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Nominations Now Open for 2023 Idaho’s Best Awards

“What makes Idaho’s Best the BEST?” Good question! The Idaho’s Best Awards aim to recognize the best businesses in each region of Idaho and the Gem State as a whole. Using a combination of 5-star reviews, online ratings, and votes, we recognize Idaho’s best businesses across nearly 300 categories. You can read more about how …

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Building a Successful Business on Integrity

Best HVAC Company | Best Contractor | Statewide Winner and Best of Treasure Valley One cold and stormy night years ago in the Treasure Valley, things had gotten dire. The phone lines stayed busy as calls kept coming in for emergency repairs, but technicians at Diamond Heating and Cooling were entirely booked. As the storm …

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A Seafood Gem in the Gem State

Best Seafood Restaurant | Statewide Winner and Best of Treasure Valley Though the gem of Boise’s seafood joints, Fresh Off the Hook, has been around since 1996, Gary Andrew bought it in 2021. Was that crazy? Everyone told him it was. After talking to him, I have to say they were wrong. “I’ve owned a …

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The Leading Edge of Express Car Washes

Best Car Wash | Best of Panhandle Bill Martin and I connected over the phone, chatting for a while about his lifelong love affair with car washes. As the founder and owner of Metro Express car washes, Bill is proud to share with me insights into the family business. Each of Bill’s grown kids runs …

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Not Just Another Upscale Restaurant

Idaho’s Best New Mexican Restaurant There aren’t enough Mexican restaurants actively elevating one of the finest cuisines in the world to 11. You know, on the dial (to paraphrase Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap). Taking anything to 11 is a prerequisite for achieving greatness. Before breaking through whatever leveling up system you have, you must …

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Just Another Inspiring Origin Story for a Local Business

Best IT Services | Statewide Winner and Best of Panhandle There’s nothing better than that moment you realize your passion can not only pay the bills but also flourish, grow, and possibly even provide a little extra. When Dr. Scott Henry joined Anthony Nichols at Nichols Computer in 2019, that’s the sort of synergy that …

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Webfoot Coating for the Win

Best Concrete Contractor | Statewide Winner and Best of Treasure Valley I live in a very urban area that’s surrounded by xeriscaped townhomes. My two children, both under 11, lack an ideal place to explore and play. Though I like to pretend it’s similar to living in some cool place like Brooklyn, the fact is …

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Never Underestimate the Power of a Dream

Best Mongolian Restaurant | Statewide Winner and Best of Treasure Valley The year is 2009. A young man from Vietnam finds himself—in seeking work anywhere he can get it in Boise—washing dishes and scrubbing floors and toilets in #1 Mongolian BBQ. He’s overqualified to do any of this work—a landscape photographer, webmaster, and graphic designer …

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A Healthy Dose of French Fries

Best Nutrition Store |  Best of Eastern Idaho What is Idaho famous for? You got it … potatoes! In my humble (but correct) opinion, McDonald’s has the best french fries on Earth. Kristine Burgemeister happens to agree with me. Perhaps it’s because for years her husband has been raising the potatoes that McDonald’s uses for …

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Food That Makes You Smile

Best Burgers |  Statewide Winner and Best of Treasure Valley The Brown v. Board of Education decision came down. The Chevrolet Bel-Air was the best selling car. A loaf of bread cost about 17 cents. My Aunt Lorita was raising her young family. And the Big Bun Drive-In served up its first burger. The year? …

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