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History

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:1994
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1994 
All You Can Eat Buffet 
Old Country Buffet 
1994 
Annual Event 
River City Roundup 
1994 
Apartment Complex 
Applewood on the Green 
1994 
Bakery 
Garden Cafe 
1994 
Barbeque 
McKenna's Booze Blues & BBQ 
1994 
Bookstore 
Waldenbooks 
1994 
Burger 
Goldberg's 
1994 
Coffeehouse 
Hill of Beans 
1994 
Deli 
Spirit World 
1994 
Dry Cleaners 
Max I. Walker 
1994 
Family Restaurant 
Garden Cafe 
1994 
Fast Food Restaurant 
Wendy's 
1994 
Financial Institution 
First National 
1994 
Fitness Club 
Gold's Gym Aerobic & Fitness Center 
1994 
Florist 
Baker's 
1994 
Furniture Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
1994 
Grocery Store 
Baker's 
1994 
Hair Styling Salon 
Creative Hair Design 
1994 
Happy Hour 
Arthur's 
1994 
Hospital 
Methodist 
1994 
Italian Restaurant 
Grisanti's 
1994 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's 
1994 
Known Omahan 
Warren Buffet 
1994 
Men's Clothing Store 
Landon's 
1994 
Mexican Food 
Julio's 
1994 
Movie Theater 
Indian Hills 
1994 
Nursery/Garden Center 
Mulhall's 
1994 
Oriental Restaurant 
Imperial Palace 
1994 
Pizza 
Zio's Pizzeria 
1994 
Place for Live Music 
McKenna's Booze Blues & BBQ 
1994 
Place to Buy CD's & Tapes 
Homer's 
1994 
Real Estate Company 
CBS 
1994 
Shoe Store 
Dillard's 
1994 
Sporting Event 
Lancer Hockey 
1994 
Steak House 
Ross' 
1994 
Tourist Attraction 
Henry Doorly Zoo 
1994 
Travel Agency 
Travel & Transport 
1994 
Weekend Getaway 
Kansas City 
1994 
Women's Clothing 
Younkers 
1994 
All You Can Eat Buffet 
Valentino's 
1994 
Annual Event 
College World Series 
1994 
Apartment Complex 
Lionshead 
1994 
Bakery 
Gerda's 
1994 
Barbeque 
Old Mill 
1994 
Burger 
Fuddrucker's 
1994 
Coffeehouse 
Downtown Grounds 
1994 
Deli 
Baker's 
1994 
Dry Cleaners 
Camelot 
1994 
Family Restaurant 
Grandmother's 
1994 
Fast Food Restaurant 
Runza 
1994 
Financial Institution 
Norwest 
1994 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life 
1994 
Florist 
Younkers 
1994 
Furniture Store 
Allen's 
1994 
Grocery Store 
Hy-Vee 
1994 
Hair Styling Salon 
Salon Tino 
1994 
Happy Hour 
Grandmother's 
1994 
Hospital 
Bergan Mercy 
1994 
Italian Restaurant 
Lo Sole Mio 
1994 
Jewelry Store 
Brodkey's 
1994 
Known Omahan 
PJ Morgan 
1994 
Men's Clothing Store 
Jerry Ryan 
1994 
Mexican Food 
Romeo's 
1994 
Movie Theater 
Q Cinema 9 
1994 
Nursery/Garden Center 
Earl May 
1994 
Oriental Restaurant 
Great Wall 
1994 
Pizza 
Pizza Hut 
1994 
Place for Live Music 
Arthur's 
1994 
Place to Buy CD's & Tapes 
Buy 
1994 
Real Estate Company 
Home 
1994 
Romantic Dining 
French Cafe 
1994 
Shoe Store 
Payless 
1994 
Sporting Event 
College World Series 
1994 
Steak House 
Austin's 
1994 
Tourist Attraction 
Old Market 
1994 
Travel Agency 
AAA 
1994 
Weekend Getaway 
Embassy Suites 
1994 
Women's Clothing 
Dillards 
1994 
All You Can Eat Buffet 
Bishop's 
1994 
Annual Event 
Summer Arts Festival 
1994 
Apartment Complex 
Regency 
1994 
Bakery 
Baker's 
1994 
Barbeque 
Smoke Pit 
1994 
Bookstore 
Combs and Combs 
1994 
Burger 
Runza 
1994 
Coffeehouse 
13th Street Coffee Co. 
1994 
Deli 
Razzy's 
1994 
Dry Cleaners 
Martinizing 
1994 
Family Restaurant 
Sizzler 
1994 
Fast Food Restaurant 
Don & Millie's 
1994 
Financial Institution 
FirsTier 
1994 
Fitness Club 
Omaha Athletic Club 
1994 
Florist 
Absolutely Flowers 
1994 
Furniture Store 
Elan 
1994 
Grocery Store 
Albertson's 
1994 
Hair Styling Salon 
Garbo's 
1994 
Hospital 
Clarkson 
1994 
Italian Restaurant 
Olive Garden 
1994 
Jewelry Store 
Hostetter 
1994 
Known Omahan 
Willie Thiesen 
1994 
Men's Clothing Store 
Younkers 
1994 
Mexican Food 
El Bees 
1994 
Movie Theater 
Dundee 
1994 
Nursery/Garden Center 
The Yard Co. 
1994 
Oriental Restaurant 
House of Hunan 
1994 
Pizza 
La Casa 
1994 
Place for Live Music 
The Orpheum 
1994 
Place to Buy CD's & Tapes 
Pickles 
1994 
Real Estate Company 
NP Dodge 
1994 
Romantic Dining 
Brother Sebastian's 
1994 
Shoe Store 
Lloyds 
1994 
Sporting Event 
Nebraska Football 
1994 
Steak House 
Gorat's 
1994 
Tourist Attraction 
Boystown 
1994 
Travel Agency 
Travel Faire 
1994 
Weekend Getaway 
Marriott 
1994 
Women's Clothing 
Casual Corner