Inlander readers have once again answered the call, and here are the results of our 26th annual Best of the Inland Northwest poll


Wow, you guys have a lot of opinions! Starting in January, we put out our annual questionnaire. You filled it out, shared it with friends and we pulled together the whole enchilada into this issue. Thanks! We can't do this without you.

The Best of the Inland Northwest is truly a celebration of the excellence we see all around us. Everyone has a personal favorite, and for some questions the tally sheets go page after page, reflecting how many different ideas of what's "Best" are out there. So many people are deserving of your love, but here we have compiled the top three vote-getters for nearly 130 questions.

You'll find the old favorites — Best Pizza, Best Singer-Songwriter — along with many new questions to reflect an even broader picture of the Inland Northwest — Best Mural, Best Escape Room, Best Ramen, to name a few.

You'll also read about three new inductees to the Best of Hall of Fame, who have won 10 readers poll awards. We have special sections just for our many readers in the Sandpoint area and down in the Palouse. And as always, you can see the top Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls/Hayden choices in many of the categories, listed as "North Idaho's Best." Finally, we're offering your take on Inland Northwest Romance, detailing everything you need to know from the Best Place for a First Date to the Best Baby Doctor.

This is a great week to congratulate winners — and anyone who is Best in your heart. Together, they all make this a great place to live!

Best Food
Best Fine Dining / Best Steaks: Churchill's Steakhouse
Best Milkshake: Mary Lou's Milk Bottle
North Idaho's Best Donuts: Gross Donuts

Best Nightlife
Best Comedian: Deece Casillas
Best New Nightspot: Berserk

Best Shopping
Best Vintage Decor Shop: Boulevard Mercantile
Best Bank: Washington Trust Bank
Best Jewelry: Jewelry Design Center

Best People
Best Local Heroes: Steve Gleason, Rick Clark, Mandy Manning

Best Romance

Best Arts
Best Mural: "Eyes on Maple"
North Idaho's Best Bookstore: The Well-Read Moose

Best Drink
Best Drive-Thru Espresso: Dutch Bros. Coffee
Best Bloody Mary: Boombox Pizza
North Idaho's Best Local Brewery: Post Falls Brewing Company

Best of Sandpoint

Best Music
Best Outdoor Concert: Kane Brown, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Best Hip-Hop Artist: Jango

Best Recreation
Best Yoga Studio: Yarrow Hot Yoga and Wellness Studio
Best Personal Trainer: Karina Kissick