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The Best of Omaha™ contest, sponsored by Omaha Magazine, began in the mid-’80s. It started with votes from the magazine staff but eventually expanded to the public in 1992. Readers could vote for their favorite Omaha businesses and services on paper ballots and fax or mail them. Today, all of the voting is done electronically. By switching to online voting, the contest became more secure and added a sense of validity, allowing only one log-in per IP address during the voting period (July 1st – Sept. 30th).

As the contest gained more popularity, the categories also began to expand. There are currently 176 Best of Omaha™ categories with around 425,000 votes from around 20,000 voters. The five most popular categories are Grocery Store, Mexican Dining, Pizza, Bank, and Italian Dining. Most of the Best of Omaha™ winners don’t actually advertise with Omaha Magazine, so the businesses and services nominated in the contest can’t gain any headway by advertising.

The Best of Omaha™ results come out every year in Omaha Magazine ‘s January/February issue with a readership over 115,000 during the two month shelf-life.

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Past Winners >> Year:1992
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1992 
Annual Event 
River City Roundup 
1992 
Apartment Complex 
Applewood on the Green 
1992 
Arts Entertainment 
Joslyn Art Museum 
1992 
Bakery 
The Garden Cafe 
1992 
Bike Trail 
Keystone Recreation Trail 
1992 
Brunch 
Maxine's Restaurant & Lounge 
1992 
Buffet 
Old Country Buffet 
1992 
Burger 
Fuddruckers 
1992 
Deli 
Spirit World 
1992 
Dry Cleaner 
Max I Walker 
1992 
Family Restaurant 
The Garden Cafe 
1992 
Financial Institution 
First National Bank of Omaha 
1992 
Fitness Center 
Prairie Life Center 
1992 
Florist 
Baker's Flowers 
1992 
Free Entertainment 
Jazz on the Green 
1992 
Furniture Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
1992 
Golf Course 
Miracle Hill Golf & Tennis Center 
1992 
Happy Hour 
Arthur's 
1992 
Hospital 
Methodist Hospital 
1992 
Italian Restaurant 
Grisanti's Casual Italian Restaurant 
1992 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's 
1992 
Known Omahan 
Warren Buffet 
1992 
Live Music 
Ranch Bowl 
1992 
Local Band 
High Heel & The Sneekers 
1992 
Men's Clothing Store 
Landon's 
1992 
Mexican Food 
Julio's 
1992 
Movie Theater 
Indian Hills 4 Theatre 
1992 
Not on Ballot 
KKCD Radio 
1992 
Nursery 
Earl May Nursery & Garden Center 
1992 
Omaha Tradition 
River City Roundup 
1992 
Oriental Food 
The Great Wall 
1992 
Outdoor Event 
College World Series 
1992 
People Watching 
Malls 
1992 
Pet Center 
Fish Bowl 
1992 
Picnic Spot 
Elmwood Park 
1992 
Pizza 
Zio's Pizza 
1992 
Place to Buy CDs and Tapes 
Homer's Record Store 
1992 
Place to Dance 
Arthur's 
1992 
Place to Jog 
Elmwood Park 
1992 
Place to Meet SIngles 
Paradise Lounge 
1992 
Place to Take Kids 
The Henry Doorly Zoo 
1992 
Real Estate Company 
CBS Real Estate 
1992 
Reason to Live in Omaha 
People 
1992 
Ribs 
Smoke Pit BBQ 
1992 
Romantic Dining 
French Cafe 
1992 
Salon 
Salon Tino 
1992 
Shoe Store 
Payless ShoeSource 
1992 
Shopping Center/Mall 
Crossroads Mall 
1992 
Steak House 
Ross' Steak House 
1992 
Tourist Attraction 
The Henry Doorly Zoo 
1992 
Travel Agency 
Travel & Transport Inc. 
1992 
Weekend Getaway 
Kansas City, MO 
1992 
Women's Clothing Store 
Younkers 
1992 
Yogurt 
TCBY Yogurt 
1 (tie) 
1992 
Soft Drink 
Coke 
1 (tie) 
1992 
Soft Drink 
Pepsi 
1992 
Annual Event 
College World Series 
1992 
Apartment Complex 
Embassy Park 
1992 
Arts Entertainment 
The Omaha Community Playhouse 
1992 
Bakery 
Gerda's Bakery 
1992 
Bike Trail 
Chalco Hills Recreation Area 
1992 
Brunch 
The Garden Cafe 
1992 
Buffet 
Valentino's 
1992 
Burger 
Runza 
1992 
Deli 
Baker's 
1992 
Dry Cleaner 
Martinizing 
1992 
Family Restaurant 
Grandmother's Restaurant & Lounge 
1992 
Financial Institution 
Norwest Bank Nebraska NA 
1992 
Fitness Center 
Gold's Gym 
1992 
Florist 
Janousek Florist & Greenhouse Inc 
1992 
Free Entertainment 
Shakespeare on the Green 
1992 
Furniture Store 
O'Brien's Furniture 
1992 
Golf Course 
Benson Park 
1992 
Happy Hour 
3 Cheers 
1992 
Hospital 
Bergan Mercy 
1992 
Italian Restaurant 
The Olive Garden 
1992 
Jewelry Store 
Malashock's Jewelry 
1992 
Known Omahan 
Mayor PJ Morgan 
1992 
Live Music 
Orpheum Theater 
1992 
Local Band 
The Rumbles 
1992 
Mexican Food 
Romeo's 
1992 
Movie Theater 
Cinema Center Theatres 
1992 
Not on Ballot 
University of Nebraska at Omaha 
1992 
Nursery 
Mulhall's Nursery 
1992 
Omaha Tradition 
College World Series 
1992 
Oriental Food 
Imperial Palace 
1992 
Outdoor Event 
Jazz on the Green 
1992 
People Watching 
Old Market 
1992 
Pet Center 
Humane Society 
1992 
Picnic Spot 
Dam Site 16 
1992 
Pizza 
Godfather's Pizza 
1992 
Place to Buy CDs and Tapes 
Pickles Records & Tapes 
1992 
Place to Dance 
Ranch Bowl 
1992 
Place to Jog 
Keystone Recreation Trail 
1992 
Place to Meet SIngles 
Grocery Store 
1992 
Place to Take Kids 
Omaha Childrens Museum 
1992 
Real Estate Company 
Home Real Estate 
1992 
Reason to Live in Omaha 
Cost of Living 
1992 
Ribs 
The Amarillo 
1992 
Romantic Dining 
Brother Sebastian's 
1992 
Salon 
Garbo's 
1992 
Shoe Store 
Lloyd's Shoes 
1992 
Shopping Center/Mall 
Westroads 
1992 
Soft Drink 
Diet Coke 
1992 
Sporting Event 
Lancer Hockey 
1992 
Steak House 
Gorat's Steak House 
1992 
Tourist Attraction 
Old Market 
1992 
Travel Agency 
AAA Travel Agency 
1992 
Weekend Getaway 
Embassy Suites Hotel 
1992 
Women's Clothing Store 
Limited Express 
1992 
Yogurt 
I Can't Believe It's Yogurt 
2 (tie) 
1992 
Men's Clothing Store 
Dillard 
2 (tie) 
1992 
Men's Clothing Store 
Jerry Ryan 
2 (tie) 
1992 
Men's Clothing Store 
Younkers 
1992 
Annual Event 
Septemberfest 
1992 
Apartment Complex 
Lionshead 
1992 
Arts Entertainment 
Omaha Symphony Orchestra 
1992 
Bakery 
Hy-Vee Bakery 
1992 
Bike Trail 
Dam Site 16 
1992 
Brunch 
Allie's 
1992 
Buffet 
The Choice Smorgasbord 
1992 
Burger 
Goldberg's Bar 
1992 
Deli 
Little King 
1992 
Dry Cleaner 
Evans Cleaners 
1992 
Financial Institution 
FirsTier Bank 
1992 
Florist 
Younkers Flower Shop 
1992 
Italian Restaurant 
Caniglia's Venice Inn 
1992 
Jewelry Store 
Helzberg Diamonds 
1992 
Known Omahan 
Sen. Bob Kerrey 
1992 
Live Music 
Arthur's 
1992 
Local Band 
Johnny Ray Gomez 
1992 
Mexican Food 
El Aguila Retaurant 
1992 
Movie Theater 
Dundee Theatre 
1992 
Not on Ballot 
Baker's 
1992 
Nursery 
The Yard Co. 
1992 
Omaha Tradition 
Mannheim Steamroller 
1992 
Oriental Food 
House of Hunan 
1992 
Outdoor Event 
Shakespeare on the Green 
1992 
People Watching 
Airport 
1992 
Picnic Spot 
Central Park Mall 
1992 
Pizza 
La Casa Pizzaria 
1992 
Place to Dance 
Peony Park 
1992 
Place to Jog 
Memorial Park 
1992 
Real Estate Company 
NP Dodge Co 
1992 
Reason to Live in Omaha 
Economy 
1992 
Ribs 
Skeets Barbecue Drive In 
1992 
Romantic Dining 
Maxine's Restaurant 
1992 
Salon 
Haircrafters 
1992 
Shoe Store 
Haney Shoe Store 
1992 
Shopping Center/Mall 
Oak View Mall 
1992 
Soft Drink 
Diet Pepsi 
1992 
Sporting Event 
Nebraska Football 
1992 
Steak House 
Johnny's Cafe 
1992 
Tourist Attraction 
Boys Town 
1992 
Weekend Getaway 
Mahoney State Park 
1992 
Women's Clothing Store 
Dillard 
1992 
Yogurt 
Dannon 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Family Restaurant 
Old Country Buffet 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Family Restaurant 
Valentino's 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Free Entertainment 
Music in the Parks 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Free Entertainment 
Old Market 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Furniture Store 
Allen Furniture 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Furniture Store 
Mrs. B's Warehouse 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Golf Course 
Applewod 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Golf Course 
Elmwood Park 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Happy Hour 
Grandmother's 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Happy Hour 
Mickey Finn's Sports Cafe 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Hospital 
Clarkson Hospital 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Hospital 
UNMC 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Pet Center 
Bob's Animal Kingdom 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Pet Center 
Pet O'Mine 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Place to Meet SIngles 
Arthur's 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Place to Meet SIngles 
Church 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Place to Take Kids 
Peony Park 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Place to Take Kids 
Showbiz Pizza Place 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Travel Agency 
Pegasus Travel Center 
3 (tie) 
1992 
Travel Agency 
Younkers Travel Service