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TABLE OF CONTENTS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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SHOPPING

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SERVICES & WEDDINGS

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OUTDOORS & SPORTS

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DINING

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Boise Depot, Boise

BY CHRIS LANGRILL | Special to the Idaho Statesman

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s one beautiful sunset serves as a prelude to another stunning sunrise, it can be easy to take the Treasure Valley for granted. Whether you’ve been here for years and years or just moved here last month, we should thank our lucky stars for the lifestyle we enjoy. The 2016 Best of Treasure Valley serves as a perfect reminder for all the shining examples of the things we enjoy about the community in which we live. More than 80,000 votes were cast in this year’s Best of Treasure Valley survey and almost 250 businesses were honored with first-, second- or third-place finishes. Voters took a moment to appreciate all the things they enjoy about living here. In turn, so did the Best of Treasure Valley honorees. “I love having dinner in Downtown Boise,” said Grant Petersen Jr., the president and CEO of Bronco Motors, which was voted Best Place to Buy a Car and Best Auto Repair Shop. “I love Bronco basketball and Bronco football (Best Sporting Event). I love going for a bicycle ride along Hill Road. I love mountain biking in the Foothills. … I love all four seasons, and I love the mountains and I love the city. We’ve got a really special place that’s unique in the world.”

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The Best of Treasure Valley is broken into five categories. There’s Arts and Entertainment, which singled out Anthony Doerr as Best Author and Curtis Stigers as Best Musician/Band. Then there’s Shopping, which covers everything from Best Grocery Store (WinCo) to Best Local Pet Store (Zamzows). The Services and Weddings category runs the gamut, from Best Car Wash (Mister Car Wash) to Best Bridal Shop (David’s Bridal). Outdoors and Sports highlights all the activities we enjoy, such as the Best Place to Hike (Boise Foothills), and the shops that help us enjoy them. And finally, there’s Dining, which will make any Treasure Valley resident hungry reading about all the great options, such as Goodwood Barbecue Company (Best Local Barbecue) or Shige Japanese Cuisine (Best Sushi). Taken as a whole, the survey shines a light on many of the stars that shimmer throughout the Treasure Valley.

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Brad Wilson moved to Boise this past fall to become the general manager of Bogus Basin (Best Idaho Ski Area). Since then, he’s enjoyed skiing at his favorite new resort and discovering what the Treasure Valley has to offer. “Throughout the wintertime I went walking downtown,” Wilson said. “I live by the Co-op (Best Local Gluten-Free Menu), so I’m able to just walk downtown, which is just an amazing experience for me. Just two weeks ago, I got on my bike to ride downtown and I was thinking, ‘I didn’t even break a sweat before I was in the middle of the city.’ It was so accessible by bike I was floored. So, the accessibility and the bike- and walkingfriendliness of the town are just amazing to me, still. “(Downtown) is just terrific and there’s so much energy down there. I have a long list of restaurants to go to. … I’m going to be busy this summer trying all the restaurants.” Luckily for Wilson, that list comes in a handy format: It’s called the Best of Treasure Valley.

Photography in this section is by Idaho Statesman photographers and from the Idaho Statesman photo archives. Some photos were contributed by businesses, groups and individuals featured in this publication. Also special thanks to Dusty Parnell for additional photos.


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ENTERTAINMENT Stars abound in the Treasure Valley. Enjoy some culture or just be entertained by these shining examples. Above left: Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise

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Above right: Art in the Park, Boise

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ard Hooper is certainly a star of the Treasure Valley arts and entertainment scene. He has been creating his iconic artwork in Boise for more than three decades. During that time, he has continued to grow as an artist, continued to branch out and find new and different ways to express himself. In many ways, the Treasure Valley arts and entertainment world has mirrored Hooper over the years. “People just have a lot greater variety of choices when it comes to music, art, entertainment, drama, all that kind of stuff, as compared to when I started off,” Hooper said. Hooper, who was voted Best Artist, has created hundreds and hundreds of his classic images over the years. His most familiar work has been described in the style of vintage advertising, and using that style he has captured the essence of many of the things that Idahoans cherish, from floating the Boise River to night skiing at Bogus

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Basin to biking the Boise Front. But Hooper said his work is always evolving. “People know me for the Boise images, the Idaho images, but I’m doing a little more edgy stuff,” he said. “It’s stuff that I’m interested in, maybe with a little sense of humor, a little more cutting.” His work can be seen on his website, wardhooper.com, or at his gallery at 745 W. Idaho St. Hooper has watched Boise evolve from his downtown gallery. “I’m excited about the growth and the variety, in general, of the modernization of the downtown area,” Hooper said. “It’s nice to see some new architecture, some new people, more tourists. I work and have a business downtown, and I can’t tell you how many people I see on a daily basis that just love what they see and love the experience. So, that’s what I’m trying to add to.” And while he personally contributes a great

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deal to the Treasure Valley arts and entertainment world, he also appreciates the efforts of others – and the support the community provides. “I like the way it’s developing,” Hooper said. “It’s just good to see that it isn’t neglected. If you’re an upcoming or emerging artist there is always some kind of opportunity for you somewhere.” And some artists are seizing that opportunity and enjoying success beyond the Treasure Valley – from Anthony Doerr (Best Author) to Curtis Stigers (Best Musician/Band). But here at home, there’s plenty to take in, from the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Best Performing Arts Group) to Art in the Park (Best Community Event). “There’s always something for somebody to do, any night of the week,” Hooper said. “Treefort, to me, is a great addition. …There has been such an explosion in the arts and the awareness of the arts.”


BEST

BEST Artist

Author

1. Boise Art Museum

1. Ward Hooper

1. Anthony Doerr

Hooper’s art has become part of the very fabric of Idaho. Created in the style of vintage advertising, Hooper’s work is a familiar sight for anyone who has attended local concerts or strolled the streets of Boise. Check out Hooper’s art at wardhooper.com or at his shop in Downtown Boise.

Doerr had a distinguished career before releasing “All the Light You Cannot See.” But his fame and notoriety exploded when that novel topped The New York Times Best Seller list and won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Your neighbors have probably read it and told you to read it also, but you don’t have to take their word for it. The Washington Post described it as “enthrallingly told, beautifully written.”

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You don’t have to be a Picasso or Monet to appreciate the Boise Art Museum. The hub of Boise’s art world has something for everyone to enjoy, including regular classes and workshops for aspiring artists of all ages. The best part about the Boise Art Museum is that it’s constantly changing, so your next visit will be a different experience than your previous one. Exhibitions in the past year have included “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” and “Chinese Gardens.”

2. Paige Kelly 3. Kelly Knopp

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2. Tim Woodward 3. Elaine Ambrose

2. Freak Alley Downtown Boise

3. Boise Art Glass Boise

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1. Art in the Park

Meridian

The operative word here is “BIG.” Big Al’s in The Village at Meridian features 42 bowling lanes, including 12 VIP lanes. The bowling alley has a variety of specials, including family fun packs. If joining a league doesn’t interest you, then maybe a night of Monte Carlo fun will. During Monte Carlo, three colored pins are added to the hopper. If the colored pins show up in the right combination and you bowl a strike you can win cash or prizes.

Boise

Talk about an “art attack.” This annual event in Julia Davis Park is held on the weekend after Labor Day each September (this year, that means Sept. 9-11). The three-day, open-air festival presented by the Boise Art Museum provides art lovers the opportunity to meet more than 200 artists and purchase their artwork. Art in the Park also features live entertainment, plenty of food and drink and hands-on fun for the kiddos.

2. Emerald Lanes

2. Boise Farmers Market

3. Westy’s Garden Lanes

3. Treefort Music Fest

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Family Recreation Spot

Movie Theater

Music Venue

1. McCall

1. Boise Greenbelt

1. Village Cinema Want to enjoy the latest, greatest summer blockbuster? Do it in style at the Village Cinema. Before the movie be sure to hit the Backstage Bistro for a tasty meal or a classic cocktail. Then make your way to the VIP Balcony and enjoy full waiter service (when you arrive 30 minutes before showtime). Want to bring a group? Village Cinema offers private party rooms and theater rentals. And did we mention the twin 60-foot-wide screen theaters?

There’s something special about a summer concert in an outdoor setting, and Outlaw Field has definitely produced some memorable moments. Music filling the air. The sun setting. The Foothills and Table Rock looming overhead. What’s not to love? And this summer’s series – Outlaw Field’s ninth – boasts some heavy hitters, from Paul Simon to Tony Bennett to Bonnie Raitt to Cyndi Lauper.

2. Idaho City

Most Treasure Valley residents know that this 25-plus-mile pathway is a can’t-miss opportunity for family fun, bird-watching and general sightseeing. But not everyone knows the City of Boise produces a map for a bicycle scavenger hunt. The whole family can enjoy discovering and learning as they follow a 10-mile tour that spotlights different points of interest, such as the Julia Davis Statue and the site of the Boise Time Capsule (which will be reopened Sept. 30, 2019). Find the clues for the scavenger hunt at http://parks.cityofboise.org/ parks-locations/parks/greenbelt.

1. Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field

2. The Flicks

2. Morrison Center

3. Redfish Lake

2. Zoo Boise

What’s not to love? A scenic drive along the Payette River with tempting stops in Horseshoe Bend, Cascade – or any pull-off spot that might strike your fancy. Once you arrive in McCall, you’re in for a treat: an idyllic Idaho vacation town nestled along gorgeous Payette Lake. It’s the perfect setting for every outdoor activity from hiking to fishing and boating to skiing (at nearby Brundage Mountain). Too cold to hit the lake? That must mean the Winter Carnival is right around the corner.

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Boise

The Shakespeare Festival has become such a beloved institution it could probably rest on its laurels and remain a success. But the theater company continues to reinvent itself and produce provocative performances. This year, watch for the Shakespeare Festival’s fresh takes on “My Fair Lady” and “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” among others.

2. Ballet Idaho Boise

3. Boise Philharmonic Boise

Singer and saxophonist Curtis Stigers has sold millions of records. He has performed with greats such as Al Green and Elton John and Wynton Marsalis. This summer he’ll perform in Switzerland, London, Scotland, New York and Colorado. But his travels will eventually lead him home to Idaho, where he says he can “live a real life.” He could live an anonymous life in Boise, but instead he has been front and center each year as he hosts the annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza, which raises money for the Interfaith Sanctuary and the McCall Jazz Festival.

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Ballet Idaho, Boise

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Place to Dance

Sure, Downtown Boise is an easy choice for entertaining guests. The hard part is deciding what to do. Will you spend the day strolling the streets and hitting all the unique shops? Will you seek out the live music that can be heard spilling out of any number of doorways at night? Perhaps you’ll hop on a Boise GreenBike and get in a little exercise between stops. Whatever you decide, you can bet those out-of-towners will be planning a repeat visit soon.

2. Boise River and Greenbelt Treasure Valley

1. The Balcony Club Downtown Boise

3. The Village at Meridian

Feel like heading out for a night of fun at a place where you can let your inhibitions go? Put on your dancing shoes and head to The Balcony Club. The DJs there will spin a variety of music to help you get your groove on. Check out The Balcony Club’s Facebook page for special-event nights and costume parties.

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2. Humpin’ Hannah’s Downtown Boise

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SHOPPING Shopping can be fun, especially in the Treasure Valley where we have all of these stars! Above: Downtown Boise

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Top right: Ricochet Home Consignment, Boise

BY CHRIS LANGRILL | Special to the Idaho Statesman

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“Some of the other owners of the boutiques are good friends of mine,” Durham said. “But some

said Petersen, the CEO and president of Bronco

of the newer ones I’m not as familiar with. I’ll

Motors (Best Place to Buy a Car and Best Auto

type. Otherwise, all the choices can be a little

be walking down the street and go, ‘Wow, that’s

overwhelming.

awesome! Somebody new!’”

Thankfully, the Best of Treasure Valley voters have pointed out some of the major stars of the shopping world.

Durham enjoys being a part of Boise’s shopping scene. “I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said.

Whether you’re looking for some sharp new shoes or a good deal on a used smart car, the options continue to grow and grow. It can be hard for even the store owners to keep up.

“I would never be anywhere but Downtown Boise.” And Durham said she enjoys the camaraderie among the downtown businesses. “When I have a customer from out of town

Natalie Durham has been the owner of Piece

looking for something I will always direct them

Unique Clothing Co. (Best Local Women’s

to that place that will best suit their needs,” she

Clothing Store) and Shoez since 1997.

said. “Everybody has got their own character.”

She’s watched as the Downtown Boise

Character is a major reason that Grant Petersen

shopping world has exploded over the years.

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And, as far as she is concerned, the more the

so long. “Our repeat and referral business tells a lot

merrier.

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about how we take care of our customers,”

Repair Shop). Bronco Motors was founded in 1971 at 27th and Main in Downtown Boise and has since grown to six locations throughout the Treasure Valley. “One of the things I’m most proud about is the way that we take care of customers before, during and, most importantly, after the sale,” Petersen said. “I think service after the sale is just as important as the service to earn the customer’s business.” It’s a philosophy that seems to be working. “We’re a local, family-owned company with 150 employees,” Petersen said. “We’ve got a 45year history of investing in the community.”


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Local Children’s Clothing Store

BEST

Consignment Shop

1. Kidz Again

1. Ricochet Home Consignment

Meridian

Boise

Oh, to be a kid again. The adventures, the fun … the clothes we outgrew before it seems we even got a chance to try them on. Parents who are constantly trying to keep up with their growing children know that Kidz Again is a great option. Kidz Again buys and sells gently used children’s clothing, toys, books, shoes and baby equipment. If you’re hoping to sell, no appointment is necessary. You can wait in the store or use their “drop and run” service. If you’re hoping to buy, there is a full inventory of affordable options.

The beauty of a good consignment shop is you can take advantage of it as both a buyer and a seller. Not using that old desk anymore? Bring it in to Ricochet and let them find a proud new owner for it. And if you’re looking for that perfect piece to fill out your living room – from modern to traditional, from retro to rustic – see what Ricochet has in stock for purchase. If they don’t have what you’re looking for today, check back next week. New arrivals come in every day.

2. Kid to Kid

2. Kidz Again

Boise

Meridian

3. Other Mothers

3. Outdoor Exchange

Boise

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BEST

Thrift Store

Local Shoe Store

1. Idaho Youth Ranch

1. Shu’s Idaho Running Co.

Giving feels good year-round, not just during the holiday season. And the Idaho Youth Ranch certainly makes you feel good about giving. Idaho Youth Ranch has helped more than 31,500 families in its six-decade history. Idaho Youth Ranch is always on the lookout for quality donations, from books to appliances to even an automobile. In turn, shopping at one of the 29 stores throughout the state helps provide help for Idaho kids in need.

If you’ve caught the running bug, then you’ve probably already made your way to Shu’s. But if not, and your shoes don’t fit properly, you should consider heading over to this store on State Street. Mike Shuman and his knowledgeable staff can give you a personalized evaluation with their 3D Foot Print system and, after taking a test drive, you’ll know you’ve found the perfect fit for you. But Shu’s isn’t just about shoes: It also has a wide selection of apparel and accessories for runners and walkers. And if you’re looking for a friendly running group to join, Shu’s is your starting line.

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2. Deseret Industries Multiple locations

Downtown Boise

3. Assistance League of Boise

2. Foot Dynamics

Boise

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1. Piece Unique

1. Alexander Davis

Piece Unique won in the women’s clothing category, but the store also has men’s clothing. And a consignment area. And a shoe department. Owner Natalie Durham says she likes to keep things interesting at her 5,000 squarefoot store at 10th and Idaho. So expect to find a wide variety of merchandise with a varied range of price points. As an added bonus, you can also find clothing and jewelry created by local designers.

Talk about having some history. Alexander Davis was founded in Downtown Boise in 1891, which means the store is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Alexander Davis is known for going the extra mile with its customer service, with complimentary tailoring with every purchase and complimentary gift wrapping. Want to meet with a consultant but can’t make it during business hours? Alexander Davis, which offers everything from business suits to sportswear, will accommodate you with an after-hours appointment.

Downtown Boise

2. Dragonfly

Downtown Boise

3. Bella Blue Boutique Meridian and Nampa

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2. BANANA ink Downtown Boise

3. D&B Supply Multiple locations

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Grocery Store

Local Pet Store

1. WinCo

1. Zamzows

Treasure Valley shoppers know that WinCo is a go-to grocery store when it comes to saving money. The bulk-food department is a great place to start when it comes to saving. From spices to cereal, bulk food can be a game changer. Also, making your own peanut butter in the bulk-food area is fun and delicious. WinCo also has its own food label, providing another opportunity for savings. And WinCo takes care of its workers: It’s an employee-owned company that has had an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in place for more than 25 years.

Want to feel good about pampering your pet? Then head to Zamzows, which has been making its own brand of dog food for the past three decades. Zamzows also has its own line of cat food and all kinds of pet supplies from jerky treats to toys to heated bowls. And if you feel more like finding Nemo instead of chasing Fido, Zamzows can help you set up an aquarium and find the right fish for you. Zamzows even cares about your pets when it comes to your yard: Its lawn program is safe for pets and kids.

2. Fred Meyer

Meridian

Multiple locations

Multiple locations

3. Albertsons

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Place to Buy a Car

1. Stewart’s Gem Shop

1. Bronco Motors

Stewart’s has been a family-owned business since 1945. It specializes in the Idaho star garnet, but it’s a full-service jewelry store that offers repair and cleaning. The family used to take the show on the road about 20 times a year, but these days Stewart’s only travels to about five gem shows a year (they are the longest-running dealer at the show they attend in Turlock, Calif.). Stewart’s also specializes in rocks, fossils, minerals and gems.

Bronco Motors’ roots are planted at 27th and Main in Downtown Boise, where the first location was opened in 1971. Since then, the dealership has grown to include six locations spread across the Treasure Valley with a large inventory of both new and pre-owned vehicles. But owner Grant Petersen, Jr. stresses that Bronco Motors is not a corporate giant. It’s a local company that hasn’t forgotten its roots. He takes pride in the number of the repeat customers Bronco Motors has served over the past fourplus decades.

2. Artsmith’s Jewelers Boise

3. R. Grey Gallery Boise

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2. Peterson Auto Group Multiple locations

3. Kendall Ford Meridian


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lanning a wedding this summer and feeling a little overwhelmed? Remain calm: The Best of Treasure Valley has you covered. The results from our survey can serve as a perfect road map for putting together a magical wedding day. Two Rivers Salon and Spa in Eagle is a shining star when it comes to pampering wedding parties. It was honored by voters in four categories: Best Hair Salon, Best Manicure/Pedicure, Best Massage Therapy and Best Spa. It also earned a second-place finish for Best Men’s Haircut. “We’re located right on the north channel of the Boise River, and we’re really a draw, a destination, because our patio overlooks the river,” said Matt Baker, the owner of Two Rivers. “So we have a tremendous amount of wedding parties.” That includes those who are preparing in advance for the big day and those who actually include Two Rivers as part of their wedding-day festivities.

“Probably half of the people come to us a day in advance to get pedicures, to get manicures,” Baker said. “The other half of the time, we’re getting the wedding party on the morning of the wedding day. So we might be doing pedicures across the board for bridesmaids or we might be doing the hair and the makeup for the wedding.” Regardless, Baker wants his customers to come away impressed. Two Rivers, which is a little over 8,000 square feet, features eight pedicure stations, eight manicure stations, 12 treatment rooms, 15 hair stations and a quiet room. “We really try to make you feel like you’ve stepped into something different,” Baker said. “We’ve tried to make it reminiscent of Beverly Hills, Miami’s South Beach, Manhattan. So when people come in and experience what we have at Two Rivers they say, ‘Oh, I had no idea something like this existed here.’” Two Rivers isn’t the only Treasure Valley business that wants to make wedding days special.

Flowers at Will (Best Florist) can create the perfect arrangements and bouquets, 3 Girls Catering (Best Caterer) can create a wonderful spread of food and The Beardsmith (Best Men’s Haircut) provides manscaping at its finest for the groom and groomsmen. And when it comes to picking a special site for the festivities, voters decided there’s no place like the Idaho Botanical Garden for both ceremonies and receptions. Also included in this section of the Best of Treasure Valley are some of the stars of the service industry. Thinking about moving? Silvercreek Realty Group is there for you. Want to open a new checking account? Consider Idaho Central Credit Union. Perhaps you need to have a cavity checked? Summit Dental Group will serve you with a smile. That’s why it’s a good idea to hold on to the Best of Treasure Valley year-round: When life happens, it can be your guide.

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Accounting Firm

Auto Repair Shop

Bank/Credit Union

1. Jack Trent & Co.

1. Bronco Motors

1. Idaho Central Credit Union

Boise

Multiple Locations

Multiple Locations

Around tax time, it’s easy to see that there is an accounting firm on almost every corner, shuffling customers in and out. Jack Trent & Co. strives to provide a personal experience with each person or company they advise. The staff provides professional services including tax preparation, payroll services and business valuation. Jack Trent & Co. knows the ins and outs of a variety of industries from construction to health care to real estate.

It never fails. The week before you hit the road for that long-awaited vacation you start to hear a curious knocking sound coming from underneath your car. Thankfully, Bronco Motors is there to put your mind at ease. And scheduling an appointment is a snap: The company’s website allows you to see available times and book online. If it’s a quick fix, there’s Wi-Fi while you wait. If that repair is going to take a little longer then loaner cars are available.

2. Harris & Co.

2. Hurless Brothers Foreign Car Service

Boise

3. Olsen & Company Meridian

Idaho Central became a state-chartered credit union in 1940. Today, Idaho Central has more than $2 billion in assets, but perhaps the credit union’s biggest assets are the 700-plus employees who strive to make Idaho Central a go-to financial institution at the 27 locations throughout Idaho.

Idaho Central Credit Union, Multiple locations

2. CapEd Federal Credit Union Multiple Locations

3. U.S. Bank Multiple Locations

Boise

3. Les Schwab Multiple Locations Idaho Central KellerCredit Williams Union, Realty, Multiple Boiselocations

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Thank you for voting us among the Best Accounting Firms in the Treasure Valley!

Best

Real Estate Brokerage

Mortgage Company

1. Silvercreek Realty Group

1. Idaho Central Credit Union

Multiple locations

Multiple locations

As the largest real estate brokerage in Idaho, Silvercreek Realty Group knows the ins and outs of buying and selling a home. If you’re thinking about selling, Silvercreek’s agents will provide you with a free home analysis and can put together a marketing plan. And if you’re in the market to buy, Silvercreek’s property search is updated daily, helping customers stay on top of the latest listings.

Buying a house – or refinancing one – can be an ominous task. The paperwork piles up and the legal jargon is intimidating. The mortgage officers at Idaho Central Credit Union can guide you through the maze of mortgages. They know the local market and strive to save you time with fast approvals. Last, and certainly not least, they have competitive rates and low fees to save their customers money.

2. Keller Williams Realty of Boise

2. Guild Mortgage

Multiple locations

Boise

3. Coldwell Banker

3. Fairway Independent Mortgage

Multiple locations

Multiple locations

We have enjoyed serving Treasure Valley small business owners and individuals since 1981. The choice of an accounting firm is a critical decision for any individual or business. At Olsen and Company, we understand the need to approach your financial concerns from all aspects of accounting. Whether you are a business owner or just trying to manage your family’s finances, we can help you get the maximum benefit from your income. Always accepting new clients. Call today (208) 888-1595

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BEST

Contractor

Law Firm

1. Engineered Structures Inc (ESI)

1. Hawley Troxell

Meridian

ESI continues to build upon its reputation. The privately owned general contracting and management firm has put its stamp on the Treasure Valley landscape, from the downtown Nampa Library to the Scentsy Tower in Meridian to the Zions Tower at Eighth and Main. Headquartered in Meridian, ESI has been building since 1973 and is licensed in 42 states.

Boise

Here’s some good advice: Don’t take the law in your own hands. Hawley Troxell is Idaho’s largest business law firm with offices in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Reno, Nev. The firm has dozens of attorneys who are experts in a vast array of legal practice areas, from creditor rights and bankruptcy law to mergers and acquisitions law to real estate law.

2. Givens Pursley Boise

2. Dave Evans Construction Boise

3. Ada County Public Defenders

3. Steed Construction

Boise

Eagle

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Car Wash

BEST

Child Care Facility (infant to pre-K)

1. Mister Car Wash Multiple Locations

It’s true: You feel better about yourself when your car is clean and shiny. Let the masters at Mister Car Wash use their signature products to preen and pamper your Pontiac. And to keep those good feelings flowing on a regular basis you might want to consider the Unlimited Wash Club. You can wash as often as you like while enjoying member-only discounts.

2. Metro Car Wash Multiple Locations

3. J’s Ultimate Hand Car Wash Garden City

1. New Horizon Academy Multiple Locations

What’s more important than the health and safety of your children? New Horizon takes a number of precautions to make sure your child is in safe hands, from secure entrances to regular playground inspections to finger guards on the doors to prevent pinched fingers. In this safe environment, children are encouraged to develop and learn and say, “I like me!”

2. YMCA Childcare & Preschool Boise

3. Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers Multiple Locations

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Dentist

1. Baird’s Dry Cleaners

1. Summit Dental Group

With a new addition on Broadway Avenue, Baird’s now has six locations across the Treasure Valley. All of them are full-service dry cleaners that will get your clothes looking their best from wedding gowns to shirt service with free button replacement. Best of all, Baird’s offers free pickup and delivery to your home or office and there is no minimum for the delivery services.

Best of Treasure Valley voters know that Summit Dental Group takes dentistry to new heights. The team of dentists, hygienists, assistants and front-office staff all work together to provide patient visits that are fun and enjoyable. And yes, Summit believes you can enjoy going to see them. From routine exams to crowns and bridges, Summit’s goal is to have you leave their office with a smile.

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2. Westco Martinizing Multiple Locations

3. Clothesline Cleaners Multiple Locations

Boise

2. Boise Family Dental Care Boise

3. Dr. Lind, SmileWorks Dental Meridian

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Family Doctor

Pediatrician

Physical Therapy Office

1. Dr. Julie Gunther, sparkMD

1. Dr. Ryan Lindsay, Ada Pediatrics

1. Foothills Physical Therapy

Boise

Boise

Dr. Gunther, a native Idahoan and Harvard graduate, is a board-certified family physician who in 2014 founded Spark Medical, a direct primary-care practice in Downtown Boise. sparkMD is part of a growing trend of concierge medicine, which allows members who might lack insurance or have high deductibles to have access to basic medical care at an affordable price. Dr. Gunther believes this model of care helps create a better relationship between doctors and patients.

Ada Pediatrics is a family-owned pediatric office that has been serving families for more than 30 years. Speaking of families, the practice is run by Dr. Robert Lindsay (who appeared in last year’s Best of Treasure Valley) and his son, Dr. Ryan Lindsay. Dr. Ryan is always on the go – in fact, he has run a number of triathlons. In 1992, he set the Boise Elementary School City Track Meet mile of 5 minutes, 20 seconds.

2. Dr. Wajeeh Nasser, Capital City Family Medicine

2. Dr. Allyson Van Steenbergen, Meridian Pediatrics

Boise

Meridian

3. Dr. Eric Maier, St. Luke’s Mountain View Medical Center

3. Dr. Robert Lindsay, Ada Pediatrics

Boise

Multiple locations

Just had a knee replacement or maybe a shoulder surgery? With clinics in Boise, Eagle and Meridian, Foothills Physical Therapy can help you get back on your feet – or back on the basketball court. Foothills offers one-on-one aquatic physical therapy with private pools, showers and locker rooms. Pilates classes are taught by a certified Pilates instructor and massage therapy is offered in a number of techniques.

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3. Idaho Sports Medicine Institute Boise

Boise

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Veterinarian

Local Pet Grooming

1. Dr. Jon Getz, St. Luke’s

1. Intermountain Pet Hospital

With more than three decades of experience, Dr. Getz is a general surgeon who went to medical school at the Boston School of Medicine. He has a particular interest and expertise in surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and surgical treatment of breast cancer and melanoma. He’s committed to providing minimally invasive procedures that help patients heal faster and recover more easily.

Sometimes Max and Mittens just need an annual checkup. Other times, they might not be feeling their best. Regardless, you can be sure the staff at Intermountain Pet Hospital will go the extra mile to try to make your pet feel at home. The full-service hospital, boarding and grooming facility features doctors who are certified in “Fear Free” handling of pets, making visits easier on the pet owners, too.

1. Do It Yourself Doggie Detail

2. Dr. Colin Poole, St. Luke’s

2. All Valley Animal

Meridian

Meridian

3. Dr. Michael J. Gustavel Boise

Meridian

Meridian

3. WestVet 24 Hour Animal Emergency & Specialty Center Garden City

Multiple Locations

The name says it all, but you’re not truly on your own: The friendly staff is there to help with advice and assistance. There are bathing stations and grooming stations with three shampoos and a moisturizer to help Daisy’s coat smell like a rose. For a small fee you can ask for a standalone service, such as a nail trim. There is also a professional groomer on-site who caters to all sizes and breeds.

2. Zamzows

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3. Dirty Paws

Multiple Locations

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BEST

Wedding Ceremony Venue

Wedding Reception Venue

1. Idaho Botanical Garden

1. Idaho Botanical Garden

You’ve fallen in love with your spouseto-be, now fall in love with the ideal spot to recite your wedding vows. The Idaho Botanical Garden offers an idyllic outdoor setting at the base of Boise’s Foothills. Brides and grooms can choose from a variety of specialty gardens. A bride’s room and groom dressing area are available, and rates vary depending on whether you’re renting your site for the full day or hourly (two-hour minimum applies).

The vows have been exchanged and the big kiss has been planted. Now it’s time to party. And what better venue than the Idaho Botanical Garden to celebrate your special day? The grounds can be reserved for parties big and small (from 10 to 150 people). You can choose your favorite caterer to create the perfect vibe, and the amenities are perfect: There’s plenty of free parking and an event crew is available for an additional charge.

2. Boise Depot

Boise

Boise

Boise

3. Stillwater Hollow Weddings and Events

Boise

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Nampa

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1. David’s Bridal

1. Flowers at Will

Whether it’s your wedding day or time for the prom, David’s Bridal will have you looking your best for that special occasion. David’s features a wide selection of designer dresses from Vera Wang to Oleg Cassini. But David’s does more than just dresses. Their inventory includes tuxedos, shoes, invitations and event décor.

If you’re looking for a florist with a little attitude, then Flowers at Will is the place for you. Because Will Heatter, whose appreciation for flowers began at a young age in Hawaii, isn’t a cookiecutter florist. He brings his own style to his arrangements. If you really want to wow someone, you might consider giving them the gift of Design At Your Door. Will arrives at that special someone’s doorstep with supplies in hand to create a client-specific floral masterpiece on-site.

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2. Sweetheart Manor Boise

3. Bridal by Marie Eagle

Boise

2. Boise At Its Best Flowers Boise

3. Edwards Greenhouse Boise

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1. Two Rivers Salon & Spa

Two Rivers can handle eight manicures and eight pedicures at the same time, so bring the whole group and make an event out of it. Deciding to head to Two Rivers for a manicure or pedicure is the easy part. The tough part? Deciding on the treatment. Will it be the Aromatherapy Manicure, which includes a hand and arm massage with peppermint aromatherapy oils or maybe it will be the Hawaiian Honey Pedicure, which begins with a soothing foot soak and honey-infused sugar exfoliation.

The first thing customers notice about Two Rivers is the setting. Nestled along the Boise River with floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s easy to see that a Two Rivers spa experience is anything but ordinary. If you want to feel like a king or a queen, then spend the whole day lapping up the luxury. Two River’s stylists can spoil you from head to toe with the endless choices of manicures, pedicures and massages. And after leaving the salon, you can feel like a whole new you.

2. Amore Nails & Spa

2. Silk Touch

3. Glitz Nail Studio

3. Rain Salon & Spa

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1. Two Rivers Salon & Spa

1. The Beardsmith

If a long week of work has left you frazzled, then it may be time to let a Two Rivers Swedish Massage rub that stress away. Two Rivers features a number of specialized treatments from Prenatal Massages to River Stone Massages. Want to double the fun? Bring your significant other and get a massage for two. Want to really feel pampered? Add on an Hawaiian Honey Steam Wrap or a Citrus Body Polish.

Two Rivers doesn’t do anything without going all out, and that applies to its hair salon in a big way. Two Rivers features 15 custom-built stations with five Italian-leather shampoo chairs. Need some pampering? Let those legs rest on the extendable footrests while enjoying a Shiatzu massage. And Two Rivers’ stylists continue to receive ongoing education, so they’ll always be up on the latest trends and techniques.

2. Boise Theraputic Massage Center

2. Graeber & Company

Eagle

Boise

3. Hybrid Health

Eagle

Boise

2. Two Rivers Salon & Spa

Downtown Boise

Eagle

3. Tantalum Salon

3. 10th Street Barber Shop

Meridian

Boise

Maintaining a beard is an art. Let the artists at The Beardsmith help you maintain a beard that deserves to be framed. But The Beardsmith goes beyond beards: It’s a full-service men’s barbershop that offers precision men’s haircuts and classic, hot-towel straight razor shaves. The Beardsmith also makes a line of specialty beardcare products sold in over 30 locations throughout the Northwest, including Whole Foods Market.

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Place to Work Out

Local Hotel

1. Axiom

1. The Modern Hotel

Axiom has four locations in Boise and Meridian. Each location offers a variety of innovative ways to stay fit. Get a taste of Axiom’s teaching style by checking out one of their free yoga classes at The Village. Want to be entertained while you raise your heart rate? Check out Ax-Flix Cardo Theater. See what Axiom is all about by going to their website, axiomfitness.com, where you can get a free, seven-day pass to any Axiom.

The Modern features 39 rooms with comfortable beds for weary travelers. But once they are rejuvenated, those travelers can wander down to a bar that savvy locals know serves some of the best cocktails and most creative meals around. The Modern is constantly featuring entertaining events. Find out what’s next on their calendar at themodernhotel.com.

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Boise

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Downtown Boise

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Whatever the occasion, 3 Girls is a great choice for your catering needs. Expect fresh and delicious food with a flair. The staff at 3 Girls has catered for traveling rock stars as well as at elegant wedding ceremonies at the Boise Depot. 3 Girls has a variety of menus, from barbecue to Idaho favorites to vegetarian and vegan. Or if you have something different in mind, just ask – 3 Girls loves to improvise.

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Through all the seasons, the Treasure Valley outdoors are always a star. Hot or cold —there’s something to enjoy outside! Above: Boise Greenbelt

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you can see them out on the golf course nine, 10, 11 months of the year.” “I ride my bike a lot up in the hills, and when it gets really hot I sneak down to the Greenbelt and spin out 15 or 20 miles. There’s people everywhere.” One of those people is Brad Wilson, who took over as the general manager of Bogus Basin (Best Idaho Ski Area) prior to last season. “I’ve been riding in the Foothills a lot, and I’m just amazed at the network of trails,” Wilson said. “No. 1, just the variety of trails, but also the quality of the trails. I know everybody here takes them for granted, but the smooth quality of the trails we have in the Foothills, even the mountains, it’s something that most mountain bikers would die for elsewhere. Where I came from it’s rough and rugged and technical and everything else. Rarely do you find the nice, swooping turns and terrain like we have here. It’s been spectacular.”

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Wilson said the past winter was also spectacular for other nice, swooping turns – the ones he made in the fresh snow up at Bogus Basin. “It was just so fun to explore the mountain,” Wilson said. “It’s really a great skiing mountain, overall. With the variety you have – because you really have the ability to ski 360 degrees around the mountain – you can always find the right snow conditions. And, of course, with 2,600 acres, there’s a ton of terrain to explore.”

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Dog Park

Gardening Store/Nursery

1. Boise Foothills

1. Edwards Greenhouse

OK, technically the Boise Foothills aren’t one big dog park. But we get it. There are plenty of off-leash trails where you can let Rusty roam. But everyone is happier if a few simple rules are followed. First and foremost among those rules: Pick up Pepper’s poop. Also, please make sure that the dog isn’t harassing or scaring wildlife and is no further than 30 feet away from its owner. Following a few simple rules can make everyone’s life in the Foothills more enjoyable. Now go load up Chloe in your car and head out for the Military Reserve or Hull’s Gulch. You’ll both be happy you got the fresh air and exercise.

Talk about some Treasure Valley history: Edwards Greenhouse has been family owned since 1930. Each generation brought its own touch to Edwards, but this much is certainly true: Edwards was always growing. Today, customers come for the annuals and the perennials, the houseplants and the trees. Edwards is a full-service greenhouse with custom potting and delivery available. And if you’re thinking custom flowers for your sweetie next Valentine’s Day, don’t forget The Florist at Edwards.

Boise

2. Camel’s Back Park Boise

3. Nampa Dog Park

Boise

2. Zamzows

Multiple locations

3. North End Organic Nursery Garden City

Nampa

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Local Bike Shop 1. George’s Cycles Multiple locations

2. Boise Bicycle Project Boise

3. Bob’s Bicycles Boise

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Picking a favorite golf course in the Treasure Valley can be a difficult task because local golfers have plenty of great options with reasonable rates. But you can’t go wrong with golfing at BanBury. Always meticulously maintained, BanBury is challenging but fair. But a word to the wise: Stay out of the water or your score will rise. Designed by John Harbottle III, the 6,890 par-71 public course has been the site of numerous tournaments over the years, including this year’s Idaho High School 5A State Championships.

2. Shadow Valley Golf Club Boise

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BEST

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Place to Hike

Place to Camp in Idaho

Picnic Spot

1. Boise Foothills

1. Redfish Lake

1. Idaho Shakespeare Festival

With 161 miles of Ridge to Rivers trails on the Boise Front, the Boise Foothills provide an unbelievable variety of hiking adventures. Stop in at a local outdoors shop and grab a Ridge to Rivers map. It will help you learn about the network of trails available in the Foothills. Hiking up to Table Rock is a rite of passage for Treasure Valley residents, but don’t forget the Polecat Loop. Or the Corrals Trail. Or Dry Creek Trail. Hikers can head out any day of the year and always discover something new.

With all due respect to the many glorious camping spots sprinkled across Idaho, this is almost not a fair fight. There are several campgrounds in the area, but the heart of it all is Redfish Lake, a beautiful mountain lake with the Sawtooth Range’s mountains towering over the glistening body of water. Don’t worry about the kids getting a good night’s sleep because they’ll be exhausted after hiking and fishing and climbing and swimming. If you want to rent a bike or a boat, those are available at Redfish Lake Lodge and Redfish Lake Marina.

This setting along Warm Springs Avenue would be a great spot for a picnic even if there weren’t a large amphitheater with quality entertainment offered. Birds fill the air and the Boise River bubbles nearby. So bring that baguette and a bottle of wine and settle in for a show under the open sky. The picnic areas and patio outside of the amphitheater are always available for use before the theater opens. The only downside: The festival can’t promise an ant or two won’t show up asking for food.

Boise

2. Table Rock Boise

3. Sawtooth Mountains Stanley

Near Stanley

2. Ponderosa State Park Near McCall

3. Stanley

Boise

2. Idaho Botanical Garden Boise

3. Ann Morrison Park Boise

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Place to Mountain Bike

Local Sporting Goods/ Outdoor Gear Store

1. Boise Foothills

1. McU Sports

The Boise Foothills regularly receive national recognition for the quality of terrain. And it’s easy to see why: They provide the perfect playground for mountain bikers. It’s easy to head out on your own, but you might also consider becoming a member of the Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association (SWIMBA), a nonprofit, volunteer organization that is all about maintaining and building Foothills trails. SWIMBA can help newcomers learn trail etiquette and they always have a cool event on the horizon.

2. Bogus Basin 3. Camel’s Back Park

Multiple locations

McU’s, which opened in Downtown Boise in 1972, built its reputation in the early years by providing quality ski equipment, whether for rentals or purchase. Today, McU Sports changes with the seasons. So if you’re heading outside to enjoy the Treasure Valley, they have you covered. McU’s carries bikes and accessories, disc golf equipment, camping gear and swimwear. You name the outdoor activity and McU Sports likely has the gear for you. And yes, it is still a go-to shop for ski equipment.

2. Outdoor Exchange Downtown Boise

3. Idaho Mountain Touring Downtown Boise

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BEST

BEST

Idaho Ski Area

Public Park

1. Bogus Basin

1. Ann Morrison Park

Bogus Basin was created in 1942. Since then, it’s spoiled Treasure Valley residents with its beautiful terrain and easy accessibility. Just a 16-mile drive from Boise, Bogus Basin offers 2,600 acres of skiable terrain, seven chairlifts and 53 groomed runs. The recreation area also features Nordic and snowshoe trails, a tubing hill and night skiing. Bogus’ longest run, at 1½ miles, is called Paradise. That’s an apt description of Bogus Basin as a whole.

Morris-Knudsen Co. founder Harry W. Morrison wanted to honor his late wife, Ann Morrison, when he and his employees built this park in 1959. Treasure Valley residents honor Ann Morrison with each soccer game played, each tennis match dueled, each picnic enjoyed. The 153-acre park in the heart of Boise features about 1,200 trees with about 40 common and unique species. Go to parks.cityofboise.org to discover all the different species that can be enjoyed on the Ann Morrison grounds.

16 miles from Boise

2. Brundage Mountain 116 miles from Boise

3. Sun Valley

155 miles from Boise

Downtown Boise

2. Camel’s Back Park Boise

3. Kathryn Albertson Park Boise

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Sporting Event 1. Boise State University football Boise

Some Boise State football fans don’t remember the fact that the Broncos won a national title in 1980 when the I-AA team defeated Eastern Kentucky in Sacramento, Calif. That’s OK. The game that really put Boise State on the map was the 2007 Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma. But whether they are longtime fans or recent recruits, Bronco fans love to brag about the Blue Turf and the players who have excelled on it, from quarterback Kellen Moore to fan favorite Ian Johnson to current stud Brett Rypien.

2. Idaho Steelheads hockey Boise

3. Boise Hawks baseball

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DINING Look to these sparkling stars of the valley for great places to eat, drink and be merry. Above: Fork, Downtown Boise

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ope you’ve already eaten before reading this. If not, your hunger level is going to be taken up a notch by the establishments honored as stars by the Best of Treasure Valley voters in the Dining category. You could create quite a day of indulgence by visiting some of the winners. Consider this gastronomic guide: Start with a white chocolate mocha at Dutch Bros (Best Local Coffeehouse), then head to Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro (Best Local Breakfast) for some Eggs Blackstone with a side of Goldy’s Special Potatoes. For lunch, maybe it will be a burger at Big Jud’s (Best Local Burger), followed by a craft beer at 10 Barrel Brewing Co. (Best Brewpub). Once the sun begins to set, head over to Goodwood Barbecue Company (Best Local Barbecue) for some meaty, juicy West Texas Beef Ribs. And that’s just one day. The options for tomorrow are limitless. Dave Boyle, the general manager at Chandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood, is proud to be a part of Boise’s restaurant landscape.

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“I think we’re seeing some cool trends in dining,” Boyle said. “When I look at some of those restaurants that are kind of pushing the envelope – I look at The Dish, I look at The Modern – I’ve come to expect some really cool, avant-garde stuff from them. We’ve definitely got the locally sourced and the local farm thing happening, with probably Bittercreek and Red Feather leading the charge there. “While we’re still burgeoning and finding who we are, I think we’ve got a solid base.” Chandlers has firmly established itself as part of that solid base, winning in the Best Local Fine Dining and Best Local Steakhouse categories and finishing in the top three in three other categories. “There’s something striking about our restaurant when you first walk in,” Boyle said. “It’s got a classic steakhouse feel, but we’ve got a very modern feel, as well. … We have the ability to be a lot of different things to a lot of different people.” Indeed. Chandlers features any number of steak and seafood options and a wine list that has 700 selections by the bottle and 30 by the glass (it is

currently designated with a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence). The restaurant also features a Social Hour with some value price points and live music 365 days a year. “And, of course, we pride ourselves on our service,” Boyle said. “We are the only restaurant in Idaho to be a Forbes-recommended restaurant.” So, yes, Chandlers can be a quality option for Treasure Valley diners. But the good news is this: It is one of many. “I’m really fortunate that I work down the street from Bleubird. You talk about fresh ingredients,” Boyle said of the restaurant that voters named Best Local Grab-and-Go Lunch and Best Local Sandwich. The choices – and reader favorites – go on and on. Barbacoa, for example, finished in the top three in seven categories, and Jakers won three first-place awards and placed in the top three in two other categories. Like we said: Hope you’d already eaten before reading this. But if not, read on and find a great place to go have a meal.


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1. Golden Star Restaurant

1. Big City Coffee

Golden Star has been a Treasure Valley institution for more than five decades. The restaurant has a loyal customer base, and it’s easy to see what brings people back again and again. Try the Special Fried Rice or the Mongolian Beef and you just might become a regular, too. And if you’re looking for a place to make a large group happy, check out Golden Star’s large round tables with lazy Susans that allow everyone to share the family fare.

Is there anything better than the aroma of coffee mixed with the sight of a well-stocked counter of pastries? Big City Coffee in the Linen District has built a solid reputation for delicious bakery goods. Try the Pumpkin Chai Muffin or the Cherry Pie Scone. With the comfortable, casual atmosphere you might think you were stopping in for a few minutes and then realize you’ve been lingering for hours. All the pastries are baked in-house daily. And did we mention the buttermilk biscuits?

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2. Pastry Perfection

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Bartender 1. Michael Bowers, The Modern Downtown Boise

Several elements go into enjoying a quality cocktail. There’s the atmosphere, the presentation, the ingredients. And then there’s the person sliding the glass across the bar. People have been enjoying Bowers’ art for some time (Bowers is a repeat winner in

this category). Bowers delivers quality cocktails – from the Duplex to the Hanky Panky to the Aladdin Sane – with a twist of whimsy. And if you want to talk music, Bowers is your guy: He has a degree in music theory and composition from the College of Idaho.

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Brewery

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1. Sockeye Grill and Brewery

1. 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

The competition in this category has become increasingly fierce in recent years as the craft brewing world has blown up in the Treasure Valley and across Idaho. But Sockeye has become both an institution and a trendsetter with its award-winning beers: The brewery netted an Idaho-best six awards at the 2015 North American Beer Awards. Feeling hoppy? Try the Dagger Falls. Want something a little lighter? Go for the Galena Gold.

There’s no doubt that 10 Barrel established itself as a go-to brewpub when it opened in early 2013 at the corner of 8th and Bannock in Downtown Boise. The large selection of quality craft beer goes without saying. But 10 Barrel also offers quality food to pair with that beer: Try The Hippy Pizza or the 10 Barrel Burger to verify this. But let’s be real. It’s really about the beer. So if you want a classic Northwest IPA order the Joe.

1. Lou Aaron, Westside Drive-In

2. Payette Brewing Co.

2. Bittercreek Ale House

3. 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

3. Sockeye Grill and Brewery

Multiple locations

Boise

Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise

Multiple locations

Chef

Multiple locations

Where to begin with Chef Lou Aaron? Do we start with the fact that he’s worked in some great Boise dining establishments over the years, from the Gamekeeper to the Royal to the Top of the Hoff? Or do we move on to the fact that he’s created drive-ins that are much more than your average drive-in, with prime rib specials and a Monte Cristo to die for? We could go on and on, but we’ll finish the way every meal at the Westside should finish – with the signature Idaho Ice Cream Potato.

Payette Brewing Co., Boise

2. Enrique Martinez, Barbacoa Boise

3. Dustan Bristol, Brick 29 & On The Fly Rotisserie Deli Nampa and Downtown Boise

Chef Lou Aaron (left), Westside Drive-In

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BEST

Family Restaurant

Food Truck

1. Idaho Pizza Company

1. Kanak Attack

Multiple locations

What makes a great family restaurant? Options. And the Idaho Pizza Company has options. The kids will love the Little Spud’s Meal, which is a personal-sized, one-topping pizza, a soft drink and a prize. The parents will love choosing between the loaded salad bar or an Idaho Pizza Sandwich or a Garden Valley Delight Pizza. But let’s be clear about this: No member of the family can go wrong.

2. Red Robin

Multiple locations

There’s nothing more exciting for a roaming foodie than to discover a quality food truck. And Kanak Attack delivers quality food – literally. The next time you’re hosting an event, consider the fact that Kanak Attack is an affordable option – for $100 you can book the Kanak Attack truck for up to two hours. The menu will certainly have something for everyone, from street tacos to spicy Asian coleslaw.

2. Archie’s Place

3. Texas Roadhouse Multiple locations

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3. Boise Fry Company boisefrycompany.com

10 Barrel Brewing Co., Downtown Boise

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Local Barbecue 1. Goodwood Barbecue Company Multiple locations

When you settle into a table at Goodwood, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a stack of napkins nearby. Because with three varieties of ribs – baby back, St. Louis-style and West Texas Beef ribs – things can tend to get a little, ahem, saucy. But this is no place to be shy about your dinner. Dig right in and enjoy all the fixings, from Mom’s Potato Salad to Near East Rice Pilaf to Loaded Smashed Potatoes. One final word of advice: Bring your appetite.

Ste. Chapelle Winery, Caldwell

2. Bodacious Pig Barbecue Eagle

3. MickeyRay’s BBQ Boise

Goodwood Barbecue Company, Multiple locations

BEST

BEST

Frozen Yogurt

Idaho Winery

1. U-Swirl

1. Ste. Chapelle Winery

Everybody aspires to be a frozen yogurt artist. U-Swirl allows those ambitions to come to fruition. U-Swirl lets you choose from a wide array of toppings and create a masterpiece. Start with the frozen yogurt – maybe it will be Angel Food Cake or Blueberry Burst – and then top it off with your favorite toppings. Your work of art will be priced by weight so you control how much you’ll pay. Go healthy or load it up and be a little decadent. We won’t judge.

A quality winery should have a few key elements, and Idaho’s largest winery has all the bases covered. Start with a large selection of quality wines from a soft white to a hearty cabernet sauvignon to everything in between. Move on to a tasting room that is inspired by the Ste. Chapelle medieval Gothic chapel in France and the scenic Sunny Slope grounds that have hosted many memorable weddings and events. Add it all up and you’ve got a winery that’s a pleasure to visit with wines that can be cherished. Here’s to Ste. Chapelle!

Multiple locations

2. Aspen Leaf Eagle

Caldwell

3. TCBY

Multiple locations

2. Cinder Wines Garden City

3. Telaya Wine Co. Garden City

BEST

Local Breakfast 1. Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro Downtown Boise

Even if you just moved to the Treasure Valley yesterday, you’ve probably already heard of Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro. The restaurant’s reputation is legendary, and after a visit to the quaint bistro on Capitol Boulevard, it’s easy to see why. The Spicy Chicken Benny is a perfect breakfast, but it’s also a lot of fun to build a breakfast with all of the a la carte options. The bistro only has 56 seats, so a long line of hungry customers used to form outside. No more. Now you can put your name on the waiting list, wander the streets of Boise until your table is ready and they’ve given you a call on your cellphone.

Big Jud’s, Boise and Meridian

BEST

Local Burger 1. Big Jud’s Boise

Yes, there is something on Big Jud’s menu called a “hamburger.” But why would you stop there? Please consider branching out and trying the Ortega Burger with green chilies and sour cream. Or the Hawaiian Burger with pineapple, ham and Swiss cheese. There are just too many tempting options to stop at “hamburger.” And by now you’ve certainly heard of the Big Jud Challenge, right? Finish the One Pound Challenge and get your picture on the Wall of Fame. Finish the Two Pound Challenge and get your picture on the Wall of Fame AND the meal is free. The menu warns you, however: “Many have tried, few have triumphed.”

2. Boise Fry Company Boise

3. Westside Drive-In Boise

2. Big City Coffee Downtown Boise

3. The Egg Factory Multiple locations

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Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro, Downtown Boise

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BEST

BEST

Local Dessert

Local Fine Dining

1. Goody’s

1. Chandlers

Step back in time and enjoy all the wonders of a classic soda fountain at Goody’s in Hyde Park. Ice cream is the main attraction here, and you can’t go wrong with the homemade cones and traditional banana splits. But you won’t be sorry if you branch out and try a Turtle Sundae or a Linda’s Love, with cherry and bittersweet toppings. After loading up on ice cream, it’s a good idea to get some of their assorted chocolates to go. And some caramel corn. And maybe a big ol’ jawbreaker.

It’s hard to beat Chandlers when it comes to fine dining in the Treasure Valley. Start with the wine, with 700 bottles and 30 by-the-glass options. Move on to a quality steak or some fine seafood – and know that it will be fresh because Chandlers has contracts with Hawaiian fishermen. Finish with a classic chocolate soufflé with Grand Marnier Cream and chocolate sauce. When all is said and done, and the valet has returned your car, you will know that you’ve been wined and dined by one classic restaurant.

Boise

Downtown Boise

2. Fanci Freez

2. Barbacoa

Boise

Boise

3. Janjou Patisserie

3. Jakers Bar and Grill

Boise

Meridian

BACON, Downtown Boise

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BEST

Local Bloody Mary

Local Coffeehouse

1. BACON

1. Dutch Bros

What’s better than a classic Bloody Mary? A BACON Bloody Mary. The restaurant on 9th Street in Downtown Boise features a full bar, but the menu declares the BACON Bloody Mary “Our Star!” And BACON knows the perfect complementary treat to enjoy while you’re sipping on that delectable cocktail: bacon. Go ahead and sample all eight varieties, from the Maple Rosemary Bacon to the Chocolate Bacon.

When you think Dutch Bros., you probably think about quality coffee on the go. After building its reputation with several drive-through shops throughout the Treasure Valley, it opened a location in November at 14th and State in Boise with a walk-in option. But whether you’re going to sit and stay for a while or you need to hit the road, the upbeat, energetic staff will set you up with a handcrafted mocha or latte made with coffee beans that are hand-roasted daily in Grants Pass, Ore.

Downtown Boise

2. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery Downtown Boise and Eagle Nampa

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BEST

Local Fries

Local Gluten-Free Menu

1. Boise Fry Company

1. Boise Co-op

If you’re going to have a restaurant in Idaho centered around french fries you better be pretty serious about your product. Don’t worry: Boise Fry Company takes fries seriously (while having fun at the same time). They start with fresh potatoes from M&M Heath Farms in Buhl, then fry them in natural sunflower oil. The fries are left unsalted so you can create your own fry flavor from the myriad seasonings and dipping sauces available. Speaking of choices, Boise Fry Company features six potato varieties. Burgers are also on the menu, but you might decide to just go with a second order of fries.

The Co-op has been synonymous with fresh, healthy food in the Treasure Valley since opening in 1973. The store continues to change with the times, and with more and more people looking

Multiple locations

Boise and Meridian

BEST

for gluten-free options, the Co-op has a variety of choices throughout the store. But if you’re looking for a great graband-go meal, look no further than the Co-op deli. Build your own sandwich on their gluten-free bread. The Co-op also has classes that can teach you more about a gluten-free lifestyle.

2. Jake’s Gluten Free Market Boise

3. Le Peep Meridian

Local Grab-and-Go Lunch 1. Bleubird Downtown Boise

Bleubird is listed as Trip Advisor’s No. 2 restaurant in Boise, so clearly the restaurant has gained a rabid following since setting up shop in Downtown Boise in 2012. The key word at Bleubird is fresh — fresh ingredients that combine to make tasty sandwiches and deli offerings. Expect the menu to change with the seasons, but also expect each menu to offer something for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Bleubird also caters to office parties and large events.

2. Zen Bento

Multiple locations

2. Highlands Hollow Brewhouse

3. Boise Co-op

Boise

Boise and Meridian

3. Big Jud’s

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Local Happy Hour

Local Italian Restaurant

1. Jakers Bar and Grill

1. Luciano’s Italian Restaurant

Meridian

You’ll see plenty of smiles on customers’ faces during Jakers’ Happy Hour (daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and late night from 9 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday). Jakers takes $3 off all appetizers during Happy Hour. Add in half-price beer, house wine and well drinks and you can see that Jakers is really on to something. But the kicker is $3 off top-shelf cocktails and premium liquor and wine by the glass. With deals like that, Happy Hour can’t come soon enough.

2. Barbacoa Boise

3. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery Downtown Boise and Eagle

Boise

If the members of the Rat Pack were looking for a place to eat in the Treasure Valley, you can be sure that Frank and Dean and Sammy would head on over to Luciano’s on Orchard. Luciano’s provides all that you expect from a classic Italian restaurant: flavorful pasta, delicious pizza and classic house specials like Veal Marsala and Pesto Halibut. If you manage to leave room for dessert – and good luck with that one – try Lucci’s Signature Chocolate Cake.

2. Gino’s Italian Ristorante & Bar Meridian

3. Asiago’s Restaurant & Winebar Downtown Boise

BEST

Local Mexican Restaurant 1. Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant Kuna

Do you have some Boise friends who make the drive out to Kuna just to enjoy Enrique’s Mexican fare? But you’ve never gone out of your way to try it for yourself? Por favor, make the effort. Enrique’s will reward you with some traditional, authentic Mexican food. But bring your appetite and be prepared to make some tough decisions because the menu is massive. You can’t go wrong with any of the house specials, however, from the Polla con Crema to the Chile Colorado.

2. Andrade’s Boise

3. Chapala Mexican Restaurant Multiple locations

BEST

BEST

Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlour, Boise

Matador, Downtown Boise and Meridian

BEST

BEST

Local Ice Cream

Local Margarita

Local Night Food

Local Pizza

1. Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlour

Downtown Boise and Meridian

1. Jakers Bar and Grill

1. Flying Pie

Boise

1. Matador

Meridian

Multiple locations

Does Delsa’s do ice cream? Might as well ask if the sky is blue. Delsa’s has been serving up homemade ice cream on Ustick Road longer than most Treasure Valley residents can remember. Try one of the more traditional flavors for your old-fashioned milkshake or pick a more exotic flavor off the “ice cream wall.” Delsa’s also serves up the Pecan Ball, a scoop of French vanilla ice cream rolled in chopped pecans and covered in hot fudge or caramel.

Who knew there were so many varieties of tequila? Before Matador came along, Treasure Valley residents might have settled for something sticky and sweet and vaguely margarita-ish. No more. Head to the Matador and find out what a joy a true margarita can be as the friendly staff offers you a hand-shaken, classic margarita. And if you’re ready to be a tequila connoisseur, check out Top Shelf Tuesday, when you can try the really good stuff. Any tequila $12 and up is half price.

Ever sat through a three-hour summer blockbuster movie in the evening and left the theater knowing that popcorn wasn’t going to get you through the night? That’s when you turn to Jakers. The appetizers are perfect for sharing, and from 9 p.m. until closing the entire appetizer menu is $3 off. So start with a garden salad and then mix and match some coconut prawns and prime rib sliders. Or go with the Gorgonzola waffle fries and crab-stuffed mushrooms. You and your friends won’t leave hungry. And you can discuss that twist at the end of the flick, too.

If you’ve driven by a Flying Pie and seen a message on one of their signs you might have guessed that this place likes to have fun. You would be right. Flying Pie aims to put a smile on your face, in any number of ways. Check out the “It’s Your Day” promotion and get a chance to build your own pie. Or find out what’s on tap tonight: Flying Pie constantly rotates their draft beer selection to keep things fresh. Gourmet Night offers a chance to try some pies outside of the box. And then there’s habanero season: This August will mark the 23rd season of their famously hot habanero pizzas.

2. Goody’s Boise

3. Fanci Freez Boise

2. Café Olé Restaurant & Cantina Boise and Meridian

3. Barbacoa Boise

2. Los Beto’s Mexican Food Multiple locations

3. Pie Hole

Downtown Boise

2. Idaho Pizza Company Multiple locations

3. Guido’s Original New York Style Pizza Multiple locations

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Jakers Bar and Grill, Meridian

BEST

Local Restaurant Service

Local Salad

1. Jakers Bar and Grill

1. Idaho Pizza Company

Jakers knows that service is a big part of a customer’s experience. So expect them to try to wow you with their kindness. In a hurry at lunch? Jakers will make sure you get back to that afternoon business meeting with their Express Lunch with its wide array of soups and salads. Come back after work and let one of the friendly bartenders serve you a signature cocktail and then the waitstaff will whisk you to a table, where you will feel right at home as you enjoy your meal. Jakers knows that good food will bring customers into a restaurant. Great service brings them back.

Yes, having someone serve you is one way to go about the salad experience. Then there’s the salad bar. More specifically, the salad bar at Idaho Pizza Company. With all the options, it’s hard to create the same salad twice. But that’s OK. Because one day you might feel like blue cheese dressing and the next you might feel like Italian. But that’s the beauty of the salad bar: You get to follow your whims. And don’t worry if you’re having a pizza delivered: Idaho Pizza Company will show up at your door with a delivery salad.

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3. Barbacoa Boise

Multiple locations

2. Fork

Downtown Boise

3. Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria Multiple locations


BEST

BEST

Local Sandwich

Local Seafood Restaurant

1. Bleubird

1. Lucky Fins Seafood Grill

Bleubird’s slogan is “Boise-based sandwich love.” And when you enter Bleubird, love is definitely all around. Because who doesn’t love a great sandwich that you can wash down with a freshly made, in-house soda? Fresh is the name of the game at Bleubird, so expect some of the options to change, especially the vegetarian sandwich. But if you’re looking for a PB & Honey or a classic grilled cheese with brie, Gruyere, or cheddar head to the corner of 10th and Bannock.

Geography lesson: There are no ocean waves near the Treasure Valley. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t quality seafood to be had. Lucky Fins in Meridian and Boise features Sterling Salmon, which are raised in the Pacific Ocean, handselected and harvested on ice to ensure the freshest salmon possible. Only the top five percent of all salmon qualifies to be Sterling. And if it’s quality calamari you are after, Lucky Fins gets its calamari from the Town Dock in Point Judith, RI. It’s the only squid labeled “Green – Best Choice” by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.

Boise

Downtown Boise

2. Cobby’s Sandwich Shop Mutliple locations

3. Deli George

Lucky Fins Seafood Grill, Downtown Boise

2. Fresh Off The Hook Multiple locations

Boise

3. Chandlers

Downtown Boise

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BEST

Local Sports Bar

Local Steakhouse

Outdoor Dining

1. Big Al’s

1. Chandlers

OK, there’s no gambling allowed, but don’t be surprised if you feel like you just walked into a huge Las Vegas sportsbook when you enter Big Al’s sports bar. The 55-foot widescreen TV is the center of attention, but there are plenty of other TVs to bring you all the live sporting events of the day. Looking for that Packers-Lions game? Big Al’s has DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket in addition to college football networks, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice and MLB Extra Innings. So, settle in with one of their multiple beers on tap and order some food. The game’s on!

It goes without saying that a steakhouse’s reputation is built around its beef. Chandlers has something to please every steak lover, from corn-fed Midwest steaks to Northwest grass-fed filets to American Kobe Beef to authentic Japanese Waygu Beef. Of course, you’ll want to accompany that steak with a glass of wine, and Chandlers has 30 by-the-glass options. At Chandlers, you’ll find a classic steakhouse vibe with servers who know how to make their customers feel pampered and comfortable.

1. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery Bardenay owner Kevin Settles knows that Treasure Valley diners love to eat outdoors, and he loves to accommodate them. The Downtown Boise location overlooks the Basque Block, which always seems to be bustling with energy. The Eagle restaurant features quintessential outdoor dining, with a spacious outdoor patio nestled along the Greenbelt and a beautiful stretch of the Boise River. What better place to sip a cocktail made from spirits created in-house?

2. Ram Restaurant & Brewery

2. Jakers Bar and Grill Meridian

2. Cottonwood Grille

Meridian

Big Al’s, Meridian

BEST

Downtown Boise

Boise and Meridian

Downtown Boise and Eagle

Downtown Boise

3. Barbacoa

3. Hyde Park Pub

3. Barbacoa

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Sushi

Wine List

1. Shige Japanese Cuisine

1. Bodovino

Chef Shige Matsuzawa opened his restaurant in Downtown Boise in 1992 and Treasure Valley sushi fans have made him a consistent winner in this category. Shige makes sure his restaurant continues to deliver fresh Japanese cuisine that is always made from scratch. Everything you’d expect from a Japanese restaurant – and more – can be found on the Shige’s menu. Bring a date and give the Yum-Yum Dinner for Two a whirl. Settle in for a feast that includes a whole lobster tail, grilled prawns, crab legs, teriyaki steak, pot stickers, tempura and assorted sushi and sashimi.

If you want to see a grown-up feel like a kid in a candy store, then set a wine lover loose in Bodovino. The wine bar allows you to take a self-guided, winetasting tour of the world through the use of their Wine Emotion machines. Interested in a Malbec from Argentina? Load up your Bodovino card, insert it in the proper machine and choose whether you’ll enjoy a one-ounce, three-ounce or five-ounce pour. Each region of the wine world is represented — from Bordeaux to South Africa to Napa to the Northwest.

2. Superb Sushi

Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise

3. Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Downtown Boise

2. Chandlers 3. Barbacoa Boise

Meridian

Bodovino, Downtown Boise

The 301 businesses recognized in the top three of the 100 Best of Treasure Valley categories = a lot of reasons to enjoy the “Stars of the Treasure Valley!”

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