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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:1997
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1997 
"Party Place" 
Guitars & Cadillacs 
1997 
"Pick-Up" Place 
Ten Lies 
1997 
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet 
Valentino's 
1997 
Bakery 
Garden Cafe 
1997 
BBQ Restaurant 
Ozark Smoked Meats 
1997 
Book Store 
Barns & Noble 
1997 
Burger 
Goldberg's 
1997 
Car Wash 
VIP 
1997 
CDs & Tapes 
Buy 
1997 
Cellular Phone Service 
Air Touch Cellular 
1997 
Coffee House 
MJ Java 
1997 
College/University 
UNO 
1997 
Deli-Style Sandwich 
Quizno's 
1997 
Department Store 
Dillard's 
1997 
Family Restaurant 
Applebee's 
1997 
Financial Institution 
First National Bank 
1997 
Fitness Club 
Gold's Gym 
1997 
Florist 
Baker's Supermarket 
1997 
French Fries 
Runza 
1997 
Grocery Store 
Baker's Supermarket 
1997 
Hair Styling Salon 
Creative Hair Design 
1997 
Happy Hour 
Grandmother's 
1997 
Home Electronics Store 
NFM Mega Mart 
1997 
Hospital 
Methodist 
1997 
Internet Service 
American OnLine 
1997 
Italian Restaurant 
Pasta Amore 
1997 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's 
1997 
Kids Clothing Store 
Gap 
1997 
Known Omahan 
Warren Buffett 
1997 
Live Music 
Ranch Bowl 
1997 
Local Music Group 
Fish Heads 
1997 
Men's Clothing Store 
Barrett-Reed Menswear 
1997 
Mexican Restaurant 
Fernando's 
1997 
Movie Theater 
20 Grand 
1997 
New Car Dealership 
H & H 
1997 
Nursery/Garden Center 
Mulhall's 
1997 
Pizza 
Zio's 
1997 
Place to Meet Friends 
Old Market 
1997 
Public "Hangout" 
Old Market 
1997 
Romantic Dining 
The Jaipur 
1997 
Shopping Center/Mall 
Oak View 
1997 
Steak House 
Outback 
1997 
Sunday Brunch 
Garden Cafe 
1997 
Tanning Salon 
TanFastic 
1997 
Tourist Attraction 
Henry Doorly Zoo 
1997 
TV News Personality 
Pat Persaud 
1997 
TV Newscast 
Channel 6 WOWT 
1997 
Used Car Dealership 
Huber 
1997 
Video Store 
Blockbuster 
1997 
Weekend Getaway 
Kansas City 
1997 
Women's Clothing Store 
Younkers 
1997 
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet 
Old Country Buffet 
1997 
Bakery 
Baker's Supermarket 
1997 
BBQ Restaurant 
McKenna's 
1997 
Book Store 
Borders 
1997 
Burger 
Burger King 
1997 
Car Wash 
Buchanan's Amoco 
1997 
CDs & Tapes 
Homer's 
1997 
Cellular Phone Service 
Aliant Cellular 
1997 
Coffee House 
Downtown Grounds 
1997 
College/University 
Creighton University 
1997 
Deli-Style Sandwich 
Subway 
1997 
Department Store 
Younkers 
1997 
Family Restaurant 
Valentino's 
1997 
Financial Institution 
Norwest Bank 
1997 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life Center 
1997 
Florist 
Piccolo's 
1997 
French Fries 
McDonald's 
1997 
Grocery Store 
Hy-Vee Supermarket 
1997 
Hair Styling Salon 
Garbo's 
1997 
Happy Hour 
Arthur's 
1997 
Home Electronics Store 
Buy 
1997 
Hospital 
Bergan Mercy 
1997 
Ice Cream 
TCBY 
1997 
Internet Service 
Netscape 
1997 
Italian Restaurant 
Lo Sole Mio 
1997 
Jewelry Store 
Brodkey's 
1997 
Kids Clothing Store 
Gymboree 
1997 
Known Omahan 
Hal Daub 
1997 
Live Music 
Arthur's 
1997 
Local Music Group 
Blue Moon Ghetto 
1997 
Men's Clothing Store 
Parsow's 
1997 
Mexican Restaurant 
Romeo's 
1997 
Movie Theater 
Indian Hills 
1997 
New Car Dealership 
Baxter 
1997 
Nursery/Garden Center 
Earl May 
1997 
Place to Meet Friends 
Church 
1997 
Public "Hangout" 
Heartland of America Park 
1997 
Romantic Dining 
French Cafe 
1997 
Shopping Center/Mall 
Westraods 
1997 
Steak House 
Austin's 
1997 
Sunday Brunch 
Valentino's 
1997 
Tanning Salon 
Tan Huts 
1997 
Tourist Attraction 
Old Market 
1997 
TV News Personality 
John Knicely 
1997 
TV Newscast 
Channel 7 KETV 
1997 
Used Car Dealership 
H & H 
1997 
Video Store 
Hollywood Video 
1997 
Weekend Getaway 
Mahoney State Park 
1997 
Women's Clothing Store 
Ann Taylor 
2 (tie) 
1997 
"Party Place" 
18th Amendment 
2 (tie) 
1997 
"Party Place" 
Paddy Murphy's 
2 (tie) 
1997 
"Pick-Up" Place 
M's Pub 
2 (tie) 
1997 
"Pick-Up" Place 
The Mall 
1997 
"Party Place" 
Arthur's 
1997 
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet 
Golden Corral 
1997 
Bakery 
Gerda's 
1997 
BBQ Restaurant 
Tony Roma's 
1997 
Book Store 
Waldenbooks 
1997 
Burger 
Runza 
1997 
Car Wash 
Mr. Suds 
1997 
CDs & Tapes 
Blockbuster Music 
1997 
Cellular Phone Service 
Sprint PCS 
1997 
College/University 
UNL 
1997 
Deli-Style Sandwich 
Blimpie 
1997 
Department Store 
Von Maur 
1997 
Family Restaurant 
Garden Cafe 
1997 
Financial Insitution 
Commercial Federal 
1997 
Fitness Club 
Westroads Club 
1997 
Florist 
Stems at Countryside 
1997 
French Fries 
Arby's 
1997 
Grocery Store 
Albertson's Food & Drug 
1997 
Hair Styling Salon 
Great Clips 
1997 
Happy Hour 
Billy Frogg's 
1997 
Home Electronics Store 
Circuit City 
1997 
Hospital 
UNMC 
1997 
Ice Cream 
Goodrich Dairy 
1997 
Internet Service 
Radiks 
1997 
Italian Restaurant 
Valentino's 
1997 
Jewelry Store 
Bergman's 
1997 
Kids Clothing Store 
Kids "R" Us 
1997 
Known Omahan 
Chip Davis 
1997 
Live Music 
McKenna's 
1997 
Local Music Group 
Labels 
1997 
Men's Clothing Store 
Structure 
1997 
Mexican Restaurant 
Julio's 
1997 
Movie Theatre 
Q Cinema 9 
1997 
New Car Dealership 
Atchley 
1997 
Nursery/Garden Center 
Lanoha 
1997 
Pizza 
Godfather's 
1997 
Place to Meet Friends 
Upstream Brewery 
1997 
Public "Hangout" 
Memorial Park 
1997 
Romantic Dining 
V Mertz 
1997 
Shopping Center/Mall 
One Pacific Place 
1997 
Steak House 
Lone Star 
1997 
Sunday Brunch 
Maxine's 
1997 
Tanning Salon 
Alexander's Hair Artistry 
1997 
Tourist Attraction 
College World Series 
1997 
TV News Personality 
Dave Webber 
1997 
TV Newscast 
Channel 3 KMTV 
1997 
Used Car Dealership 
Stan Olsen 
1997 
Video Store 
Baker's Supermarket 
1997 
Women's Clothing Store 
The Limited