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hen the Idaho Statesman’s readers survey debuted in 1988, it was named the Best of Boise. In those early years, we discovered things about ourselves that would raise eyebrows nowadays. Best Fries? McDonald’s. Best Video Store? Blockbuster. (What IS this “video store” thingy you speak of?) But as the City of Trees grew, so did the poll. The name was changed to reflect our expanding population base. Our tastes widened, too. In 2013, we have categories like Best Sushi (in Idaho?). This year, there’s even Best Brewery, reflecting our explosive craft beer market. Readers make it happen. Voting online, they choose the top dog in each category — the Best of Treasure Valley. Other top finishers are listed as runners-up. It’s an exciting process, even if counting all those votes gets a little tiring. Yo, cut us some slack. In canine years, Best of Treasure Valley is gettin’ up there — 182 years old! — and still pulling hard on the leash.

BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY INDEX

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Best local musician /band

4

Best movie theater

4

Best music venue

4

Best performing arts group

5

Best radio hosts

5

Best TV personality

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FOOD AND DRINK Best Asian restaurant

6

Best bakery

6

Best bar

8

Best barbecue

8

Best breakfast

10

Best brewery

10

Best burger

11

Best cheap eats

12

Best late-night food

12

Best coffeehouse

13

Best family restaurant

13

Best fine dining

14

Best happy hour

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Best food truck

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Best fries

16

Best ice cream

17

Best Italian restaurant

17

Best Mexican restaurant

18

Best pizza

18

Best restaurant/bar patio

19

Best sandwich

19

Best seafood

19

Best sports bar

20

Best steakhouse

20

Best sushi

21

OUTDOORS AND SPORTS

SHOPPING AND SERVICES Best bike shop

25

Best bookstore

25

Best car wash

26

Best children’s clothing

26

Best consignment store

27

Best Downtown store

27

Best day spa

28

Best hair salon

28

Best dry cleaners

29

Best florist

29

Best gardening store/nursery

30

Best gym

30

Best health food store

31

Best golf course

21

Best jewelry/watch store

32

Best hiking/biking trail

22

Best pet store

32

Best campground

22

Best new business

33

Best local sporting event

23

Best men’s clothing store

34

Best shoe store

34

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Best sporting goods/outdoor gear

35

Best park

24

Best women’s clothing

35

Best run/race

24

Best place to impress out-of-towners

THINGS TO DO Best community event

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Best day trip

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Best family recreation spot

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Best historic spot

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BEST MOVIE THEATER

BEST MUSIC VENUE

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curtisstigers.com OK, we know we’re not Austin or Nashville or Seattle, but we do have some amazing musicians lurking among us in Boise. Curtis Stigers is one of them — and a busy one at that. This summer, he’ll tour in Europe (including a weeklong stint at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London), perform at the Albertsons Boise Open and help plan the concert portion of the Mayor’s Sesquicentennial Ball this fall. Then he’ll release a new album next spring. A philanthropist in his spare time, Stigers has created the powerhouse benefit Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza, which raises money for Interfaith Sanctuary homeless shelter each year. His latest project is the McCall Jazz Festival, which he’s introducing this summer to benefit the Shepherd’s Home, a shelter care facility for children in McCall. He’s also working on creating a project to benefit and support professional musicians in the Treasure Valley. Stigers recently was named International Male Singer of the Year at the German Echo Jazz Awards (again!), but he’s still quite honored to top little ol’ Best of Treasure Valley. “I’m touched to be recognized by my hometown paper,” he said in an email from — where else? — overseas. “I’m proud to be a Boisean and an Idahoan, and to be a member of such a lively, thriving and growing music scene. Vive le Boise!”

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Æ Built to Spill, builttospill.com Æ The Fabulous Chancellors, thefabulouschancellors.com Æ SFM—Steve Fulton Music, stevefultonmusic.com Æ Youth Lagoon, facebook.com/youthlagoon

646 W. Fulton St., Boise, 342-4222 theflicksboise.com Most theaters these days are as loud, dramatic and over-the-top as the movies that play on their screens. From extra-cushy reclining chairs to 3-D goggles, glitzy lobbies and gut-busting food, the environment is as much a part of the experience as the movie itself. Not at The Flicks — at least not in an aggressive, in-your-face way. Maybe that’s why, for the past four years, readers have voted Boise’s arthouse theater the top movie house. Since opening its doors in 1984, The Flicks has strived to be different — and not just by welcoming indie and foreign films on its four screens. For one thing, beer and wine are served. (Everything’s better with beer — right, ladies? How else are you going to persuade your guy to sit through two hours of subtitles?) And The Flicks has an impressive menu at Rick’s Cafe Americain, making “dinner and a movie” akin to one-stop shopping. Want a full meal? Try lasagna or a burger. A nonpopcorn snack? Try the hummus and pita or brie and French bread. The patio is warm and inviting, and you might just get so caught up in conversation that you decide to rent a movie instead — which is totally doable in The Flicks’ rental section. (You can even check online to peruse films and see whether they’re currently available.)

There was a time when the Idaho Botanical Garden did not rock — unless flowers and herbs are your idea of a good thyme. But everything changed when the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series began in 2008 with help from promoter Knitting Factory. Talk about a garden growing. It took voters a few years to push it to the top, Statesman file but the 4,000-capacity outdoor venue finally has won Best Music Venue. (Knitting Factory’s Downtown Boise concert house won this category the last several years.) The garden’s under-the-sky, bring-a-blanket atmosphere doesn’t hurt. That view of the Foothills never gets old. Plus, patrons are welcome to haul in picnic baskets and low-back chairs. This summer, the garden has pumped up the volume with a diverse lineup ranging from shows for the young (Imagine Dragons, May 21; Fun, Aug. 28) to the young at heart (Steely Dan, Aug. 11; Willie Nelson, Aug. 25). And, of course, let’s not forget about the longstanding, intimate Great Garden Escape music series, which showcases local entertainers inside the garden on Thursdays. (“It’s cooler in the garden,” organizers like to say.) Combined, these options are a one-two punch that made the choice easy for voters.

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Æ Edwards 22 Cinemas & IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 377-9603, fandango.com Æ Majestic 18 Cinemas, 2140 E. Cinema Drive, Meridian, 888-2228, hallettcinemas.com Æ Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 387-1273, egyptiantheatre.net Æ Overland Park Cinemas, 7051 W. Overland Road, Boise, 377-3072, opcmovies.com

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IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org There’s nothing like a beautiful Idaho summer night under the stars. Add some incredible actors, directors, designers and production staff to the breathtaking ambience and you might just convert someone who typically shies away from “high-brow” entertainment. The approachability of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival has contributed to its win in this category for the past eight years. A “comeas-you-are” atmosphere invites everyone —young or old, wealthy or common, theater novice or expert — to spend an evening entranced by spectacularly written and performed plays and musicals. Whether you bring a blanket and a picnic or choose to sit at a table and enjoy the fare from Cafe Shakespeare, you’ll get the opportunity to experience Shakespeare the way it was meant to be. Under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee, the company has developed an accessible theatrical style that is often displayed with contemporary twists on classical plays. Backed by meticulously crafted sets and costumes, and infiltrated by

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Æ Trey McIntyre Project, 2285 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, (877) 867-2320, treymcintyre.com Æ Boise Philharmonic, 516 S. 9th St., Boise, 3447849, boisephilharmonic.org Æ ComedySportz Boise, 3250 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, comedysportzboise.com Æ Ballet Idaho, 501 S. 8th St., Boise, 343-0556, balletidaho.org

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MIKE AND KATE, MIX 106 KCIX 105.9 FM, 376-5106, mix106radio.com Mike and Kate, hosts of the Mix 106 morning show, attribute their five-year Best of Treasure Valley winning streak to their connection with fans. No email to the pair goes unanswered, even though they usually receive about 100 each day, Kate said. Facebook, Twitter and blogs have been a game changer in the radio-host business. Mike and Kate have worked together for 12 years, and in the early days, most fans could reach them only by phone. “The show doesn’t end anymore at 10 o’clock,” Kate said. “There isn’t an off switch.” The duo also makes frequent appearances at Boise events in order to maintain a face-to-face relationship with the public. “We want our show to come across like

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MAGGIE O’MARA KTVB Channel 7, 375-7277 ktvb.com Women ruled this year’s TV personality voting. And KTVB was the dominant source of finalists, providing the top three. Maggie O’Mara, who’s anchored KTVB’s morning show, “Today’s Morning News,” since 2000, said she’s proud to work with her fellow KTVB women, particularly Dee Sarton. “If my name is even mentioned with hers, I’m honored,” she said. Over the past 13 years, O’Mara said, “Today’s Morning News” viewers have watched her grow up — from being a 20-something single person to getting married and having a baby. “I think I might be relatable to them because I’m a mom who works,” she said. “I just happen to be a mom who works on TV.” O’Mara said social media has helped her develop a give-andtake rapport instead of the traditional one-way delivery. “I feel like I’m friends with these people because they can connect with me any time,” she said. Some good news for those viewers: O’Mara said she has no plans to leave KTVB.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Dee Sarton, KTVB Channel 7 Æ Carolyn Holly, KTVB Channel 7 Æ Michelle Edmonds, KIVI Channel 6 Æ Larry Gebert, KTVB Channel 7

BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT

GOLDEN STAR 1142 N. Orchard St., Boise, 336-0191 facebook.com Consistent service and a familiar menu have kept Golden Star a repeat favorite for Treasure Valley diners. Founded by four Chinese immigrants — Larry and Shirley Louie and Susie and Shak Lee — the restaurant is two years shy of

marking a half-century on the Boise Bench. Shak Lee has since passed away, but the other three remain involved. “When we first came, (Orchard) from Franklin on was just a dirt road,” Larry said. With so much history, the restaurant has earned an established fan base that it pleases with a mix of regular meals and rotating house specials. A recent day featured chow mein with Mandarin chicken and an egg roll. Larry Louie believes Golden Star’s success is due to three key priorities: great ingredients, reasonable prices and a focus on customer service.

“And that makes people happy,” he said. “I think that’s most important to bring them back.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, 391 S. 8th St., Boise, 342-8100, pfchangs.com Æ Yen Ching, 305 N. 9th St., Boise, 384-0384, yenchingboise.com Æ Sa-wad-dee Thai Restaurant, 1890 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 884-0701, sawaddeethai.com Æ Mai Thai, 750 W. Idaho St., Boise, 344-8424, maithaigroup.com

BEST BAKERY

ZEPPOLE BAKING CO. 983 E. ParkCenter Blvd., 338-1499; 217 N. 8th St., 345–2149, Boise zeppolebakery.com Rosemary bread. Olive bread with imported Greek olives. Yummy peanut butter-bacon cookies. Zeppole Baking Co. owners Charles and Alison Alpers never tire of trying new things to satisfy their customers’ taste for artisan bakery goodies. One of the latest: a sourdough that pulls its yeast out of the air, bringing with it the flavors and aromas unique to the Treasure Valley. It’s among 30 types of bread the company makes. Zeppole is celebrating its 20th anniversary. You may drop by the bakery to pick up your weekly load of bread, but Zeppole is also available at Rosauers Supermarket, the Boise Coop and Albertsons’ 16th and State streets store. You can even find it in Crouch, where loaves are delivered by courier three times a week. The Alpers take a no-rush policy when it comes to whipping up a batch of bread. Nearly all the flour used in Zeppole breads comes from Blackfoot, where it is specially blended. Dough for Zeppole’s Village Loaf sits for 24 hours so it can ferment. That gives it a smooth buttery taste, Charles Alpers said: “It’s not a machine pumping out one after another.” 645487-01

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ÆPastryPerfection,5855N.Glenwood St.,Boise,376-3700,pastryperfection.com Æ Great Harvest, 5608 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 377-5587, greatharvestboise.com; 12570 W. Fairview Ave, Boise, 322-2378,

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7849 W. Spectrum St., Boise, 658-7173 1140 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 884-1021 goodwoodbbq.com

The bar isn’t the centerpiece of The Modern — a reinvented Travelodge — but it’s pretty darn close. The lowlit lounge with midcentury-modern design and the fire-lit patio are destinations for Boise cocktail fans. The Modern earned accolades last year from GQ in a feature story that lauded the inventions of bespectacled bartender Michael Bowers and praised the “ethereal gnocchi.” The menu has no generic cocktails. Instead, there’s the Long Weekend — rum, lime, cucumber, pineapple, mint and soda — and the Caravel, with its celery bitters, or the Hanky Panky with flamed orange. The chow ranges from braised oxtail ragout to mac and cheese made with kale and herbs. Much of it is locally sourced. If there’s a flaw in execution, it’s

that some of the esoteric recipes are, well, esoteric. You might end up quizzing your friendly server on the difference between Aperol and Campari, or pulling out a smartphone to look up “demerara” (a kind of sugar). But hey, it’s all part of The Modern’s charm.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Reef, 105 S. 6th St., Boise, 287-9200, reefboise.com Æ Jaker’s Bar and Grill, 3268 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, 288-0898, jakers.com Æ Pengilly’s Saloon, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 345-6344, facebook.com/PengillysSaloon Æ Bar Gernika, 202 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 344-2175, bargernika.com Æ Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 3430886, neurolux.com

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There are any number of reasons that Goodwood Barbecue Co. has become so successful since the first restaurant opened in Boise in 1999. There’s the brisket and pulled pork that cooks overnight for a melt-in-your-mouth experience. There’s the prime rib, steaks and chicken — all fine choices. And then there are the beef ribs. Big, meaty beef ribs. “As far as I know, those are pretty unique to us,” said cofounder Mike Mantooth. “People come to us for that.” Goodwood learned that lesson some time ago when the beef ribs disappeared from the menu for three months. “Guests were furious,” Mantooth said. So he and his staff make sure to keep the beef ribs coming. And cole slaw. And chicken wings. And burgers. And if you want, Goodwood will come to you. Catering has become a big part of the business for the restaurant, which has five locations — two in the Treasure Valley and three in Utah. But if you’re heading to the restaurant, try the beef ribs. And on your way out the door, purchase a bottle of the barbecue sauce. That way, you can bring a taste of Goodwood into your own house. Æ MickeyRay’s, 980 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 343-7427; 395 W. State St., Eagle, 939-7427, mickeyraysbbq.com Æ Famous Dave’s, 3510 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 898-0325, famousdaves.com Æ Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 2845 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 884-8999; 1807 12th Avenue Road, Nampa, 461-0600, dickeys.com Æ Bob’s Texas Style BBQ, 9990 W. State St., 921-9646, bobstexasbbq.com

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Woe unto him who goeth to Goldy’s and ordereth nothing but a plain stack of pancakes. This perennial winner of the breakfast category specializes in less-obvious morning fare. Red flannel hash with beets, bacon and potatoes. Smoked salmon hash with red potatoes, onions and capers, topped with hollandaise. Andalusian eggs, poached over marinara and baked with ham, chorizo, asparagus and peppers. Sourdough French toast stuffed with bananas, butter, walnuts, cinnamon and brown sugar. If you’re in the mood for hash browns, take your pick of regular or sweet potato. The abbreviated lunch menu is mostly comfort food — ham melt, fish and chips, bacon burger, that kind of thing. But a few surprises lurk, like the California wrap, which pairs turkey, roasted red peppers, avocado and salad with herbed cream cheese and pesto mayo.

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Æ The Egg Factory, multiple locations, eggfactorycafe.com Æ Capri Restaurant, 2520 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 342-1442 Æ The Griddle, 404 E. ParkCenter Blvd., Suite 200, Boise, 297-7615; 177 Eagle River St., Eagle, 939-9070; 2310 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 288-1848, thegriddle.com Æ Sunrise Family Restaurant, 2601 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 459-8557

It’s been a whirlwind, Payette Brewing Co. founder Mike Francis says. Payette’s rise to prominence as a premier producer of hoppy libations in the Treasure Valley came after bursting onto the suds scene in May 2011. “It’s been the fastest and slowest two years of my life,” Francis says at the brewery’s tasting room and production center tucked off Chinden Boulevard in Garden City. On any given night, you’re bound to meet a new drinking buddy or two at Payette and engage in some friendly conversation with the folks behind the bar, who fill glasses and growlers with flagship brews like Outlaw IPA and Payette Pale Ale. Francis is the leader of a tight crew of fewer than a dozen full-time employees, and now they’re gearing up for the next phase of the evolution of the brewery. The addition of new fermentation tanks will help raise yearly production from 7,000 barrels to 9,000, and a fancy new canning line behind the tasting room is set to

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start operation in August. Already distributing statewide, Payette also is looking (slightly) beyond the Idaho border and tapping into the Ontario market in June. But don’t worry. Payette is all about the Gem State. “Our main focus has been, and always will be, Idaho,” Francis says.

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Æ TableRock Brewpub and Grill, 705 Fulton St., Boise, 342-0944, tablerockbrewpub.com Æ Crooked Fence Brewing, 5242 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 890-4120, crookedfencebrewing.com Æ Sockeye Grill & Brewery, 3019 N. Cole Road, Boise, 658-1533, sockeyebrew.com Æ Ram Restaurant & Brewery, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 345-2929; 3272 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, 888-0314, theram.com

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BEST ITALIAN! Thank You Again!

2013

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

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BEST BURGER

FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES 321 S. 8th St., Boise, 429-8776 1587 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 658-4930 2830 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 288-2797 fiveguys.com Five Guys does not mess around with frills. The honored national burger chain doesn’t waste time, attention or money on decor, an ever-expanding menu or even fancy sacks to carry your burger and fries. And it works. For the fourth consecutive year, Five Guys has earned top burger honors. The walls simply point out the franchise’s accomplishments with quotes from newspapers across the country. It must be tough picking which accolades to publish. The menu: burgers, fries, hot dogs and a couple of sandwich options. All 15 toppings are free. And when you pick up your burger (it’s a double unless you choose the “little” option) and mountain of fries (even the new “little” option is big enough for two), it all comes in a brown paper bag. No frills means all the focus goes into the food. It’s a winning formula — again.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Big Juds, 1289 S. Protest Road, Boise, 343-4439, bigjudsboise.com Æ Boise Fry Co., 111 Broadway, Suite 111, Boise, 495-3858; 3083 S. Bown Way, Boise, 965-1551; 6944 W. State St., Boise, 391-1573, boisefrycompany.com Æ Red Robin, multiple locations, redrobin.com Æ Smashburger, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Suite 100, Meridian, 319-0069; 8247 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 319-0090, smashburger.com

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FOOD AND DRINK BEST CHEAP EATS

LOS BETOS Multiple locations We’ve all heard the expression before: “A dollar just doesn’t go as far as it used to.” It conjures visions of a crotchety old-timer sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch, scolding the rowdy teens to keep their music down. Now even the kids apply the adage, recalling the days of yore when songs cost 99 cents instead of $1.29. Getting a bite to eat is no exception to rising costs, but there are places scattered across the Treasure Valley where you don’t have to spend $10 to fill yourself up. Los Betos has a bargain hunter’s bounty of options, and regardless of price, the food tastes pretty darn good, too. Whether you’re trying to save a dollar or two, are looking for a treat or just simply want a good place to grab a meal, you’re welcome at Los Betos. It’s open 24 hours a day, so even those with the busiest schedules can find time

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to drop by. With lower prices, the expectation is for food sizes to get smaller. (How many times have you ordered a $1 burger and thought you would be more full eating the dollar bill itself?) But there’s no skimping at Los Betos. Burritos, enchiladas and even the side orders of refried beans or rice are colossal. You and your wallet will be full — but don’t leave before you get a free refill for the road.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Pie Hole, 205 N. 8th St., Boise, 344-7783; 1016 Broadway Ave., Boise, 424-2225; pieholeusa.com; 726 N. Main St., Meridian, 888-0842 ÆFlyingPiePizzaria,6508FairviewAve.,Boise, 345-0000;4320W.StateSt.,Boise,384-0000; 601S.MainSt.,Meridian,888-9500;flyingpie.com Æ The Gyro Shack, 6935 W. Overland Road, Boise, 375-7424; 5602 W. State St., Boise, 853-2684, thegyroshack.net Æ Pizza Guy, 337 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 466-4540, yopizzaguy.com

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LOS BETOS Ah, you can almost remember when the night was young. The whole evening was ahead of you. And now? It’s past midnight. Oh, wait. Make that 1 a.m. The night’s still young. Or is it? Nope, now it’s past 2 a.m. And you’re hungry. Thankfully, you have a moment of clarity. Los Betos! The Mexican restaurants — there are five Treasure Valley locations — are open 24 hours. Yes, Los Betos is always there for you. And what more can you ask of a restaurant? Good prices, perhaps? Check. Plenty of variety? Check. Some customers get in a groove and insist on the Chile Relleno Burrito every vis-

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it. Others branch out and try the California Burrito, with steak, potatoes, cheese and pico de gallo. Or the tortas. Or rolled tacos. There are plenty of options, and pretty much all of them will send you to an early-morning slumber with a full belly.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Pie Hole, 205 N. 8th St., Boise, 344-7783; 1016 Broadway Ave., Boise, 424-2225; pieholeusa.com; 726 N. Main St., Meridian, 888-0842 Æ Merritt’s Country Cafe, 6630 W. State St., Boise, 853-6165, facebook.com Æ Golden Star Restaurant, 1142 N. Orchard St., Boise, 336-0191, facebook.com Æ Taco Bell, multiple locations, tacobell.com


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FOOD AND DRINK BEST COFFEEHOUSE

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT

MOXIE JAVA

FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN

Multiple locations moxiejava.com

3139 S. Bown Way, Boise, 343-4177; 615 W. Main St., Boise, 287-4757 830 N. Main St., Meridian, 288-0969 flatbreadpizza.com

“White Chocolate Mocha, please!” Perhaps it’s a phrase you utter almost religiously every Saturday morning. Perhaps you have attempted to recreate this tasty, strangely addictive drink — but no dice. (Sigh). So every weekend you plop down $4 on a simple-yet-so-difficult-to-replicate concoction of coffee, milk and flavoring. Don’t worry, you are not alone. And it is SOOO worth it. Moxie Java holds a very special place in the hearts of coffee lovers. For some of us, Moxie was, ahem, our first! That sweet and smooth Milky Way can forever change the way you view coffee. And the seasonal drinks — yum — are something to look forward to as much as the holiday itself. Although Moxie finished on top

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again this year, as usual, newcomer (sorta) Lucky Perk was a handful of votes away from that spot. It just so happens that Lucky Perk — formed by a local independent group of former Moxie Java owners — took over six Treasure Valley Moxie Java locations, making their debut on Jan. 28. The heat is on, which is always a good thing for coffee lovers.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Lucky Perk, multiple locations, luckyperk.com Æ Dutch Bros. Coffee, multiple locations, dutchbros.com Æ Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Suite 100, Boise, 345-4320, flyingmcoffee.com Æ Starbucks, multiple locations, starbucks.com

Taking the rugrats out to eat can be a stressful experience. Are my kids disrupting other diners? Can they be patient while we wait for the food? It isn’t like that at Flatbread Community Oven. The atmosphere has a more polished feel to it than most other family restaurants, yet families feel welcome. Kids are invited to watch the pizza makers toss the dough in the air and slide pizzas in and out of the huge open-fire ovens. Better yet, they can get in on the action themselves and make their own pizzas. Dough is brought to the table with sauce and the child’s choice of toppings. When they’re done assembling their pie, kids can accompany their server to the brick oven and watch their pizza bake. The kids menu also features homemade mac ’n’ cheese, and noodles with marinara, Alfredo or butter.

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All kids meals come with soda and a cookie, too. The Bown Crossing location has fantastic outdoor fire pits to entrance diners while they nosh on appetizers. The Meridian location is situated next to Generations Plaza, giving kids a place to run while Mom and Dad enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the open-air bar. By the time the pies arrive, everyone in the family will be ready to enjoy some excellent pizza in great company.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Red Robin, multiple locations, redrobin.com Æ Idaho Pizza Co., multiple locations, idahopizzacompany.com Æ Cracker Barrel, 1733 S. Cole Road, Boise, 3218280, crackerbarrel.com Æ Black Bear Diner 1731 S. Entertainment Ave., Boise, 322-1888, blackbeardiner.com

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FOOD AND DRINK BEST FINE DINING

BARBACOA 276 Bobwhite Court, Boise, 338-5000 barbacoa-boise.com cocktails are as unique as the atmosphere. Try the Chill martini, a delicate blend of Zygo Peach Vodka, cranberry and mango popsicle ($9), for a flavor explosion in your mouth.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Chandlers Steakhouse, 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 383-4300, chandlersboise.com Æ Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., Boise, 333-9800, cottonwoodgrille.com Æ Fork, 199 N. 8th St., Boise, 2871700, boisefork.com Æ Brick 29 Bistro, 320 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 468-0029, brick29.com

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until dinner. Consider ordering a bowl of custom-made guacamole ($9) — you specify mild, medium or hot — and substitute sliced celery and carrots for chips for dipping.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Jaker’s Bar & Grill, 268 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, 288-0898, jakers.com Æ Cafe Ole, 210 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 322-0222, 404 S. 8th St., Boise, 344-3222, cafeole.com Æ Murphy’s Seafood & Steakhouse, 1555 S. Broadway Ave, Boise (closed) Æ The Matador, 215 N. 8th St., Boise, 342-9988, matadorseattle.com

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While the two-for-one special is a happy-hour mainstay, what sets Barbacoa’s happy hour apart is options. You can pick between two bar areas: the lavish and ornate indoor lounge (think Dia De Los Muertos altar meets Victorian parlor) or the Luna Bar on the rooftop (think airy St. Kitts cabana — bring your white fedora). And you can choose between two happy-hour times: 4-6 p.m. daily or discounted drinks from 10 p.m. to close on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Well drinks, and most beer and

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When you want to impress someone with Boise’s culinary prowess in an atmosphere generally reserved for larger cities, the place to go is Barbacoa. The decor is oozing with opulence, from the glass-blown chandeliers to the unique leather-wrapped lounge chairs and impressive Medusa sculpture. It’s elegant, rustic, Bohemian and classy — all at the same time. If the ambience isn’t enough to make your head spin, the menu certainly will. Chef Enrique Martinez infuses the food with a Latin flair but maintains familiar flavors. With a wide variety of juicy steaks, succulent lamb chops, paella, pastas, tender duck and even chicken mole, there’s something to please every palate. Consider bringing a group of friends to enjoy the appetizer selection, tapas style, served with a few of Barbacoa’s signature cocktails. Your group can easily fill up on a combination of the Tableside Guacamole ($9), BBQ Duck Quesadillas ($9), Calamari Fritti ($9), Trio of Ceviche ($14) or any other number of delicious items on the appetizer menu. And the

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FOOD AND DRINK BEST FOOD TRUCK

BEST FRIES

B29 STREATERY

BOISE FRY CO.

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111 Broadway, Suite 111, Boise, 495-3858 3083 S. Bown Way, Boise, 965-1551 6944 W. State St., Boise, 391-1573 boisefrycompany.com

A mobile love child of Dustan Bristol’s Brick 29 Bistro in Nampa, this food truck is not your ordinary meal on wheels. The menu changes frequently, but if you find it serving its to-die-for BLAT with house-candied bacon, jump in line — it’s worth the wait. Also try the Kobe patty melt with caramelized onions, jalapeno aioli and blue cheese. Don’t forget the fries with herbal sea salt and Swiss cheese fondue. And there’s the occasional offerings of brisket, short ribs, tacos and Asian slaw salad with chicken. B29 Streatery helped create the Treasure Valley’s food-truck love affair two years ago. What began as a food and brew event by the Streatery and Payette Brewing Co. soon became a full-blown Food Truck Rally. The event now moves from place to place each month with hungry fol-

lowers awaiting word on the next location. The Boise rally inspired the Streatery to start a Nampa iteration last year, and the folks at Brick 29 have partnered with the city of Nampa for fourth Friday rallies at Lloyd’s Square. Keep track of the Streatery’s whereabouts through Facebook or Twitter. Or catch it at the next Boise Food Truck Rally from 5 to 9 p.m. June 14 at The Idaho Foodbank, 3562 S. TK Ave, Boise. Find out what other trucks will be there at Facebook.com/FoodTruck Rally.

Receiving this award in a state renowned for its potatoes is quite the honor, and Boise Fry Co. has built itself one heck of a reputation. Fries normally don’t require much thought — you’re basically deciding on what size to order at most restaurants. That’s only the tip of the iceberg at Boise Fry Co. First, pick from among six potatoes: Russet, gold, Laura, yam, sweet and purple. Next, choose your cut from shoestring, regular, homestyle, curly or po’ balls. There’s also the bourgeois, their finest-cut fried in duck fat with truffle salt. Once you’ve made those decisions, it’s time to decide what you’ll be dipping them in. The head-spinning array includes options such as blueberry ketchup, malt vinegar, sea salt and chipotle aioli. Beef, vegan and buffalo burgers also are

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Boise Fry Co., 495-3858, boisefrycompany.com Æ Kanak Attack, 429-9111, kanak.co Æ Pie Hole, 344-7783, pieholeusa.com Æ Archie’s Place, 871-1455, archies-place.com

available here, but don’t dare think about ordering the burger first. The burger comes with the fries at Boise Fry Co. Boise Fry Co. serves soda, wine and beer and offers a buy one, get one free with draft beer and small fries from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 321 S. 8th St., Boise, 429-8776, 2830 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 2882797; 1587 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 658-4930, fiveguys.com Æ McDonald’s, multiple locations, mcdonalds.com Æ Red Robin, multiple locations, redrobin.com Æ Smashburger, 8247 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 319-0090; 3223 E. Louis Drive, Suite 100, Meridian, smashburger.com

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FOOD AND DRINK BEST ICE CREAM

DELSA’S ICE CREAM PARLOUR 7923 Ustick Road, Boise, 377-3700, facebook.com Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlour is one of those hidden treasures, even though it’s far from secret: Delsa’s is a regular winner in Best of Treasure Valley. Its handmade ice cream harks back to a nostalgic era, and multiple generations have been raised making tough decisions at the freezer case. Choose from 16 flavors that rotate among 68 different recipes. Don’t worry, there’s always chocolate and vanilla, strawberry and Rocky Road, huckleberry and sherbet. Some things never change, thank goodness. “It’s all about Don (Blele), the guy who owned it for 30 years,” says current ice cream maker Nick West. “That place has a lot of history. It’s really a magical little ice cream shop.” When West and co-owners Tom and

Tiffany Cushing, of Capri Restaurant, bought the shop in 2009, Blele spent three months teaching West his recipes. And the secret? It’s in the cream. “Ice cream in the grocery store is 10 percent butterfat. Good ice cream is 12 percent.” Delsa’s is 14, West says. Go ahead. Indulge.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ TCBY, 1790 W. State St., Boise, 384-0994, tcby.com Æ Cold Stone Creamery, multiple locations, coldstonecreamery.com Æ Goody’s, 1502 N. 13th St., Boise, 367-0020, goodyssodafountain.com Æ U-Swirl, multiple locations, u-swirl.com

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

GINO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE 3015 W. McMillan Road, Suite 108, Meridian, 887-7710, facebook.com tic, but on a nice evening Gino’s rule over this cateit’s hard to pass up a great gory is similar to the likes of meal on the patio. Life Julius Caesar, Augustus and slows down around the Trajan — an unquestioned Italian table, so enjoy leader of Treasure Valley your surroundings as Italian restaurants. Near the your food is made from corner of Ten Mile and scratch. It may take a McMillan, Gino’s is more glass of vino or some than worth the trip. limoncello, but you can Gino Vuolo brought his almost imagine eating hospitality from Naples to outside in Gino’s homeBoise, and along with the town of Napoli, perhaps fantastic food, his heritage is gazing over the bay with what stands out during your KATHERINE JONES / cobblestones beneath visit. It begins with friendly kjones@idahostatesman.com your feet and Vesuvio service and on each menu is looming in the distance. Gino’s story of meeting his Andiamo! wife, Tia, at his grandmother’s restaurant in Naples. You feel welcome the moment you HONORABLE MENTIONS walk in the door. Æ Asiago’s, 1002 W. Main St., Boise, 336-5552, One theme that runs throughout Italian asiagos.com cooking is making the best of what’s availÆ Olive Garden, 320 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, able. That concept, along with the foreign 322-3327; 16401 N. Marketplace Blvd., Nampa, influences that have come and gone (especially in Naples and the southern part of the 442-8129, olivegarden.com Æ Louie’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 2500 E. country), created the dishes featured at Gino’s that are so hard to decide between — Fairview Ave., Meridian, 884-5200, whether it’s antipasti, primi, secondi or dol- louiespizza.com Æ Johnny Carino’s, 1700 S. Entertainment Ave., ci. Rest assured that no matter what you Boise, 373-4968; 3551 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, choose, it will be a winner. The restaurant’s elegant interior is fantas- 888-7801, carinos.com

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FOOD AND DRINK BEST PIZZA

FLYING PIE PIZZARIA 6508 Fairview Ave., Boise, 345-0000; 4320 W. State St., Boise, 384-0000; 601 S. Main St., Meridian, 888-9500 flyingpie.com

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Year in and year out, it’s almost guaranteed Flying Pie Pizzaria wins this category. Flying Pie has been a part of Boise since 1978, and if you haven’t tried it, well, what are you waiting for? Proudly displayed for each customer to see inside the restaurant is Flying Pie’s promise: “We care a lot about every pizza we make and personally guarantee your satisfaction.” It’s a guarantee that covers a lot of real estate — basically any idea you have for a pizza is possible here, and if you’ve tried every combination and are fresh out of ideas, Flying Pie has its own 18 specialty pizzas to choose from. To take it one step further, they even suggest a beer and wine to accompany your pizza. Speaking of beer and wine, you can decide between a variety of red and white wines and lots of different beers at Flying Pie, and they can even deliver your choice to you at home. (One exception: The newest location in Meridian

is dine-in only.) Still not unique enough for you? Try the house beer, the Triple Pi Ale. Flying Pie owns the Treasure Valley’s coolest promotion, “It’s Your Day,” in which you get to make your own 10-inch pizza with whatever you want on it for free. That’s right, free. They pick a name for the day, and if it’s your name, head on in and start tossing the dough in the air. No wonder they win every year.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Idaho Pizza Co., multiple locations, idahopizzacompany.com Æ Papa Murphy’s, multiple locations, papamurphys.com Æ Flatbread Community Oven, 3139 S. Bown Way, Boise, 343-4177; 615 W. Main St., Boise, 287-4757; 830 N. Main St., Meridian, 288-0969, flatbreadpizza.com Æ Guido’s, 235 N. 5th St., Boise, 345-9011; 12375 Chinden Blvd., Suite G, Boise, 376-1008, guidosdowntown.com

482 W. Main St., Kuna, 922-5169, elgallogirokuna.com It is not true what they say about El Gallo Giro being the only reason to go to Kuna. It’s not a bad little drive from Boise, and there’s a decent view of mountain ranges to the south and west and an old-school downtown (in a good way). And there’s that combo platter waiting. Service on a recent spring Saturday afternoon was better and faster than a pit crew at a NASCAR race. The homemade tortilla chips were made that morning and served with salsa and a tasty warm bean dip. The combination platter of taco, tamale and enchilada (choice of meat) was the size of a sombrero, and the choices to wash it down with ranged from a selection of Mexican cane-sugar sodas to beer, tequila and even local wines. The dish itself — and the customized guacamole made to order to your taste

— exhibited some artfully spiced combinations of sauce and cilantro, green onions and a beautiful slice of radish for garnish. A ranchera sauce and sour cream sauce are featured items. The plates are as festive as the wall decorations blooming with red and green patterns and celebration scenes. The staff members seem to lap the place every few minutes refilling soft drinks, tortilla chip baskets and dips. Let’s build a Kuna Connector.

HONORABLE MENTIONS Æ Chapala, multiple locations, chapalarestaurants.com Æ Casa Mexico, multiple locations, casamexicoidaho.com Æ Cafe Ole, 210 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 322-0222, 404 S. 8th St., Boise, 344-3222, cafeole.com Æ Andrade’s Restaurant, 4903 W. Overland Road, Boise, 424-8890, andradesboise.com

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FOOD AND DRINK BEST RESTAURANT/ BAR PATIO

BEST SEAFOOD

BARDENAY – EAGLE

FRESH OFF THE HOOK

155 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, 938-5093 bardenay.com With more than 200 days of sunshine a year, having a good patio is a must in the Treasure Valley. But the patio at Bardenay in Eagle isn’t just good or even great, it’s nearly perfect. Nestled by the Boise River away from the buzzing highways and busy streets, it’s easy to see why this location keeps on winning Best Patio every year. The space has the right amount of sunshine for those chillier spring and fall days, and a fireplace adds a bit of comfort when the sun dips below the horizon. Umbrellas keep diners shaded on those notoriously hot Idaho summer afternoons, and a gentle breeze blows off the river. Servers are also quick to refill your cold beverage or offer sunscreen if needed. But a patio is a mere gathering space without great food and libations — and Bardenay has both. With in-house crafted gin (at the Eagle location), rum (from Downtown Boise), and vodka (from Coeur d’Alene), cocktails are truly local here. The menu has a distinctive Northwest flair, from the Hagerman Trout Fillet ($13.95) to the Flash-Fried Pacific Cod and Fries ($9.95), or the Cider Brined Pork Chops ($15.95) and Pear Spinach Salad ($8.95). “Our food and drinks are a reflection of where we live — comforting, affordable, yet somewhat sophisticated — in an Idaho sort of way,” owner Kevin Settles explains.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., Boise, 333-9800, cottonwoodgrille.com Æ Bardenay – Boise, 610 W. Grove St., Boise, 426-0538, bardenay.com Æ Reef, 105 S. 6th St., Boise, 287-9200, reefboise.com Æ The Ram Restaurant & Brewery, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 345-2929; 3272 E. Pine St., Meridian, 888-0314, theram.com

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JIMMYJOHN’S Multiple locations, jimmyjohns.com It’s only been a short time since Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches made its Treasure Valley debut, and keeping with its slogan “Subs so fast you’ll freak,” the new kid on the block already tops the best sandwich category. With seven 8-inch sandwiches, 11 giant club sandwiches, and the J.J. Gargantuan presented more like a dare on the franchise menu, Jimmy John’s offers a variety of hunger-taming options. For those watching their diet, there are alternatives such as the JJ Unwich, a no-carb lettuce wrap of any of the menu sandwiches served without the bread. Add to that an aggressive marketing campaign touting its speedy delivery, and it’s no wonder Jimmy John’s has become a popular sandwich maker with four locations in Boise and two in Meridian. During the lunch hour,

Jimmy John’s is staffed with a small army of workers who quickly greet you as you enter the shop and wish you well as you leave. The Jimmy John’s menu is easily accessible online, where you can order easily via the Internet or find the nearest location. Or do it the old-fashioned way: Order by phone.

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Æ Cobby’s, 1030 Broadway Ave., Boise, 345-0990; 4348 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 322-7401; 6899 Overland Road, Boise, 323-0606, cobbys.com Æ Hugo’s Deli, 950 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 888-2358; 10599 W. Overland Road, Boise, 377-9530, hugosdeli.com Æ Deli George, 220 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 323-2582, deligeorge.com Æ Idaho Pizza Co., multiple locations, idahopizzacompany.com

When it comes to seafood in the Treasure Valley, Fresh Off The Hook is the great white shark at the top of the food chain. The restaurant perennially dominates this category, and with a new location in Downtown Boise to accompany its quaint store on Milwaukee Street, it’s difficult to imagine that changing anytime soon. Calamari, crab, shrimp, scallops, clams and, of course, all kinds of fish are on a menu stuffed full of fresh and quality dishes. One triedand-true test of a seafood restaurant is always the fish and chips, and Fresh Off The Hook’s receives an A-plus. The moist, golden yellow morsels of breaded Alaskan cod (also available with mahi mahi, halibut, salmon, clam strips or jumbo shrimp) melt in your mouth, and the crunchy fries that come with them are very good. Each meal comes with a complimentary scoop of sherbet, a unique and perfect touch to finish the meal. For those lamenting that even the western edge of the Treasure Valley is nowhere near an ocean, Fresh Off The Hook makes those hundreds of miles drift away with its maritime atmosphere and unbelievably tasty food. You may even wonder where you docked the sloop when you leave.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Lucky Fins Seafood Grill, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 888-3467, luckyfinsgrill.com Æ Bonefish Grill, 855 W. Broad St., Suite 260, Boise, 433-1234, bonefishgrill.com Æ Murphy’s Seafood & Steakhouse, 1555 Broadway Ave. (closed) Æ Red Lobster, 550 N. Milwaukee St., 672-1188, redlobster.com


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RAM RESTAURANT & BREWERY 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 345-2929 3272 E. Pine, Meridian, 888-0314 theram.com Like our favorite college football team across the river, the Ram Restaurant & Brewery has become a perennial power, winning for a second consecutive year. And for obvious sports-bar reasons: Location (next to Bronco Stadium), beers (award-winning seasonal delights are brewed onsite) and TVs (more than 40 combined in the Boise and Meridian locations). The Ram is serious about sports. It has access to all the TV packages for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and anything else you might want. “We’ll even pick up a package for a month, or even for a single game. ... We’ve done it before,’’ General Manager Kevin Martinez said. The bar areas are spacious, the restaurant side is family-friendly, and the riverside patio at the Boise location is killer — just ask the 10,000 local MVP club members (ask your waitress, or check out the website for special offers). Best of all, there are more food options than buttons on your remote control, everything from nachos, wings, pulled-pork sliders and mozzarella sticks to special burgers, summer salads and even gluten-free/low-calorie options.

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Æ Pinnacle Sports Grill, 2902 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 884-4400, pinnaclesportsgrill.com Æ Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 288-5485; 2101 N. Cassia St., Nampa, 463-9453, buffalowildwings.com Æ Big Al’s, 1900 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 780-6118, ilovebigals.com Æ Crescent “No Lawyers” Bar & Grill, 5500 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 322-9856, no-lawyers.com

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BEST STEAKHOUSE

CHANDLERS 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 383-4300, chandlersboise.com For almost 40 years in three states and four cities, Rex Chandler has been at the top of the restaurant business. His seafood restaurants in Honolulu and Newport Beach, Calif., were celebrated by critics and customers alike. A lifestyle change — he wanted to raise his son, Tyler, in Idaho — brought him to Sun Valley in 1993. In 2007, a year before the economy tanked, he moved to Boise to open Chandlers. After clearing a rough patch — lunch didn’t work — Chandlers has been growing steadily, between 5 percent and 7 percent a year, he says. “There was a pent-up need for a fine-dining restaurant,” Chandler says.

Chandlers serves steaks for three different palates: traditional Midwest corn-fed prime beef, Kobe-style “Wagyu” and South American grass-fed. In the past year, he’s added a Delmonico cut, a tenderloin still on the bone combining the tenderness of a filet mignon with the heartier sirloin flavor of a New York. “That’s been our home run,” Chandler says. With live music seven days a week, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for several years running and the touted 10-minute martini, Chandlers is more than meat. Half the business is seafood, which arrives in 24 hours or less after Chandler checks out smartphone photos from Honolulu.

“Maybe it’s the old school in me,” says Chandler, 64, “but classic piano and jazz works hand in hand with the dining experience. It’s entertainment, not just food and beverage.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Texas Roadhouse, 3801 E. Fairview Drive, Meridian, 887-9401; 1830 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 466-2800, texasroadhouse.com Æ Jakers Bar & Grill, 3268 E. Pine St., Meridian, 288-0898, jakers.com/meridian Æ Lock Stock & Barrel, 1100 W. Jefferson St., Boise 336-4266, lsbboise.com Æ Kahootz Steak & Ale House, 1603 N. Main St., Meridian, 895-9861, kahootzsteak.com


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BEST SUSHI

SHIGE JAPANESE CUISINE 100 N. 8th St., Boise, 338-8423 Sushi? In Idaho? Yes, it is possible, and if anyone knows how to do it and do it well, it’s chef and owner Shige Matsuzawa. Started more than 20 years ago as a small Japanesestyle restaurant in the then-newly built Capitol Terrace building, Shige Japanese Cuisine has evolved into a sushi empire. Shige Japanese Cuisine offers multiple types of dining experiences in one location: Shige Express for quick lunches and dinners, Shige Steak House for teppan-style hibachi dining — there’s even a saketini and karaoke bar. Meridian is in on the action, too, with Shige Teriyaki and Shige Express Meridian at 450 S. Meridian Road; it features “Idaho’s largest floating sushi bar.” The menu offers an impressive amount of fresh sushi/sashimi, as well as nearly 100 rolls, many of them created by Matsuzawa and staff. The Dynamite roll ($8.50) — made of tuna, crab, scallions, tobiko and chili — is mouthwatering. For diners a little less willing to sample raw fish, Shige offers Soba Noodles ($9.95) and several cooked Japanese-style dishes like Katsudon ($9.95), deep-fried pork with simmered egg, green onions and sauce all served over a bed of rice.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ IOU Sushi, 1517 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 672-7223; 2107 N. Cassia St. Nampa, 461-5203 Æ Sakana Japanese Sushi & Steak House, 1718 S. Eagle Road, Meridian, 888-6278 Æ Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant, 283 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 672-8227, fujiyamaboise.com Æ Sakura Japanese Restaurant, 3210 E. Chinden Blvd., Boise, 938-1599, boisesakurasushi.com

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tomers with its service, commitment to improvements and playing conditions. This is Shadow Valley’s fifth Best of Treasure Valley win in six years in a highly competitive category. “I like how they treat people. I like that Shadow Valley cares — they care what you think,” said Cheri Stimpson of Eagle, who is the president of the Shadow Valley Ladies Golf Association. “The staff is fantastic. The cooks are really good. Their food is always good. I like that they will try to work with you, getting you in on a tee time, if they don’t have anything open. ... We do a survey with all the

ladies. We go through them and point out everything people want to improve, and they do their best to try to do that. Your voice doesn’t go unheard.”

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

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OUTDOORS AND SPORTS BEST HIKING/ BIKING TRAIL

BEST CAMPGROUND

REDFISH LAKE CAMPGROUNDS

BOISE GREENBELT

Stanley Ranger Station, (208) 774-3000 sceniccanyons.com/ sawtooth

Eagle to Lucky Peak Dam along the Boise River Greenbelt? Again? Suppose you also voted water fountain as your favorite drinking spot. OK, we get it. The Greenbelt is the Treasure Valley’s freeway for human-powered transportation and recreation. Of course, we’re telling you what you already know. You can take a casual stroll, ride a bike or skateboard, inline skate, and we’ve even seen a few crazy contraptions on this sidewalk of earthly delights. And let’s not forget you can also hook a trout (or a steelhead in the fall), spot a bald eagle, surf a wave or just watch the stream of humanity pass by, especially during summer when the tubers are floating between Barber Park and Ann Morrison Park. Sure, it’s a stretch to call walking the Greenbelt a hike, or call a relatively flat paved path a “biking trail,” but that’s all right. You love the Greenbelt, and who are we to argue? Unfortunately, Camel’s Back Park did not take the news well about getting outvoted for the umpteenth time. The news was followed by sobbing and the sound of breaking glass. That’s sad, Camel’s Back, just sad.

The campgrounds at Redfish Lake, which is located at the base of the 10,000-foot Sawtooth Range near Stanley, are some of the most popular destinations in Idaho. In fact, it’s best to have reservations during the height of the summer season. The campgrounds are popular because they are right smack in the middle of one of the most scenic areas of the state — the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Redfish Lake is known for its sightseeing, hiking, backpacking, motorboating, sailing and paddling. The campgrounds are near trailheads going to beautiful alpine lakes in the 217,088-acre Sawtooth Wilderness. Nearby is historic Redfish Lake Lodge and a visitor center with all the information you’ll need to enjoy the area. The lodge operates a general store in case you forget anything for your camping trip or want souvenirs. Camping prices start at around $16 a night, and campsites cater to both tent and RV campers. The season usually runs from the end of May into September.

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Æ Ponderosa State Park, McCall; (208) 634-2164; parksand recreation.idaho.gov Æ Stanley Lake Campground, near Stanley; (208) 774-3000; reserveamerica.com Æ Bull Trout Lake Campground near Stanley; (208) 259-3361; reserveamerica.com Æ Pine Flats Campground near Lowman, (208) 259-3361; reserveamerica.com


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OUTDOORS AND SPORTS BEST LOCAL SPORTING EVENT

BOISE STATE FOOTBALL You can see the legendary blue turf. You can see a dog fetch a kicking tee. You can mingle with other fans tailgating pre-game. But the main reason fans flock to Bronco Stadium each fall is to see Boise State win — which it usually does. The Broncos are 79-4 at home since 2000, the best winning percentage in the country. That success has led to larger and larger crowds, and increased seating capacity — a record 35,404 fans showed up per game in 2012. The 2013 home schedule features Tennessee-Martin, Air Force, Southern Miss, Nevada, Wyoming and New Mexico. Fans will also get new views inside the stadium, with a $22 million football complex set to be completed this summer in the north end zone and a recentlyapproved 60-foot-wide by 33-foot-tall video board also on the north side that the school hopes to install this year. A new logo will appear on the 50-yard line this season. Who knows — maybe one of the youngsters who show up each home game will be a future Bronco star, like former Marsing and Boise State standout Shea McClellin, who attended Bronco games throughout his childhood. “It’s crazy out there,” said McClellin, a first-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2012. “It always means a lot to see so many people support us, and they always bring the energy.”

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BOISE STATE FOOTBALL AT BRONCO STADIUM 1910 University Drive, Boise, 426-4737 broncosports.com

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Idaho Steelheads hockey, idahosteelheads.com Æ Twilight Criterium, boisetwilightcriterium.com Æ Race To Robie Creek, robiecreek.com Æ Boise Hawks baseball, boisehawks.com

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They all want to see the blue turf, and we love to show it off even when they call it the “Smurf Turf.” When the Boise State Broncos are playing at home, the tailgate parties start early, and Bronco Nation flies in from around the country to join the action. We love to watch our guys on ESPN, but a live Bronco game in Bronco Stadium is the ultimate Boise sports experience. Even when the Broncos are out of town, even when the football

season is months away, a must-see stop for visitors is Bronco Stadium to see the legendary surface. The Allen Noble Hall of Fame is a shrine to Boise State’s proud sports history and offers a window onto the brilliant blue turf. Seating at the Graceland of Bronco football grew in 2012 to 37,000 with new bleachers. That made room for your cousin from Nashville and more fun for the Blue Elvises.

The Broncos open the 2013 season on the road against Washington. Your first chance to see them on the blue is Sept. 7 against Tennessee-Martin.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Boise Greenbelt Æ Boise River float from Barber Park Æ Downtown Boise, downtownboise.org Æ Drive to McCall, mccallchamber.org


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OUTDOORS AND SPORTS BEST PARK

BEST RUN/RACE

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700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, parks.cityofboise.org

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The home of Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho and Idaho Black History Museum, 89-acre Julia Davis Park is the cultural and historical heart of the city. Flanking the Greenbelt and the Boise River, the city’s oldest park also features a rose garden, band shell, large pond, two reservable pavilions, public art and vast expanses of greenscape that are home to more than 1,000 trees with about 80 species. In the mood for some physical activity? Bocce, tennis and horseshoe courts, a disc golf course and a playground await you. The park also is home to some of Boise’s more popular social get-togethers, from fun runs to art gatherings. Don’t miss the 59th annual Art in the Park, which will feature more than 250 artists and 40 food vendors Sept. 6-8.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., Boise Æ Kathryn Albertson Park, 1001 Americana Blvd., Boise Æ Settlers Park, 3245 N. Meridian Road, Meridian Æ Camel’s Back Park, 122 W. Heron St., Boise

Every spring in the Treasure Valley, there are a few givens. Æ The snow will start melting off Bogus Basin. Æ Lawns will start turning from brown to green. Æ Runners will ask each other, “Are you going to run Robie this year?” “It’s a rite of spring,” Race to Robie Creek committee member Brian Rencher said. Rencher was talking about both the race itself and the decision by runners whether to do the halfmarathon billed as the toughest in the Northwest. “It’s a challenging course, and it’s challenging to get into,” he said. Indeed, half the battle is registering for the event, which is limited to

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about 2,400 runners each year. Race numbers sell out in a matter of minutes. But those who make the grueling climb up and down Aldape Summit (4,797 feet above sea level) know that they have participated in something special. Walk into a serious runner’s house anywhere in the Treasure Valley and you’re likely to see a Robie bib

hanging prominently somewhere. “It’s a fun event,” Rencher said.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Dirty Dash, thedirtydash.com Æ Beat Coach Pete, boisestate.edu Æ Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, komenidaho.org Æ St. Luke’s Women’s Fitness Celebration (now FitOne), fitoneboise.org

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Æ Bob’s Bicycles, 6681 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 322-8042, bobs-bicycles.com Æ Reed Cycle, 238 E. State St., Eagle, 938-7894, reed-cycle.com Æ Idaho Mountain Touring, 1310 W. Main St., Boise, 336-3854, idahomountaintouring.com Æ Ken’s Bicycle Warehouse, 10470 W. Overland Road,Boise,376-9240,kensbicyclewarehouse.com

BEST BOOKSTORE

BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS 1315 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 375-4454 barnesandnoble.com In this on-demand, download-everything-to-your-tablet, Internet world, it’s nice to know there is still a place where a book lover can walk up and down aisles of real books. Situated near Boise Towne Square, Barnes & Noble offers thousands of titles; you can find current fiction and nonfiction best-sellers, classics of literature, reference books and more. There are “bargain” tables with deals on older books, along with gifts, games, greeting cards and an impressive newsstand. Kids will find the newest books to delight them along with classic books their parents loved when they were young. There is a music and video section. The store has free Wi-Fi and comfortable seating for reading while you sip your fa-

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vorite drink from the Starbucks located inside. There are book clubs, discussions with authors, a story time for kids and seasonal activities. And while you’re strolling, if a tablet is what you fancy, check out the Nook — Barnes & Noble’s own handheld device.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ The Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. 8th St., Boise, 376-4229, rdbooks.org Æ Hastings, multiple locations, gohastings.com Æ Hyde Park Books, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 429-8220, hydeparkbookstore.com Æ Deseret Book, 7147 W. Overland Road, Boise, 322-1855; 1180 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 895-5668, deseretbook.com

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It should come as no surprise to devoted Best of Treasure Valley readers that Metro Express added yet another title. Since opening in 2004, it has wiped out its competition in this category. Metro Express’ original car wash, on the corner of 13th and Front streets in Downtown Boise, is extremely difficult to miss for anyone driving on the Connector, especially at night. Its glowing, cool-blue neon sign is easy to see, lighting up the building beneath and pleasantly drawing glances from the road. Even owners of spotless cars — those without even a neutrino of dirt on them — start thinking it may be time to choose between the Downtown wash ($7), Uptown ($10) or Uptown with tire gloss ($12). Free vacuums come with each wash. Metro Express now has two other locations — one in Nampa and one on the corner of Pine Avenue and Eagle Road in Meridian. So if

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Like Nu Car Wash, multiple locations Æ J’s Ultimate Hand Car Wash, 3756 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 336-0435, ultimatehandcarwash.com Æ Mister Car Wash, 1790 Broadway Ave., Boise, 344-1790; 5950 Fairview Ave., Boise, 322-5950, mistercarwash.com Æ Ultra Touch Car Wash, 8160 W. Overland Road, Boise, 658-8100; 835 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 884-8100

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toys and baby furniture, as well as maternity clothes. The prices aren’t the only attractive thing about Kidz Again. The selection is almost as good as it would be at a new merchandise retailer. With name-brand items and trendy threads, your little one will feel like a regular fashionista, and you’ll feel good about your purchase.

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Æ Other Mothers, 10422 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 376-4855, othermothersboise.com ÆOldNavy,multiplelocations,oldnavy.com Æ Carter’s, 8255 W. Franklin Road., Boise, 375-0068; 6968 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 336-4224, carters.com Æ Kid to Kid, 1507 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 376-6488, kidtokid.com/boise

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When you walk into Again Consignment Clothing Boutique in Eagle, one of two things will happen: You’ll either be welcomed by a sincerely friendly employee or you’ll be seduced by the store’s homegrown, boutique-y charm. Again Consignment sells everything from purses to belts, scarves to shoes, Chicos to Ann Taylor, and sunglasses to jewelry clutches. Again 2 — just down the street from its “more mature” sister store — caters to teen and tween girls and guys with lots of trendy brands. The sales staff is knowledgeable and helpful without being intrusive. The dressing area and individual dressing rooms are well-lit (but not too) and spacious. When you go, give yourself plenty of time (like an afternoon) to browse and try things on.

To consign your gently used, seasonalappropriate clothes, take them in whenever the store is open; no appointment needed. When your clothes sell, you’ll get 40 percent of the selling price. Both stores are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Again 2 is located at 118 E. State St., Eagle; 939-0314.

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Æ Renewed Expressions, 2100 E. Fairview, Suite 8, Meridian, 855-2800, renewedexpressions.com Æ Plato’s Closet, 8017 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 377-9334, platosclosetboise.com Æ Urban Exchange, 1533 S. Five Mile Road, Boise, 322-2433, urbanexchangeonline.com Æ Lux Fashion Lounge, 785 W. Idaho St., Boise, 344-4589, luxfashionlounge.com

Don’t go to The Record Exchange if you have to be someplace soon. The longstanding store has a way of snaring customers intending only to browse for 10 minutes. You can be on your way out the door minding your own business, when: “What’s this? Octopus print socks? I’d better check this out.” The Record Exchange has lots of stuff you’ve always wanted and stuff you never knew existed. Like a crazy cat lady figurine ($10.99, includes eight cats). Or a mustache grooming kit ($4.99, in a mustache pouch, of course). Or salad spoons made of drum sticks ($9.99). There are tons of CDs, naturally, but also racks and racks of vinyl. Check out the Rob Zombie album released for Record Store Day in April, “Dead City Radio”

($15.99) — it’s cut in reverse-groove vinyl! A true Boise smorgasbord, the store offers a “The North End” T-shirt printed in the style of The North Face logo ($23.99), Flying M Coffeehouse brew ($1.70 for a large), a My Little Pony reusable grocery bag ($5.99) and plenty of other essentials.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ The Chocolat Bar, 805 W. Bannock St., 338-7771, thechocolatbar.com Æ Dragonfly, 414 Main St., 338-9234, facebook.com Æ Urban Outfitters, 328 S. 8th St., 344-9900, urbanoutfitters.com Æ Eyes of the World Imports, 1576 W. Grove St., 331-1212, eyesoftheworldonline.com Æ City Peanut Shop, 803 W. Bannock St., 433-3931, citypeanut.com

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Tranquility. Serenity. Relaxation. Pampering. These are some of the words that come to mind when you think of spas, and it’s exactly what you’ll get when you visit Two Rivers Salon and Spa in Eagle. Relax during a pedicure with a breathtaking view of the Boise River. Enjoy the soft sounds of gentle music while getting a rejuvenating massage or facial and let your cares go. From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll feel special here. At check-in, the friendly staff will offer something to drink while you (briefly) wait. You can peruse their selection of goods ranging from highquality sunscreen, facial and hair products to candles and little gifts for pampering. Two Rivers has eight stations for pedicures, eight stations for manicures, and 15 hair stations making it the go-to place for wedding parties and group events. It also offers dual-escape massages so you and your friend or loved one can enjoy the experience together. Whether you are in the market for a hot stone massage ($90 for 75 minutes), Brazilian wax ($50) or Two Rivers’ signature Hawaiian Honey Steam Wrap ($75), you’ll find a professional, friendly staff that is excellent at what they do.

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Hair is often the first thing people notice about someone, which is why it is so important to have a well-kept coiffure. Your stylist should be up on the latest hair trends and able to execute them — so that when you walk in with a magazine and say, “I want that,” she’ll be able to do it (allowing that your hair can). As the winner of Best Day Spa also, Two Rivers knows how to pamper. That level of care extends to its salon. The 15 custom-built

stations feature five luxurious, Italian-leather shampoo chairs with extendable footrests and Shiatzu massage. You’ll go just to get your hair washed! The talented stylists at Two Rivers are capable of executing stunning up-dos for weddings, proms and other special occasions, as well as perms, colors, cuts, styles and even basic trims. And they are constantly receiving ongoing education through renowned companies like

Bumble & Bumble, Moroccan Oil, Welsh and Brazilian Blow Out.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Graeber & Co., 350 N. 9th St., Boise, 343-4915, graeberandcompany.com Æ Lunatic Fringe Salon, 874 W. Broad St., Boise, 955-0400, lunaticfringesalon.com Æ Tanzanite Salon, 220 N. 9th St., Boise, 344-1700, tanzanitesalon.com Æ The Studio: An Elite Salon & Spa, 702 W. Idaho St., Boise, 577-6252, studiosalonboise.com

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Æ Panache, 1115 N. Cole Rd., Boise, 377-3300, 11 N. Fisher Park Way, Eagle, 938-6333, panachespaboise.com Æ Rejuv Medspa, 1618 Millenium Way, Meridian, 286-4511, rejuv-medspa.com Æ The Studio: An Elite Salon & Spa, 702 W. Idaho St., Boise, 577-6252, studiosalonboise.com Æ Graeber & Co., 350 N. 9th St., Boise, 343-4915, graeberandcompany.com

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You spent a good amount of money on those “dry clean only” clothes. You want to make sure they are cared for properly and come back from the cleaners looking better than they did when you dropped them off. You can trust Baird’s to do that. Since 1916, Baird’s has been cleaning, pressing and repairing the Treasure Valley’s dirty laundry. The five locations are family-owned and offer free pickup and delivery services, drive-through drop-off (at the Fairview location), 24/7 pickup, and drop boxes (at two locations). With such conveniences, laundry doesn’t have to be a chore. Baird’s offers services beyond that occasional sweater cleaning. Have your wedding dress preserved in a special MuseumStyle box that prevents “yellow-

ing,” or have Baird’s clean your favorite leather Coach purse. They also clean rugs, linens, leathers, furs, bedding and feather pillows.

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Æ Westco Martinizing Dry Cleaning, multiple locations, westcodc.com Æ Clothesline Cleaners, 244 S. Orchard St. Boise; 1800 S. Meridian Road, Meridian; 342-0538, clotheslinecleaners.com Æ On the Spot Cleaners & Laundry, 1521 S. Five Mile Road, Boise, 322-5742; 3363 N. Cole Road, Boise, 378-7001; 1551 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 888-2404 Æ Comet Dry Cleaners, 201 W. Boise Ave., Boise, 344-5775; 8005 W. Fairview, Boise, 323-7844; 5865 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 672-1225, cometdrycleaners.com

Nick Harrigfeld says the success of Hillcrest Floral comes down to one thing: the staff. “They are Hillcrest Floral,” said Harrigfeld. He has owned the shop for more than three decades. Some of the Hillcrest Floral designers have been there nearly as long. On a big holiday — Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day — staffers work investment banker-like hours to get all their orders filled. The store serves Boise, Meridian, Kuna and Eagle from its one location in the Hillcrest Shopping Center. Hillcrest Floral stays tuned in to trends. Designers created “roundy moundies” with baby’s breath in the 1980s. They made the tasteful monochrome bouquets popularized by Martha Stewart in the 1990s. These days, as the economy is on the up-

swing and people are buying flowers again, Hillcrest Floral is embracing “hot colors” exemplified by the bucket of flame-orange gladiolus near the counter on a recent afternoon. “We’re coming out of a dark time. People want bright colors,” said Harrigfeld. Hillcrest Floral is a repeat winner. It also snagged 2011’s Best Florist crown.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Hope Blooms Flowers & Things, 391 W. State St., Eagle, 939-4022, hopebloomsflowers.com Æ Boise At Its Best Flowers, 851 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 342-4885, boiseatitsbestflowers.com Æ Blooms Flower Studio, 1220 W. State St., Boise, 395-1300, bloomsflowerstudio.com Æ Capital City Florist, 5200 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 377-0120, ccfboise.com

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If you like to get a little dirt on your hands, then Edwards is the premier place to go digging for your favorite plants. The seemingly endless greenhouses offer a wide variety of native and exotic plants for your flower or vegetable garden. For more than 80 years, Edwards has served the Treasure Valley as the place to go for gardeners of all skill levels. The knowledgeable, friendly staff is willing to field all of your flora questions to make sure your garden looks the best it possibly can. Have a tricky sun exposure spot that could really use something? They can help. Is your soil giving you fits? They can help with that, too. From perennials, vines, succulents and annuals to trees, shrubs, grasses, herbs and vegetables, you’ll find the plant you need. Edwards also is well-

Forget about gym-timidation. The Y offers activities for all ages and abilities in convenient locations throughout the Treasure Valley. Looking for a way to entertain your kids this summer? Take a look at the youth camps available at the Y, including gardening, hiking, cooking, outdoor adventure, painting and much more. There also are more traditional activities for kids such as T-ball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, tennis and basketball. For those interested in a more serious workout, you can find that here, too. The West Y and Boise City Aquatics Center house a 50-meter swimming pool, fullcourt basketball gymnasium, cardio fitness center, racquetball courts and a

stocked with seed packets (some grown right here from local sources), gardening gloves, watering cans and sprinklers. The pre-planted hanging baskets are absolutely beautiful, and depending on how involved you want to be, you can take potting classes. Custom potting is also available. Have seen those hanging baskets at the Basque Center? Edwards does those.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Zamzows, multiple locations, zamzows.com Æ Franz Witte, 9770 W. State St., Boise, 853-0808, franzwitte.com Æ D&B Supply, multiple locations, mydbsupply.com Æ FarWest Landscape & Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise, 853-4000, farwestgardencenter.net

climbing wall. The Y also organizes workout opportunities outside its facilities, including funs runs, duathlons, triathlons and walks.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Axiom Fitness, 1455 Country Terrace Court, Meridian, 955-1111; 7316 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 955-1112; 801 E. ParkCenter Blvd., Boise, 955-1113, axiomfitness.com Æ Idaho Athletic Club, multiple locations, idahoathleticclub.com Æ Inner Diva, 1500 N. Locust Grove Road, Suite 103, Meridian, 870-4469, inner-diva.com Æ Planet Fitness, 5010 W. Overland Road, Boise, 426-0102, 6843 N. Strawberry Glen, Suite 150, Boise, 853-8200, planetfitness.com

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There has been a lot of pressure on the Boise Co-op to compete lately. The boom of new stores beckoning away Co-op customers seems to be endless, but the Co-op has stood its ground and elevated its already superb selection of food, wine and household offerings. A renovation has widened the aisles, provided more seating for diners and created a space for the pet department all while keeping the character and spirit of this 40-yearold Boise icon. In addition to the ever-delightful deli counter with unique salads, take-home meals and fresh-made sandwiches, customers can now enjoy a soup and salad bar, breakfast burrito bar and other take-out options. If you’re in a hurry, there’s a new cold case filled with fabulous food to go: fresh rolled sushi, smoked salmon Caesar salad,

enchiladas, lasagnas and more. Although you don’t have to be a member to shop there, a one-time $50 membership fee does entitle you to additional coupons, the ability to place special orders and use discounts at other local retailers when you show your Co-op card. Plus, it entitles you to the satisfaction of supporting a truly local establishment.

A big thanks to all our vendors, of course, our customers, for helping create one of the

voted best restaurants in Boise.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

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

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MOLENAAR JEWELERS 1503 Broadway Ave., Boise, 342-7968 molenaarjewelers.com If diamonds are a girl’s best friend and you want that girl to be your best friend, it’s time you became acquainted with Molenaar Jewelers. Molenaar has been serving the Treasure Valley for more than 70 years, and there’s a reason it has stood the test of time. “We have wonderful customers and we pride ourselves on our high quality of service,” says owner Susie Molenaar. “We run our store with the same family ethics as my father did.” This is a store now serving generations of families. How special is it to be able to buy an engagement ring in the same store your grandfather did? Of course, it sells more than just diamonds. Molenaar also offers Victorinox Swiss Army and Seiko timepieces as well as John Hardy, Pandora and many other fine

jewelry designers. Choose from precious gemstones, pearls, custom design jewelry and corporate gifts. Whatever the occasion, if you’re looking for something special for that Statesman file special someone, chances are you’ll find it in Molenaar’s 4,000-squarefoot showroom.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Hal Davis Jewelers, 921 W. Jefferson St. Boise, 343-6151, haldavis.com Æ Simmons Fine Jewelry, 1220 N. Olive Ave., Meridian, 888-2799, simmonsfinejewelry.com Æ Lee Read Jewelers, 650 E. Sonata Lane, Meridian, 376-8800, leereadjewelers.com Æ Artsmith’s Jewelers, 700 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 344-4881

BEST PET STORE

ZAMZOWS Multiple locations, zamzows.com

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Zamzows isn’t solely a pet-focused business, of course, but the Treasure Valley home, garden and pet chain routinely dominates this category against pet specialists both large and small. Drop by one of its 10 stores in Ada and Canyon counties and you’ll find a dizzying array of small critters — purple moon crab, anyone? — plus rows of food, toys and supplies for somewhat bigger beasts. At the Fairview Avenue store, one of those beasts is a resident cat who lounges on a shelf without causing any apparent concern among the surrounding birds, fish and reptiles. The business that Gus and Carmalita Zamzow launched in 1933 grew with their family, retaining a casual, folksy air. Carmalita, who died in 2001 at the age of 104, is honored by a popular line of Grandma Z’s all-natural dog foods, and canines

factor heavily in the company culture, with grooming services, monthly vaccination clinics and a Yappy Hour offering free treats and doggie schmoozing the first Tuesday of every month. Pet paraphernalia is plentiful, and all of the toys are guaranteed: “If your pet doesn’t love it or loves it too much, bring it back for an exchange.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ NW Pets, 3060 E. State St., Eagle, 939-8119; 3036 N. Eagle Road, Suite 110, Meridian, 392-1049; shop.northwestpets.com Æ PetSmart, 130 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 3779748; 1220 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 884-0611; petsmart.com Æ H3 Pet Foods, 1801 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 898-0008; h3petfoods.com Æ Petco, multiple locations; www.petco.com


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WHOLE FOODS MARKET 401 S. Broadway St., Boise, 287-4600 wholefoodsmarket.com The stream of Downtown workers braving five lanes of Front Street at lunch time proves that Whole Foods Market is a phenomenon. Some customers visit the store five or six times a week. Whole Foods opened in November on Downtown’s eastern edge, challenging the Boise Co-op for natural-foods supremacy. The $7.99-per-pound food bar is the most popular feature, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s next to the coffee bar, which is next to the sushi bar. A bakery selling $4 and $5 boules (that’s “bool,” French for

ball) is a few more steps to the left. Upstairs is the River Room, a slider-and-pizza restaurant with beer, wine and a Foothills view. Store Team Leader Bruce Green says the average customer spends $30 per visit. He won’t disclose revenues, but it’s a safe bet they will top $25 million the first year. The market employs about 200 workers; about 120 are full-time. Five of every six were hired locally. Parking spaces were hard to find at first, but the store recently added 75 on the Myrtle Street side. They might be replaced someday

with more stores and a parking garage. Whole Foods supports dozens of local charities. Says Green: “We’re working hard to be good community partners as well as a successful business.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Big Al’s (entertainment center), 1900 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 780-6118, ilovebigals.com Æ Nordstrom Rack (clothing), 534 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 321-4040, shop.nordstrom.com ÆMyFitFoodsIdaho(healthy food),multiplelocations(closed) Æ Bleubird (restaurant), 224 N. 10th St., Boise, 345-1055, bleubird-boise.com

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DILLARD’S

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Boise Towne Square 350 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 321-4646, dillards.com Half of the entire first floor of Dillard’s is devoted to an impressive array of men’s clothing. The selection is fantastic, the prices are reasonable, and the quality is excellent. Since its addition to Boise Towne Square mall in 1998, Dillard’s has provided men with a variety of brand name clothing from casual wear to suits. Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, Cremieux and Roundtree & York are just a few of the labels offered. Dillard’s also carries a new line by Matthew McConaughey called JKL, as well as pieces from local designer Robert Comstock. Looking for a sharp new tie and crisp dress shirt for that important interview? Dillard’s has you covered. Want a hot-looking pair of jeans for a night out on the town? You can find that here, too. Dillard’s also has belts, cuff links, socks and shoes to make any outfit complete.

And when you need a suit, Dillard’s is an outstanding destination. With options for tailoring a piece from its existing inventory or creating a one-of-a-kind custom suit (think fabric selection, lining, button styles, etc.) you’ll find the selection and service you need.

A wise person once said, “Never judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” People and their footwear have a surprisingly close relationship, with each one strangely reflecting the other: Cinderella and her glass slippers, Cosmo Kramer and his strength-training shoes and Marty McFly with his high-tops. With billions of personalities in the world (and for the sake of this category, a few hundred thousand in the Treasure Valley) and just as many occasions, it’s important to have the options and confidence in shoes that Dillard’s provides. Finding the proper shoe can be a swift, utilitarian exercise or a comprehensive, detailed process. Choosing your next pair can be a difficult decision, and it’s good to know Dillard’s helpful employees are always willing to check on a size or find a

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Æ Alexander Davis, 812 W. Bannock St., Boise, 343-5341 Æ D&B Supply, multiple locations, mydbsupply.com Æ Macy’s, 370 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 376-6000; 1406 N. Galleria Dr., Nampa, 4636800, macys.com Æ Banana Republic, 350 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 321-0995, bananarepublic.com

better fit. Dillard’s display of women’s shoes is astounding, with a seemingly endless supply of styles and colors. Pumps, sandals, wedges, flats, loafers, athletic shoes, boots and slippers are among Dillard’s bounty. The men’s selection is equally impressive. The quality matches the quantity with brands such as Antonio Melani, Gianni Bini, Johnston & Murphy, Nike, Ecco and many more. The selection is only the beginning — the scuffs, polish, nicks, dirt, mileage and character are up to their owners.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Designer Shoe Warehouse, 8501 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 323-1201, dsw.com Æ Shu’s Idaho Running Co., 1758 W. State St., Boise, 344-6604, idahorunningcompany.com Æ Nordstrom Rack, 534 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 321-4040, shop.nordstrom.com Æ Famous Footwear, multiple locations, famousfootwear.com

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REI 8300 W. Emerald St., Boise, 322-1141, rei.com The trait that unites residents of the Treasure Valley more than any other is a fondness of the outdoors. Maybe that’s why so many of us have been to REI. The selection is incredible, and a trip into the store starts the mind yearning for adventure, whether it’s a pair of hiking boots that triggers thoughts of tromping a shaded, moist trail through a forest, or a paddle that summons visions of darting through bumpy rapids in a kayak. As much as each item has a practical purpose, the allure of the “what if?” that comes with it adds to your enjoyment while browsing. Camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, running, kayaking and canoeing are all covered within the store’s walls, but you don’t need to be Jeremiah Johnson to find something at REI. There’s clothing, footwear

and travel accessories galore, which means it’s a little too easy to add one, two or seven other things you find into your final purchase. REI’s lifetime membership program (a one-time $20 fee) gives you a Statesman file 10 percent annual refund, making it easy to justify those additions.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Æ Cabela’s, 8109 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 672-7900, cabelas.com Æ Sportsman’s Warehouse, 3797 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 884-3000; 16865 N. Market Place Blvd., Nampa, 468-7600, sportsmanswarehouse.com Æ Dick’s Sporting Goods, 3415 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 884-2026, dickssportinggoods.com Æ McU Sports, 2314 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 336-2300; 822 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 342-7734, www.mcusports.com

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chances are, Macy’s has just the pieces you’re looking for, be it an evening gown or designer jeans, a classy sweater or a sexy swimsuit. And if it’s accessories you need, Macy’s has great options. From nylons to belts, purses to scarfs, earrings to socks, you’ll find all the little pieces that pull an outfit together.

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Æ Nordstrom Rack, 534 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 321-4040, shop.nordstrom.com Æ Kohl’s, 400 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 321-4506; 3275 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 846-8974; 16566 N. Market Place Blvd., Nampa, 442-8091, kohls.com Æ Anthropologie, 822 Idaho St., Boise, 345-3411, anthropologie.com Æ J.C. Penney Co., 300 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 376-0555; 1200 N. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 442-5511, jcpenney.com

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ART IN THE PARK Sept. 6-8, 2013 Julia Davis Park, Boise boiseartmuseum.org OK, admit it. Aunt Sylvia’s here from out of town in September, so what do you always, always, always do? Spend a Saturday morning buying hot mini donuts and fresh corn on 8th Street? Check. Stroll along the Greenbelt? Check. Quick drive past Bronco Stadium and the Simplot flag with a stop at the Depot? Check, check and check. And, the piece de resistance? Art in the Park. By now the Art in the Park creation story is Boise legend: A group of early-day artists and art lovers began meeting to talk about art and, in 1937, created what is now Boise Art Museum (BAM to the cool kids). Art in the Park was birthed in the mid-1950s as an alternative for artists who didn’t make the Idaho Artist Exhibit: They hung their work on lines strung on trees. The outsiders had the last laugh: Art in the Park became the premier museum’s premier event. That back story hints at why it’s the Valley’s favorite community event: It really is for everybody — the collector snob, the uber-organized holiday shopper, the tattooed hipster and the family with the double stroller and the golden Lab looking for kettlecorn and strawberry lemonade.

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THINGS TO DO BEST DAY TRIP

MCCALL mccallchamber.org The words “Idaho” and “outdoors” are nearly synonymous, and perhaps nowhere is that close relationship better embodied than in McCall. Among the pines 5,000 feet above sea level and on the shores of Payette Lake 100 miles north of Boise on Idaho 55, the fresh air beckons you outside. Winter is the predominant season in McCall, and as the birds instinctively head south to warmer temperatures, Treasure Valley skiers and snowboarders flock north to Brundage Mountain Resort. Brundage averages 320 inches of snowfall annually and tries its best to be open from Thanksgiving to early May, so it’s possible to ski or snowboard there seven months of the year. Don’t feel like hitting the slopes? Check out the snow sculptures at McCall’s Winter Carnival (Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 2014), or go

snowmobiling, ice skating or snowshoeing. There’s nothing wrong with sitting by a fire with a cup of hot chocolate, either. The white landscape of winter yields to the powerful rush of McCall’s blue and green spring and summer hues, especially around the lake. Warmer temperatures mean it’s time for golf clubs, hiking boots, fishing poles, mountain bikes or swimsuits — only to be put away once the golds and oranges of autumn give way to winter. No matter the time of year, there’s always something to do in McCall.

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Æ Idaho City, idahocitychamber.com Æ Stanley, stanleycc.org Æ Sun Valley, visitsunvalley.com Æ Shoshone Falls, twinfallschamber.com

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ZOO BOISE 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 384-4260, zooboise.org It may not be San Diego, but Zoo Boise is a favorite place for Treasure Valley families. There’s a lot to love about our modest zoo. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in quality. A trip to Zoo Boise is fun, educational and entertaining for the entire family. And it’s affordable. Besides being able to see more than 200 types of animals, patrons can feed the giraffes and bear sloth, take the conservation cruise across the lagoon, get up close and personal with butterflies in the butterfly encounter, enjoy the wallaby walkabout, or go through the zoo farm. Kids will love the giraffe slide and carousel or dropping their conservation coins in the vortex bank at the entry. The zoo is small enough to get through in a few hours, but interesting enough that you’ll want to stay all day. One of the best features of Zoo Boise is its commitment to conservation. A portion of your entrance fee, certain encounters and beverage purchases are donated to a conservation cause.

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Æ Bogus Basin, 16 miles north of Boise on Bogus Basin Road, 332-5100, bogusbasin.org Æ Lucky Peak State Park, 74 Arrowrock Road, Boise, 334-2432, parksandrecreation.idaho.gov Æ Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, parks.cityofboise.org Æ Roaring Springs, 400 W. Overland Road, Meridian, 884-8842, roaringsprings.com Statesman file

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OLD IDAHO PENITENTIARY 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 334-2844, history.idaho.gov

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At the doorstep of the Boise Foothills and under the cross on Table Rock, the Old Idaho Penitentiary feels miles away from reality. Something is different inside these walls — something the mind constantly struggles to figure out as it’s bombarded by the sight of cold steel bars, varying degrees of dark interiors and, most mysterious of all, the anxious sound of silence. Perhaps it’s the spirits of those imprisoned here between 1872 and 1973, the soulless stone and metal that once confined society’s outcasts, or a mixture of empathy, pity and fear. You know no one is locked up, but there’s a tiny relief gained

by peering into each cell to see it empty. The Old Pen is vacant, but each cell’s character is very much alive. Etchings on the walls of death row and “Siberia” (solitary confinement) plead, cackle and rebel. In another cell house, “Molly Lane, 1354 Hancock St., Quincy, Mass.” is written underneath a bed folded onto the wall, and like a Rorschach test, the mind stretches to solve what it cannot: What did Molly look like? How are Quincy, Mass., and Idaho related? Is the address for love letters or vengeance? The Old Pen affects everyone differently — some leave and triple-

check to make sure they’re at least a mile-per-hour under the speed limit, and others hear the roars of inmates listening to Johnny Cash singing “Cocaine Blues” at Folsom Prison. Which one are you?

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Æ Boise Train Depot, 2603 W. Eastover Terrace, 608-7644, parks.cityofboise.org Æ Basque Block, 600 block of Grove Street in Downtown Boise, 343-2671, thebasqueblock.com Æ Silver City, Silver City Road off Idaho 78, south of Murphy in Owyhee County Æ Historic Hyde Park, North 13th Street between Sherman and Brumback streets, Boise


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