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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Each year, we ask Idaho Statesman readers to submit their picks for the best restaurants, the coolest things to do and the hottest places to hang out. The masses have spoken. The votes have been tallied. Here they are: Results of this year’s Best of Treasure Valley readers’ poll. The top vote-getter in each of the 62 categories is crowned Best of Treasure Valley. Other top finalists are spotlighted, too, as Honorable Mentions. After all, the difference between the winners and the other finishers is sometimes only a handful of votes. If you’re reading this in print, hang on to your copy of Best of Treasure Valley. It’s a great guide to finding fun in the Boise area. If you’re reading this online, make sure you check out the comments after the stories. Seeing people debate Best Pizza or Best Burger never gets old. Got suggestions or ideas for new categories? Email scene@idahostatesman.com. Congratulations to all the winners!

Best performance arts group . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Best music venue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Best movie theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Best TV personality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Best musician/band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Best radio hosts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

FOOD AND DRINK Best Asian restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Best bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Best bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Best barbecue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Best breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Best brew pub/ale house . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Best cheap eats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Best late-night food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Best burger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Best coffeehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Best family restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Best fine dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Best happy hour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Best finger steaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Best fries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Best ice cream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Best Italian restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

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Best Mexican restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Best restaurant/bar patio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Best pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Best sandwich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Best seafood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Best sports bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Best steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Best sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

SHOPPING & SERVICES Best bike shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Best bookstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Best car wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Best consignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Best day spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Best dry cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Best florist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Best gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Best hair salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Best health food store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Best jewelry/watch store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Best men’s clothing store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Best shoe store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Best children’s clothing store . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Best pet store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Best gardening store/nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Best sporting goods/outdoor gear store . . .28 Best tween/teen/college clothing store . . .28 Best women’s clothing store . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

OUTDOORS/SPORTS Best golf course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Best hiking/biking trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Best park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Best run/race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Best local sporting event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Best place to impress out-of-towners . . . . .33 Best skiing/snowboarding (within half day of Boise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

THINGS TO DO Best day trip (from Boise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Best community event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Best family recreation spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Best historic spot (aka slice of old Idaho) . .37 Best place to watch the sun set . . . . . . . . . . .38

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BEST MUSIC VENUE

BEST MOVIE THEATER

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How often do arena rockers play 999-capacity clubs? Not often. But when they do, it’s at the Knit. (If that sounded like The Most Interesting Man in the World ads, it’s because we think we saw him in the VIP room.) ANYHOO, Kid Rock performed at the Knitting Factory Concert House last December. That was huge. And it sums up the allure of this Downtown Boise hot spot, which is the live-music destination around here. Who else played the Knit in the past year or so? Skrillex. (Now arena masStatesman File sive.) Social Distortion. (Sold out in advance.) In fact, if you think of any touring band (OK, with the exception of the E Street Band), there’s a good chance it has played at the Knit. The place books music genres running the gamut from country to DJ music to rock to, like, Scandinavian death metal. Still, we won’t lie. The Knit had to eke out this victory. After all, it’s an indoor venue. Nothing beats seeing music outdoors. That’s why the Idaho Botanical Garden finished a very, very, very close second place, thanks to its Outlaw Field summer concert series (which, by the way, is produced by Knitting Factory Entertainment).

Three years in a row? That’s a trend. It looks like the Treasure Valley’s arthouse theater is officially king of the movie mountain around these parts. There’s no doubt that former winner Edwards Cinemas’ multiple locations do waaaaaaaay more business than the humble Flicks. And, yes, the stadium seating, 3D glasses and ear-splitting sound you find at mainstream megaplexes is nice. But The Flicks has history. And character. And four auditoriums with a fondness for independent, foreign and art films. Oh, and beer. Beer! Did we mention the beer? The food and drink at The Flicks is somewhat of an underrated phenomenon. Next time you want to do dinner and a movie, do it all at The Flicks. Kick back on the entirely non-smoking patio and order some grub from Rick’s Cafe Americain, which offers salads, burgers, desserts and more. Heck, you may not want to get up to go into the theater. Either way, you’ll understand why The Flicks keeps coming out on top.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival has won this category for seven years running, and why not? The summer theater company offers one of the most dynamic experiences in the region, producing world-class theater by William Shakespeare and others, musicals and wacky comedies in its park-like amphitheater nestled in the Boise Foothills. Actors, directors, designers and other theater artists converge on Boise each summer, and year after year create interesting, often contemporary twists on classical plays performed in repertory. During the height Provided by Great Lakes Theater of the summer, you can see Idaho Shakespeare Festival opened its 36th three different plays in the season with Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” course of a week. with Betsy Mugavero and Christian Durso in the Under producing artistic title roles. director Charlie Fee, the company has developed a broad, accessible theatrical style that speare and enjoy a stellar night of fits its glorious outdoor setting. theater under the stars. And they’ve taken it on the road to sister companies: Great Lakes HONORABLE MENTIONS Theater in Cleveland and the Lake Æ Trey McIntyre Project, 2285 Warm Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Incline Springs Ave., Boise, (877) 867-2320. Village, Nev. The productions travel www.TreyMcIntyre.com. between these three venues, keeping Æ Boise Philharmonic, 516 S. 9th St., Boise, the company working nearly year344-7849. www.BoisePhilharmonic.org. round. Æ Red Light Variety Show. But the Boise experience is still www.RedLightVarietyShow.com. something special. You bring a picnic Æ Oinkari Basque Dancers, 557-1960. and wine or buy it at Cafe Shakewww.Oinkari.org.

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Æ Idaho Botanical Garden, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org Æ Morrison Center, mc.boisestate.edu Æ Idaho Center/Idaho Center Amphitheater, www.idahocenter.com Æ Egyptian Theatre, www.egyptiantheatre.net

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BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT BEST TV PERSONALITY

BEST RADIO HOSTS

DEE SARTON AND MAGGIE O’MARA

MIKE AND KATE, MIX 106 KCIX 105.9, 376-5106 www.mix106radio.com

KTVB Channel 7 www.ktvb.com Sharing is lowers on Twitnice, right? ter. You can find There’s a tie her (@maggie between two KTVB7) tweetKTVB anchors ing about almost who have ruled everything: this category the “Good morning past few years. tweeple! I have Dee Sarton is a been MIA on familiar favorite Dee Sarton @KTVB for the who won as relast week, but cently as 2009. I’m happy to reBut Maggie port I’m having O’Mara took the my baby today! titles in 2010 and Pics to come... :)” 2011. Neither Not to be outcould nab one done with social more vote for media, Sarton sole place atop consistently up2012’s poll. dates her FaceMaggie O’Mara Sarton anbook page and chors “News at has more than Five,” “News at Six,” 5,500 “Likes.” “Team Dee” “Viewpoint” and produces and “Team Maggie” will “Wednesday’s Child,” have to wait another year which helps special-needs for bragging rights in an children find adoptive issue sure to divide the homes with Special Needs Treasure Valley, and hopeAdoption and Permanency fully things don’t get too Services Inc. tense when Sarton and O’Mara anchors “KTVB O’Mara pass each other in Morning News” bright and the hallways. early and is dedicated to engaging with the community. She writes her HONORABLE MENTIONS “Maggie O’Mara: Æ Carolyn Holly, KTVB Channel 7 Behind the Scenes” Æ Larry Gebert, KTVB Channel 7 blog and also has more than 3,000 fol- Æ Scott Dorval, KIVI Channel 6

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BEST MUSICIAN/BAND

CURTIS STIGERS www.curtisstigers.com If you’ve lived in Boise for more than a minute, you’ve heard of singer-saxophonist and occasional shades-wearing guitarist Curtis Stigers. He’s one of the most successful musicians in Idaho history. His 1992 song, “I Wonder Why,” was a Top 10 pop hit. He sang on the zillionselling soundtrack to “The Bodyguard.” He delivers the bluesrocking theme to FX’s popular motorcycle-gang drama “Sons of Anarchy.” And he’s released a whole series of jazz albums, which have helped make him a popular performer in Europe. Although Stigers regularly tours overseas, he loves to give back at home. His annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza — a benefit for Interfaith Sanctu-

ary — grew into a three-night event this year that generated more than $70,000. If Stigers is feeling pretty good about life, it might not be just about a Best of Treasure Valley victory. He recently released his 10th studio album, “Let’s Go Out Tonight,” on Concord Music Group. Filled with pop, Americana, folk and soul songs written by artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Jeff Tweedy, it’s Stigers’ best album yet.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

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Why are Mike and Kate perennial contenders for this category? It’s simple — they’re fun and love interacting with the community. In his song “WOLD,” Harry Chapin sang about a sunrise DJ with “the bright Statesman file good-morning voice who’s heard but never seen.” This dynamic duo is just the opposite of that. You can’t miss them playing all the hits from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays or seeing them out and about. Sure, you can hear “OPP” or “Willie Waffle Movie Review” only through your radio, but they visit and participate in many events around the area and use social media to keep in touch with their listeners. Kate frequently updates an entertaining blog on the Mix 106 website and makes book suggestions every month, and as the temperature outside climbs, she continues her crusade against short-shorts that are one or two sizes too small: “... The only attention these mini-shorts are getting you is the head turns from people saying, ‘Oh, my gosh. She shouldn’t be wearing that!’”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Tim Johnstone & Ken Bass, 94.9 The River, 287-2949, www.riverinteractive.com Æ Tracy & Margo, 107.1 K-Hits, 287-5107, www.khits.fm Æ Caves & Prater, 93.1 KTIK The Ticket, 424-1350, www.ktik.com Æ Keke Luv, 103.3 Kiss, 384-1033, www.1033kissfm.com

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BEST BAKERY

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PASTRY PERFECTION

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Step into Golden Star, and you can relive childhood family Chinese dinners with round tables for 12, Lazy Susans and Combo No. 3. Founded in 1965 by four Chinese immigrants — Larry and Shirley Louie and Susie and Shak Lee — the Boise Bench restaurant has emerged again as the Treasure Valley’s favorite. Shak Lee has passed away, but the other three partners still show up routinely. Regulars ask for them if they’re absent more than a day or two. Mom-and-pop charm and consistent quality have kept Golden Star popular. There’s no website, fancy fusion, liquor license or even beer. The trick is a mix of the Americanized ideal of Chinese food and authentic dishes like beef and broccoli, crab Rangoon and Mandarin chicken.

“They cater to your tastes,” said Jeanie Huff, the Lees’ daughter. “If you don’t want meat, they’ll cook it that way. If you want it salty, or not salty, you can have it.” Combo No. 3, by the way, is fried rice, chow mein, egg roll, sweet and sour pork or ribs.

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Æ Yen Ching, 305 N. 9th St., Boise, 384-0384, www.yenchingboise.com Æ PF Chang’s China Bistro, 391 S. 8th St., Boise, 342-8100, www.pfchangs.com Æ Chiang Mai House Thai Restaurant, 4898 W. Emerald St., Boise, 342-4051, www.chiangmaihousethai.com Æ Mai Thai, 750 W. Idaho St., Boise, 344-8424, 78 Eagle River St., Eagle, 938-8424, www.maithaigroup.com

Everything is made from scratch and baked fresh daily. That’s a big part of why Pastry Perfection — owned by brothers Mike and Brent Curry — has developed a dedicated following over the past three decades. “We try to be an old-fashioned bakery where you can buy all your bakery goods,” Mike Curry said. Need hamburger buns or a loaf of bread for dinner? Pick it up when you stop in for your morning coffee and doughnuts. In a building previously occupied by a boat business, Pastry Perfection has high ceilings and feels spacious, even when the bakery’s 60-plus seats are filled. The display case is tantalizingly long. The bakery’s staff of more than 30 also makes all sorts of cakes — gourmet cupcakes, King Cakes for Mardi Gras, wedding cakes and custom cakes. They

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Æ Zeppole Baking Co., 983 E. ParkCenter Blvd., Boise, 338–1499; 217 N. 8th St., Boise, 345–2149, www.zeppolebakery.com Æ Great Harvest Bread Co., 5608 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 377-5587, www.greatharvestStatesman file boise.com; 12570 W. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 322-2378, Æ Le Cafe de Paris, 204 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 336-0889, lecafedeparis.com Æ La Vie En Rose, 928 W. Main St., Boise, 331-4045, www.lavieenrosebakery.com

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BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY FOOD AND DRINK BEST BAR

BEST BARBECUE

REEF

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105 S. 6th St., Boise, 287-9200 www.reefboise.com It’s tough to beat the Reef’s outdoor rooftop bar Downtown on one of those hot summer nights in Boise. Tiki torches illuminate patrons in flower dresses and mostly unbuttoned shirts surrounding the 360-degree bar, where tropical drinks get ordered like it’s Cancun or St. Martin. But be careful. The Zombie, which is made with two kinds of rum, a couple of other liquors and fruit juice and puree, can turn you into one pretty quickly. Meanwhile, the Cursed Margarita is like a Jamaican rainbow in your mouth. Inside the Reef, you’ll find a stage for live music, which runs the gamut from local bands to touring funk, rock and socially conscious hip-hop. (Portland’s

Chicharones are booked regularly.) The centerpiece of the room is another 360-degree bar. There’s also a private “Hemingway Room” for groups. Hungry? The Reef has a full lunch and dinner menu, too.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Bar Gernika, 202 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 344-2175. www.bargernika.com Æ Modern Hotel, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 424-8244. www.themodernhotel.com Æ Dutch Goose, 3515 W. State St., Boise, 342-8887, 2502 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 459-9363. www.dutchgoose.com Æ Pinnacle Sports Bar & Grill, 2902 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 884-4400. www.pinnaclesportsgrill.com

7849 W. Spectrum St., Boise, 658-7173 1140 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 884-1021 www.goodwoodbbq.com The intoxicating smell of barbecue sauce tickles your nose as soon as you walk into Goodwood Barbecue Company. You can’t help but be hungry. In an era of barbecue specialization, Goodwood offers something for everybody — Texas-style brisket, Kansas City burnt ends, Carolina pulled pork, St. Louis ribs, baby backs and West Texas beef ribs. And if you just can’t choose one, Goodwood offers you a two- and three-meat platter. As if you needed more choices, there are two types of sauce at your table: “Sweet and Sassy” and “Sweet and Spicy.” The side options are decidedly Idaho. No collard greens or mac and cheese, but plenty of potato choices — fried, smashed, baked. The dinner salad is hearty with eggs, bacon, tomato and croutons. Cornbread is served with your meal. Goodwood has sweet tea, a must, and a full bar. For those less interested in barbecue, Goodwood serves a host of more standard dinner fare — salmon,

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burgers, chicken and a bunch of salad options (some with meat and some without). But let’s be honest: You’re going for the barbecue. The only trouble is figuring out which style.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ MickeyRay’s, 395 W. State St., Eagle, 939-7427; 2325 Apple St., 344-7427, www.mickeyraysbbq.com Æ Famous Dave’s, 3510 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 898-0325, www.famousdaves.com Æ Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 2845 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 884-8999; 1807 12th Avenue Road, Nampa, 461-0600, www.dickeys.com Æ Bob’s Texas Style BBQ, 9990 W. State St., 921-9646, www.bobstexasbbq.com

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BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY FOOD AND DRINK BEST BREAKFAST

GOLDY’S BREAKFAST BISTRO 108 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 345-4100 goldysbreakfastbistro.com Tucked on the side of Although the line to get Capitol Boulevard, Goldy’s a table is sometimes long, has a unique feel that sets it the experience is definitely apart from other breakfast worth it. There are plenty restaurants. of times when you can As you enter, curtains walk right in and be seated. seclude the dining room from Goldy’s is open from the front door with the 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekgreeter immediately to your days and from 7:30 a.m. to right, ready to help hungry 2 p.m. on weekends, so customers be seated. The inwhether you get up at terior isn’t gigantic, but it’s not noon or wake up the roostsuffocating, either, and it alers, there is still time to Idaho Statesman file start the day with a wonlows patrons at each table to fully engage in conversation. derful meal. The food is what gives Goldy’s its sterling reputation, though. With plenty of fresh loHONORABLE MENTIONS cal ingredients, Goldy’s serves all kinds of Æ Egg Factory, 8061 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, breakfasts — eggs, pancakes, French toast, 322-0191; 6882 W. State St., Boise, 853-2037; sausage, bacon, muffins, frittatas, biscuits 820 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 466-2728, and gravy, scones and lots of other options. www.eggfactorycafe.com In a 2002 issue, Bon Appetit magazine Æ Capri Restaurant, 2520 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, named Goldy’s as one of America’s 342-1442 “10 favorite places for breakfast,” specifically Æ Sunrise Family Restaurant, 2601 Cleveland mentioning the Andalusia eggs. Blvd., Caldwell, 459-8557

BEST BREW PUB/ALEHOUSE

BITTERCREEK ALEHOUSE 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 429-6340 bcrfl.com/beer Why do local craft beer nuts love Bittercreek Alehouse above all other beer bars? Is it because the 39 taps always have the best selection in town — and a beer menu divided into no-nonsense style categories like Session, Bright, Hoppy, Malt, Roast and Funky? Is it because Bittercreek’s devotion to local means having the best brew Idaho has to offer but still maintains the flex to bring in barley-malt treats from Oregon, Washington and California, with one unique beer always on cask? The ability to get a growler filled? Is it the ultra-relaxed but urban vibe? The local food menu? The seeand-be-seen factor? The excellent patio?

The old-school cred of the tavern itself? Yes. To all of the above. Simply put, there is no better place in Boise to drink a craft beer.

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Æ Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise, 343-6820, www.highlands hollow.com Idaho Statesman file Æ Ram Restaurant & Brewery, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 345-2929; 3272 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, 888-0314, www.theram.com Æ Brewforia Beer Market, 3030 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 888-334-2337, www.brewforia.com Æ Sockeye Grill & Brewery, 3019 N. Cole Road, Boise, 658-1533, www.sockeyebrew.com

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Before burning through money buying rounds with friends, be sure to set aside a few bucks for a Los Betos run afterwards. There are five Los Betos locations throughout the Treasure Valley, all open 24 hours a day. The food is the same in the day and at night, but it seems to taste better after midnight. It doesn’t get much better than having a burrito, a side of Spanish rice and refried beans and some refreshing horchata. Los Betos does have the option to drive through, but that overlooks one important aspect — the salsa bar. There are plenty of combo meals at Los Betos, like two shredded beef burritos with beans and rice on the side, and many more a la carte items to choose from. No matter what you order, the food will leave a grown human full for two days. If you can’t inhale all of it, there are plenty of to-go boxes to save for lunch the next day. Looking for ratatouille with a mediumrare quail egg? Los Betos isn’t the place. If it’s fundamental Mexican food that tastes great, though, here’s the winner.

Going to bed hungry stinks. And options can be limited at 1 a.m. when you find you’re out of anything edible besides a stick of butter and two limes. Enter, Los Betos. You certainly won’t leave hungry, and it’s open 24/7. The standard Mexican fare, including tacos, burritos, chimichangas and tostadas won’t leave you wanting for more. In fact, the breakfast burrito (potatoes, eggs, cheese) is so big they could probably rename it the breakfast, lunch and afternoon-snack burrito. Especially if you add carne asada (recommended). Speaking of carne asada, they don’t mess around when putting it in a burrito. Heaps of juicy beef are wrapped in a flour tortilla with guacamole, pico de gallo and nothing else. Add shredded cheese if you’re so inclined. Their five Treasure Valley locations feature drive-throughs so you won’t even have to leave your car for a huge chicken quesadilla.

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Æ Pie Hole, 205 N. Eighth St., Boise, 344-7783; 726 N. Main St., Meridian, 888-0842; 1016 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 424-2225, pieholeusa.com Æ Flying Pie Pizzaria, 6508 Fairview Ave., Boise, 345-0000; 4320 W. State St., 384-0000, www.flyingpie.com Æ Gyro Shack, 6935 W. Overland Road, Boise, 375-7424; 5602 W. State St., Boise, 853-2684, www.thegyroshack.net Æ Pizza Guy, 337 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 4664540, www.facebook.com/pizzaguynampa

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Æ Pie Hole, 205 N. Eighth St., Boise, 344-7783; 1016 Broadway Ave., Boise, 424-2225; 726 N. Main St., Meridian, 888-0842; www.pieholeusa.com Æ Merritt’s Country Cafe, 6630 W. State St., Boise, 853-6165 Æ Pita Pit, 746 W. Main St., Boise, 388-1900; 1007 Broadway Ave., Boise, 955-7482; 3030 E. Overland Road, Unit 103, Meridian, 888-3525, www.pitapitusa.com Æ Golden Star Restaurant, 1142 N. Orchard St., Boise, 336-0191

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1587 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 658-4930 2830N.EagleRoad,Meridian,288-2797 321 S. 8th St., Boise, 429-8776 www.fiveguys.com For the third consecutive year, Five Guys Burgers and Fries has taken home the title of best burger. Why? It could be many reasons. Let’s start with the fact that the hamburger patties are made from 100 percent beef and cooked to “juicy well done.” There are no freezers in the restaurant — nothing is ever frozen. Maybe it’s the 15 different toppings, all available at no additional cost, which means there are more than 225,000 ways to order a burger. Burgers come with two patties, unless you specify “little,” which means you get a single patty. This national chain now has more than 1,000 locations in 47 states and six Canadian provinces. One note: Five Guys does use peanut oil in its fryers for french fries, but allergy sufferers should feel safe in ordering a burger. The grill is kept away from the fryer. Cooks will pack the burger in a separate bag if you let them know about your allergy.

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Æ Big Juds, 1289 Protest Road, Boise, 343-4439, www.bigjudsboise.com Æ Boise Fry Company, 111 Broadway, Suite 111, Boise, 495-3858; 3083 S. Bown Way, Boise, 965-1551, www.boisefrycompany.com Æ Red Robin, multiple locations, www.redrobin.com Æ Westside Drive-In, 1939 W. State St., Boise, 342-2957; 1113 ParkCenter Blvd., Boise, 424-0000, www.cheflou.com

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Torrey says. Since 2005, Moxie Java International has operated its corporate offices from 4990 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City. That’s where the coffee sold at the Moxie Java franchise stores is roasted. The company opened its first cafe in Boise in 1988 and now has 70 locations across Idaho and the United States.

MOXIE JAVA Multiple locations www.moxiejava.com Big-time brewers and coffee powerhouses, take note — you are not the Treasure Valley’s favorite. The votes say we like our roasts and baristas local. Idaho-based chain Moxie Java keeps people from Meridian to Garden City to Caldwell coming in for a chippy cappuccino and a languid latte. And a bit of casual comfort. In Kuna, Moxie Java is the coffee shop where everyone knows everyone, said barista Kendra Torrey. “It’s a homey feel in here,” Torrey says.

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Æ Big City Coffee - Linen District, 1416 W. Grove St., Boise, 345-3145, www.bigcity Moxie Java offers some coffeeld.com departures from typical cof- Æ Dutch Bros. Coffee, multiple fee-shop fare. Torrey’s falocations, www.dutchbros.com vorite is the Mango AvaÆ Starbucks, multiple locations, lanche smoothie. And in the www.starbucks.com warmer summer months, Æ Rembrandt’s Coffee House, customers snap up sweet 93 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 938teas, she says. 1564, www.rembrandtscoffee “We have lots of regulars,” house.net Statesman file

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Flatbread Community Oven, 3139 S. Bown Way, Boise, 343-4177; 615 W. Main St., Boise, 287-4757; 830 N. Main St., Suite A, Meridian, 288-0969, www.flatbreadpizza.com Æ Andrade’s, 4903 W. Overland Road, Boise, 424-8890 www.andradesboise.com Æ Cracker Barrel, 1733 S. Cole Road, Boise, 321-8280, www.crackerbarrel.com Æ Golden Star Restaurant, 1142 N. Orchard St., Boise, 336-0191

Perched near ParkCenter Pond, Barbacoa’s ambiance and dining experience are unique to the Valley. The restaurant is as dynamic as the art and decor inside, and the different sections own distinctive environments: The dining section is more open, showcasing the view of the pond with an incredible chandelier above. The bar, a bit more secluded with a Medusa-like work of art in the center, makes it easy to socialize during its winning happy hour. If it’s a nice day, the patio downstairs is a complete joy to eat a meal on, and the Luna Bar upstairs with a long, padded couch is a fantastic spot to grab a drink. The food at Barbacoa is the main attraction, though, and the quirky yet elegant atmosphere complements it in a way that adds character to the taste. Steaks, ribs, kabobs, seafood, paella, pork chops and pasta are among the main-course items served at Barbacoa, and appetizers like Kobe sliders, mini tacos, and nachos can fill you up. The food is presented profes-

sionally and, most importantly, tastes exquisite.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Chandlers Steakhouse, 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 383-4300, www.chandlersboise.com Æ Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., Boise, 333-9800, www.cottonwoodgrille.com Æ Brick 29, 320 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 468-0029, www.brick29.com Æ Fork, 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 287-1700, www.boisefork.com

Long day and need to unwind? Barbacoa is a fantastic place to get away and have a good time during happy hour. From 4 to 6 p.m., drinks are two for the price of one, and from 10 p.m. to close they are reduced-price. That doesn’t even take into account the wonderful appetizers available. Barbacoa’s signature drink is the icetini — a martini served in an ice glass.

Huckleberry is the recommended flavor, which is light purple and sweet as candy; there are also local and international wines, beer on tap and other cocktails ready to be made. The bar at Barbacoa is impressive with bottles stacked high into the air, but that won’t be the first thing to catch your eye. The moment you walk up to the entrance of the terra cotta-colored building, you realize this place is different. The curvy, organically-shaped furniture soothes the eye while the art grabs the mind’s attention. Barbacoa tries — and succeeds — at appealing to more sensations than purely taste.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Murphy’s Seafood and Steakhouse, 1555 Broadway Ave., Boise, 344-3691, murphysboise.com Æ Cafe Ole, 210 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 322-0222, 404 S. Eighth St., Boise, 344-3222, www.cafeole.com Æ Bonefish Grill, 855 W. Broad St., Boise, 433-1234, www.bonefishgrill.com Æ Pinnacle Sports Grill, 2902 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 8844400, pinnaclesportsgrill.com Idaho Statesman file

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1939 W. State St., Boise, 342-2957, 1113 ParkCenter Blvd., Boise, 424-0000 www.cheflou.com Westside Drive-In’s finger steaks taste great by themselves, but the atmosphere adds even more flavor to the order. Whether you stay in your car or grab a table on the patio, it’s easy to forget about the present as the finger steaks are being prepared. Neon signage and the drive-in’s color scheme of turquoise, white and cotton-candy pink fool the mind into thinking that a cherry-red convertible with whitewalled tires will pull into a space any second. “Remember the happy days,” it says on the menu. Once the finger steaks come out on a bed of fries, the smell makes mouths water and tastebuds eager. They’re juicy with the right amount of breaded crunch, and Westside Drive-In doesn’t skimp on your order. Belts cringe when they hear a finger steak order, knowing they’ll be stretched until they’re

mercifully loosened. Chef Guy Fieri once visited Westside Drive-In for his show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and an autographed poster hangs on the drive-through menu with Fieri’s handwritten approval: “Just what you would expect at a drive-in!”

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Dutch Goose, 2502 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 459-9363; 3515 W. State St., Boise, 342-8887, www.dutchgoose.com Æ Busters Grill & Bar, 1326 Broadway Ave., Boise, 345-5688, www.busterssportsbar.com Æ Ben’s Crow Inn, 6781 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 342-9669, www.facebook.com/benscrowinn Æ Pinnacle Sports Grill, 2902 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 884-4400, pinnaclesportsgrill.com

BEST FRIES

BOISE FRY COMPANY 111 Broadway, Suite 111, Boise, 495-3858 3083 S. Bown Way, Boise, 965-1551 www.boisefrycompany.com Fledgling Boise Fry Co. is the king of fries, taking top honors three years in a row. Each week, customers of the fast-growing business, which added a second location on East Boise’s Bown Crossing in late December, consume about 2,000 pounds of potatoes (russett, gold, purple, sweet, yam, etc.). The fries are made from fresh-cut potatoes, not frozen, and they’re cooked in peanut oil. “Fries and burgers shouldn’t have to be unhealthy,” co-owner Blake Lingle says. All-natural fruit sodas made in-house were recently added to the menu; flavors include mojita, sparkling raspberry/lemon limeade and root beer. Their trademark organic whole-wheat potato buns — yes, there’s potato in their buns, too — are now made fresh daily at the Bown site. Boise Fry Co. offers a dizzying array of choices in fry cuts (shoestring? curly? regular?), salts/seasonings and dipping sauces (blueberry ketchup or maple marshmallow?). There are more than 100,000 variations. The fries may get top billing, but Boise Fry Co. sells an almost equal number of burgers (bison, beef, vegan).

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 1587 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 658-4930; 2830 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 288-2797; 321 S. Eighth St., Boise, 429-8776, www.fiveguys.com Æ McDonald’s, multiple locations, www.mcidaho.com Æ Red Robin, multiple locations, www.redrobin.com Æ Westside Drive-In, 1939 W. State St., Boise, 342-2957; 1113 ParkCenter Blvd, 424-0000, www.cheflou.com

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DELSA’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM 7923 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 377-3700 It’s not just the ice cream, made only a few steps from the small blue restaurant on Ustick Road, that draws people to Delsa’s. It’s the legacy. The store has been at its location since 1961. Grandparents, who now bring their grandkids to the place, went there when they were young. It was the place to go if you wanted to treat your kids for getting a good report card. It was just, well, Delsa’s. And odds are, if you went back then, you could get a favorite flavor of ice cream that has lasted through the years: lemon custard. Or maybe licorice. Delsa’s has 50 flavors of ice cream. At any given time, you will see 16 flavors in the freezer case — treats like cake batter and Rocky Road. But don’t just think ice cream cone. There are sundaes, shakes and an indescribably delicious dessert with a brownie, ice cream, chocolate, cherry — you get the picture. There is also other food: sandwiches, hamburgers and the like. Here’s a tip: If you want ice cream — and you can’t fit that in with a huge burger and fries — they’ve got a half-sandwich and side. Just

companied by prawns; pasta with pancetta, porcini and Parmesan; and baked meatballs. Gino’s fondness for veal is evident. When pressed to choose a favorite, he opts for the Saltimbocca with prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, 3015 W. McMillan Road, Suite 108, browned butter and sage. Kick back on the patio or inside at Meridian, 887-7710 purple-cloaked tables and enjoy, starting with bread and an addictive dipping Gino is more than a name on the sauce. Don’t be in a hurry: Everything’s menu. He’s likely to look out from the made to order from scratch. The wine kitchen and greet you when you walk in list has many reasonably priced offerthe door. Or come around later to see ings from Italy and the Northwest — how you like your meal. even an unusually extensive selection It’s a family feeling, built around of half bottles for the restrained drinker. family history. The hearty southern Italian recipes reach back to Gino HONORABLE MENTIONS Vuolo’s grandmother and a century-old Æ Asiago’s, 1002 W. Main St., Boise, family restaurant that still operates in 336-5552, www.asiagos.com Naples. Æ Olive Garden, 320 N. Milwaukee St., Gino’s northwest Meridian location Boise, 322-3327; 16401 N. Marketplace is off the beaten path for many, but fans Blvd., Nampa, 442-8129, of the food and the man happily make www.olivegarden.com the trek. That’s especially true since the Æ Louie’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 2500 E. new Ten Mile interchange opened a Fairview Ave., Meridian, 884-5200, year ago, making it easy for Nampa and www.louiespizza.com Boise drivers to reach the edible objects Æ Carino’s, 1700 S. Entertainment Ave., of their desire. Boise, 373-4968; 3551 E. Fairview Ave., Choices include ravioli stuffed with Meridian, 888-7801, www.carinos.com lobster ricotta and lemon zest and ac-

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Æ Cold Stone Creamery, 1400 N. Eagle Road, Suite 103, Meridian, 895-8336; 664 S. Rivershore, Suite 160, Eagle, 938-6231; 1238 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 467-3375; www.coldstonecreamery.com Æ Goody’s, 1502 N. 13th St., Boise, 367-0020 Æ U-Swirl, 8184 W. Overland Road, Boise, 376-6464; 3319 N. Eagle Road, Suite 115, Meridian, 514-2542; 1119 12th Ave. Road, Nampa, 475-3972; www.u-swirl.com Æ Ben and Jerry’s, 103 N. 10th St., Boise, 342-1992, www.benjerry.com

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What do you have to be getting right to be the top vote-getter — by a wide margin — again in this category? Everything. When Bardenay owner Kevin Settles opened this location in 2004, he pulled off a sweet trick. When you’re relaxing on its expansive deck, it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a busy commercial district. The sound of the river rushing by might be the loudest thing you’ll hear. “So many patios seem to be in noisy places,” Settles says. “And here, you’re not sucking up car fumes.” The expansive drink and food menus also are big draws. And while it’s trendy to think local, here you can drink local, too. The gin is made at the Eagle Bardenay, the rum comes from the Bardenay in Downtown Boise and the vodka is produced at the Bardenay in Coeur d’Alene. The attentive staff play a key role in the Bardenay patio experience, too, from adjusting umbrellas for just the right amount of

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shade to hooking you up with sunscreen. “You can have the best spot in the world, but if you don’t have decent service, you’re not going to reap the benefits,” Settles says.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Reef, 105 S. 6th St., Boise, 287-9200, www.reefboise.com Æ Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., Boise, 333-9800, www.cottonwoodgrille.com Æ Bardenay - Boise, 610 W. Grove St., Boise, 426-0538, www.bardenay.com Æ Lucky 13, 3662 S. Eckert Road, Boise, 344-6967, www.lucky13pizza.com


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BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY FOOD AND DRINK BEST PIZZA

BEST SEAFOOD

FLYING PIE PIZZARIA

FRESH OFF THE HOOK

6508 Fairview Ave., Boise, 345-0000 4320 W. State St., 384-0000 www.flyingpie.com

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Idaho Pizza Company, multiple locations, www.idahopizzacompany.com Æ Guido’s, 235 N. 5th St., Boise, 345-9011; 12375 Chinden Blvd., Suite G, 376-1008, www.guidosdowntown.com Æ Flatbread Community Oven, 3139 S. Bown Way, Boise, 343-4177; 615 W. Main St., Boise, 287-4757; 830 N. Main St., Suite A, Meridian, 288-0969; www.flatbreadpizza.com Æ Pizza Guy, 337 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 466-4540, www.yopizzaguy.com

BEST SANDWICH

COBBY’S SANDWICH SHOP Multiple locations www.cobbys.com Cobby’s has two locations in Boise, one in Garden City and another in Nampa, serving fresh sandwiches with soups, a salad bar and all-you-can-eat chips and fruit. If the 15 different sandwiches on the menu aren’t enough, customers are encouraged to create their own with nine types of meat and five cheeses on four kinds of bread. Mayonnaise, lettuce, onions, pepperoncinis, tomatoes and pickles are included on every sub, with other condiments also available. The best part of enjoying a Cobby’s sandwich is knowing each bite will be fresh. No matter if it’s the turkey and cheese, hot pastrami or the Cobby’s club, the bread is soft, the veggies crisp and the meat plentiful, flavorful and sliced to the right thickness. Sub sizes are half (4 inches), small (8 inches),

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If there is such a thing as a lock in the Best of Treasure Valley readers poll, it has to be Flying Pie taking the crown for the best pizza in town. Flying Pie just keeps winning every year — and there’s been a lot of new competition lately, which Flying Pie bats away Statesman file like a pizza version of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Artisan thin-crust pies? New-fangled “extreme” pizzas? Whatever. Flying Pie’s “whirled famous” pizza rolls over the competition like a massive foil ball named Flora. Why is this? Maybe it’s the consistency of being local before local was cool. (Flying Pie turned 34 this year.) It could be the “It’s Your Day” specials — if your name goes up on the marquee and you are quick enough to sign up (sessions are 2 to 4 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m., and they’re first come, first served), you get to make your own 10-inch pie. The most likely answer is you always get an excellent homegrown pie, whether it’s a simple pepperoni pizza or a complex melange of flavors like the Pesto Primavera.

large (16 inches) and family (24 inches — that’s a lot of pastrami). Founded in 1978 with the original store on Broadway Avenue in Boise, Cobby’s has a unique environment at each shop, including the high counter each order is placed over. They also accept online orders for the busy and vertically challenged.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, multiple locations, www.jimmyjohns.com Æ Deli George, 220 S. Broadway Ave., 323-2582, www.deligeorge.com Æ Baguette Deli, 5204 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 3362989; 276 N. 8th St., Boise, 389-2888, baguettedeli.net Æ Hugo’s Deli, 10599 W. Overland Road, Boise, 3779530; 950 E. Fairview Ave., Suite 100, Meridian, 8882358, www.hugosdeli.com

Boise is a long way from an ocean, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get seafood that tastes great. Serving fresh food, especially seafood, is important in any restaurant, and here they made it the first word in their name — an obvious priorStatesman file ity for Fresh Off The Hook. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, and even though it’s always nice to eat in sunshine, the inside is quaint and unique. Street lamps light an interior that’s decorated with models of vessels, an aquarium and a sign that reads “Salt Air Is Best” over the door. Although there is no scent of brine and no sound of waves, it is a fun maritime atmosphere, and there are no seagulls squawking for fries. Fresh Off The Hook has calamari, crab, shrimp, scallops, clams and many kinds of fish on the menu. There is chicken for the landlubbers out there. And dessert. Drinkwise, there’s wine available, beer on tap and even a variety of lemonade.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Bonefish Grill, 855 W. Broad St., Boise, 433-1234, www.bonefishgrill.com Æ Murphy’s Seafood and Steakhouse, 1555 Broadway Ave., Boise, 344-3691, murphysboise.com Æ Lucky Fins Seafood Grill, 1441 N. Eagle Road, 888-3467, www.luckyfinsgrill.com Æ Red Lobster, 550 N. Milwaukee St., 672-1188, www.redlobster.com

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BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY FOOD AND DRINK BEST SPORTS BAR

RAM RESTAURANT & BREWERY 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 345-2929 3272 E. Pine, Meridian, 888-0314 www.theram.com The keys to any good sports bar are simple: televisions and beer. But the Ram Restaurant & Brewery added a new dimension to the standard formula: familyfriendly. The Ram delivers with a spacious bar and televisions available from a variety of seat locations, not to mention an awardwinning beer selection. Many beers are brewed in the building, and the Ram is constantly rotating seasonal delights into its taps. The Ram has traditional sports bar favorites like nachos, buffalo wings and golden mozzarella sticks, but its large kitchen offers a variety of other options not found in typical sports bars. There’s another aspect of the Ram that separates it from many

BEST STEAKHOUSE

TEXAS ROADHOUSE 3801 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 887-9401 1830 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 466-2800 www.texasroadhouse.com Texas Roadhouse is proud of its hand-cut steaks. When you walk into either of the Treasure Valley locations, you immediately start thinking about which cut of meat you’ll order — they are deliciously displayed at the front of the restaurant. USDA choice sirloin, New York strip, Fort Worth rib-eye, Texas T-bone, Dallas filet, filet medallions, road kill (chopped steak), sirloin kabob and prime rib all pack more flavor than a roundhouse kick and come with two of 12 possible sides, including a baked potato or house salad. The steaks are cooked to or-

bar-only sports grills: It has a separate restaurant, making it possible to take the kids out to watch the game without sitting next to a wall of liquor bottles. There are 24 televisions at the Boise location spread out in the bar and dining room. The spacious dining area allows the Ram to accommodate large gatherings, like sports teams or big parties before or after Boise State football games. In this age of on-demand TV, no sports bar worth its salt would be without extra sports packages, and the Ram will show just about any NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL game.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 288-5485; 2101 N. Cassia St., Nampa, 463-9453, www.buffalowildwings.com Æ Pinnacle Sports Grill, 2902 Statesman file N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 884-4400, www.pinnaclesportsgrill.com Æ Crescent “No Lawyers” Bar & Grill, 5500 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 322-9856, www.no-lawyers.com Æ Busters Grill & Bar, 1326 Broadway Ave., Boise, 345-5688, www.busterssportsbar.com

der, from bloody rare to crispy well-done. You have the option to get them smothered with sauteed mushrooms and onions, brown gravy or jack cheese. Just try not to fill up on complimentary peanuts, refills and rolls before the main course comes out. Experiencing a Texas Roadhouse is a blast for the whole family, whether you roll in on a tractor or not. The “Roadies” always provide friendly service and love to show off their line-dancing skills, too.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Chandlers Steakhouse, 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 383-4300, chandlersboise.com Æ Lock Stock & Barrel, 1100 W. Jefferson, Boise, 336-4266, www.lsbboise.com Æ Stagecoach Inn, 3132 Chinden Blvd., Boise, 331-0336, stagecoachboise.com Æ Kahootz Steak & Alehouse, 1603 E. Main St., Meridian, 895-9861, gotokahootz.com 599887-01

BEST SUSHI

SHIGE JAPANESE CUISINE 100 N. 8th St., Suite 215, Boise, 338-8423 For 20 years, he has greeted visitors from behind the sushi counter with a friendly welcome — “Irasshaimase!” he calls out in Japanese. He’s well-known enough among hungry Boiseans to need only one name: Shige. And he’s on an eightyear run being voted the best. Shige Matsuzawa was born in Japan and started his food career in Japan at a French restaurant. At 25, not quite content to settle down, he left home. “I never see the U.S. Only on TV,” he laughs. By way of Detroit and California, Shige and his wife, Deborah, came to Boise to raise their daughter. Shige invented the Shirah roll in her honor. “My most popular,” he teases. And there’s a lot of rolls to choose from — close to 100, many of them created by Shige and staff — catering to their more traditional Japanese clientele and Americans with a taste for really fresh fish. “Sushi is an art, but it’s also meant to be enjoyed,” says Shirah Matsuzawa, their daughter. Boise clearly enjoys Shige’s sushi. The Matsuzawas keep expanding the Japanese theme: Shige Express for quick lunches, dinners and dollar sushi, Shige Japanese Steakhouse for teppan-

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style dining, and Shige’s Red Carpet Fine Dining for French-infused fare — all right next door to the original restaurant. Now Meridian gets a turn. Almost a year ago, Shige opened Shige Teriyaki, 450 S. Meridian Road, Suite 15. And just two months ago, he opened “Idaho’s largest floating sushi bar” (including dollar sushi) at 450 S. Meridian Road, Suite 90A, in the Meridian Marketplace.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Kyoto Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 6002 Fairview Ave., Boise, 378-8808, www.kyotorestaurantboise.com Æ Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant, 283 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 672-8227, www.fujiyamaboise.com Æ Simple Sushi Bar, 1214 1st Street South, 463-4663, www.simplesushibar.com Æ IOU Sushi, 1517 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 672-7223; 2107 N. Cassia St., Nampa, 461-5203

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BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY SHOPPING

BEST ITALIAN!

BEST BIKE SHOP

GEORGE’S CYCLES & FITNESS 251 E. Front St., Boise, 343-3782 5515 W. State St., Boise, 853-1964 10178 Fairview Ave., Boise, 884-3115 www.georgescycles.com Seven may be lucky when you’re rolling the dice, but when George’s Cycles & Fitness tops this category seven straight years, it’s a whole lot more than luck. Credit an all-around bike shop (three, actually) that carries everything from a kid’s first bike to an Olympic-class racer. If you prefer to exercise indoors within sight of a TV, George’s has that covered, too. But cycling is its claim to fame. For more than 40 years, George’s has been selling bikes, accessories, repairs and tune-ups, as well as sponsoring local cycling events. And lest you think George’s only sponsors bike events for the peloton crowd, check out its wine rides on July 8 and Sept. 23. Both will be 30-mile rides on scenic rural roads and include stops at local wineries. If you’re looking for your first bike or 15th, George’s can help you out with its large selection. If you’re looking to upgrade your existing bike, the stores have shiny new parts to keep it running smoothly.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Bob’s Bicycles, 6681 W. Fairview Ave., Boise,

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322-8042, www.bobs-bicycles.com Æ Reed Cycle, 238 E. State St., Eagle, 938-7894, www.reed-cycle.com Æ Idaho Mountain Touring, 1310 W. Main St., Boise, 336-3854, www.idahomountaintouring.com Æ McU Sports, 822 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 342-7734; 2314 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 336-2300, www.mcusports.com

BEST BOOKSTORE

Since 1996, we have strived to provide you with the very best!

There aren’t many places in the Treasure Valley where you can sit down for a cup of coffee with John Steinbeck, Miley Cyrus, Michael Corleone, Cosmo Kramer and Maya Angelou. Barnes and Noble is one. Books, magazines, movies, TV shows, music and other media are available for nearly every interest, all situated around a coffee shop with food and drinks. The store also hosts discussions with authors and artists, book clubs, game nights and children’s readings, so it is much more than a collection of books. The social aspect gives customers a place to meet friends while maintaining the choice of diving nosefirst into a story. Whether you have a specific title in mind or you’re just looking for something that

catches the eye, it’s easy to lose track of time wandering the aisles, inspecting the inside of book jackets, listening to music samples, reading a chapter or judging books by their covers. When it is finally time to leave, usually with a padded wish list, the same vow will pop into numerous heads: “I really need to read more.”

BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY SHOPPING BEST CONSIGNMENT SHOP

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AGAIN CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE 222 E. State St., Eagle, 939-0324 www.againclothing.com The upscale resale boutique buys from more than 6,000 Southwest Idaho women, adding more than 1,000 pieces a week to satisfy fashionistas on the hunt for a deal. The store may have won shoppers’ hearts with its shrinking prices. Items are full price for 40 days, then half-off for a week, starting Tuesdays. If they don’t sell, they move to a $3 rack for a week. Prices are then slashed to $1 on Mondays. A once-a-season $3 inventory clearance is “one of our biggest attractions,” says owner Amy La Jocies. The store’s artful displays include basics such as leather clutches and classic heels, and statement pieces such as beaded purses and colorful cowgirl boots. Consigners get 40 percent of the selling price. If something doesn’t sell, it becomes Again Consignment’s property and can be donated to the Idaho Youth Ranch, giving it a second chance at being sold secondhand.

The Largest and Best Buffet in Town! ALL YOU CAN EAT

~ Over 200 Items Daily ~ Dine on our patio and

enjoy a glass of wine from our award winning wine list. We have over 300 labels, including more than 50 half bottles! We offer tons of glutton free and vegetarian options!

“family recipes straight from his grandmother’s restaurant in Naples, Italy . . .warm, polished service . . .”

Hibachi Grill • Steak • Sushi Mussels • Salt & Pepper Shrimp Crab • Clams • Crawfish Spare Ribs • Cocktail Shrimp And much more!

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Open: Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Urban Exchange, 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., Suite 105, Boise, 322-2422; 1533 S. Five Mile Road, Boise, 322-2433, www.urbanexchangeonline.com Æ Renewed Expressions, 2100 E. Fairview Ave., Suite 8, Meridian, 855-2800, www.renewedexpressions.com Æ Lux Fashion Lounge, 785 W. Idaho St., Boise, 344-4589, Æ Back on the Rack, 1226 Broadway Ave., Boise, 342-4879, www.backontherackboise.com

1300 W. Front St., Boise, 331-1301 3296 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, 331-1301 1701 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 331-1301 www.metroexpresscarwash.com

(Corner of N. Milwaukee St. & W. Fairview Ave. in Boise)

2015 W. McMillian Rd., Meridian • For reservations call 887-7710

The store just added a little sister (or brother) store. La Jocies opened Again 2, a version of the store for teen girls and guys, in February, a block away at 118 E. State St.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. 8th St., Boise, 376-4229, www.rdbooks.org Æ Hastings, multiple locations, www.gohastings.com Æ Hyde Park Book Store, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 429-8220, www.hydeparkbookstore.com Æ Deseret Book, 7147 W. Overland Road, Boise, 322-1855; 1180 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 895-8668, deseretbook.com

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Chinese, Japanese and American Cuisine

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See the rotating M? The deep blue letters declaring “Car Wash”? A line of cars waiting to shed road film? You’re approaching one of three Metro Express locations, each on one of the Treasure Valley’s busiest roadways. Billing itself as high-tech and retro, Metro Express boasts 150-horsepower vacuums sure to suck the hidden dirt from your car’s nooks and crannies. Attendants are standing by to retrieve any treasures you inadvertently siphon. Use of the vacuums comes free with the car wash. Need more stats? Metro Express air dries your car with a mighty wind of 170 miles per hour. Choose from three washes: the basic $6 “Downtown” wash and dry; the more luxurious $10 Uptown with clear coat, rust inhibitor and RainX; and a top-of-the-line $12 package that polishes your tires in addition to the Uptown treatments. Or buy a

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Metro Pass, load it with the amount you want to spend, and the car wash will put an extra $5 on the pass for good measure. Use the card at any of the three locations for whichever wash package you choose, and you can reload it when the money runs out.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ J’s Ultimate Hand Car Wash, 3756 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise 336-0435, www.ultimatehand carwash.com Æ Like Nu Car Wash, multiple locations Æ Mister Car Wash, 1790 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 344-1790; 5950 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 322-5950, www.mistercarwash.com Æ Squeaky Clean Car Wash, 4324 Garrity Blvd., Nampa, 461-8282; 704 12th Ave., Nampa, 4662929, www.squeakycleannampa.com


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BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY SHOPPING

BEST ITALIAN!

BEST BIKE SHOP

GEORGE’S CYCLES & FITNESS 251 E. Front St., Boise, 343-3782 5515 W. State St., Boise, 853-1964 10178 Fairview Ave., Boise, 884-3115 www.georgescycles.com Seven may be lucky when you’re rolling the dice, but when George’s Cycles & Fitness tops this category seven straight years, it’s a whole lot more than luck. Credit an all-around bike shop (three, actually) that carries everything from a kid’s first bike to an Olympic-class racer. If you prefer to exercise indoors within sight of a TV, George’s has that covered, too. But cycling is its claim to fame. For more than 40 years, George’s has been selling bikes, accessories, repairs and tune-ups, as well as sponsoring local cycling events. And lest you think George’s only sponsors bike events for the peloton crowd, check out its wine rides on July 8 and Sept. 23. Both will be 30-mile rides on scenic rural roads and include stops at local wineries. If you’re looking for your first bike or 15th, George’s can help you out with its large selection. If you’re looking to upgrade your existing bike, the stores have shiny new parts to keep it running smoothly.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Bob’s Bicycles, 6681 W. Fairview Ave., Boise,

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322-8042, www.bobs-bicycles.com Æ Reed Cycle, 238 E. State St., Eagle, 938-7894, www.reed-cycle.com Æ Idaho Mountain Touring, 1310 W. Main St., Boise, 336-3854, www.idahomountaintouring.com Æ McU Sports, 822 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 342-7734; 2314 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 336-2300, www.mcusports.com

BEST BOOKSTORE

Since 1996, we have strived to provide you with the very best!

There aren’t many places in the Treasure Valley where you can sit down for a cup of coffee with John Steinbeck, Miley Cyrus, Michael Corleone, Cosmo Kramer and Maya Angelou. Barnes and Noble is one. Books, magazines, movies, TV shows, music and other media are available for nearly every interest, all situated around a coffee shop with food and drinks. The store also hosts discussions with authors and artists, book clubs, game nights and children’s readings, so it is much more than a collection of books. The social aspect gives customers a place to meet friends while maintaining the choice of diving nosefirst into a story. Whether you have a specific title in mind or you’re just looking for something that

catches the eye, it’s easy to lose track of time wandering the aisles, inspecting the inside of book jackets, listening to music samples, reading a chapter or judging books by their covers. When it is finally time to leave, usually with a padded wish list, the same vow will pop into numerous heads: “I really need to read more.”

BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY SHOPPING BEST CONSIGNMENT SHOP

ENJOY E M O NOW OPEN " C

AGAIN CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE 222 E. State St., Eagle, 939-0324 www.againclothing.com The upscale resale boutique buys from more than 6,000 Southwest Idaho women, adding more than 1,000 pieces a week to satisfy fashionistas on the hunt for a deal. The store may have won shoppers’ hearts with its shrinking prices. Items are full price for 40 days, then half-off for a week, starting Tuesdays. If they don’t sell, they move to a $3 rack for a week. Prices are then slashed to $1 on Mondays. A once-a-season $3 inventory clearance is “one of our biggest attractions,” says owner Amy La Jocies. The store’s artful displays include basics such as leather clutches and classic heels, and statement pieces such as beaded purses and colorful cowgirl boots. Consigners get 40 percent of the selling price. If something doesn’t sell, it becomes Again Consignment’s property and can be donated to the Idaho Youth Ranch, giving it a second chance at being sold secondhand.

The Largest and Best Buffet in Town! ALL YOU CAN EAT

~ Over 200 Items Daily ~ Dine on our patio and

enjoy a glass of wine from our award winning wine list. We have over 300 labels, including more than 50 half bottles! We offer tons of glutton free and vegetarian options!

“family recipes straight from his grandmother’s restaurant in Naples, Italy . . .warm, polished service . . .”

Hibachi Grill • Steak • Sushi Mussels • Salt & Pepper Shrimp Crab • Clams • Crawfish Spare Ribs • Cocktail Shrimp And much more!

Seniors 10% Discount

888-8897

Corner of 10 Mile & McMillian roads, just 15 minutes from downtown Boise using 10 Mile interchange

Open: Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Urban Exchange, 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., Suite 105, Boise, 322-2422; 1533 S. Five Mile Road, Boise, 322-2433, www.urbanexchangeonline.com Æ Renewed Expressions, 2100 E. Fairview Ave., Suite 8, Meridian, 855-2800, www.renewedexpressions.com Æ Lux Fashion Lounge, 785 W. Idaho St., Boise, 344-4589, Æ Back on the Rack, 1226 Broadway Ave., Boise, 342-4879, www.backontherackboise.com

1300 W. Front St., Boise, 331-1301 3296 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, 331-1301 1701 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 331-1301 www.metroexpresscarwash.com

(Corner of N. Milwaukee St. & W. Fairview Ave. in Boise)

2015 W. McMillian Rd., Meridian • For reservations call 887-7710

The store just added a little sister (or brother) store. La Jocies opened Again 2, a version of the store for teen girls and guys, in February, a block away at 118 E. State St.

METRO EXPRESS

LUNCH BUFFET ........ $7.25 DINNER BUFFET...... $10.25 SUNDAY ALL DAY .... $10.25

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. 8th St., Boise, 376-4229, www.rdbooks.org Æ Hastings, multiple locations, www.gohastings.com Æ Hyde Park Book Store, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 429-8220, www.hydeparkbookstore.com Æ Deseret Book, 7147 W. Overland Road, Boise, 322-1855; 1180 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 895-8668, deseretbook.com

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Chinese, Japanese and American Cuisine

We appreciate Treasure Valley for voting Gino’s as the BEST ITALIAN!

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See the rotating M? The deep blue letters declaring “Car Wash”? A line of cars waiting to shed road film? You’re approaching one of three Metro Express locations, each on one of the Treasure Valley’s busiest roadways. Billing itself as high-tech and retro, Metro Express boasts 150-horsepower vacuums sure to suck the hidden dirt from your car’s nooks and crannies. Attendants are standing by to retrieve any treasures you inadvertently siphon. Use of the vacuums comes free with the car wash. Need more stats? Metro Express air dries your car with a mighty wind of 170 miles per hour. Choose from three washes: the basic $6 “Downtown” wash and dry; the more luxurious $10 Uptown with clear coat, rust inhibitor and RainX; and a top-of-the-line $12 package that polishes your tires in addition to the Uptown treatments. Or buy a

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Multiple locations www.bairdsdrycleaners.com There is no excuse for not-so-fresh work attire. With free pickup and delivery services, drive-through dropoff, 24/7 pickup, and drop boxes at two of its five locations, Baird’s Dry Cleaning makes looking your best a snap. The family-owned business has been churning out loads of the Treasure Valley’s laundry since 1916 and can handle anything from cleaning and pressing a collared shirt to perfectly preserving a wedding gown. Missing a button? No problem. Baird’s can replace that, too — for free. Baird’s also is a member of the Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network, which specializes in restoring clothing, textiles and other fabric items damaged by fire, smoke, water, mold or other contaminants. And they don’t just clean clothes. Baird’s cleans curtains, bedding, feather pillows, tablecloths and rugs.

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You have to hand it to a shop that knows its market. Hillcrest Floral has been providing wedding bouquets, wrist corsages, red, white and blue casket sprays, Valentine’s Day roses and more for Boiseans since 1974. Nick Harrigfeld has owned Hillcrest Floral for three decades. His mother owned it before him. A couple of the floral designers on staff have worked there for more than 25 years. Anyone who’s worked there a shorter time — like a single decade — is considered a “new kid,” said one staffer. Hillcrest Floral also snagged 2011’s Best Florist crown. It has just one location but serves Boise, Meridian, Eagle and Star. The talented designers at Hillcrest have honed their skills to stay current and offer something for every wallet. As one example among many, prom flowers range from the adorable white chrysanthemum “Country Romance” boutonniere — easy on the bank account at $5.95 — to the “Fragrant Garde-

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Æ Boise At Its Best Flowers, 851 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 342-4885, www.boiseatitsbestflowers.com Æ Hope Blooms Flowers & Things, 391 W. State St., Eagle, 939-4022, www.hopebloomsflowers.com Æ John Carpenter, Florist at Edwards, 4106 W. Sand Creek St., Boise, 342-0588, www.edwardsgreenhouse.com Æ Botanica, 607 E. State St., Eagle, 297-7197, www.botanicafloristidaho.com

Working out has a different meaning for everyone, but people who can grate cheese on their abs or who have never lifted a barbell in their lives can both find activities at the Y. If it’s a sport or requires movement, it’s probably here. Skateboarding, martial arts, engineering, robotics, music, dance, indoor climbing and mountain biking all are available. Racquetball courts, pick-up basketball games, weightlifting and swimming are always favorites, too. Treasure Valley Family YMCA received the two largest donations in its history in 2011, showing that the community appreciates the efforts of the Y. Those donations, totaling more than $5.5 million, support the Homecourt YMCA in Meridian and Y-Camp at Horsethief Reservoir. The Homecourt facility in Meridian houses basketball and volleyball courts with a fitness center. The camp, located near Cascade, will use the donation for a main lodge that will accommodate more people and make the

site available for year-round activities.

Azure Hair Studio is just a baby, having set up shop less than a year ago in Downtown Boise. That’s right, it opened in July of 2011. So to snag the No. 1 spot is nothing short of impressive. So what has given Azure the edge? Sure, extensive marketing and networking played a role, but it’s more of a supporting role, with the important reasons being ambience, service and experience. The studio has a contemporary vibe — very white, simple and clean, with windows lining the front. And more important, the stylists are experienced — many of them with 10-plus years under their belts. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the free parking surely will. No more scurrying out in your hair foils or shower-capped, color-treated head to feed the meter. Wahoo! With its fast-paced reputation only gaining momentum, even Pauly D would trust them with his precious, infamous blow-out. “Yeah buddy!”

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Æ Idaho Athletic Club, multiple locations, www.idahoathleticclub.com Æ Axiom Fitness, 1455 Country Terrace Ct., Meridian, 955-1111; 7316 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 955-1112; 801 ParkCenter Blvd., Boise, 955-1113, www.axiomfitness.com Æ Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Suite A, Garden City, 409-2403, www.ophidiastudio.com Æ Adventure Boot Camp, 11600 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 949-5771, www.meridianbootcamp.com

Æ Two Rivers Salon and Spa, 661 S. Rivershore Lane, Suite 100, Eagle, 938-9060, tworiversspa.com Æ Graeber & Co., 350 N. 9th St., Suite 103, Boise, 343-4915, www.graeberandcompany.com Æ Panache Salon and Spa, 1115 N. Cole Road, Boise, 377-3300, panachespaboise.com (second location opening in Eagle this summer) Æ DV8, 1025 W. Main St., Boise, 342-1003, www.dv8salonboise.com

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As different as each person is in the Treasure Valley, the Boise Co-op has just as many options for shoppers. The Co-op’s large selection is also high on quality, with many locally grown products that include pesticide- or chemical-free produce and meat and dairy from the area’s grass-fed and free-range farms. If you are a vegetarian, a vegan, a “foodie,” eat more meat than a T. rex, or are happy with any meal in front of you, the Co-op has something for your taste. The shelves are stocked with an incredible amount of variety for cooking a delicious, healthy meal at home, or if you’re looking for a quick bite, be sure to check out the deli. There is even a patio outside for hanging out. Even with so much fresh variety, the Co-op’s prices are affordable. It offers a membership for a one-time $65 fee that provides discounts and a points system to earn money back, but membership is not required to shop at the store. The Co-op also features a wine shop across the parking lot, and there’s a pet shop in the works

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Æ Chase’s Natural Foods Market, 5170 W. Overland Road, Boise, 343-2182 Æ Rosauer’s, 2986 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 287-9208, www.rosauers.com Æ Natural Grocers, 1195 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 378-7323, www.naturalgrocers.com Æ Bodybuilding.com, 1467 Milwaukee St., Boise, 377-3839, www.bodybuilding.com

Molenaar Jewelers has been a part of the Treasure Valley since 1941, when Jake Molenaar founded the one in Boise. Seventy-one years later, it is the oldest jewelry retailer in Boise. With everything that has happened in the world since then, the meaning of receiving something special from Molenaar Jewelers has stayed the same. Six designer jewelry brands, Victorinox Swiss Army and Seiko timepieces and — if a guy is ready to take the plunge with that special lady — eight bridal brands are housed at Molenaar Jewelers. With a 4,000-square-foot store on Broadway Avenue and another in the Eagle Marketplace, there is bound to be an item that catches the eye or attention of any potential customer. Molenaar Jewelers is proud of its integrity as a member of the American

Gem Society, a nonprofit trade association that strives for ethical business practices, protects the customer, and strengthens gemological skills and knowledge. Molenaar Jewelers specializes in diamonds, precious gemstones, pearls, custom design jewelry, platinum jewelry, 18k-14k gold jewelry and corporate gifts.

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Æ Simmons Fine Jewelry, 220 N. Olive Ave., Meridian, 888-2799, www.simmonsfinejewelry.com Æ Lee Read Jewelers, 650 E. Sonata Lane, Meridian, 376-8800, www.leereadjewelers.com Æ Hal Davis Jewelers, 921 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 343-6151, www.haldavis.com Æ Artsmith’s Jewelers, 700 Vista Ave., Boise, 344-4881

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that one specific item, and get out. It might be the pattern on a tie that jumps out, a collared shirt that would look good on the links, a Boise Towne Square, 350 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, comfortable sweatshirt or a fine sport coat that 321-4646 catches your eye. Dillard’s also won the www.dillards.com Best Shoe Store category, so you Riding down the escalator might as well take a look at those, from the second floor at too. Dillard’s, the view of the vast Searching for one specific men’s clothing department brand? Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Nike, pretty much says it all. Surveying Polo, Perry Ellis, Murano, the possibilities while descendCremieux, Lucky Brand and ing in slow motion provides the more are all here. right amount of time to plan what sections to check out. It doesn’t matter whether your HONORABLE MENTIONS fashion taste is closer to Don Æ Alexander Davis, 812 W. Bannock St., Boise, 343-5341 Draper than The Dude: Either Æ D&B Supply, multiple type can shop at Dillard’s. Button-up shirts, T-shirts, ties, jeans, locations, mydbsupply.com slacks, polos, sport coats and Æ To the Nynes, 168 N. 9th St. shorts all can be found at reason- No. 100, Boise, 331-2338 Æ Banana Republic, Boise Towne able prices. Dillard’s has everything a guy needs on any budget. Square, 350 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, The selection of quality cloth- 321-0995, ing makes it difficult to get in, get www.bananarepublic.com

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Æ Shu’s Idaho Running Co., 1758 W. State St., Boise, 344-6604, www.idahorunningcompany.com Æ Piece Unique & Shoez, 404 S. 8th St. #188, Boise, 387-0250, www.pieceuniqueshoez.com Æ Bandanna Running and Walking, 504 W. Main St., Boise, 386-9017, www.bandannarunning.com Æ McU Sports, 2314 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 336-2300, 822 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 342-7734, www.mcusports.com

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4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, 342-7548 www.edwardsgreenhouse.com Garnette Edwards took over Edwards Greenhouse 30 years ago from her father, who received it from his father, the founder. “You do it because you love it, working the same ground as your father and your grandfather,” she says. “In an environment where things don’t seem to last, we’ve worked really hard to get this to last.” Now a fourth generation — Edwards’ daughter Erin Monnie — is transitioning into leadership to carry on the 82-year-old legacy. Edwards says she will continue to work but relinquish responsibilities as Monnie takes them on. After weathering the recession, Edwards says, business exploded this season as customers returned to gardening. A major change Edwards has seen in the past 30 years is the explosion in plant varieties. Edwards’ perennial varieties numbered up to about 30 then, but now they range from 3,000 to 5,000, she says. And “organic gardening was something that just a small facet of the public did, but now a sustainable, organic garden has become a way of life,” Edwards says.

Seems like little kids have highwater britches and too-short tees more often than not. They just grow so darn fast. And clothing costs add up quickly for a sprouting family. That’s why Treasure Valley mommies say Meridian’s Kidz Again resale shop is where Statesman File they turn to keep their kids looking sharp on a shoestring budget. The consignment store buys and sells gently used children’s clothes, toys and baby furniture. The roomy retailer offers a huge selection of ever-changing high chairs, bouncers, playpens and, oh, those racks upon racks of clothes for kids from newborns to 12-year-olds. There’s even maternity wear for expecting mothers. The store’s popularity has grown as local pocketbooks got skinnier, owner Lynn Thomas says. “It is definitely the economy,” Thomas said. “People are starting to realize they can find really good quality kids clothes for a fraction of new.” Often, clothing comes in with tags still attached. “Customers like our store,” says Thomas, who started the business in 2009. “We try to keep it clean and kid-friendly.”

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Æ Zamzows, multiple locations, www.zamzows.com Æ Greenhurst Nursery & Garden Center, 3209 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 466-5783, www.greenhurstnursery.net Æ D&B Supply, multiple locations, mydbsupply.com Æ 36th Street Garden Center, 3823 N. Garden Center Way (36th Street and Hill Road), Boise, 433-5108, www.36streetgarden center.com

Æ Depending on the store, you might find birds, reptiles, fish or hamsters for sale. Æ Zamzows has its own line of dog and cat foods. Multiple locations Æ The stores have monthly vacciwww.zamzows.com nation clinics for cats and dogs on the second Saturday of every month. Already have a pet? Considering Æ Want to teach your dog some getting a pet? manners? Send him to Zamzows CaBig or small, feathered or furry, nine College. Zamzows has got you covered. It’s Æ Want your dog to meet some hard to imagine the 10 Treasure Val- new friends? Take her to Yappy Hour ley locations are also leading lawn on the first Tuesday of every month, and garden suppliers, because the and she can mingle. pet side of their business keeps ZamÆ If Max needs a pedicure or a trim, zows plenty busy. groomers are available. Consider: Æ Zamzows also has a pretty pop-

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REI 8300 W. Emerald St., Boise, 322-1141 www.rei.com Not only is REI the place outdoor gear junkies go to paw over ultralight backpacks, subzero sleeping bags and breathable ski jackets, it’s also where a salesman can spend 30 minutes describing every camp stove in stock if you let him. It’s the knowledgeable staff and customer service that set REI apart from the competition, says Boise store manager Dean Meer. If selection brings customers to REI, it’s the service that keeps them. Staffers become product experts by attending clinics throughout the year, and additional training teaches employees how best to identify customer needs, Meer said. The Kent, Wash.-based retailer is also an active steward of Idaho land, working with nonprofits to

protect recreation spots such as Harrison Hollow in the Boise Foothills, Meer said. And then there’s that 10 percent annual dividend for REI members. “It’s a great place to shop for your outdoor needs,” Meer said.

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Æ Cabela’s, 8109 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 672-7900, www.cabelas.com Æ McU Sports, 822 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 342-7734; 2314 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 336-2300, www.mcusports.com Æ Dick’s Sporting Goods, 3415 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 884-2026, www.dickssportinggoods.com Æ Sportsman’s Warehouse, 3797 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 884-3000, www.sportsmanswarehouse.com

FOREVER 21 Boise Towne Square, 350 N. Milwaukee St., upper level, 321-9280 www.Forever21.com If you’re a hip and trendy tween, teen, twentysomething or even a professional woman in her 30s, then you might already be a regular shopper at Forever 21, the store that makes it affordable to stay in fashion. It sells today’s cool looks at very, very affordable prices — skinny jeans are $10.80 and a basic cami is just $2.80 — and there’s always something new. The store’s style lines can take you from the river to a party, from the office to a night out, and dress you from head to toe with shoes, jewelry, hair accessories and more. The most popular fashion trends on the horizon are its frilly, feminine Secret Garden group, and the tribal prints of We Love Africa and Acid Tribe, says Trisha Tomko, the store’s assistant manager. Forever 21 Inc., formerly called Fashion 21, is based in Los Angeles and operates stores across the U.S., Canada, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Forever 21 in Boise carries only women’s clothing, but men can shop for goods online. It also makes children’s and plus-size fashions.

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Æ Urban Outfitters, 328 S. 8th St., Boise, 344-9900, www.urbanoutfitters.com Æ American Eagle Outfitters, Boise Towne Square, lower level, 658-6250, www.ae.com. Æ Dragonfly, 414 W. Main St., Boise, 338-9234, www.facebook.com/dragonflyboise Æ Anthropologie, 822 W. Idaho St., Boise, 345-3411, www.anthropologie.com

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The newcomer to Boise Towne Plaza beat out tied second-placers Macy’s and Kohl’s (another new store) by 10 votes. Impressive for a store that opened mere weeks ago. The Seattle-based retailer heard from so many Treasure Valley shoppers over the years that it decided to open a Rack, which carries Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com clearance stuff, as well as direct-from-designer items. Nordstrom stocked the store with Bronco gear, jeans and athletic wear. But the upscale reliables that Nordstrom is known for — including Coach, Michael Kors, Paige denim, Chloe, Versace and Marc Jacobs — cycle through the store at prices that are 30 percent to 70 percent off. The grand opening was one of the company’s best-attended. A line of more than 1,000 shoppers snaked around the nearly 40,000-square-foot building. And that was just by 9 a.m. A company official who was there opening day called it the “ultimate treasure hunt.” Apparently, the Treasure Valley’s fashionand budget-conscious shoppers agreed.

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Æ Kohl’s, 400 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 321-4506; 3275 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 846-8974; 16566 N. Market Place Blvd., Nampa, 442-8091, www.kohls.com Æ Macy’s, 370 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 373-6000; 1406 N. Galleria Drive, Nampa, 463-6800, www.macys.com Æ Anthropologie, 822 Idaho St., Boise, 345-3411, www.anthropologie.com Æ Dillard’s, 350 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 321-4646, www.dillards.com


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15711 Idaho 55, Boise, 939-6699 www.shadowvalley.com The golf course category is usually tightly packed, but there’s little doubt who’s going to win. Shadow Valley took the honor for the fourth time in five years — holding off the newer, bigger layouts at BanBury and Falcon Crest with its old-school, tree-lined course and an emphasis on customer service. Ben Stadler built the public course to be a “working man’s country club,” opening the first nine holes in 1973. The second nine were added in 1983. It wasn’t much in the early days, but the course has matured into one of the best-maintained facilities in the area. The greens on the front nine have some wicked slopes, and the back nine features a snake-like par-5 No. 13 that can make or break a round. The signature hole is the short par-4 No. 2 — which requires nothing more than a short- to mid-range iron and a wedge — and yet it produces double-bogeys with ease.

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Æ Falcon Crest Golf Club, 11102 S. Cloverdale Road, Kuna, 362-8897, www.falconcrestgolf.com Æ BanBury Golf Club, 2626 S. Marypost Place, Eagle, 939-3600, www.banburygolf.com Æ Warm Springs Golf Club, 2495 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 343-5661, wsgc.cityofboise.org Æ Hillcrest Country Club, 4610 Hillcrest Drive, Boise, 343-1769, www.hillcrest.cc

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The Greenbelt carries people the way the Boise River carries water. It’s a flow of humanity — from gray-haired joggers who move at the pace of a slow walk to Olympic wannabes pedaling their flashy road bikes on what we can only assume is a quest to break their personal best in the time trials. Don’t mistake the Greenbelt for a glorified sidewalk; think of it as a path to urban adventure. You can catch a trophy-sized trout within steps of the pavement. There are noble bald eagles soaring above it, playful mink plying the strip between the Greenbelt and the river, and don’t be surprised to see a mule deer traipsing along the path like an overgrown squirrel. Toss in the flotsam and jetsam of commuters, hipsters, dog walkers, kids, students and wanderers, and it’s easy to see why this gem of Boise consistently earns this honor. And it gets the nod honestly without lobbying, begging its customers or

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RACE TO ROBIE CREEK www.robiecreek.com It makes you wonder if voting for this category happened before this year’s race, which was run under ridiculously hot temperatures and sun that wilted most of the 2,400 competitors. The don’t-know-what-to-expect-weather is just one of the many variables that makes this 35-year-old race one of the “bucket list” items for people in the Treasure Valley. The annual half-marathon takes place on the third Saturday of April, meaning you could get temperatures from the 30s to the 80s, depending on the year. Most runners and walkers would prefer dry, cool weather as they tackle what is billed as “the toughest half-marathon in the Northwest.” What makes it tough is a grueling, steady climb from Fort Boise Park, up Reserve Street, to Shaw Mountain Road to Rocky Canyon Road. The latter is a dirt road that winds up a canyon and eventually crosses the Aldape Summit, some 4,797 feet above sea level. The way down is just as difficult. The steep portions are a test to the quads and

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There’s a lot to do at Julia Davis Park. Play a round of tennis? Disc golf? Check out Zoo Boise? Or you can just sit around having a picnic and watching Canada geese trying to dodge bicyclists and joggers on the Boise Greenbelt. Julia Davis Park is dear to the hearts of Boiseans. It was created thanks to a donation of 43 acres of land in 1907 by Thomas Davis as a memorial to his wife, Julia. Today, it’s about 90 acres and has a lot of variety — from the Rose Garden to the Idaho Historical Museum, or from paddle boat rentals on the duck ponds to a band shell. The park is along the Boise Greenbelt, so it’s easy to get to without driving. It’s the perfect place for a bike ride with kids. It’s also close to Down-

town Boise restaurants so you can plan Sunday brunch and a ride or walk. When the Boise River is at typical summer flows, the park is a great place to sit on the riverbank and dangle your toes in the cool water. There’s no better place to be on a summer day.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., Boise, www.cityofboise.org/ Departments/Parks Æ Camel’s Back Park, 122 W. Heron St., Boise, www.cityof boise.org/Departments/Parks Æ Kathryn Albertson Park, 1001 Americana Blvd., Boise, www.cityofboise.org/Depart ments/Parks Æ Settlers Park, 3245 N. Meridian Road, Meridian, www.meridiancity.org/ parks_rec


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Æ Idaho Steelheads, CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 383-0080, www.idahosteelheads.com Æ Twilight Criterium, www.boisetwilightcriterium.com Æ Boise Hawks, Memorial Stadium, 5600 Glenwood St., Boise, 322-5000, www.boisehawks.com Idaho Statesman file Æ Race to Robie Creek, www.robiecreek.com

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Æ Boise River float from Barber Park, www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks/ page17909.aspx Æ Boise Greenbelt, www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Parks/ ParksAndFacilities/Parks/page18151.aspx Æ Boise Downtown, www.downtownboise.org/index.cfm/home Æ Drive to McCall, www.mccallchamber.org

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Æ Brundage Mountain Resort, McCall, 634-4151, www.brundage.com Æ Sun Valley, Ketchum, 622-4111, www.sunvalley.com Æ Tamarack Resort, Donnelly, 325-1000, www.tamarackidaho.com


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ART IN THE PARK Sept. 7-9 Julia Davis Park, Boise www.boiseartmuseum.org Fall in Boise means Art in the Park, the annual community ritual that fills Julia Davis Park with more than 250 fine and craft artists to benefit the Boise Art Museum. This year’s marks the 58th, making it one of the longest-running charity events in the Treasure Valley. It started when a group of supporters for the (then) Boise Gallery of Art hung pieces of art from clotheslines in the park outside the building and sold them. It grew along with the museum, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Now it’s one of the best open-air arts festivals in the Intermountain West, drawing artists from Idaho and across the country — and huge crowds. This year’s Art in the Park will return closer to its traditional layout, with favorite and returning artists in or near their familiar spots. The museum is working with Erstad Architects to create a future-looking plan that will accommodate the city’s additions to the park, including a pavilion structure. Also, BAM will bring back street performers and feature a special appearance by Nick

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Æ Alive After Five, 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, through Sept. 26, The Grove, 850 Front St., Boise. www.downtownboise.org Æ Western Idaho Fair, Aug. 17-26,Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Boise. www.idahofair.com Æ Boise Music Festival, July 7, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, www.boisemusicfestival.com. Æ Treefort Music Fest, March 21-24, Downtown Boise. www.treefortmusicfest.com.

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Idahoans love to brag about experiencing all four seasons, and in McCall there is plenty to do in each one. The atmosphere of the town encourages all to channel their inner outdoorsman — even those who consider 5 minutes with cable TV to be “roughing it.” Whether it’s hiking, boating, hitting the snowy slopes, camping, playing golf, fishing, kicking back enjoying the view of Payette Lake or reading by a cabin fireplace, McCall is a nice escape into nature from the usual routine in the Treasure Valley. The 100-mile drive up Idaho 55 to McCall twists and flows along the Payette River, around hills and through meadows, and changes with the time of the year. In summer, the sun and pines beg for car windows and sunroofs to be open, and when they are silenced and hidden by snow, it’s just as beautiful. It’s easy for the mind to wander en route, until an F-350 careens around a sharp, narrow curve and squeezes by in the opposite direction. For the last 47 years, McCall has hosted

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the Winter Carnival, featuring snow sculptures, a Mardi Gras parade and other lively events perfect with a warm beverage in hand. The next Winter Carnival is Jan. 25-Feb. 3, 2013, which leaves plenty of time to explore the meandering shoreline of Payette Lake down Warren Wagon Road or ride a snowmobile through the woods to the north.

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ZOO BOISE 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 384-4260, www.zooboise.org Whether you’re young or old, you’ll never get tired of the attractions and animals at Zoo Boise. It is a living science facility with more than 201 animals from 83 species. It’s a place to learn about the natural world and the importance of protecting and preserving it for generations to come. That’s why Zoo Boise attracts more than 365,000 visitors a year. Attractions are always changing at the zoo, and it keeps things interesting. New this spring are two red pandas and a baby Patagonian cavy. Don’t forget favorite attractions such as the Wallaby Walkabout, which gives you a chance to see these small marsupials from Australia up close. You can also get nose to nose with a giraffe or walk with the butterflies. Butterflies in Bloom is one of the most popular exhibits; you can stroll through a flower-filled greenhouse with hundreds of colorful butterflies. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in summer and

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Æ Roaring Springs, 400 W. Overland Road, Meridian, 884-8842, www.roaringsprings.com. Æ Bogus Basin, 16 miles north of Boise on Bogus Basin Road, 332-5100, www.bogusbasin.org. Æ Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise Æ Wahooz Family Fun Zone, 1385 Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian, 898-0900, www.wahoozfun zone.com.

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OLD IDAHO PENITENTIARY 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 334-2844 www.history.idaho.gov/ old-idaho-penitentiary From its opening as the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary in 1872 to its closing as an active prison in 1973, no one wanted to be near the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Now it’s an extremely interesting place to check out. Inside the walls is a foreign world. The cramped quarters where inmates lived in each cell house tweaks your perception of reality. It fees like the higher the security, the darker the cells — especially in dismal solitary confinement known as “Siberia,” where only slivers of light enter. All the concrete and metal bars in each house enclose visitors in a cold, strange feeling. The gates separating the house entrance from the cells force you to lower your head as you pass through the threshold, almost demanding a humbled, sullen state of mind even before seeing prisoners’ quarters. Each cell is unique, flavored by the souls once enclosed inside. On death row, a calendar nev-

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er appeared so ominous. You can almost hear the inmate in Siberia snicker when he wrote, “I was here, and you were gone. Now you are here, and I am gone!”

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TABLE ROCK Above the Old Idaho Penitentiary off Warm Springs Avenue, Boise The lighted cross marks the spot for Boise’s best overlook. Rising nearly 1,000 feet, Table Rock is close enough to see Boise’s neighborhoods and high enough to watch the alpenglow shine on the Foothills. On a clear evening, you can see the Owyhee Mountains to the southwest. To the northwest, you can see the Foothills to Eagle. The most brilliant sunsets can be seen in spring and fall, when the dust from farms turns the Valley sky every color in the rainbow. You likely won’t see them, but mountain lions have been known to live in its rocks and bluffs. The landmark has a renowned hiking and biking trail accessible year-round from the Old Idaho Penitentiary parking lot. The hike takes about 90 minutes, and it can get really hot on a sunny day. If you must drive to the top, take East Reserve Street to East Shaw Mountain Road

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Are you Hungry for Fresh Seafood? Starters

Calamari Strips ................ $6.99 Breaded and fried, served with house-made tarter and cocktail sauce.

Entrées Served with dinner salad. Substitute salad with a cup of soup for $1.00

Eileen’s Crab Bake ........ $15.99

Shrimp Cocktail ............... 5.99 $

5 Jumbo shrimps served with cocktail sauce, lemon wedge and warm sourdough bread.

Salads

Seared Ahi Salad ........... $12.99 Seared Ahi served atop Romaine lettuce/spring mix blend topped with carrots, olives, onions, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.

Hot Seafood Salad......... $10.99

Tiger shrimp, bay scallops, bay shrimp, zucchini, mushrooms, scallions and diced tomatoes, sautéed in white wine and garlic butter atop a bed of fresh garden greens with Italian dressing and cheese.

Watch for our New Location in BODO August 2012!

A generous portion of real crab meat mixed with celery, onion, cheese and mayonnaise baked until just right and served with sautéed vegetables & wild rice.

Fish & Chips or Fish & Vegetables

Our legendary Fish and Chips served with your choice of fries or sautéed vegetables. We use only heart friendly canola oil. Substitute sweet potato fries for only 99¢.

Halibut ................................. $12.99 Alaskan Cod.......................... $8.99 Mahi Mahi .............................. $9.99 Salmon................................... $9.99

Broiled Halibut with Creamy Dill Sauce . $19.99

Halibut filet broiled to perfection and topped with our gourmet creamy lemon dill sauce. Served with chef’s choice sautéed vegetables & wild rice. g600322-01

Located at 507 N. Milwaukee (between Target & Ross)

(208) 322-9224

Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm Sunday 11am-8pm See our full menu at www.freshoffthehookseafood.com

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