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Best Local Burger 

Bittercreek Ale House

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Log onto Bittercreek's Web site and the first thing you see is a large, and in charge, glistening burger. We say throw a little applewood bacon and Ballard Family white cheddar on that sucker and you have yourself a deal, pardner. Let's first tip our hat to second place winner Boise Fry Company, this year's newcomer who deserves applause for flipping the burger-fry combo on its head to create the "side burger"--and for offering a noteworthy vegan burger. And of course, Big Jud's deserves a little love, if for nothing else that BJ's is an alum of this category and was featured a few months back as Idaho's best burger by Food Network Magazine. But we digress from the winner. What's important to mention here is that Bittercreek and its compadre, Red Feather Lounge, are thoroughly avid supporters of local producers and that goes for its burger, too. Just about everyone who saw Food Inc. swore off burgers for some period of time thanks to "the filler" scene, but at Bittercreek, you can order a burger with peace of mind. No industrial ground beef here, people, just 100 percent grass-fed, natural Idaho beef.

Second Place: Boise Fry Company

Third Place: Big Jud's


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