Best of Boise 2011, Part Two 

And now, for the moment we've all been waiting for ... the winners.

For a solid five weeks, Boise Weekly readers logged on to and voted for what they say is best about the city in which we live. Some readers like their favorite people and places so much, they tried to stuff the ballot to ensure their horses were winners. Lucky for us, we have super-high-tech software that tracks every answeree's IP address, name, age, weight, bloodtype, Social Security number and underwear size so that when someone thinks they've outsmarted the system, we can easily identify them. Heard at least once in the newsroom: "Oh, look, it's the 62-year-old, 176-pound, 5-foot-6-inch, A+, XL from 523 Broad St. at 025.34.785 trying to cheat again."

Before you dig into the goods, I'd like to take a moment to congratulate those winners who've managed to be kings of their hills year after year. As you read through this year's winners, note those with a 5- or 10-year icon next to them. Those are the places that are, apparently, doing something right. Not only have they weathered some of the most sluggish economic times the valley has seen, but they've done it while simultaneously winning the hearts (in addition to the dollars) of their customers. If you've lived in Boise long, chances are you've patronized one of those long-winning businesses. If not, your fellow readers endorse them, so check 'em out. And if you disagree with the outcome but didn't vote: don't bitch.

We're already planning changes for next year's Best of Boise, but I don't want to spill the big surprise just yet so I'll leave the explanation at that for now.

And finally, if you haven't already heard, you're cordially invited to a party. We're hosting our annual Best of Boise party Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Linen Building from 2-6 p.m. Join us and the winners of Best of Boise to celebrate their victories with a drink, a few bites and music from Frim Fram 4. The party is free and open to the public, so spread the word.

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