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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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2000 
Annual Event 
College World Series 
2000 
Artist 
Thomas D. Mangelsen 
2000 
BBQ 
Tony Roma's 
2000 
Best-Known Omahan 
Warren Buffet 
2000 
Building 
Woodmen Tower 
2000 
Burger 
Goldbergs 
2000 
Car Dealership 
H & H 
2000 
Civic Leader 
Walter and Sue Scott 
2000 
College 
University of Nebraska at Omaha 
2000 
Community Volunteer 
Magre Durham 
2000 
Family Restaurant 
Grandmother's 
2000 
Financial Institution 
First National Bank 
2000 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life 
2000 
Florist 
Picclo's 
2000 
Home Builder 
Dan Witt 
2000 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's 
2000 
Most Memorable Event 
College World Series 
2000 
Nursery 
Mulhall's 
2000 
Performer 
Chip Davis 
2000 
Pizza 
Zio's 
2000 
Politician 
Bob Kerrey 
2000 
Recreational Area (Park) 
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park 
2000 
Romantic Dining 
French Cafe 
2000 
Tourist Attraction 
Henry Doorly Zoo 
2000 
Travel Agency 
AAA 
2000 
TV News Personality 
Pat Persaud 
2000 
Unforgettable Storm (Weather) 
October 1997 Ice Storm 
2000 
Annual Event 
River City Round-Up 
2000 
Artist 
Mary Murphy 
2000 
BBQ 
McKenna's Booze Blues BBQ 
2000 
Best-Known Omahan 
Henry Fonda 
2000 
Building 
Joslyn Art Museum 
2000 
Burger 
Fuddruckers 
2000 
Car Dealership 
Stan Olsen 
2000 
Civic Leader 
Hal Daub 
2000 
College 
Creighton 
2000 
Community Volunteer 
Susie Buffet 
2000 
Employer 
Conagra, Inc 
2000 
Family Restaurant 
Applebee's 
2000 
Financial Institution 
Norwest 
2000 
Fitness Club 
Gold's Gym 
2000 
Florist 
Baker's 
2000 
Home Builder 
Whit Smith 
2000 
Jewelry Store 
Bergman's 
2000 
Most Memorable Event 
1994 Husker National Championship 
2000 
Nursery 
Lanoha 
2000 
Performer 
Henry Fonda 
2000 
Pizza 
Valentino's 
2000 
Politician 
Ed Zorinsky 
2000 
Recreational Area (Park) 
Memorial Park 
2000 
Tourist Attraction 
Old Market 
2000 
Travel Agency 
Travel and Transport 
2000 
TV News Personality 
John Knicely 
2000 
Unforgettable Storm (Weather) 
Tornado of 1975 
2000 
Annual Event 
Summer Arts Festival 
2000 
Artist 
Edweird Kroy and Judith Welk 
2000 
BBQ 
Smoke Pit 
2000 
Best-Known Omahan 
Johnny Carson 
2000 
Building 
Durham Western Heritage Museum 
2000 
Burger 
Burger King 
2000 
Car Dealership 
Jim Earp 
2000 
Civic Leader 
Ernie Chambers 
2000 
College 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
2000 
Community Volunteer 
Jimmy Wilson 
2000 
Employer 
Peter Kiewit and Sons 
2000 
Family Restaurant 
Valentino's 
2000 
Financial Institution 
US Bank 
2000 
Fitness Club 
24-Hour Fitness 
2000 
Florist 
Stems 
2000 
Home Builder 
Ted Grace 
2000 
Jewelry Store 
Brodkey's 
2000 
Most Memorable Event 
Fourth of July Fireworks 
2000 
Nursery 
Earl May 
2000 
Performer 
Mulberry Lane 
2000 
Pizza 
Big Fred's 
2000 
Politician 
Hal Daub 
2000 
Recreational Area (Park) 
Zorinsky Lake 
2000 
Romantic Dining 
Cafe de Paris 
2000 
Tourist Attraction 
Boys Town 
2000 
Travel Agency 
Trans Global 
2000 
TV News Personality 
Dave Webber 
2000 
Unforgettable Storm (Weather) 
Blizzard of 1975