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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:1995
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1995 
All You Can Eat Buffet 
Old Country Buffet 
1995 
Annual Event 
College World Series 
1995 
Apartment Complex 
Vanderbilt 
1995 
Auto Service Center 
Firestone 
1995 
Bakery 
Baker's 
1995 
Barbecue Restaurant 
Old Mill BBQ 
1995 
Beset Bookstore 
Waldenbooks 
1995 
Burger 
Runza 
1995 
Car Wash 
VIP 
1995 
CDs/Tapes 
Homer's 
1995 
Coffee House 
MJ Java 
1995 
Deli 
Spirit World 
1995 
Dry Cleaner 
Max I. Walker 
1995 
Electronics Store 
Buy 
1995 
Family Restaurant 
Garden Cafe 
1995 
Fast Food Restaurant 
Runza 
1995 
Financial Institution 
First National Bank 
1995 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life 
1995 
Florist 
Baker's 
1995 
Furniture/Appliance 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
1995 
Golf Course 
Eagle Run 
1995 
Grocery Store 
Baker's 
1995 
Hair Styling Salon 
Creative Hair Design 
1995 
Happy Hour 
Arthur's 
1995 
Homebuilder 
Dan Witt 
1995 
Hospital 
Methodist 
1995 
Interior Design Firm 
Interiors by Joan 
1995 
Italian Restaurant 
Olive Garden 
1995 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's 
1995 
Known Omahan 
Warren Buffet 
1995 
Local TV News 
WOWT Channel 6 
1995 
Lumber/Home Center 
Menards 
1995 
Men's Clothing 
Younkers 
1995 
Mexican Restaurant 
Julio's 
1995 
Movie Theater 
Indian Hills 
1995 
Natural Foods 
GNC 
1995 
Nursery/Garden Ctr. 
Mulhall's 
1995 
Oriental Restaurant 
Imperial Palace 
1995 
Pizza 
Zio's 
1995 
Place for Live Music 
Ranch Bowl 
1995 
Real Estate Company 
CBS 
1995 
Romantic Dining 
French Cafe 
1995 
Shoe Store 
Payless 
1995 
Sporting Event 
College World Series 
1995 
Sporting Goods Store 
Omaha Sports 
1995 
Steak House 
Austin's 
1995 
Tourist Attraction 
Henry Doorly Zoo 
1995 
Travel Agency 
AAA 
1995 
Weekend Getaway 
Kansas City 
1995 
Women's Clothing 
Dillards 
1995 
All You Can Eat Buffet 
Valentino's 
1995 
Annual Event 
River City Roundup 
1995 
Apartment Complex 
Lionshead 
1995 
Auto Service Center 
Western Auto 
1995 
Bakery 
Garden Cafe 
1995 
Beset Bookstore 
Read All About It 
1995 
Burger 
Fuddruckers 
1995 
Car Wash 
Dolphins 
1995 
CDs/Tapes 
Buy 
1995 
Coffee House 
Downtown Grounds 
1995 
Deli 
Razzy's Deli 
1995 
Dry Cleaner 
Martinizing 
1995 
Electronics Store 
Mega Mart 
1995 
Family Restaurant 
Grandmother's 
1995 
Fast Food Restaurant 
Wendy's 
1995 
Financial Institution 
Norwest 
1995 
Fitness Club 
Omaha Athletic Club 
1995 
Florist 
Piccolo's 
1995 
Furniture/Appliance 
Rod Kush's Furniture 
1995 
Golf Course 
Miracle Hills 
1995 
Grocery Store 
Hy Vee 
1995 
Hair Styling Salon 
Salon Tino 
1995 
Happy Hour 
Billy Frogg's 
1995 
Homebuilder 
Royal Homes 
1995 
Hospital 
Bergan Mercy 
1995 
Interior Design Firm 
Elan 
1995 
Italian Restaurant 
Grisanti's 
1995 
Jewelry Store 
Helzberg 
1995 
Known Omahan 
Willie Theisen 
1995 
Local TV News 
KETV Channel 7 
1995 
Lumber/Home Center 
Sutherlands 
1995 
Mall/Shopping Ctr. 
Oakview 
1995 
Men's Clothing 
Landon's 
1995 
Mexican Restaurant 
Romeo's 
1995 
Movie Theater 
Q-Cinema 9 
1995 
Natural Foods 
McFoster's 
1995 
Nursery/Garden Ctr. 
Earl May 
1995 
Oriental Restaurant 
Great Wall 
1995 
Pizza 
Pizza Hut 
1995 
Place for Live Music 
McKenna's 
1995 
Real Estate Company 
Home 
1995 
Romantic Dining 
Brother Sabastian's 
1995 
Shoe Store 
Dillards 
1995 
Sporting Event 
Lancers 
1995 
Steak House 
Gorats 
1995 
Tourist Attraction 
Old Market 
1995 
Travel Agency 
Travel & Transport 
1995 
Weekend Getaway 
Red Lion 
1995 
Women's Clothing 
Younkers 
1995 
All You Can Eat Buffet 
Shoney's 
1995 
Annual Event 
4th of July Fireworks 
1995 
Apartment Complex 
Regency 
1995 
Auto Service Center 
Tires Inc. 
1995 
Bakery 
Gerda's 
1995 
Barbecue Restaurant 
Tony Roma's 
1995 
Beset Bookstore 
B. Dalton 
1995 
Burger 
Goldberg's 
1995 
Car Wash 
Stacy's 
1995 
CDs/Tapes 
Mega Mart 
1995 
Coffee House 
Gloria Jean's 
1995 
Deli 
Baker's 
1995 
Dry Cleaner 
Stepanek 
1995 
Electronics Store 
Radio Shack 
1995 
Family Restaurant 
Valentino's 
1995 
Fast Food Restaurant 
Burger King 
1995 
Financial Institution 
Firstier 
1995 
Fitness Club 
Gold's Gym 
1995 
Furniture/Appliance 
Davidson's Furniture 
1995 
Golf Course 
Tiburon/Benson 
1995 
Grocery Store 
Albertson's 
1995 
Hair Styling Salon 
Garbo's 
1995 
Happy Hour 
Grandmother's 
1995 
Homebuilder 
Apollo 
1995 
Hospital 
Immanuel 
1995 
Interior Design Firm 
The Designers 
1995 
Italian Restaurant 
Lo Sole Mio 
1995 
Jewelry Store 
Greenberg's 
1995 
Known Omahan 
Mrs. B 
1995 
Local TV News 
KMTV Channel 3 
1995 
Lumber/Home Center 
Payless 
1995 
Mall/Shopping Ctr. 
Crossroads 
1995 
Men's Clothing 
Dillard's 
1995 
Mexican Restaurant 
Fernando's 
1995 
Movie Theater 
Westroads AMC 
1995 
Natural Foods 
Grainery 
1995 
Nursery/Garden Ctr. 
Lanoha 
1995 
Oriental Restaurant 
House of Hunan 
1995 
Pizza 
Valentino's 
1995 
Place for Live Music 
Arthur's 
1995 
Real Estate Company 
NP Dodge 
1995 
Romantic Dining 
Maxine's 
1995 
Shoe Store 
Famous Footwear 
1995 
Sporting Event 
Nebraska Football 
1995 
Sporting Goods Store 
Canfield's 
1995 
Steak House 
Ross' 
1995 
Tourist Attraction 
Boys Town 
1995 
Travel Agency 
Travel Associates 
1995 
Weekend Getaway 
Marriott 
1995 
Women's Clothing 
Casual Corner