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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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1999 
Airline 
United 
1999 
Bakery 
Baker's 
1999 
Bar 
Old Chicago 
1999 
BBQ Restaurant 
Tony Roma's 
1999 
Beer/Brew 
Bud Lite 
1999 
Best-Known Omahan 
Warren Buffet 
1999 
Book Store 
Barnes and Noble 
1999 
Burger 
Burger King 
1999 
Cellular Phone Service 
AirTouch 
1999 
Child/Day-Car Facility 
La Petite Academy 
1999 
Coffee House 
MJ Java 
1999 
College/University 
UNO 
1999 
Convenience Store 
Kwik Shop 
1999 
Department Store 
Dillard's 
1999 
Drive-Through Food 
Burger King 
1999 
Family Entertainment 
Fun Plex 
1999 
Family Restaurant 
Valentino's 
1999 
Financial Institution 
First National 
1999 
Fitness Club 
Gold's Gym 
1999 
Florist 
Piccolo's 
1999 
Fragrance/Cologne 
Tommy Girl 
1999 
French Fries 
McDonald's 
1999 
Golf Course 
Eagle Run 
1999 
Grocery Store 
Baker's 
1999 
Hair and/or Day Salon 
Garbo's 
1999 
Haunted House 
Mystery Manor 
1999 
Italian Restaurant 
Lo Sole Mio 
1999 
Jeans 
Levis 
1999 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's 
1999 
Kids' Clothing 
Gap Kids 
1999 
Lawn and Garden Center 
Mulhall's 
1999 
Live Music Venue 
Ranch Bowl 
1999 
Local Music Group 
311 
1999 
Mexican Restaurant 
Romeo's 
1999 
Movie Theater 
Oakview AMC 24 
1999 
Music Store 
Homer's 
1999 
New Business 
Icehouse 
1999 
New Business 
Icehouse 
1999 
New Car Dealership 
Markel 
1999 
Pizza 
Zio's 
1999 
Public Restroom 
Von Maur 
1999 
Romantic Dining 
French Cafe 
1999 
Shopping Center/Mall 
Westroads 
1999 
Soft Drink 
Coke 
1999 
Steak House 
Austin's 
1999 
Stereo Store 
NFM Mega Mart 
1999 
Sunday Brunch 
Grandmother's 
1999 
Tanning Salon 
Ashley Lynn's 
1999 
Tourist Attraction 
Henry Doorly Zoo 
1999 
TV Newscast 
WOWT 6 
1999 
Video Store 
Blockbuster Video 
1999 
Women's Clothing 
Younkers 
1 (tie) 
1999 
Men's Clothing Store 
Landon's 
1 (tie) 
1999 
Men's Clothing Store 
Structure 
1999 
Airline 
Midwest Express 
1999 
Bakery 
Garden Cafe 
1999 
Bar 
Arthur's 
1999 
BBQ Restaurant 
McKenna's 
1999 
Beer/Brew 
Budweiser 
1999 
Best-Known Omahan 
Mrs. B 
1999 
Book Store 
Borders 
1999 
Burger 
Goldbergs 
1999 
Cellular Phone Service 
Aliant 
1999 
Child/Day-Car Facility 
Kindercare 
1999 
Coffee House 
Downtown Grounds 
1999 
College/University 
Creighton 
1999 
Convenience Store 
Kum & Go 
1999 
Department Store 
Von Maur 
1999 
Drive-Through Food 
Taco Bell 
1999 
Family Entertainment 
Family Fun Center 
1999 
Family Restaurant 
Applebee's 
1999 
Financial Institution 
Norwest 
1999 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life 
1999 
Florist 
Baker's 
1999 
Fragrance/Cologne 
Cool Water 
1999 
French Fries 
Burger King 
1999 
Golf Course 
Pacific Springs 
1999 
Grocery Store 
Hy-Vee 
1999 
Hair and/or Day Salon 
Creative Hair Design 
1999 
Haunted House 
Fright Zone 
1999 
Hospital/Care Facility 
Alegent Health Systems 
1999 
Italian Restaurant 
Valentino's 
1999 
Jeans 
Gap 
1999 
Jewelry Store 
Brodkey's 
1999 
Kids' Clothing 
Kids R Us 
1999 
Lawn and Garden Center 
Lanoha 
1999 
Live Music Venue 
Arthur's 
1999 
Local Music Group 
Mulberry Lane 
1999 
Men's Clothing Store 
Dillard's 
1999 
Mexican Restaurant 
Howard's 
1999 
Movie Theater 
20 Grand 
1999 
Music Store 
Buy 
1999 
New Business 
Old Navy 
1999 
Pizza 
Valentino's 
1999 
Public Restroom 
Oakview AMC 24 
1999 
Romantic Dining 
Brother Sebastian's 
1999 
Shopping Center/Mall 
Oakview 
1999 
Soft Drink 
Pepsi 
1999 
Steak House 
Outback 
1999 
Sunday Brunch 
Valentino's 
1999 
Tanning Salon 
Tanfastic 
1999 
Tourist Attraction 
Old Market 
1999 
TV Newscast 
KETV 7 
1999 
Used Car Dealership 
Atchley 
1999 
Video Store 
Hollywood Video 
1999 
Women's Clothing 
Von Maur 
2 (tie) 
1999 
New Car Dealership 
H & H 
2 (tie) 
1999 
New Car Dealership 
Saturn 
2 (tie) 
1999 
Stereo Store 
Buy 
2 (tie) 
1999 
Stereo Store 
Stereo West 
1999 
Airline 
Southwest 
1999 
Bakery 
Krispy Kreme 
1999 
Bar 
Icehouse 
1999 
BBQ Restaurant 
The Amarillo 
1999 
Beer/Brew 
Miller Lite 
1999 
Best-Known Omahan 
Henry Fonda 
1999 
Book Store 
Waldenbooks 
1999 
Burger 
Runza 
1999 
Cellular Phone Service 
Sprint PCS 
1999 
Child/Day-Car Facility 
Children's Corner 
1999 
Coffee House 
The Crane 
1999 
College/University 
UNL 
1999 
Department Store 
Younkers 
1999 
Drive-Through Food 
McDonald's 
1999 
Family Entertainment 
Henry Doorly Zoo 
1999 
Family Restaurant 
Austin's 
1999 
Financial Institution 
Commercial Federal 
1999 
Fitness Club 
24-Hour Fitness 
1999 
Florist 
Tilton's 
1999 
Fragrance/Cologne 
Eternity 
1999 
French Fries 
Runza 
1999 
Golf Course 
Champions 
1999 
Grocery Store 
Albertson's 
1999 
Hair and/or Day Salon 
Salon Tino 
1999 
Haunted House 
Hotel California 
1999 
Hospital/Care Facility 
UNMC 
1999 
Italian Restaurant 
Olive Garden 
1999 
Jeans 
Tommy 
1999 
Jewelry Store 
Zales 
1999 
Kids' Clothing 
Gymboree 
1999 
Lawn and Garden Center 
Earl May 
1999 
Live Music Venue 
McKenna's 
1999 
Local Music Group 
Fisheads 
1999 
Men's Clothing Store 
JC Penney 
1999 
Mexican Restaurant 
Fernando's 
1999 
Movie Theater 
Q Cinema 9 
1999 
Music Store 
Blockbuster Music 
1999 
New Car Dealership 
Baxter 
1999 
Pizza 
Pizza Hut 
1999 
Public Restroom 
Austin's 
1999 
Shopping Center/Mall 
Crossroads 
1999 
Soft Drink 
Mountain Dew 
1999 
Steak House 
Anthony's 
1999 
Stereo Store 
Circuit City 
1999 
Sunday Brunch 
Garden Cafe 
1999 
Tanning Salon 
Tanners 
1999 
Tourist Attraction 
College World Series 
1999 
TV Newscast 
KMTV 3 
1999 
Used Car Dealership 
Saturn 
1999 
Video Store 
Captain Video 
3 (tie) 
1999 
Romantic Dining 
Lo Sole Mio 
3 (tie) 
1999 
Romantic Dining 
Vivace 
3 (tie) 
1999 
Women's Clothing 
Express 
3 (tie) 
1999 
Women's Clothing 
Lerner Shops