Best Local Dessert

The Cheesecake Factory

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Cheesecake is the culinary incarnation of divinity. It's true. Back in the heavenly day when Lucifer got his bad self banished beyond the pearly gates, he was sent to the depths of hell to rot for eternity, but Cheesecake—who aided and abetted Lucifer ever so obliquely—was sentenced to an eternity on Earth. For eons, Cheesecake enjoyed a fairly unknown existence in obscurity until the Greeks discovered it. Since then, hundreds of variations have been created by cultures all over the world, and in 1971, an official temple was built to the fallen-goddess-turned-dessert: The Cheesecake Factory. With locations all over the country, Americans coast to coast can indulge in a little slice of heaven—gone sinfully wrong calorically—here on Earth (and have a choice of more than 30 flavors). Boise's version opened last winter, and as decreed by you, the readers, it's the best game in town.

Second Place: Le Cafe de Paris

Third Place: Goody's Soda Fountain

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