Best Local Frozen Treat

Fanci Freez

Harry S. Truman was president of the United States of America when Fanci Freez started serving Boiseans milkshakes, burgers, fries and ice cream. Much has changed since then (you know, little stuff like the invention of color TV and the polio vaccine), but Fanci Freez has stuck with what it's good at—and is it ever good. With 50 shakes and sundae flavors, the always-popular Boston shake, ice cream cones, and more than a dozen burger and sandwich choices, it's easy to see why Boise has stayed Fanci for almost 70 years.

2nd Place: Goody's Soda Fountain—Take one look into the ice cream display at Goody's Soda Fountain and tell us you aren't jonesin' for a cone. Or a banana split. Or an ice cream soda. Or a sundae. Or a milkshake. Or a malt. You won't have to ask us twice, we'll scream for ice cream. We have no shame.

3rd Place: Westside Drive-In—Chef Lou at Westside Drive-In can take credit for a lot of culinary innovations in Boise. One of his greatest achievements, is the Idaho Ice Cream Potato. The concept is deceptively simple: take a potato-shaped hunk of vanilla ice cream, roll it in cocoa to create the telltale brown hue of potato skin, cut in half, squirt whipped cream into the center (replicating sour cream), and top it with nuts and crushed Oreos. Simple? More like genius.

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