Most people eat three times a day, so why not stay open for all three meals? Bleubird has opted out of that aspect of running a restaurant, closing on weekdays at 4:30 p.m. and staying closed on weekends. The effect is the densest lunch rush in town, with lines out the door, but Bleubird's creative gourmet sandwiches are well worth the wait. 224 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-345-1055, bleubirdboise.com.
Second Place: Jenny's Lunch Line, jennyslunchline.com
Third Place: Mai Thai, maithaigroup.com