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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:1998
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1998 
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet 
Valentino's 
1998 
Bakery 
Garden Cafe 
1998 
BBQ Restaurant 
Ozark Smoked Meats 
1998 
Best-Known Omahan 
Warren Buffet 
1998 
Book Store 
Barnes & Noble 
1998 
Burger 
Goldberg's 
1998 
Car Wash 
V.I.P. 
1998 
CDs & Tapes 
Buy 
1998 
Cellular Phone Service 
Air Touch Cellular 
1998 
Coffee House 
MJ Java 
1998 
College/University 
UNO 
1998 
Deli-Style Sandwich 
Quizno's 
1998 
Family Restaurant 
Applebee's 
1998 
Financial Institution 
First National Bank 
1998 
Fitness Club 
Gold's Gym 
1998 
Florist 
Baker's Supermarket 
1998 
French Fries 
Runza 
1998 
Grocery Store 
Baker's Supermarket 
1998 
Hair Styling Salon 
Creative Hair Design 
1998 
Happy Hour 
Grandmother's 
1998 
Home Electronics Store 
NFM Mega Mart 
1998 
Hospital 
Methodist 
1998 
Ice Cream 
Dairy Queen 
1998 
Internet Service 
American OnLine 
1998 
Italian Restaurant 
Pasta Amore 
1998 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's 
1998 
Kids Clothing Store 
Gap 
1998 
Live Music 
Ranch Bowl 
1998 
Local Music Group 
Fish Heads 
1998 
Men's Clothing Store 
Barrett-Reed Menswear 
1998 
Mexican Restaurant 
Fernando's 
1998 
Movie Theater 
20 Grand 
1998 
New Car Dealership 
H & H 
1998 
Nursery/Garden Center 
Mulhall's 
1998 
Party Place 
Guitars & Cadillacs 
1998 
Pick-Up Place 
Ten Lies 
1998 
Pizza 
Zio's 
1998 
Place to Meet Friends 
Old Market 
1998 
Public Hangout 
Old Market 
1998 
Romantic Dining 
The Jaipur 
1998 
Shopping Center/Mall 
Oak View 
1998 
Steakhouse 
Outback 
1998 
Sunday Brunch 
Garden Cafe 
1998 
Tanning Salon 
TanFastic 
1998 
Tourist Attraction 
Henry Doorly Zoo 
1998 
TV News Personality 
Pat Persaud 
1998 
TV Newscast 
Channel 6 WOWT 
1998 
Used Car Dealership 
Huber 
1998 
Video Store 
Blockbuster 
1998 
Weekend Getaway 
Kansas City 
1998 
Women's Clothing Store 
Younkers 
1998 
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet 
Old Country Buffet 
1998 
Bakery 
Baker's Supermarket 
1998 
BBQ Restaurant 
McKenna's 
1998 
Best-Known Omahan 
Hal Daub 
1998 
Book Store 
Borders 
1998 
Burger 
Burger King 
1998 
Car Wash 
Buchanan's Amoco 
1998 
CDs & Tapes 
Homer's 
1998 
Cellular Phone Service 
Aliant Cellular 
1998 
Coffee House 
Downtown Grounds 
1998 
College/University 
Creighton University 
1998 
Deli-Style Sandwich 
Subway 
1998 
Department Store 
Younkers 
1998 
Family Restaurant 
Valentino's 
1998 
Financial Institution 
Norwest Bank 
1998 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life Center 
1998 
Florist 
Piccolo's 
1998 
French Fries 
McDonald's 
1998 
Grocery Store 
Hy-Vee Supermarket 
1998 
Hair Styling Salon 
Garbo's 
1998 
Happy Hour 
Arthur's 
1998 
Home Electronics Store 
Buy 
1998 
Hospital 
Bergan Mercy 
1998 
Ice Cream 
TCBY 
1998 
Internet Service 
Netscape 
1998 
Jewelry Store 
Brodkey's 
1998 
Kids Clothing Store 
Gymboree 
1998 
Live Music 
Arthur's 
1998 
Local Music Group 
Blue Moon Ghetto 
1998 
Men's Clothing Store 
Parsow's 
1998 
Mexican Restaurant 
Romeo's 
1998 
Movie Theater 
Indian Hills 
1998 
New Car Dealership 
Baxter 
1998 
Nursery/Garden Center 
Earl May 
1998 
Pizza 
Valentino's 
1998 
Public Hangout 
Heartland of America Park 
1998 
Public Hangout 
Heartland of America Park 
1998 
Romantic Dining 
French Cafe 
1998 
Shopping Center/Mall 
Westroads 
1998 
Steakhouse 
Austin's 
1998 
Sunday Brunch 
Valentino's 
1998 
Tanning Salon 
Tan Huts 
1998 
Tourist Attraction 
Old Market 
1998 
TV News Personality 
John Knicely 
1998 
TV Newscast 
Channel 7 KETV 
1998 
Used Car Dealership 
H & H 
1998 
Video Store 
Hollywood Video 
1998 
Weekend Getaway 
Mahoney State Park 
2 (tie) 
1998 
Party Place 
18th Amendment 
2 (tie) 
1998 
Party Place 
Paddy Murphy's 
2 (tie) 
1998 
Pick-Up Place 
M's Pub 
2 (tie) 
1998 
Pick-Up Place 
The Mall 
1998 
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet 
Golden Corral 
1998 
Bakery 
Gerda's 
1998 
BBQ Restaurant 
Tony Roma's 
1998 
Best-Known Omahan 
Chip Davis 
1998 
Book Store 
Waldenbooks 
1998 
Burger 
Runza 
1998 
Car Wash 
Mr. Suds 
1998 
CDs & Tapes 
Blockbuster Music 
1998 
Cellular Phone Service 
Sprint PCS 
1998 
Coffee House 
13th Street 
1998 
College/University 
UNL 
1998 
Deli-Style Sandwich 
Blimpie 
1998 
Department Store 
Von Maur 
1998 
Family Restaurant 
Garden Cafe 
1998 
Financial Institution 
Commercial Federal 
1998 
Fitness Club 
Westroads Club 
1998 
Florist 
Stems at Countryside 
1998 
French Fries 
Arby's 
1998 
Grocery Store 
Albertson's Food & Drug 
1998 
Hair Styling Salon 
Great Clips 
1998 
Happy Hour 
Billy Frogg's 
1998 
Home Electronics Store 
Circuit City 
1998 
Hospital 
UNMC 
1998 
Ice Cream 
Goodrich Dairy 
1998 
Internet Service 
Radiks 
1998 
Italian Restaurant 
Valentino's 
1998 
Jewelry Store 
Bergman's 
1998 
Kids Clothing Store 
Kids R Us 
1998 
Live Music 
McKenna's 
1998 
Local Music Group 
Labels 
1998 
Men's Clothing Store 
Structure 
1998 
Mexican Restaurant 
Julio's 
1998 
Movie Theater 
Q Cinema 9 
1998 
New Car Dealership 
Atchley 
1998 
Nursery/Garden Center 
Lanoha 
1998 
Party Place 
Arthur's 
1998 
Pizza 
Godfather's 
1998 
Place to Meet Friends 
Upstream Brewery 
1998 
Public Hangout 
Memorial Park 
1998 
Romantic Dining 
V Mertz 
1998 
Shopping Center/Mall 
One Pacific Place 
1998 
Steakhouse 
Lone Star 
1998 
Sunday Brunch 
Maxine's 
1998 
Tanning Salon 
Alexander's Hair Artistry 
1998 
Tourist Attraction 
College World Series 
1998 
TV News Personality 
Dave Webber 
1998 
TV Newscast 
Channel 3 KMTV 
1998 
Used Car Dealership 
Stan Olsen 
1998 
Video Store 
Baker's Supermarket 
1998 
Weekend Getaway 
Embassy Suites 
1998 
Women's Clothing Store 
The Limited