October 5, 2005 

Corrections • Willie's World • Best Omission


In addition to staff and freelancers, Elijah Jensen contributed to the Best of Boise as well. Metro Car Wash's address was incorrectly listed in the Best of the Best. They are at the corner of 13th and Front streets. The winner for Best Seafood should have read "Murphy's Seafood Grill."

Willie's World

I've just read Bailey's piece on the Willie Nelson concert in Sun Valley recently and want to add a couple more paragraphs. To Willie fans, the man can't be beat. He's an American musical treasure, an icon to many of us; heck, maybe he even is "holy." So when he finally appeared on stage at 9:20 p.m. and 49 degrees Farenheit, he redeemed the chilly three-hour wait. I say redeemed because I have never been to a Nelson concert (this was my fifth) with so much public drunkenness. Was it because of the cold weather? Was it due to the long wait, despite two opening acts? (The gates opened at 6:30 p.m.) Was it the 9,000 people crammed into a space meant for far fewer fans carrying lawn chairs and blankets/comforters? Or was it the bottom line that pushed the beer, the tequila, the whiskey, the whatever over the line of courtesy, patience and enjoyment? When the promoter came on for the final time to hawk Willie CDs and T-shirts, he was booed off the stage and the man with the pigtails promptly appeared. From then on, I had a great time! I hope you did, too, Willie.

--Sandy Schackel,


Best Omission

Despite a very lengthy and seemingly comprehensive Best of Boise issue, one food category was noticeably left out. Best Salads. Although I rarely go out to eat for a salad alone, I will visit a restaurant for the sole reason that they do serve an excellent one. As no one seems to have weighed in on best salads, and they are rarely mentioned in BW's restaurant reviews, I will offer my opinion with the hope of inspiring more reviews in this area. Best Treasure Valley restaurants to find an excellent salad:

DaVinci's in Eagle: Located in downtown Eagle in the historic bank building, DaVinci's is actually one restaurant located in the bird burg that has outstanding atmosphere. Not only this, but DaVinci's serves a terrific bottomless green salad tossed in their own vinaigrette with every dinner. Yum. So who cares what you ordered for a main course?

Aladdin's--With few exceptions, every meal at Aladdin's is served with a small green salad complete with the chef's own yogurt dressing. The restaurant must have received numerous compliments on this dressing as they now sell it separately. You can now purchase the yogurt dressing to take home to toss on your own refrigerator lettuce for instant primo salad.

I need help finding spinach and bacon salad served with warm honey mustard dressing. This is one of my favorite salads and there must be a restaurant in the Treasure Valley which serves it. The two places I know I can find this salad when traveling are a) at the Seattle airport's fancy sit-down restaurant. Unfortunately with the new security regulations, it would require a very long layover in Seattle to justify broaching the gates just to have a meal anymore. Also, b) in Winnemucca, en route to the Reno/Tahoe area, there is a restaurant along the three-block business strip that advertises "breakfast all day" on their sign board and has "home cooked meals" painted on their window. These were two calling cards which drew me in. As it turns out, they also serve an excellent warm spinach salad.

So, BW staff, I challenge you. Where are some more local restaurants where I can find the green stuff? And where is that elusive spinach salad?

--Leslie Toombs,


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