It seems only fitting that Boise's best south-of-the-border restaurant is actually south of the Boise border. El Gallo Giro puts the hamlet of Kuna on the foodie map with a menu deep in traditional and local favorites and all of it rich in flavor. From the scorching-hot molcajete bowls to the tableside guacamole to the taco specials, it's all served with a smile at prices that don't require a loan. 482 W. Third St., Kuna, 208-922-5169, elgallogirokuna.com.
Second Place: Chapala, chapalarestaurants.com
Third Place: Andrade's Restaurant, andradesboise.com