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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:2003
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2003 
Annual Local Event 
College World Series 
2003 
Apartment Complex 
Thomasville Apartments 
2003 
Area College 
University of Nebraska at Omaha 
2003 
Assisted Living Center 
Remington Heights 
2003 
Auto Service 
Jensen Goodyear Tire & Complete Auto Service Centers 
2003 
Bank 
First National Bank of Omaha 
2003 
BBQ 
Famous Dave's 
2003 
Burger 
Goldberg's 
2003 
Business Leader 
Warren Buffet 
2003 
Coffee 
Scooters Java Express 
2003 
Dance Bar 
The Max 
2003 
Dentist 
James Polerecky 
2003 
Electronics 
Mega Mart 
2003 
Employer 
Mutual of Omaha 
2003 
Family Restaurant 
Grandmother's Restaurant & Lounge 
2003 
Fitness Club 
24-Hour Fitness 
2003 
Florist 
Piccolo's Florist 
2003 
Formal Dining 
French Cafe 
2003 
Furniture 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2003 
Golf Course 
Champions Club 
2003 
Grocery Store 
Hy-Vee Food Store 
2003 
Hair Salon 
Creative Hair Design 
2003 
Home Builder 
Benchmark Homes 
2003 
Ice Cream 
TCBY Treats 
2003 
Jewelry 
Borsheim's 
2003 
Known Omahan 
Warren Buffet 
2003 
Massage 
Creative Hair Design 
2003 
Movie Theater 
AMC Oak View 24 
2003 
New Car Dealer 
Woodhouse Ford Lincoln Mercury 
2003 
Nursery/Landscaper 
Mulhall's Home & Garden Showcase 
2003 
Optical 
ShopKo 
2003 
Pizza 
Zio's Pizzeria 
2003 
Politician/Civic Leader 
Mike Fahey 
2003 
Radio Personality 
Todd & Tyler, KEZO, Z-92 FM 
2003 
Recreational Area 
Mahoney State Park 
2003 
Retirement Community 
Immanuel Lakeside Village 
2003 
Shopping 
Oak View Mall 
2003 
Sports Bar 
Ice House 
2003 
Steakhouse 
Outback Steakhouse 
2003 
Takeout 
Tony Roma's 
2003 
Tourist Attraction 
Henry Doorly Zoo 
2003 
Travel Agency 
AAA 
2003 
Used Car Dealer 
Woodhouse Ford Lincoln Mercury 
2003 
Wireless/Cellular 
Alltel 
1 (tie) 
2003 
Web Site 
DiscoverOmaha.com 
1 (tie) 
2003 
Web Site 
Omaha.com 
2003 
Apartment Complex 
Old Market Lofts 
2003 
Area College 
Creighton 
2003 
Assisted Living Center 
Good Samaritan Center 
2003 
Auto Service 
Kosiski Auto Parts 
2003 
Bank 
Wells Fargo 
2003 
BBQ 
Tony Roma's 
2003 
Buffet 
Old Country Buffet 
2003 
Burger 
Don & Millie's 
2003 
Business Leader 
Walter Scott, Jr. 
2003 
Coffee 
Crane Coffee 
2003 
Dance Bar 
Guitars & Cadillacs 
2003 
Dentist 
Roger Curry 
2003 
Electronics 
Buy 
2003 
Employer 
ConAgra 
2003 
Family Restaurant 
Applebee's 
2003 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life Center 
2003 
Florist 
Baker's 
2003 
Formal Dining 
V. Mertz 
2003 
Golf Course 
Indian Creek 
2003 
Grocery Store 
Bakers Supermarket 
2003 
Hair Salon 
Garbo's 
2003 
Home Builder 
Dan Witt Homes 
2003 
Ice Cream 
Culver's 
2003 
Jewelry 
Brodkey's 
2003 
Known Omahan 
Bob Kerrey 
2003 
Massage 
Omaha School of Massage 
2003 
Movie Theater 
Twin Creek CInema 
2003 
New Car Dealer 
H & H Chevrolet 
2003 
Nursery/Landscaper 
Lanoha's Nursery 
2003 
Optical 
Pearle Vision Center 
2003 
Pizza 
Big Fred's Pizza Garden 
2003 
Politician/Civic Leader 
Hal Daub 
2003 
Radio Personality 
TJ, KXKT, 103 FM 
2003 
Recreational Area 
Zorinsky Lake 
2003 
Retirement Community 
Alegent Lakeside 
2003 
Shopping 
Westroads Mall 
2003 
Sports Bar 
DJ's Dugout 
2003 
Takeout 
Famous Dave's 
2003 
Tourist Attraction 
Old Market 
2003 
Travel Agency 
Travel & Transport 
2003 
Used Car Dealer 
Jeff Schrier Ford 
2003 
Web Site 
TheOmahaChannel.com 
2 (tie) 
2003 
Annual Local Event 
River City Roundup 
2 (tie) 
2003 
Annual Local Event 
Summer Arts Festival 
2 (tie) 
2003 
Furniture 
Allens 
2 (tie) 
2003 
Steakhouse 
Austin's Steakhouse 
2 (tie) 
2003 
Steakhouse 
Gorat's 
2003 
Annual Local Event 
SeptemberFest 
2003 
Apartment Complex 
Steeplechase Apartments 
2003 
Area College 
Metropolitan Community College 
2003 
Assisted Living Center 
Immanuel Lakeside Village 
2003 
Bank 
Commercial Federal 
2003 
BBQ 
McKenna's 
2003 
Buffet 
China Buffet 
2003 
Burger 
Runza 
2003 
Business Leader 
Bruce Lauritzen 
2003 
Coffee 
Starbucks 
2003 
Dance Bar 
Safari Bar 
2003 
Dentist 
Steven Wegner 
2003 
Electronics 
RadioShack 
2003 
Employer 
Union Pacific 
2003 
Family Restaurant 
Valentino's 
2003 
Fitness Club 
Gold's Gym 
2003 
Florist 
Taylor's Flower Shop 
2003 
Furniture 
Rod Kush's Furniture 
2003 
Golf Course 
Tiburon Golf Club 
2003 
Grocery Store 
Albertson's 
2003 
Hair Salon 
Salon Tino 
2003 
Home Builder 
Celebrity Homes 
2003 
Ice Cream 
Dairy Queen 
2003 
Jewelry 
Helzberg Diamonds 
2003 
Known Omahan 
Willy Theisen 
2003 
Massage 
Design of the Times 
2003 
Movie Theater 
20 Grand Cinema 
2003 
New Car Dealer 
Baxter Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 
2003 
New Car Dealer 
Baxter Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 
2003 
Nursery/Landscaper 
Earl May Nursery & Garden Center 
2003 
Optical 
Lenscrafters 
2003 
Politician/Civic Leader 
Lee Terry, Jr. 
2003 
Radio Personality 
Jack & Fred, Mix 96.1 FM 
2003 
Recreational Area 
Memorial Park 
2003 
Shopping 
One Pacific Place 
2003 
Sports Bar 
Brewsky's Food & Spirits 
2003 
Steakhouse 
Johnny's Cafe 
2003 
Takeout 
Outback Steakhouse 
2003 
Travel Agency 
World 
2003 
Used Car Dealer 
H & H Chevrolet 
2003 
Web Site 
WOWT.com 
2003 
Wireless/Cellular 
Sprint PCS 
3 (tie) 
2003 
Auto Service 
Dave's Auto Repair 
3 (tie) 
2003 
Auto Service 
Jiffy Lube 
3 (tie) 
2003 
Formal Dining 
Brother Sebastian's 
3 (tie) 
2003 
Formal Dining 
Flatiron Cafe 
3 (tie) 
2003 
Retirement Community 
New Cassel Retirement Center 
3 (tie) 
2003 
Retirement Community 
Remington Heights Retirement