BoB's Back, Now Go Vote 

In the wee hours of the morning, while most BW readers were either sleeping or closing down a bar, we unleashed the beast we loving call BOB.

Longtime Boise Weekly readers may know that BOB is no ordinary man. No, BOB is our annual Best of Boise contest and it's a force with which to be reckoned. Over the years, BOB has grown and matured, undergoing changes that have been radical (splitting BOB into two issues published over two weeks), mildly controversial (disqualifying businesses that are not local) and sometimes so overdue that few readers even noticed (ditching the printed ballot for an all online voting system).

This year, we'll kick things off Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the Staff Picks edition, an irreverent take on what those of us who cover the city day in and day out think is the best--and in some cases, the best of the worst--about the city we call home. The following week, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, the Readers' Picks edition of Best of Boise hits stands. That issue awards accolades to just about everything from the best restaurants to the best park to the best politician. And just how do all the winners get to be winners and why should you care two months in advance? Because BOB has arrived.

Starting this morning, Wednesday, July 20, Best of Boise polling was alive and kicking at That means from now until Sunday, Aug. 28, at 11:59 p.m., you can log onto and vote for what you like best in the City of Trees. You don't have to pay to play. You have a full month to get it done. Just remember: We want to know what's best about Boise, not what's best about Boise and 75 other cities in which a business is located. Therefore, the first commandment of Best of Boise: Thou shalt not vote for a business that is not locally owned. The second: Thou shalt not cheat (and if you do--as last year's would've-been ballot stuffers discovered--our tools are very fancy and we can spot cheating a mile away).

Now, go forth and vote. Log on to and click on Best of Boise or scan the QR code on this page with your smart phone to go directly to the ballot.

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