gust of wind could have blown either Bittercreek Alehouse or Berryhill
and Co. into the lead this year. Even a good solid sneeze would
have pushed either one into the winner's slot. But (and say it
in your best Highlander impression), there can be only one, and
Cafe Vicino is what you want. Quick linguistic lesson: It's pronounced
va-CHEE-no. And if you no know Vicino, you don't know nothing.
Yet. We'll say this: A restaurant doesn't go from day one to best
restaurant in just more than a year if it's not really, really
good. We're talking seriously good here, folks. The elegant North
End restaurant is petite-sized, but its Mediterranean-influenced
food is anything but pint-sized on the taste Richter. Make a reservation.
You'll need it. 808 W. Fort St., 208-472-1463, cafevicino.com.
Second Place: Bittercreek Alehouse
Place: Berryhill and Co.