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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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2002 
Apartment Complex 
Lionshead 
2002 
Assisted Living Facility 
Lakeside Retirement Village 
2002 
Bakery 
Panera Break 
2002 
Bank 
First National Bank of Omaha 
2002 
Barbecue 
Famous Daves 
2002 
Burger 
Goldberg's 
2002 
Car Wash 
VIP Touchless Car Wash 
2002 
Cleaning Service 
Merry Maids 
2002 
Coffee Shop 
Crane Coffee 
2002 
Cosmetic Surgery 
Dr. Joel Schlessinger 
2002 
Dentist 
Dr. Steven D. Wegner 
2002 
Dry Cleaners 
Max I. Walker 
2002 
Electronics Store 
Buy 
2002 
Employer 
NHS 
2002 
Family Restaurant 
Grandmother's 
2002 
Florist 
Piccolo's Florist 
2002 
Formal Dining 
French Cafe 
2002 
Furniture 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2002 
Golf Course 
Champions Club 
2002 
Hair Salon 
Creative Hair Design 
2002 
Health Food Store 
Wild Oats 
2002 
Home Builder 
Dan Witt Builders Inc. 
2002 
Insurance Agency 
State Farm 
2002 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's 
2002 
Lawn Service 
Tru Green Chem Lawn 
2002 
Lawyer 
Baird Holm 
2002 
Men's Clothing 
Parsow's Fine Clothing & Sportswear 
2002 
Movie Theater 
AMC Oak View 
2002 
New Car Dealership 
Old Mill Toytoa 
2002 
Nursery 
Mulhall's 
2002 
Optical 
Lenscrafters 
2002 
Oriental Restaurant 
China Road 
2002 
Pharmacy 
Walgreens 
2002 
Photographer 
Rick Billings 
2002 
Pizza 
Zio's 
2002 
Real Estate 
CBS Home 
2002 
Recreation Park 
Mahoney State Park 
2002 
Retirement Community 
Immanuel Lakeside Village 
2002 
Shopping Center 
Oak View Mall 
2002 
Steakhouse 
Outback 
2002 
Travel Agency 
AAA Travel 
2002 
University 
UNOmaha 
2002 
Used Car Dealership 
Woodhouse Ford 
2002 
Women's Clothing 
Von Maur 
2002 
Apartment Complex 
Apple Creek 
2002 
Assisted Living Facility 
Remington Heights 
2002 
Bakery 
Baker's 
2002 
Bank 
Wells Fargo 
2002 
Barbecue 
Tony Roma's 
2002 
Burger 
Don & Millie's 
2002 
Car Wash 
Dolphins 
2002 
Cleaning Service 
The Maids Home Services 
2002 
Coffee Shop 
Scooter's Java Express 
2002 
Cosmetic Surgery 
Dr. Jeffrey Popp 
2002 
Dentist 
Southroads Dental 
2002 
Dry Cleaners 
Camelot 
2002 
Electronics Store 
NFM Mega Mart 
2002 
Employer 
Mutual of Omaha 
2002 
Family Restaurant 
Applebee's 
2002 
Fitness Center 
Prairie Life Center 
2002 
Florist 
Baker's 
2002 
Furniture 
Elan Contemporary Furnishings 
2002 
Golf Course 
Eagle Run 
2002 
Hair Salon 
Toglias Salon 
2002 
Health Food Store 
GNC 
2002 
Home Builder 
Celebrity 
2002 
Insurance Agency 
American Family 
2002 
Jewelry Store 
Bergman's 
2002 
Lawn Service 
Steve's Yard Care 
2002 
Lawyer 
McGrath North Mullin & Katz 
2002 
Men's Clothing 
Men's Warehouse 
2002 
Mexican Restaurant 
Julio's 
2002 
Movie Theater 
20 Grand Theater 
2002 
New Car Dealership 
H&H Chevrolet 
2002 
Nursery 
Lanoha Nurseries 
2002 
Optical 
ShopKo 
2002 
Oriental Restaurant 
Panda House 
2002 
Pharmacy 
Osco 
2002 
Photographer 
Johnston 
2002 
Pizza 
Big Fred's 
2002 
Real Estate 
NP Dodge 
2002 
Recreation Park 
Zorinsky Lake 
2002 
Retirement Community 
Remington Heights 
2002 
Shopping Center 
Westroads 
2002 
Travel Agency 
Travel and Transport 
2002 
University 
Creighton 
2002 
Used Car Dealership 
Old Mill Toyota 
2002 
Women's Clothing 
Dillard's 
2 (tie) 
2002 
Formal Dining 
Passport 
2 (tie) 
2002 
Formal Dining 
V. Mertz 
2 (tie) 
2002 
Steakhouse 
Gorat's 
2 (tie) 
2002 
Steakhouse 
Johnny's Cafe 
2002 
Apartment Complex 
Biltmore 
2002 
Bakery 
The Cake Gallery 
2002 
Bank 
Commercial Federal 
2002 
Barbecue 
McKenna's Blues Booze & Barbecue 
2002 
Burger 
Burger King 
2002 
Car Wash 
Stacy's Wash N' Shine 
2002 
Cleaning Service 
Maids of Honor 
2002 
Coffee Shop 
Panera Bread 
2002 
Cosmetic Surgery 
Finkle Cosmetic Surgery Center 
2002 
Dentist 
Roger K. Curry 
2002 
Dry Cleaners 
Martinizing Dry Cleaning and Laundry 
2002 
Electronics Store 
Radio Shack 
2002 
Employer 
Union Pacific 
2002 
Family Restaurant 
Champps Americana 
2002 
Fitness Center 
Gold's Gym 
2002 
Florist 
Stems at Countryside 
2002 
Formal Dining 
Flatiron Cafe 
2002 
Furniture 
Allens 
2002 
Golf Course 
Tara Hills 
2002 
Hair Salon 
Garbo's Salons 
2002 
Health Food Store 
No Name Nutrition 
2002 
Home Builder 
Benchmark Custom Homes 
2002 
Insurance Agency 
Allstate 
2002 
Jewelry Store 
Brodkey's 
2002 
Lawn Service 
Granulawn 
2002 
Lawyer 
Kutak Rock 
2002 
Men's Clothing 
Barrett-Reed Menswear 
2002 
Mexican Restaurant 
Romeo's 
2002 
New Car Dealership 
Woodhouse Ford 
2002 
Nursery 
Earl May See and Nursery 
2002 
Optical 
Target 
2002 
Oriental Restaurant 
Imperial Palace 
2002 
Pharmacy 
Hy-Vee 
2002 
Photographer 
Arnold Clark 
2002 
Pizza 
La Casa 
2002 
Real Estate 
Century 21 
2002 
Recreation Park 
Memorial Park 
2002 
Retirement Community 
Arboretum 
2002 
Steakhouse 
Austin's 
2002 
Travel Agency 
Carlson Wagonlit Travel 
2002 
University 
Metropolitan Community College 
2002 
Used Car Dealership 
Reagan Mazda 
2002 
Women's Clothing 
Ann Taylor 
3 (tie) 
2002 
Movie Theater 
Cinema Center 
3 (tie) 
2002 
Movie Theater 
Q-Cinema 9 
HM 
2002 
Mexican Restaurant 
Fernando's