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View of Boise from Ann Morrison Park

Best of Treasure Valley is a special project of the Idaho Statesman, produced by its Advertising and Production departments.

BY CHRIS LANGRILL | Special to the Statesman

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he 2015 Best of Treasure Valley is more local than ever and bigger than ever — the survey garnered a record 22,171 votes. Those votes have been tallied, and the results are in. The verdict? There is plenty to love about Boise and the Treasure Valley. “It’s a really exciting time,” said Kâren Sander, the executive director of the Downtown Boise Association. A quick stroll through the streets of the downtown area confirms that. “We’re experiencing unprecedented growth,” Sander said. “In the last year, I think we had 32 new retail positions open. There’s a lot going on.” And there’s a lot going on throughout the Treasure Valley, as voting in the survey shows. The Village at Meridian was voted as the Best Place to Impress Out of Towners. Big Al’s in Meridian was voted as the Best Bowling Alley. Cowgirls in Kuna was named among the Best Places to Dance. Dustan Bristol of Brick 29 in Nampa was voted as one of the Best Chefs.

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And, of course, readers sounded off about their favorite outdoor and recreation spots. Table Rock was named Best Hiking Trail. Ann Morrison Park was named Best Picnic Spot. BanBury was named the Best Golf Course. The Best Family Recreation Spot, the Boise Greenbelt, was no surprise to Amy Stahl, the community relations manager for the Boise Parks & Recreation Department. “The Greenbelt is the No. 1 attraction in Boise listed on TripAdvisor,” Stahl said. “To me, that tells me that visitors really like it. ... It’s just a treasure in our community.” And this community makes a point of treasuring what the area has to offer. “We have a river that goes through downtown. We think of summer and floating the Boise River or fly­fishing or just hanging out near the river,” Sander said. “Even downtown, we’ve got two great parks in Ann Morrison and Julia Davis ... and then you go 10 minutes and you’re in the Foothills. It’s pretty phenomenal.”

And if all that outdoor activity creates an appetite? You’re in luck. “We are so lucky that we have a very diverse dining scene,” Sander said. “In restaurants and retail, we’re trending about 80 percent local. There are a great number of options and just some great local flavor. There’s very much a focus on local. ... It’s fun to have that option.” So, yes, the votes are in. And the approval rating for the Treasure Valley is off the charts. “Think about it for a second. Where else can you go and maybe take a run on the Greenbelt and then play golf and then, later in the afternoon, go up and go snow skiing? All in the same day!” said Mike Shuman, the owner of Shu’s Idaho Running Company (Best Local Shoe Store). “And there are days that we can do that. We’re just absolutely blessed.” Think of the Best of Treasure Valley as the perfect guide for exploring what the area has to offer. And it has plenty to offer. “I’ve lived here for 29 years,” said Stahl, “and there’s always something new to explore.”

Photography in this section is by Statesman photographers Joe Jaszewski, Darin Oswald, Katherine Jones and Kyle Green, as well as from the Statesman photo archives. Some photos were contributed by businesses, groups and individuals featured in this publication.

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“I like the live music.” We asked you what you love most about living in the Treasure Valley. Watch the video at idahostatesman.com/botv

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very community of the Treasure Valley’s size has arts and entertainment options. But not every community has an Idaho Shakespeare Festival, with a setting along the rolling Boise River. Not every community has the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field, a glorious outdoor setting to take in a concert on a summer evening. Certainly, not every community even has a movie theater like the Village Cinema in Meridian, where you can sit in balcony seats and enjoy full waiter service. With options like these, it’s easy to see why Treasure Valley residents continue to support the arts in a big way. “I think Boise has come a long way in the time that I’ve spent in Boise, and I’ve been here 23 years,” said Charles Fee, the producing artistic director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, which won for Best Performing Arts Group. “There’s been a real sense of people wanting to support the arts, and certainly supporting the arts at the major level, with the (Boise) Philharmonic and Ballet Idaho and the Shakespeare Festival. But we’ve also seen

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growth in the smaller companies, smaller dance companies, smaller theater companies.” That’s not to mention Art in the Park (Best Community Event), which allows hundreds of artists to display their wares at Julia Davis Park each fall. Or the phenomenon of Curtis Stigers and Built to Spill (Best Musician/Band), local musicians

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with national – even international – acclaim. Or the growth of the Treefort Music Fest, which draws hundreds of bands to Boise venues. “Music has really taken off,” Fee said. “That’s great for all of us.” Fee said what sets arts in the Treasure Valley apart is its uniqueness. The Shakespeare Festival’s setting is a perfect example. “You really want to define yourself and your company’s aesthetic not only by what you put on stage, but also the venues you perform in,” he said. “And our venue, out next to the river and slightly out of town, has its own destination appeal. “It’s a unique place to come for an evening of entertainment.” Just like so many places across the Treasure Valley.

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1. Boise Art Museum

1. Ward Hooper

1. Anthony Doerr

Boise

No other artist has captured the spirit of Boise quite like Ward Hooper. Check out his iconic and vintage images at his downtown gallery, 745 W. Idaho St. His artwork captures what it’s like to catch fish on the Boise River, bike the Boise Greenbelt and ski the runs of Idaho’s ski areas. Hooper’s most recent work depicts his “favorite aspect or view of some of Idaho’s most beautiful and remote rivers.”

Born in Ohio but now a resident of the Treasure Valley, Anthony Doerr has been adopted by the Boise community as one of our own. Doerr’s list of published work is long and impressive with his most recent book, “All the Light We Cannot See,” awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

In 1937, a group of 30 art enthusiasts saw their vision realized when the Boise Art Museum was erected in Julia Davis Park. Since then, the museum has provided the community with visual arts experiences and educational opportunities. The nonprofit Boise Art Museum is supported by its members, individuals and corporations, as well as grants. BAM offers classes for adults and camps and classes for children.

2. Freak Alley Downtown Boise

2. Tim Woodward 3. Chris Farnsworth

Freak Alley, Downtown Boise Photo: Shauna Doerr

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2. Amy Westover 3. Zella Bardsley

3. Boise Art Glass Boise

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Community Event

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Day Trip from Boise

1. Art in the Park

1. McCall, Idaho

Boise

From boating on the impressive lake to taking a stroll along the main street shops, McCall offers the perfect getaway for Treasure Valley residents. Activities include hiking, biking, shopping, boating and kayaking. The events calendar is packed, and the restaurants are inviting. Don’t miss the farmers market in the summer and the Winter Carnival in the winter.

More than 200 artists converge at Julia Davis Park each year for Boise Art Museum’s Art in the Park. Art in the Park provides the perfect setting for artists to showcase their arts and crafts to thousands of attendees. The three-day, open-air event also features various forms of live entertainment, an abundance of food options and handson activities for children. This year’s event is Sept. 11-13.

2. Idaho City 3. Redfish Lake

2. Boise Farmers Market Downtown Boise

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By Frederick Knott Directed by Charles Fee Sponsored by Hawley Troxell and Idaho Public Television

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Directed by Drew Barr Sponsored by Parsons Behle & Latimer and Scene/ Treasure Magazines

The Secret Garden

Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, music by Lucy Simon, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett Directed by Victoria Bussert Sponsored by Truckstop.com and Boise Weekly

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Directed by Joseph Hanreddy Sponsored by ArmgaSys, Inc. and Boise State Public Radio

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Family Recreation Spot 1. Boise Greenbelt

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For 45 years, the Boise Greenbelt has been connecting the Treasure Valley community — literally and figuratively. With 25 miles of paths, it’s not only a great way to get from here to there, it’s also a great way to take in the beautiful sights of the Boise River and Foothills, get some exercise or mosey with friends, family and pets.

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1. Village Cinema Meridian

The Village Cinema takes the moviegoing experience to a new level. Take in the latest Hollywood film while enjoying in-theater dining. Or dine at the Backstage Bistro before the previews or after the credits roll. The smell of movie theater popcorn is comforting and familiar, but the reclining leather chairs and loveseats take it to a luxurious level. With 15 screens, there’s likely something you’d enjoy playing right now.

1. Big Al’s Meridian

With 42 lanes, including 12 VIP lanes, Big Al’s does bowling right. This is not your average bowling alley. With fullservice dining at each lane and state-ofthe-art equipment, you’ll likely make this your go-to for family fun, birthday parties and rainy day excursions. Big Al’s also boasts a 55-foot-wide screen and “nearly every sporting channel under the sun” for sports fans, as well as countless beers on tap and a full arcade upstairs.

2. Westy’s Garden Lanes Garden City

3. Emerald Lanes Boise

2. The Flicks Downtown Boise

3. Edwards Boise Stadium 21 and IMAX See the entire calendar at VisitSunValley.com/Events

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“I love The Flicks. I like being able to grab a glass of wine and watch a good movie.”


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Music Venue

Performing Arts Group

1. Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field

1. Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Boise

For seven years, the Idaho Botanical Garden has hosted a summer concert season like no other. The picturesque garden provides the perfect setting for hit music. This year’s lineup includes Third Eye Blind, Barenaked Ladies and Slightly Stoopid. Pack a picnic or buy food, beer and wine at the venue.

2. Knitting Factory Downtown Boise

3. Morrison Center Boise

Boise

Since 1977, Idaho Shakespeare Festival has been bringing world-class theater to life in a stunning outdoor amphitheater. Set against the Boise Foothills and under the stars, it truly is an awe-inspiring experience. Bring a blanket or a chair for lawn seating or splurge on a box that seats four or six. Take a picnic and beverages, or purchase food and drinks from Café Shakespeare. Then sit back and prepare to be entertained.

2. Ballet Idaho Boise

3. Boise Philharmonic Boise

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Ballet Idaho, Boise

1. Humpin’ Hannah’s Downtown Boise

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Musician/Band 1. Curtis Stigers Crooner Curtis Stigers may have been born in Hollywood and lived in Manhattan, but he considers Boise home. Stigers’ resume includes Album of the Year accolades and millions of records sold. His style mixes jazz, rock and pop and tends to draw emotions from its listeners. Stigers’ latest album, “Hooray for Love,” celebrates a new romance.

Has it been a long week? Are you looking for the perfect place to hang out with friends, enjoy a drink and get your groove on? Humpin’ Hannah’s has you covered. Featuring live music on weekends and an always-bumpin’ atmosphere, it’s where to go when you want to get down.

2. The Balcony Club Downtown Boise

3. Cowgirls Kuna

2. Built to Spill 3. Chicken Dinner Road Humpin’ Hannah’s, Boise

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Place to Impress Out of Towners

Radio Hosts 1. Mike Kasper & Kate McGwire on Mix 106

1. The Village at Meridian Meridian

As the shops at The Village at Meridian continue to fill in, local shoppers continue to ask themselves, “What did we do before the Village?!” The striking architecture, playful fountains, and ample options for shopping and dining make for a fun, upscale shopping experience. The Village Cinema and Big Al’s round out the Village and help patrons make a day of it.

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Local radio personalities Mike Kasper and Kate McGwire on Mix 106 keep things light-hearted and family-friendly, and yet the laughout-loud moments will have fellow commuters looking at you sideways at stoplights. This dynamic duo provides local insight into Treasure Valley happenings, and listeners are always encouraged to join the conversation by calling in or visiting them online.

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3. Boise State University football games

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2. Boise River and Greenbelt

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TV Personality 1. Maggie O’Mara on KTVB Maggie O’Mara has been a part of Treasure Valley TV viewers’ mornings since 2000 as part of KTVB’s “Today’s Morning News.” In order to do so, she maintains a unique schedule. “It’s crazy,” she said. “I get up around 2 (a.m.), and I have three babies. So, it’s rough. I have a 4-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. So, it’s not easy.”

But she said the people she gets to meet on the job make her hectic lifestyle worth it. “I meet so many incredible people,” she said. “I do that series called Seven’s Hero, where I highlight people who are doing amazing things in the community. That’s the best part of my week.”

With hours like that, coffee is an integral part of her day. “Oh, my gosh, I drink it with a straw,” she said with a

2. Dee Sarton on KTVB 3. Carolyn Holly on KTVB

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SHOPPING

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BY CHRIS LANGRILL | Special to the Statesman

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f you like shopping, then you love the Treasure Valley. The options — from clothing shops such as Again Consignment in Eagle to car dealerships such as Peterson Auto Group — are limitless. This year’s Best of Treasure Valley highlights the wide spectrum of options that are available to shoppers – especially shoppers looking for a local touch. In the market for a new bike? Voters say you might want to start with George’s Cycles, Bob’s Bicycles or maybe the Boise Bicycle Project. Looking for some quality jewelry? Check out Lee Read, Artsmith’s or Hal Davis Jewelers. If you choose Lee Read (which finished in first place for Best Jewelry/Watch Store), you’ll be shopping at a business that has been serving the Treasure Valley for more than 50 years. What was once a small shop in Downtown Boise is now a sprawling, 10,000-square-foot store in Meridian. “In fact, a couple came in yesterday who started out with my grandparents in Downtown Boise,” said Lee Read President Sarah Read, who runs the

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store with her sisters, Rebecca and Rachel. “She worked at the bank with my grandma, and they would go to the store from time to time, just to visit Lee, which is really cool.” Read said one of the benefits of having a longtime family business in the Treasure Valley is building long-term relationships. “It’s great, because we’ve seen these people get engaged, we’ve seen them have their babies,” she said. “It’s just fun to see the familiar faces, and five decades is a lot of familiar faces.” Mike Shuman sees his fair share of familiar faces at his shop in Boise. He is the owner of Shu’s Idaho Running Company, which finished in first place in two categories: Best Athletic Shoe Store and Best Local Shoe Store. For Shuman, the joy of being a business owner in the Treasure Valley boils down to one thing. “Oh, my God, the people,” he said. “The people are incredible. The other business owners are great, but it all involves the people.” Like Read, Shuman has watched the Treasure Valley’s retail market blossom in recent years.

“I think diversity is always good,” said Shuman,

who opened his store at 1758 W. State St. in Boise nearly two decades ago. “I think it’s fun to see

(new stores) come to town. When I go someplace, I always spot out the things that I’ve never seen before. … And the next thing you know, they’re coming to Boise. So that’s been kind of fun.”

And while there are plenty of new shopping

options there are also plenty of tried and true stores — like Lee Read and Shuman’s — that have been serving Treasure Valley customers for years.

Dragonfly has been a Downtown Boise shopping

icon since 1983, and it was honored as the Best Local Women’s Clothing Store.

Zamzows, which opened its first store more than

eight decades ago, won for Best Pet Grooming and Best Local Pet Store.

So, yes, go ahead and shop until you drop.

There are plenty of options — and loads of Best of Treasure Valley winners who will be happy to see you.


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Bookstore

1. Hobby Lobby

1. Barnes and Noble

Multiple locations

Multiple locations

Is your little one starting to show some interest in arts and crafts? Hobby Lobby is a great place to go to stoke that interest. Perhaps Sally wants to try to make her own doll or Bobby hopes to build a model. Either way, Hobby Lobby has all the supplies you’ll need. And if you’re trying to release some artistic energy, then perhaps painting is for you. Hobby Lobby has you covered.

You already know that Barnes and Noble is the place to go to track down that recent bestseller. And you probably also know that you can find the most recent CD from your favorite musical artist or the latest release of your favorite TV show on DVD. But did you know that Barnes and Noble also has readings for children, book groups for adults and regular signings featuring local and national authors? It’s no wonder that readers flock to Barnes and Noble.

2. Michaels Multiple locations

2. The Rediscovered Bookshop

3. Craft Warehouse

Downtown Boise

Multiple locations

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Local Children’s Clothing Store

Consignment Shop 1. Again Consignment Clothing Boutique

1. Kidz Again Meridian

Eagle

Every parent has watched it happen, time after time. They’ll shell out a small fortune on the latest brand of shoes for their young one. And in no time, little Danny has outgrown them. Well, that’s why parents are lucky to have Kidz Again. The store buys the clothing that your kids can no longer wear. And baby furniture and cribs, too. And while you’re in the store, you may even find something that actually fits Danny ... for at least a few more months.

Again Consignment prides itself on “Making Closets Happy Since 2003.” You’ll find high-end brands such as Coach, J. Crew and Banana Republic at bargain-basement prices. Again adds hundreds of items per day to its racks. Check out the boutique in Eagle and see what upscale resale is all about.

2. Ricochet Home Consignment Boise

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Grocery Store

Home Décor Store

1. WinCo

1. Hobby Lobby

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WinCo is a homegrown success story. Started by two businessmen in Boise, it was originally known as Waremart. But the name was changed to WinCo Foods in 1999, and WinCo now has 100 employee-owned stores in the United States. The WinCo name now means savings: Walk in the front door, head down the Wall of Values, and that much will be clear. Work nights? No problem. WinCo is open 24 hours a day, so all those glorious bulk bins are waiting for you to load up on savings.

If you’re feeling like your home has become a little drab, head to Hobby Lobby and give your house a little pizzazz. Hobby Lobby is loaded with wall décor and clocks, candles and frames, lamps and pillows. And if you want to make your personal touches a little more, er, personal, then Hobby Lobby delivers with a variety of fabrics and supplies that will allow you to do it yourself.

2. Fred Meyer Multiple locations

2. Cost Plus World Market Multiple locations

3. Bed Bath and Beyond Multiple locations

3. Albertsons Multiple locations WinCo, Multiple locations

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Local Jewelry/Watch Store

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Local Men’s Clothing Store

1. Lee Read Jewelers When choosing an engagement ring or wedding band, it’s important to visit a jeweler who knows his or her gems and precious metals. Lee Read has been in the business since 1963, growing from a 500-foot shop in Downtown Boise to a 10,000-foot store in Meridian. Lee Read is loaded with options from several different designers. And with a 1,200-gallon aquarium in the heart of the store, it’s a shopping experience you won’t forget. They’ll clean your jewelry for free, but make sure you ask for a jar of their jewelry cleaner to maintain that shine at home.

1. D&B Supply Multiple locations

Ready to tackle a tough chore? There are several D&B locations throughout the Treasure Valley that will sell you a quality pair of work boots. In fact, D&B is loaded with Western wear, everything from Wrangler jeans to Stetson hats. But some shoppers might be surprised by the variety of men’s clothing. In addition to Western wear, you might find some Merrell jungle mocs or some workout duds.

2. Alexander Davis Downtown Boise

2. Artsmith’s Jewelers

3. Lux Fashion Lounge

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Pharmacy

1. Zamzows

1. Albertsons Savon Pharmacy

Multiple locations

The recent trend for restaurants is a focus on local food. Don’t your dogs and cats deserve the same for their cuisine? Give them Grandma Z’s line of pet food, and your pets will thank you. But Zamzows doesn’t just sell food. They also carry toys, leashes, treats and more. If you’re in the market for an aquarium, the staff will take you through the steps of setting one up. Zamzows bills itself as a Lawn, Garden and Pet Superstore, and the company certainly delivers in the pet aisles.

2. Northwest Pets Eagle

3. D&B Supply Multiple locations

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3. Fred Meyer Multiple locations

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Local Shoe Store

Thrift Store

1. Shu’s Idaho Running Co.

1. Idaho Youth Ranch

Downtown Boise

Multiple locations

Shu’s is a gathering place for runners and walkers. The staff provides expert advice on the best footwear for your gait. And the staff isn’t just knowledgable, it’s a fun, highenergy group that makes it a unique experience each time you walk through the door. Shu’s organizes fun, free community walks and runs every week, so you can meet like-minded people, and it’s the go-to place for advice on upcoming races and training routes.

The Idaho Youth Ranch strives to make sure that kids stay on the right path. Founded in 1953, the Youth Ranch relies on private donations and revenues from its 29 stores throughout the state. The Youth Ranch will take donated items as small as a pair of gloves to as large as an automobile, or even an airplane. And it’s all tax deductible. The Youth Ranch relies on its volunteers, and they deliver: More than 860 volunteers donated more than 21,000 hours last year.

2. Bandanna Running and Walking

2. Assistance League of Boise

Downtown Boise

Boise

3. D&B Supply

3. Savers

Multiple locations

Multiple locations

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Place to Buy a Car 1. Peterson Auto Group Multiple locations

1. Dragonfly Downtown Boise

Dragonfly has been offering an eclectic shopping experience in Downtown Boise since 1983. It’s the place to go for some unique jewelry and clothing — made in the United States or imported from fair-trade companies. But did you know that Dragonfly won’t let you down when they’re looking for that special something for your sweetie’s birthday (including an awesome selection of greeting cards)? Check out Dragonfly’s Facebook page for updates on specials, events and the latest additions to the store’s inventory.

Peterson Auto Group has been selling cars and trucks in the Treasure Valley since 1928, and the dealership is proud that it has forged relationships with some customers that span three generations. With 11 brands — Toyota, Chevrolet, Lexus, Jeep, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler and Scion — and five locations, Peterson Auto Group has the selection you are looking for.

2. Bella Blue Boutique

2. Bronco Motors Multiple locations

3. Larry H. Miller Multiple locations

Meridian and Nampa

3. Barbara Barbara & Co. Downtown Boise

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he Treasure Valley is a great community for outdoors and sports enthusiasts. Want to see for yourself? Just go outside. You’ll find the Greenbelt and the Foothills. You’ll be able to experience the Boise River or Ann Morrison Park. “Boise is on a number of lists as the best place to live, the best place to raise a family,” said Amy Stahl, the community relations manager for the Boise Parks & Recreation Department. “We know that a lot of people come to work here because they enjoy the outdoors.” Readers voted Ann Morrison, Julia Davis and Camel’s Back as the three Best Public Parks. Each one is a Boise treasure. “Ann Morrison is a larger venue for sports, everything from soccer to baseball to Ultimate Frisbee,” Stahl said. “Yet it also has an extraordinary fountain, a really lovely playground and a Greenbelt connection. It’s a place where you can have a wonderful sports experience or some contemplative time while enjoying walking paths.” Julia Davis Park, with Zoo Boise on one end and the Boise Art Museum on the other, attracts throngs of people.

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“The zoo is one of the most visited amenities in our community,” Stahl said. “About 350,000 people a year visit the zoo, and more than a million people visit that park each year.” And if you’d like to explore the Foothills, Camel’s Back Park is a great place to start. “Camel’s Back is such a popular area,” Stahl said. “You can have a hiking experience on the hillside there, or you can take off on the trails in the Hulls Gulch area. It’s everything the Foothills have to offer in one central location.” Not surprisingly, readers voted the Greenbelt as the Best Family Recreation Spot.

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“It’s accessible,” Stahl said. “Kids can walk and have an outdoor experience.” Of course, no discussion of outdoors and sports in the Treasure Valley is complete without a mention of Boise State football, which readers voted Best Sporting Event. Indeed, no event brings Boise together like watching the Broncos on The Blue on a fall afternoon or evening. Community spirit fills the air as half the fans at Albertsons Stadium shout out “Boiiisssee!” and the other half of the crowd answers “Staaaate!”

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BEST

Dog Park

Bike Shop

1. Nampa Dog Park

1. George’s Cycles

Nampa

Multiple locations

Located near the Kings Road overpass, the Nampa Dog Park provides 6 acres of paradise for that Fido in your family. Dogs can romp off-leash, and there are separate areas for small and large dogs. And if Fido is getting up there in years, there is also a spot for older dogs. The park features walking areas, shade shelters and benches. There are even drinking fountains for the dogs (and humans, too!).

George’s Cycles and Fitness was established in 1971, and it’s been a Boise fixture ever since (not to mention a fixture atop the Best of Treasure Valley voting in this category). With three Treasure Valley locations and thousands of bikes in stock, the staff is determined to find the right bike for each rider. The stores are loaded with not just bikes, but all the accessories that go with them. And if you get a flat tire, they’re more than happy to fix that flat, and they might even have time to show you how to fix it yourself.

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3. Camel’s Back Park

2. Bob’s Bicycles

Boise

Boise

3. Boise Bicycle Project Boise

George’s Cycles, Multiple locations

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Gardening Store/Nursery

Golf Course

Place to Hike

1. Edwards Greenhouse

1. BanBury Golf Course

1. Table Rock

Boise

Eagle

Boise

Just as the Treasure Valley has evolved over the years, Edwards has changed with the times since opening in 1930. What you’ll find today at Edwards is a large spread loaded with assorted flowers, vegetables, herbs, grasses and shrubs — pretty much anything that grows under the sun. And if you have a question about growing peppers or petunias, the knowledgeable staff is more than happy to help. Edwards offers classes throughout the year, and most of them are free to the public.

BanBury is a repeat winner in this category, and it’s easy to see why golfers love this picturesque course nestled along the Boise River in Eagle. BanBury, with a challenging 6,890yard, par-71 layout, is a tough, but fair, test for golfers. Tip No. 1: Stay out of the water. The course hosted the USGA Girls’ Championship in 2005 and has consistently been ranked as a Top 10 public course in Idaho by Golf Digest.

Table Rock is a popular way to get a quick workout, and hikers are rewarded with spectacular views of Boise and the Treasure Valley. The trail system accommodates bikers, runners and hikers of all ages. Hikers can begin at the Old Penitentiary parking lot, where you’ll find trail signs to point you on your way.

2. Zamzows Multiple locations

2. Falcon Crest Golf Course Kuna

2. Boise Foothills Boise

3. Camel’s Back Park Boise

3. Shadow Valley Golf Club Boise

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Place to Camp in Idaho 1. Redfish Lake Lodge Near Stanley

Built in 1929, Redfish Lake Lodge has been the cornerstone of many family memories over the years. And while the lodge is a historic beauty, it’s hard to compete with the magnificence of Redfish Lake, with the Sawtooth Mountains towering over the area. If you love the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. World-class fishing and hiking is right out the back door of Redfish Lake Lodge. There’s also boating, horseback riding and the best outdoor activity of them all while visiting Redfish: breathing in the mountain air.

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Place to Mountain Bike

Picnic Spot

1. Boise Foothills

1. Ann Morrison Park

The Boise Foothills are the Treasure Valley’s playground. Dog lovers can hike with their pets on the numerous on-leash and off-leash trails. Mountain bike enthusiasts can enjoy a smooth, simple trail or challenge themselves with heart-stopping courses. Even equestrians can find that perfect trail to match their skill level. If you’re new to the area — or even if you’re not — the best way to navigate the Foothills is by using a Ridge to Rivers map. They can be purchased throughout the Treasure Valley at outdoor stores and bike shops.

Boise

Pack up the picnic basket, Yogi, and head to Ann Morrison Park. There are several ways to enjoy this expansive park. You could set up along the Boise River and dip your feet in the water. There are plenty of trees to provide some shelter from the sun. Or you might choose to hang out near the fountain in the middle of the park. Any afternoon at Ann Morrison is a good one. And if you’ve got a larger group looking for that perfect picnic spot, the Ann Morrison Old Timer’s shelter can be reserved.

2. Bogus Basin

2. Idaho Shakespeare Festival

3. Camel’s Back Park

Boise

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BEST

BEST

Public Park

Idaho Ski Area

Sporting Event

1. Ann Morrison Park

1. Bogus Basin

1. Boise State Football

Downtown Boise

16 miles from Boise

Boise

There’s always something going on at Ann Morrison Park. The 153-acre park features a fountain, a playground, gardens, tennis courts, lighted softball diamonds and fields for any number of sports. In the summertime, Ann Morrison serves as the stopping-off point after a float down the Boise River. And no other place in the City of Trees shows off its forestry like Ann Morrison Park: It has nearly 1,200 trees and about 40 species.

Treasure Valley skiers are spoiled. That’s all there is to it. They can hop in the car and in a matter of hours they could be skiing at Brundage Mountain or Sun Valley or Tamarack. But closest to home is Bogus Basin. Head 16 miles up Bogus Basin Road and you’ll be at the J.R. Simplot Lodge. From there you’ll find 2,600 skiable acres with 53 groomed runs. There are also Nordic and snowshoe trails, a tubing hill and terrain parks.

2. Julia Davis Park

2. Brundage Mountain

Downtown Boise

116 miles from Boise

Kellen Moore. Chris Petersen. Ian Johnson. The names that have helped Boise State football rise to national prominence have become part of college football lore. (And did we mention the blue turf?) Boise State fans have been cheering on the Broncos all the way. Take one look at Albertsons Stadium and the state-of-the-art Stueckle Sky Center, and you’ll see that this is one special setting to watch football. Originally constructed in 1970 with a capacity of 14,500, Albertsons Stadium can now hold 37,000 rabid orange-and-blue fans.

3. Camel’s Back Park

3. Sun Valley

Boise

155 miles from Boise

2. Idaho Steelheads Boise

3. Boise Hawks Baseball Boise

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Boise State Football

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BEST

Local Sporting Goods/ Outdoor Gear Store

BEST

Local Athletic Shoe Store 1. Shu’s Idaho Running Co.

1. McU Sports Multiple locations

Locally owned and operated since 1972, McU Sports is your one-stop shop for outdoor gear in the Treasure Valley. Looking to stay warm on the slopes or cool on the tennis courts? McU offers footwear and clothing for team and individual sports for all seasons.

Downtown Boise

Shu’s Idaho Running Co.’s knowledgeable employees provide personalized service and high-quality products to help their customers reach their fitness goals. Plus, Shu’s keeps runners connected with information about running events, clinics and running groups.

2. Bandanna Running and Walking

2. Idaho Mountain Touring

Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise

3. Idaho Sporting Goods

3. Greenwood’s Ski Haus

Multiple locations

Boise

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ometimes we all need a little help. Fortunately, there are any number of friendly service-oriented businesses in the Treasure Valley that are willing to lend a hand. If your BMW needs some TLC you might consider Hurless Brothers Foreign Car Service (Best Auto Repair Shop). Or if it’s your body — and not your auto — that needs a little tune-up, a visit to Elements Therapeutic Massage (Best Massage Therapy) might be in order. Or let’s say you’ve found that special someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. The Best of Treasure Valley can point you in the right direction for planning that special wedding. A call to Gretchen Talbert, one of the owners of 3 Girls Catering (Best Caterer) might be a good place to start. Talbert brings years of experience to the table. “There are so many styles of weddings,” she said. “Some of them are really formal and some are really casual. Sometimes we might be in barns with animals outside and people are either barefoot or in cowboy boots or flip-flops. Other times, we’re

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“Four seasons, that’s one of my favorite things, four distinct seasons.” in places like the Depot, and it’s quite a bit more formal.” If you’re skewing more toward the formal side, voters agree the Boise Depot is the place to be (Best Wedding Reception Venue). Built in 1925, the Depot underwent a $3.4 million renovation in 1993. Outside, it provides one of the most dramatic photographic settings in the Treasure Valley. Inside you’ll find the Great Hall, with six arched entrances and a 44-foot ceiling. The bride’s room overlooks the Great Hall and provides a dramatic entrance into the main area. The Great Hall can be reserved 11 months in advance for year-round use.

Talbert said the special venues across the Treasure Valley help make weddings — and her job — memorable. She has catered events all across the valley, including at the Idaho Botanical Garden (Best Wedding Ceremony Venue). “It’s so much fun,” Talbert said. “We get to do all kinds of great things we wouldn’t normally be able to do.” Of course, Talbert’s business centers on food, and she said that more and more people are asking for a local touch. “Everyone has become really into local ingredients,” she said. “They’re really interested in where our food came from.” Looking for more wedding ideas? The Best of Treasure Valley has you covered. Try Sweetheart Manor (Best Bridal Shop) for that special bridal gown or wedding tuxedo. Two Rivers Salon & Spa (Best Manicure/Pedicure and Best Spa) would love to pamper you before your big day, and Graeber & Company (Best Hair Salon) will give you that perfect look.


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Accounting Firm

Auto Repair Shop

1. Harris & Co.

1. Hurless Brothers Foreign Car Service

Meridian

Harris & Co. was founded in 1996 as a three-person firm, and it now has 21 professionals and a growing client base. When most people think about accounting they think of tax season. And yes, Harris & Co. does taxes for both individuals and businesses, but the company does so much more. Starting a new small business and need help with payroll processing and evaluation? Harris & Co. has you covered. Perhaps you’ve been in business for a few years and you want to be more efficient. Let Harris & Co. perform an audit. Any way you want to crunch some numbers, Harris & Co. can help.

Perhaps no other business relies on word-of-mouth and reputation more than auto repair shops. And if you’ve heard about Hurless Brothers, you’ve probably heard good things. They specialize in BMW, Volvo and Mercedes Benz services. They are a member of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. And maybe most importantly, they have been named the Best of the Treasure Valley multiple times.

2. Eide Bailly

Multiple locations

Boise

3. Czarniecki & Co. Boise

Boise

2. Al’s Car Care 3. Bronco Motors Multiple locations Harris & Co., Meridian

Hurless BrotHers has been a part of Boise since May of 1983. With the help of our dad, Paul Hurless, we renovated a run-down vacant building on Main Street and went to work. In the following thirty two years we have grown and thrived wtih this remarkable city. We have always concentrated on maintaining a reputation of fairness and honesty. We strive to be both high-tech and high-touch.

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BEST

Bank/Credit Union

Real Estate Brokerage

1. Idaho Central Credit Union

1. Keller Williams Realty of Boise

Multiple locations

Idaho Central Credit Union has 25 full-service locations throughout the Treasure Valley, Magic Valley and eastern Idaho. Young Billy wants to start his first savings account? You want to buy your first home? Idaho Central Credit can handle it all. And this year, Idaho Central Credit is celebrating its 75th birthday. To mark the occasion, ICCU is donating $1,000 to 75 nonprofit organizations.

2. CapEd Federal Credit Union Multiple locations

3. US Bank Multiple locations

Multiple locations

Buying or selling a home can be a stressful, confusing process. There’s the process of home staging, scheduling appointments, negotiations and complicated contracts. Having a Keller Williams Realtor on your side can take the stress out of the process AND give you the confidence that you are making the right choices. Keller Williams of Boise has hundreds of agents who are willing to help when you’re thinking about making this important financial and personal decision.

2. Silvercreek Realty Group Multiple locations

3. Coldwell Banker Multiple locations Keller Williams Realty, Boise

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Mortgage Company 1. Idaho Central Credit Union When shopping for a house and a mortgage company, it really boils down to two main factors: How are the rates and how is the customer service? ICCU makes sure their rates are competitive and their customer service is top notch. They have mortgage loan officers throughout the Treasure Valley who know the market and are waiting for your call.

2. CapEd Federal Credit Union 3. Guild Mortgage

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General Contractor 1. Engineered Structures, Inc. (ESI) Meridian

Take a drive through the Treasure Valley, and you’ll see the stamp that Engineered Structures, Inc. (ESI) has left on the landscape. Some of the projects include: Whole Foods Market in Downtown Boise, the Edwards IMAX 3-D Theatre and the College of Business and Economics Building and the Environmental Research Building on the Boise State campus (not to mention several structures on the Northwest Nazarene campus). ESI has been in business for 42 years and will continue building the Treasure Valley’s future.

2. Wright Brothers Construction Eagle

3. Dave Evans Construction Eighth & Main Tower - Engineered Structures, Inc.

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BEST

BEST

Car Wash

Child Care Facility (infant to pre-K)

1. Mister Car Wash Multiple locations

Mister Car Wash knows there’s nothing quite like a freshly cleaned car. Remember that smell your car had when you first pulled it off the lot? Mister Car Wash can take you back to those new-car days with its Ultimate wash, which will leave your car sparkling inside and out. Best of all? It’s good for the environment. Mister Car Wash’s full-service wash uses 50 percent less water than the typical driveway wash, and they treat and reuse the water, too. That will make you feel even better about your clean car.

2. J’s Ultimate Hand Car Wash Boise

3. Ultra Touch Car Wash Boise

1. YMCA Childcare & Preschool Boise

Summit Dental Group, Boise

Dentist

the case anymore. In fact, the dentists and staff at Summit Dental Group want your visit to be fun. Yes, fun. And using the latest in technology, that’s a goal that Summit is able to achieve.

1. Summit Dental Group

2. All About You Dental

Boise

Boise

Years ago, a trip to the dentist was something to be loathed. But that’s not

3. Jarvis Dental

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The YMCA is practically synonymous with youth development. The Treasure Valley Family YMCA’s child development programs are led by trained teachers who want your child to thrive in a caring, learning environment. The Y’s mission is to instill its four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

2. Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers Multiple locations

3. New Horizon Academy Multiple locations

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Insurance Agency

Family Doctor

1. State Farm Insurance

1. Wajeeh Nasser, Capital City Family Medicine

Multiple locations

Accidents happen. And whether it’s a banged-up bumper or a fence on fire, it’s good to know that — as they say — State Farm is there. With 19 agents in Boise alone, there is probably an agent near you willing to answer your insurance questions and provide a free quote.

2. Allstate Insurance Multiple locations

3. Farmers Insurance

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This doctor is in, obviously. This is the second year in a row that Dr. Nasser has been named Best Family Doctor. Although he doesn’t make house calls, he does stay busy. One of the founders of Capital City Family Medicine, Dr. Nasser has affiliations with both Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s hospitals. He also lectures regularly on health issues and serves as an adjunct professor on the faculty at the University of Utah.

Multiple locations

2. Aaron Moorhouse, Pioneer Family Medicine

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

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1. Baird’s Dry Cleaners

Law Firm

Multiple locations

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Baird’s has five locations in Boise and Meridian, and none of them are afraid to tackle that spot on your shirt — and if they find a missing button they will replace it for free. Family owned and operated for more than 40 years, Baird’s specializes in leather, suede and fur and they’ll also clean and preserve wedding gowns. And best of all, they’ll come to you: They offer free pick-up and delivery with no minimum.

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Multiple locations

2. Givens Pursley

3. Westco Martinizing

Boise

Multiple locations

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BEST

Pediatrician

Physical Therapy Office

1. Allyson Van Steenbergen, Meridian Pediatrics

1. Foothills Physical Therapy

It takes a special talent to provide medical care for kids, and Best of Treasure Valley voters agree that “Dr. Ally” has that talent. She is board certified in pediatrics and has been seeing patients in the Treasure Valley since 1999. She enjoys getting to know families and watching her young patients grow up.

Boise

Foothills Physical Therapy is locally owned and provides one-on-one care by licensed physical therapists. On average their physical therapists have

about 17 years of experience, and the care you will receive comes from those therapists, not technicians or aides. Foothills Physical Therapy also offers aquatic therapy and Pilates-based therapy.

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Surgeon 1. Christian Zimmerman, Saint Alphonsus

2. RehabAuthority Physical Therapy

The spine and nervous system are literally the backbone of the body, and when it comes to taking care of this critical network, the Treasure Valley is happy to back Dr. Christian Zimmerman. Pun intended. Zimmerman is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He has been rated as the top neurosurgeon in Idaho and among the top 10 percent in the nation for neurosurgery services.

Multiple locations

3. Elk’s Rehab Hospital Boise

2. David Peterman, Primary Health 3. Robert Lindsay, Ada Pediatrics

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3. Jon Getz, St. Luke’s

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Local Pet Grooming

Place for Free Wi-Fi

1. All Valley Animal

1. Zamzows

1. Starbucks

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Our puppies and kittens are like kids to most of us, and it’s a terrible feeling when Fido or Fluffy is under the weather. Fortunately, there are places like All Valley Animal that can help. The Meridian care center handles emergencies 24 hours a day. And if you get called out of town unexpectedly, remember that their resort in Meridian offers 24-hour drop-off and pickup. Your pet is never alone, because the staff is always there to tend to your pet’s needs.

Zamzows grooms dogs and cats, large and small. So whether you have a Yorkshire terrier or an Old English mastiff, a Persian or a Manx, there are eight Zamzows locations that can help you give your pet a fresh look. And on your way out don’t forget to reward your pet with a toy from Zamzows’ large selection and pick up some Grandma Z’s dog or cat food.

Whether it’s a workday or study time, nothing beats getting away from your desk for a little break with your laptop in tow. Unless, of course, it’s adding a good cup of coffee to that break. And at Starbucks, not only is the Wi-Fi free — so is the aroma. So, settle in and get a little work or studying done. And if you end up on Facebook instead, the staff at Starbucks promises not to tell on you.

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Boise

2. Dirty Paws

2. Flying M Coffeehouse

Multiple locations

3. Do It Yourself Doggie Detail Boise

Multiple locations

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

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Wedding Reception Venue

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1. Boise Depot

Boise

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Every bride wants the perfect backdrop for her wedding day. And brides in the Treasure Valley need look no further than the Idaho Botanical Garden with its colorful flowerbeds and views of the majestic Boise Foothills. Within the garden, there are multiple options for small and large gatherings year-round.

Getting married is a special time in two people’s lives. Having a wedding reception at the Boise Depot is a special time for all those involved. Built by New York architects, the Boise Depot was opened in 1925, and 10 original benches still line the walls of The Great Hall. It’s one of the most photographed venues in the Treasure Valley, and why not? Inside, there is history you can feel, and outside provides one of the more scenic vistas the valley has to offer.

2. Boise Depot Boise

3. Cathedral of the Rockies Downtown Boise

2. Idaho Botanical Garden Boise

3. Bishop’s House Boise Boise Depot, Boise

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Bridal Shop

1. 3 Girls Catering

1. Sweetheart Manor

Eagle

Boise

The owners and staff at 3 Girls Catering believe they have the best gig in the Treasure Valley, and who’s to argue? They get to set up shop at events and promote fun. From big weddings to small parties, 3 Girls Catering offers upscale services to provide beautifully staged food that is homemade and fresh. Family owned and operated, 3 Girls Catering has fully embraced the trend toward buying and eating local.

2. Goodwood Barbecue Company Multiple locations

3. Berryhill & Co. Restaurant Downtown Boise

Sweetheart Manor offers one-stop shopping for brides-to-be and their grooms. They have been serving the Treasure Valley since 1976, so the staff knows weddings. Experienced bridal consultants can help brides find that perfect gown, and grooms have more than 3,000 tuxedos to choose from. Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be a stressful event — just go to the Sweetheart Manor and let them help you create the wedding of your dreams.

2. Margene’s Bridal Meridian

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Florist

Manicure/Pedicure

1. Flowers at Will

1. Two Rivers Salon & Spa

Boise

Eagle

If you want flowers with an attitude you’ll want to visit Flowers at Will, whose work has been featured on the websites Wedding Chicks and Green Wedding Shoes. Whatever the occasion, Will Heatter puts his personal touch on each arrangement. As his website says: “We can make custom arrangements in our sleep.” And if you’re looking for that special gift for someone, check out Will’s assortment of candles, lotions and local art.

2. Boise At Its Best Flowers Photo: Dusty Parnell

Boise

3. Hillcrest Floral Boise

Whether you’re preparing for that special date or just feel the need to spoil yourself a little, a manicure or pedicure at Two Rivers will help you turn some heads. You might choose a gel manicure or a Hawaiian Honey Pedicure, but either way you’ll be able to enjoy an amazing view from the manicure stations or the pedicure bench. Two Rivers is able to accommodate eight manicures and eight pedicures at one time, so it’s perfect for parties.

2. Amore Nails & Spa Meridian

3. Panache Hair Studio & Day Spa Multiple locations

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BEST

BEST

Spa

Massage Therapy

Hair Salon

1. Two Rivers Salon & Spa

1. Elements Therapeutic Massage

1. Graeber & Company

Eagle

A tranquil retreat along the Boise River in Eagle, Two Rivers Salon & Spa is a popular destination for bridal parties or a girls gathering — but men will also feel right at home. If you’re feeling a little stressed, then a trip to Two Rivers is just what your doctor would order. Visit the Two Rivers website for special offers: For example, in August they are offering $10 off the Coffee Scrub and Signature Facial.

2. Panache Hair Studio & Day Spa Multiple locations

3. Eagle Day Spa

Multiple locations

Sure, a massage feels good, but guess what? It’s also good for you. A massage can relieve stress, increase circulation and improve your range of motion. Appointments are available at Elements, of course, but if you happen to be driving by they’d love to accommodate a walk-in visit.

2. Panache Hair Studio & Day Spa Multiple locations

3. Boise Therapeutic Massage Center

Men’s Haircut 1. Beardsmith

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1. Axiom

As its name implies, the Beardsmith specializes in beard trimming and maintenance, as well as men’s haircuts and straight-razor shaves. The Beardsmith mission is simple: “You’re a man. Whether you run board meetings or weld cold, hard steel, you want to look good without all the fuss. You want a relaxing, engaging experience that leaves you looking great and feeling refreshed.”

Axiom has clubs throughout the Treasure Valley, including a new location at The Village. Want to get fit? Go for a Body Pump class or an aqua workout. Need to chill out? Consider Axiom’s Relax Signature Massage. If you want to see what Axiom is all about stop by and request a free sevenday pass.

3. 10th Street Barber Shop

Eagle

BEST

Multiple locations

Boise

2. Two Rivers Salon & Spa 3. Azure Hair Studio, LLC

Boise

2. Graeber & Company

For more than 45 years, Graeber & Company has made the people of the Treasure Valley look and feel their best. They offer an array of salon and spa services and products, including the Aveda product line for men and women. Graeber & Company is locally owned and operated and their team of more than 30 professionals is committed to making their clients feel welcome and rejuvenated.

Boise

Eagle

BEST

Downtown Boise

Boise

Graeber & Company, Downtown Boise

Local Hotel 1. Grove Hotel Downtown Boise

Imagine getting locked inside a hotel for days on end. If it was the Grove Hotel, that would be a good thing. After feeling pampered in a luxurious room you could take the elevator down to Emilio’s Restaurant for some fine dining. Afterwards, you might wander over to The Bar and enjoy a cocktail and some live

piano music. Looking for entertainment? Take a few steps from The Bar and you’re in CenturyLink Arena, where the Steelheads and Stampede play professional hockey and basketball. If you insist on getting some work done, there is also 36,000 square feet of conference venues.

2. Hotel 43 Downtown Boise

3. Modern Hotel Downtown Boise

2. YMCA Multiple locations

3. Idaho Athletic Club Multiple locations

Boise

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reasure Valley residents don’t always go out to eat. But when they do, the dining options — and quality — are hard to beat. “Idaho is an interesting market,” said Kevin Settles, the owner of Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery in Boise and Eagle (and soon, the Boise Airport). “The average Idahoan spends significantly less time dining out than those in other states. So that means if (restaurants) are going to succeed in our market, you’re really going to have to dial it in, and people will figure out pretty quick if you’re not providing reasonable value as well as service and atmosphere.” Based on Best of Treasure Valley voting, Bardenay has dialed it in rather well. The restaurant appears in seven categories. It finished with the top number of votes for Best Local Family Restaurant, Best Outdoor Dining and Best Bloody Mary. It’s no surprise that Bardenay did well in the Best Outdoor Dining category. The Boise restaurant’s patio looks out over the Basque Block, a historic slice of life unique to Boise. The Eagle restaurant’s patio overlooks the Boise River, giving diners an opportunity to commune

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“I love the variety of dining in the Treasure Valley.” with nature while sipping a cocktail or eating one of their locally inspired dishes. If the sun is shining, those two patios are packed. “I don’t know of a city where a restaurant’s success or failure is more tied to its patio,” Settles said. “People will sit out on the patio in Boise or Eagle when they wouldn’t even think twice about it in Coeur d’Alene. “People like to sit outside. We’re an outdoor city.” Settles is on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association, a position that requires a lot of travel. That travel allows him to see how Boise’s dining world stacks up against other cities. “I think when it comes to price and quality ratio, Boise is extremely hard to beat,” he said.

But he added that Boise diners have come to expect a quality dining experience. “You’re not going to succeed in the marketplace if your food is not going to be on caliber with the Bardenays, the Bittercreeks, the Forks.” Best of Treasure Valley voters know where to go to find dining that delivers on that demand. That’s why you’ll find them at Barbacoa (winner for Best Local Fine Dining, Best Happy Hour, Best Cocktail, Best Local Dessert and Best Restaurant Service) or Chandlers (Best Local Steakhouse) or Goodwood (Best Local Barbecue) or even Flying Pie (Best Pizza). The options are many and, as Settles points out, the quality and prices are hard to beat.

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1. Mai Thai

1. Pastry Perfection

Downtown Boise

Boise

Mai Thai serves up modern Asian fusion fare in downtown Boise. Native Thai chefs prepare authentic dishes like the spicy Drunken Noodle and roasted duck served with baby bok choy. Plus a wide selection of nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls. Three more reasons to check out Mai Thai: its two-for-one happy hour, its popular lunch buffet and its stylish koi pond and waterfall. Boise

Pastry Perfection. If your mouth doesn’t water at these two words, you don’t know what you’re missing. The full-service bakery offers eclairs, cakes, pies, muffins, croissants, bagels and more. The latest addition to the Pastry Perfection line-up? Made-from-scratch cannolis! Pastry Perfection specializes in making special events more ... special! Order your next cookies, cake or donuts from Pastry Perfection and you’ll please the masses.

3. Yen Ching

Multiple locations

Local Asian Restaurant

2. Golden Star

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Downtown Boise

3. Albertsons Multiple locations

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Local Barbecue

Local Breakfast

1. Goodwood Barbecue Company

1. Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro

Multiple locations

Everybody knows Fred Flintstone loved his ribs. Well, if he were visiting the Treasure Valley he would be one happy caveman if he pedaled his car over to Goodwood Barbecue Company. The smell alone would probably lure him in. Goodwood uses a closed-pit cooking method that creates a tantalizing aroma and tender, juicy barbecue. It’s just a guess, but we think Fred Flintstone would be ordering the signature West Texas Beef Ribs — a full rack of ‘em.

2. MickeyRay’s BBQ Multiple locations

Downtown Boise

Goldy’s has been setting the standard for a quality breakfast in Boise since 1999. Part of its charm is that it can only seat about 50 diners. That used to mean long lines, but now you can make the most of your time while you wait. Give them your cell number and stroll through the streets of Downtown Boise — they’ll call you when your table is ready. The wait is worth it once you’re inside and the food and coffee arrive.

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BEST Chef

1. Lou Aaron, Westside Drive-in Multiple locations

Who needs a time machine? Visit Westside Drive-in and you’ll enjoy a nostalgic experience at a drive-in that embodies the spirit of the 1950s. At the heart of the experience is Chef Lou Aaron, who promotes made-fromscratch food that’s fun to eat. There’s no better way to spoil yourself from the comfort of your car. Oh, and don’t forget to polish off one of Chef Aaron’s meals with a signature Idaho Ice Cream Potato.

2. Dustan Bristol, Brick 29 and On The Fly Nampa and Downtown Boise

3. Enrique Martinez, Barbacoa Boise

“It’s family friendly, and I think that’s what I like about it the most.”

Three reasons to love Flying M Coffeehouse: They roast their coffee beans four times a week right here in the Treasure Valley. They provide a platform for local artists and musicians. Their mouth-watering muffins, scones, cookies and cakes are made fresh daily.

2. Big City Coffee Boise

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3. Rembrandt’s Coffee House Eagle

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Local Fine Dining

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Local Family Restaurant 1. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery Downtown Boise and Eagle

Gather up the kids. Call the grandparents. It’s time to head to Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery. Whether you’re heading downtown or along the river in Eagle, it’s easy to see why Bardenay is a family favorite. The kids menu has something for everyone, including the ever-popular grilled cheese sandwich. If your young one is feeling adventurous, she can try some cous cous on the side. If Mom insists on something healthy, don’t worry: There are celery sticks, veggies and apple slices available.

1. Barbacoa Boise

Barbacoa serves up a feast for the senses: The tableside guacamole and Heat margarita will tantalize your taste buds and the over-the-top décor marvels the eyes. No detail has been overlooked — from the ice cocktail glasses to the unique presentation of

each dish. But we don’t need to tell you about Barbacoa; the secret is out, which is why Barbacoa is the recipient of 12 Best of Treasure Valley awards this year.

2. Chandlers Downtown Boise

3. Cottonwood Grille Boise

2. Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant (formerly El Gallo Giro) Kuna

3. Idaho Pizza Company Multiple locations

Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery

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Food Truck 1. Boise Fry Company boisefrycompany.com

What’s better than a french fry? A perfectly cooked french fry from the Boise Fry Company food truck. Boise Fry Company prides itself on serving food that’s fresh, local — and delicious. It’s always fun to find out that the food truck has parked itself at that event you’re attending, but here’s an idea: Next time have the food truck come to you. You can reserve the truck at boisefrycompany.com.

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The Boise Co-op has been the go-to grocery store for specialty foods since 1973, so it’s no surprise that voters know it’s the place to find plenty of gluten-free options. The deli has long been a standard for savory sandwiches (which, of course, you can have with gluten-free bread), but the knowledgeable staff at the Co-op can help you find gluten-free products throughout the store.

Yes, there seems to be a sandwich shop on every corner these days. But not every sandwich shop gives you the true deli experience that Cobby’s does. Cobby’s has been serving up sandwiches piled high with fresh ingredients since 1978. But don’t stop with just a sandwich, because the soups are out of this world, too. After the cashiers ring up your meal, they’ll point you to the chips, apples and oranges that are included with your order.

2. Boise Co-op Downtown Boise

3. Bleubird Downtown Boise

2. Boise Fry Company Multiple locations

3. Jake’s Gluten Free Market Boise

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Late Night Food

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Local Mexican Restaurant

1. PieHole Multiple locations

Some nights call for a midnight snack. Those are the nights when you can be grateful for PieHole. With pizza by the slice, you can go for an old standby — cheese or pepperoni? — and then be adventurous with a second slice — Potato and Bacon? Drunk Candy? Pretty, Pretty Princess? With multiple locations and a food truck, PieHole is there for all of your pizza emergencies.

2. Los Beto’s Mexican Food Multiple locations

3. Merritt’s Country Cafe Boise

1. Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant (formerly El Gallo Giro) Kuna

Treasure Valley Mexican food fans might know Enrique’s by its former name, El Gallo Giro. Either way, they know it’s the restaurant with a longstanding reputation as the best Mexican food in the area. The restaurant has been serving fresh, authentic Mexican fare for 17 years. Plans are in the works to move Enrique’s to a larger location next year, allowing even more fans to flock to Kuna.

2. Chapala Mexican Restaurant Multiple locations

3. Casa Mexico

Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant, Kuna

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Local Happy Hour

Local Italian Restaurant

1. Barbacoa

1. Gino’s Italian Ristorante & Bar

Boise

Sure, Pharrell Williams is happy. But you can be happy, too. Just visit Barbacoa’s happy hour. You’ll be treated to stunning decor, delicious appetizers and classic cocktails. If the weather is nice, head up to the Luna Bar and enjoy some guacamole while overlooking ParkCenter Pond. Enjoy two hours of happiness every day of the week from 4 to 6 p.m.

Downtown Boise and Eagle

If you know Italian food in the Treasure Valley, then you’ve met Gino Vuolo. His restaurant was a fixture in Downtown Boise before he set up shop in Meridian in 2009. Vuolo has maintained the tradition of serving rustic Italian meals with a staff that is eager to please and a menu loaded with options. It’s the kind of place that would make his grandmother proud — and she had her own restaurant in Naples, Italy.

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2. Luciano’s Italian Restaurant

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Outdoor Dining

Local Seafood

1. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery

1. Fresh Off The Hook Boise

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Downtown Boise and Eagle

Bardenay owner Kevin Settles knows the value of a good patio in the Treasure Valley, and his restaurants in Downtown Boise and Eagle are each unique in their own right. The downtown patio overlooks the historic Basque Block, which is usually bustling with activity. The Eagle patio is nestled along the banks of the Boise River, allowing customers to commune with nature as they dine. Add good food, drinks and service to the mix, and you’ve got a winning combination.

with a winning concept: He provides gourmet seafood in a casual setting at a reasonable price. Go see for yourself, but good luck choosing between the fish and chips and the fish tacos. Or maybe it will be the seafood salad.

2. Reel Foods Fish Market

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Local Sports Bar Big Al’s Meridian

Boise

Big Al’s is aptly named. The sports bar’s unofficial motto seems to be “Go big or go home!” One look at the bar’s wall of TVs, including a 55-foot wide screen, and you’ll know what it’s like to enjoy sports in a stadium-like setting. But if that game you came to watch turns out to be a blowout, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to entertain yourself, including a large arcade and state-of-the-art bowling.

3. Cottonwood Grille Boise

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Downtown Boise

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Local Steakhouse

Local Dessert

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Barbacoa

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Downtown Boise

Boise

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Every city deserves a classic steakhouse, and Boise is lucky to have Chandlers. From the free valet parking to the posh interior to the impeccable service, Chandlers exudes class. Chandlers specializes in prime cornfed steaks and American Kobe beef — and for a true delicacy ask about the Japanese Waygu beef. Round out your experience with jazz every night of the week and an award-winning wine list and you’ll have an evening not to be forgotten.

Barbacoa doesn’t do anything without a little style and flair, and that philosophy certainly extends to the restaurant’s dessert menu. Feeling a little festive? Have some fun and order the Fried Ice Cream Lollipop Tree. Or maybe you’d like to roast your own marshmallows on a Hibachi and make some S’mores. And if you have a crowd — a hungry crowd — order the Deal Closer. “It’s massive,” manager Brian Hurzeler said. “It’s intended to serve four to eight people.” The Deal Closer is a tower of chocolate and vanilla sponge cake with vanilla ice cream and caramel and Oreo cookies. To top it off, there’s a flaming chocolate sauce. Now that’s a way to finish off a meal.

If you’re in the mood for fries, then Boise Fry Company is the place for you. Bring your appetite, yes, but also be prepared to make some tough decisions. Boise Fry Company offers eight types of fries, six different potatoes and 10 different sauces and salts. So each trip can be an entirely new experience. Oh, and if you want a burger on the side? More choices: Will it be the free-range, grass-fed beef or bison? Or maybe a black bean vegan burger? The good news is that it’s tough to make a bad decision.

Barbacoa Boise

Lock Stock and Barrel Steakhouse Downtown Boise

Big Jud’s, Boise

Big Jud’s Boise

Highland Hollow Brew House Boise

Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlour

Pastry Perfection, Boise Boise Fresh Off the Hook, Downtown

Boise

BEST

Local Burger Big Jud’s

Fork Downtown Boise

BEST

Local Donuts

Boise

Big Jud’s has been serving fresh handpattied burgers, fresh-cut fries and ice cream since 1997. The restaurant is famous for its Big Jud’s Challenge, which dares diners to tackle a onepound or two-pound burger. But don’t let the Challenge scare you away. You can also order a more-manageable burger with a myriad of options — to top it off. Feeling adventurous? Try your burger Hawaiian, Reuben or Hickory style.

Boise Fry Company Multiple locations

Grind Modern Burger/ PostModern Brewers Downtown Boise

Guru Donuts Boise

BEST

Local Ice Cream Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlour Boise

ice cream and shakes are the perfect way to wash down one of their freshpressed, made-to-order burgers.

You’ll definitely want to hit up Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlour for dessert, but you also might want to eat lunch and dinner there, too. Their homemade

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Fanci Freez Boise

These aren’t your typical donuts. Guru Donuts are made from scratch using local, high-quality ingredients. The flavors change regularly but they’re always unique and tasty — from the Bart Simpson bar with Butterfingers to the Hipsterberry with organic wild berries. Their Maple Bar is “legendary” and on weekends they add bacon bits. Because why not? Guru Donuts also offers vegan donuts and medium roast coffee that’s roasted in Hailey.

DK Donuts Multiple locations

Pastry Perfection Boise

Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlour, Boise

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Flying Pie, Multiple locations

BEST

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Local Pizza

Local Salad

1. Flying Pie

1. Idaho Pizza Company

Multiple locations

Multiple locations

Flying Pie has been delivering — pun intended — quality pizza in the Treasure Valley for decades. And Flying Pie isn’t all about the pizza. It’s also about fun. If it’s Your Day and your name is posted on the sign outside, you can enter the kitchen and make your own pizza. On Gourmet Night you can load up on the standard fare or think outside the box and try something different, like a Death by Garlic Pizza. In August, Flying Pie really spices things up with their wildly popular Habanero Pizza.

With 10 locations in the Treasure Valley, you never have to go too far for a delicious salad. Idaho Pizza Company’s salad bar offers all the fixings you’d expect on an awardwinning salad spread, and they’re fresh and local when possible.

2. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery Downtown Boise and Eagle

3. Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria

2. Idaho Pizza Company Multiple locations

3. Guido’s Pizzeria Multiple locations

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“I love going out to eat on Eighth Street.” BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY 2015

Multiple locations


BEST

BEST

Local Sandwich

Bartender

1. Cobby’s Sandwich Shop

1. Michael Bowers, The Modern

Multiple locations

Cobby’s Sandwich Shops keeps it simple — and it works. Since 1978, Cobby’s has served fresh sandwiches, focusing on quality ingredients and putting its customers first. That’s what you can expect from Cobby’s every time: a delicious sandwich and a smile. Cobby’s offers catering and they deliver lunch daily for free.

2. Bleubird Boise

3. Deli George Boise

The Modern Hotel’s website sums up the surprising success of its bar: “We expected it to be small and intimate. We never anticipated how popular the bar would become.” One of the people behind that success is Michael Bowers, who had never worked at a bar or restaurant before coming to the Modern. But Bowers and the staff concocted a list of cocktails that has earned national buzz, including a mention in the New York Times. Don’t forget to tip!

Thank You Again!

2. Anthony Lipparelli, Barbacoa 3. Ben Mayer, Barbacoa

Sushi

Local Bloody Mary

We appreciate Treasure Valley for voting Gino’s as the

1. Shige Japanese Cuisine

1. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery

BEST ITAlIAn!

BEST

Boise

For more than two decades, Shige Japanese Cuisine has grown bigger and better — just like the Treasure Valley. Don’t be surprised if chef Shige Matsuzawa greets you at the sushi bar as you prepare to enjoy an experience that bridges traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern take. The restaurant relies on local ingredients to provide some longtime customer favorites. At the top of that list? That would be Poke, which is tuna sashimi marinated in soy sauce, spices, onion and tobiko (flying fish roe).

2. (TIE) Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant Boise

and Lucky Fins Seafood Grill Boise and Meridian

BEST

Downtown Boise and Eagle

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

Bardenay takes the Bloody Mary seriously. “Our bartender downtown (Craig West) … I think is considered the master of the Bloody Mary,” owner Kevin Settles said. “He really has taken it under his wing and made sure we have a variety of options.” Try one for yourself, but if you order the Spicy Bloody Mary you better like it spicy, because it’s made with wasabi and three kinds of peppers. If you’re looking for something on the sweeter side try Bardenay’s Basil Bloody Mary.

BEST ITALIAN!

2015

Dine on our patio and enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive, award winning wine list. We also offer tons of gluten free and vegetarian options!

2. Bacon Downtown Boise

3. Fork Downtown Boise

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3. Ahi Sushi Bar

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

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BEST

BEST

Brewery

Brewpub

1. 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

1. 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise

10 Barrel Brewing Co. started brewing its craft beers in Bend, Ore. Luckily for Idahoans, the brewery decided Boise was a good fit, too. So now you can belly up to the bar and try any number of varieties of their beer. The chalkboard above the bar let’s you know what’s new and on tap. You can usually find several varieties of the IPA, plus pale ales, wheat beers and lagers. It’s hard to go wrong at 10 Barrel.

It didn’t take long for 10 Barrel to make itself at home at the corner of 8th and Bannock in Downtown Boise. Since setting up shop in the spring of 2013, it’s become a go-to place for those looking to pair some well-crafted beer with a quality meal. For many,

nothing goes better with beer than a fine pizza pie, and 10 Barrel doesn’t disappoint on this front. But there are plenty of options, and the restaurant has partnered with several local companies to keep things fresh. But no partnership was needed for their fish and chips: They are battered with 10 Barrel’s own Blonde Ale.

2. Sockeye Grill and Brewery Multiple locations

3. Crooked Fence Brewing Co.’s Crooked Flats Garden City

2. Sockeye Grill and Brewery Boise

3. Payette Brewing Co. Boise

Sockeye Grill and Brewery, Multiple locations

10 Barrel Brewing Co., Downtown Boise

Makes it fun to be hungry!

Highlands Hollow would like to thank our staff and patrons for voting us

Best of the Treasure Valley 2015! HIGHLANDS HOLLOW WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR STAFF AND PATRONS FOR VOTING US BEST OF THE TREASURE VALLEY 2015!

Thanks Treasure Valley for voting us the Best Sandwich in Boise! Thanks to our wonderful employees too!

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most popular item, as far as appetizers go.” If you ask, you might even get a tip or two for when you make it at home yourself.

Local Cocktail

Local Margarita

Local Restaurant Service

1. Barbacoa

1. Café Olé Restaurant & Cantina

1. Barbacoa

Downtown Boise

Boise

3. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery

Boise

Shaken or stirred, you can’t go wrong with a cocktail from Barbacoa’s exquisite bar. If you want something especially unique, try one of their Ice-Tini drinks. They’ll serve up one of your favorite cocktails — whether it’s a Lemon Drop or a Cosmopolitan — in a glass of solid ice. “We’re the only restaurant in the state of Idaho, and probably the Northwest, that has the Ice-Tini drink experience,” said manager Brian Hurzeler. If you want to make your drink a true Idaho original, try the I’m Your Huckleberry martini, which is flavored with Idaho huckleberries.

You can’t go wrong with the house margarita at Café Olé, but if you’re feeling feisty, you might mix it up by adding a flavor or two — choose from strawberry, coconut, banana and more — or try a top-shelf margarita with El Jimador tequila. If you’re feeling especially festive, choose from their list of premium regional tequilas. Café Olé offers two happy hours daily — from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to close.

2. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery

3. Barbacoa

Downtown Boise and Eagle

Multiple locations

2. Matador Multiple locations Boise

Quality service is a must at Barbacoa. “We very much have a focus on service and making sure everybody comes in happy and leaves happy,” Barbacoa manager Brian Hurzeler said. ”We have extensive training that we put all of our servers through ... and we have teams throughout the restaurant and they all support each other. We really have an army of people running around here making sure that everybody is happy.” Perhaps the most sought-after server by customers is the one who’s making the tableside guacamole. “The tableside guacamole is probably our

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BEST

BEST

Idaho Winery

Wine List

1. Ste. Chapelle Winery

1. Bodovino

Caldwell

Downtown Boise

Sure, every wine lover wants to visit Napa Valley or Bordeaux or even Walla Walla. But Idahoans are lucky to have Ste. Chapelle Winery closer to home. Founded in 1976 on the Sunnyslope area along the Snake River, Ste. Chapelle has grown into Idaho’s largest winery in terms of production and sales. The winery’s popular Ste. Chapelle Concert Series will run again this summer on Sunday afternoons from early July to mid-September. And if you’re looking for a special setting for a wedding or a private event, Ste. Chappelle’s is hard to beat.

The entrepreneur side of you might walk into Bodovino and ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Well, Bodovino sure brought a clever concept to Boise, and wine lovers are better off because of it. Using their Wine Emotion machines, customers are able to take a self-guided tour through Bodovino’s 144 varieties of wine on tap. It’s easy to say there’s something for everyone. To help you find your way, the wines are divided into sections such as Old World, New World, Regional and Seasonal. And yes, they’ll gladly set you up with a perfect cheese plate.

2. Cinder

2. Chandlers

Garden City

Downtown Boise

3. Sawtooth Winery

3. Barbacoa

Nampa

Boise

Bodovino, Boise

110 categories + 3,258 nominations + 22,171 votes = lots of reasons to love Boise and the Treasure Valley!

We hope you enjoy discovering all the “Bests” that the Treasure Valley has to offer.

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