BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY
18 • FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013
IDAHO STATESMAN • IDAHOSTATESMAN.COM
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
BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT
EL GALLO GIRO
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.
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
DARIN OSWALD / firstname.lastname@example.org
25th Anniversary Readers Choice Awards special section published June 14, 2013.