your shirt) and congratulate them for knowing what we’ve known for a long time. Zeppole is ze place to go for baked goods (and they make a hell of a sandwich, salad and cup of Dawson Taylor coffee, too).
SECOND PLACE: TIE, BOISE CO-OP AND MADHUBAN INDIAN CUISINE THIRD PLACE: HAPPY FISH SUSHI AND MARTINI BAR
SECOND PLACE: LE CAFE DE PARIS THIRD PLACE: PASTRY PERFECTION
BEST LOCAL PIZZA
BEST LOCAL DESSERT
6508 W. Fairview Ave., 208-345-0000; 4320 W. State St., 208-384-0000, ﬂyingpie.com
204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889, lecafedeparis.com
FLYING PIE PIZZARIA
When Flying Pie had a Boise Weekly day last spring, the ofﬁce headed over en masse to don silly hats, drink beer and make free pizza. And we found a group who just might have cooler jobs than we do: the Flying Pie crew. If you don’t like your pizza on It’s Your Day, then it’s your own damn fault. But don’t worry, when it’s not your day, there’s no such thing as a bad pie from “the Pie.” SECOND PLACE: GUIDO’S ORIGINAL NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA THIRD PLACE: CASANOVA PIZZERIA
BEST LOCAL BRUNCH
RED FEATHER LOUNGE
246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/redfeather If, like Benedict Arnold, you can’t decide which side you’re on in the ham, veggie or salmon benny brunch debate, Red Feather encourages your inner traitor. With reasonably priced half benny options available, you can mix and match among the three. Brunch betrayal never tasted so good.
LE CAFE DE PARIS
Nobody does dessert like the French. We could go all food porn on this one—after all, the only difference between sex and dessert is where you put the whip cream—but that’s soooo cheap. From napoleons to eclairs, Le Cafe de Paris will dish up a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to raise your Eiffel Tower—er ... blood sugar. SECOND PLACE: RED FEATHER LOUNGE THIRD PLACE: LA VIE EN ROSE
BEST LOCAL COFFEEHOUSE
FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE
500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320, ﬂyingmcoffee.com Walk into Flying M pretty much any time and there’s a line snaking halfway to the door. Whether it’s the houseroasted beans, fresh baked pastries or friendly staff, people know what’s up. The wait is always well worth it. SECOND PLACE: JAVA THIRD PLACE: DAWSON TAYLOR
SECOND PLACE: GOLDY’S BREAKFAST BISTRO THIRD PLACE: BERRYHILL & CO.
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