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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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2004 
Annual Local Event 
College World Series 
2004 
Asian Restaurant 
PF Chang's China Bistro 
2004 
Assisted Living 
Immanuel Lakeside Terrace 
2004 
Bakery 
Panera Bread 
2004 
Bank 
First National Bank 
2004 
BBQ 
Famous Dave's 
2004 
Brew House 
Upstream 
2004 
Buffet 
Valentino's 
2004 
Burger 
Goldberg's 
2004 
Cigar Shop 
Cigarros 
2004 
Coffee Shop 
Scooters Java Express 
2004 
Cosmetic Surgery 
Dr. Joel Schlessinger 
2004 
Family Restaurant 
Outback Steakhouse 
2004 
Fitness Club 
24-Hour Fitness 
2004 
Florist 
Piccolo's Florist and Gifts 
2004 
Formal Dining 
French Cafe 
2004 
Furniture Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2004 
Golf Course 
Champions Club 
2004 
Grocery Store 
Hy-Vee 
2004 
Hair Salon 
Creative Hair Design 
2004 
Home Builder 
Benchmark Homes 
2004 
Interior Designer 
Interior Design Firm 
2004 
Investment Advisor 
Edward Jones 
2004 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's 
2004 
Known Omaha 
Warren Buffet 
2004 
Local Radio Personality 
Todd & Tyler (Z-92) 
2004 
Mexican Restaurant 
La Mesa 
2004 
Mortgage Company 
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 
2004 
New Car Dealer 
Woodhouse Ford Lincoln Mercury 
2004 
Nursery/Landscaper 
Mulhall's Nursery 
2004 
Pet Store 
Petco 
2004 
Pizza 
Valentino's 
2004 
Place to Eat Lunch 
Panera Bread 
2004 
Place to Meet People 
The Old Market 
2004 
Place to Take a Date 
The Old Market 
2004 
Prime Rib 
The Pink Poodle 
2004 
Romantic Restaurant 
Brother Sebastian's Steak House & Winery 
2004 
Shopping Area 
Oak View Mall 
2004 
Sports Bar 
Ice House 
2004 
Steakhouse 
Outback Steakhouse 
2004 
Sushi 
Sushi Ichiban 
2004 
Tire Store 
Jensen Tire 
2004 
Travel Agency 
AAA Travel Agency 
2004 
Used Car Dealer 
Woodhouse Ford Lincoln Mercury 
2004 
Wine Seller 
Spirit World 
2004 
Wireless/Cellular 
Verizon 
2004 
Annual Local Event 
July 4th Fireworks at Rosenblatt 
2004 
Asian Restaurant 
Kobe Steakhouse 
2004 
Assisted Living 
Silver Crest 
2004 
Bakery 
Lithuanian Bakery 
2004 
Bank 
Wells Fargo 
2004 
BBQ 
McKenna's 
2004 
Brew House 
Crescent Moon 
2004 
Buffet 
Ameristar 
2004 
Burger 
Fuddrucker's 
2004 
Cigar Shop 
David's Briar Shop 
2004 
Coffee Shop 
Starbuck's 
2004 
Cosmetic Surgery 
Dr. Jeffrey Popp 
2004 
Family Restaurant 
Millard Roadhouse 
2004 
Fitness Club 
YMCA 
2004 
Florist 
Stems 
2004 
Formal Dining 
Brother Sebastian's Steak House & Winery 
2004 
Furniture Store 
Rod Kush' Furniture 
2004 
Golf Course 
Tiburon 
2004 
Grocery Store 
Baker's Supermarket 
2004 
Hair Salon 
Garbo's 
2004 
Home Builder 
Hearthstone 
2004 
Interior Designer 
Interiors by Joan 
2004 
Investment Advisor 
Smith Barney 
2004 
Jewelry Store 
Helzberg's Diamonds 
2004 
Known Omaha 
Eric Crouch 
2004 
Local Radio Personality 
TJ & Gina (103) 
2004 
Martini 
Velvet Lounge 
2004 
Mexican Restaurant 
Fernando's 
2004 
Mortgage Company 
First National 
2004 
New Car Dealer 
H & H Chevrolet 
2004 
Nursery/Landscaper 
Lanoha 
2004 
Pet Store 
Petsmart 
2004 
Pizza 
Zio's 
2004 
Place to Eat Lunch 
Runza 
2004 
Place to Meet People 
University of Nebraska at Omaha 
2004 
Place to Take a Date 
Henry Doorly Zoo 
2004 
Prime Rib 
Farmer Brown's Steakhouse 
2004 
Romantic Restaurant 
V. Mertz 
2004 
Shopping Area 
Westroads Mall 
2004 
Steakhouse 
Gorat's Steakhouse 
2004 
Sushi 
Blue Sushi Sake & Grill 
2004 
Tire Store 
Walker Tire 
2004 
Travel Agency 
Travel & Transport 
2004 
Used Car Dealer 
Lexus of Omaha 
2004 
Wine Seller 
The Winery 
2004 
Wireless/Cellular 
Sprint 
2004 
Annual Local Event 
Summer Arts Festival 
2004 
Asian Restaurant 
China Road 
2004 
Assisted Living 
Parsons House on Eagle Run 
2004 
Bakery 
Pettit's Pastry 
2004 
Bank 
Commercial Federal 
2004 
BBQ 
Amarillo 
2004 
Brew House 
Jaipur 
2004 
Buffet 
Old Country Buffet 
2004 
Burger 
Red Robin 
2004 
Cigar Shop 
Nickleby's Tobacconist 
2004 
Coffee Shop 
Crane Coffee 
2004 
Cosmetic Surgery 
Dr. Steven Dennenberg 
2004 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life Center 
2004 
Florist 
Janousek 
2004 
Formal Dining 
V. Mertz 
2004 
Furniture Store 
Ethan Allen 
2004 
Golf Course 
Indian Creek 
2004 
Grocery Store 
Super Target 
2004 
Hair Salon 
Toglia's 
2004 
Home Builder 
Celebrity Homes 
2004 
Interior Designer 
The Designers 
2004 
Investment Advisor 
Securities America 
2004 
Jewelry Store 
Zales 
2004 
Known Omaha 
Rose Blumkin (Mrs. B) 
2004 
Local Radio Personality 
Tim & the Animal, with Johnny Royal (The Dam) 
2004 
Martini 
Prestige Lounge 
2004 
Mexican Restaurant 
Carlos O'Kelly's 
2004 
Mortgage Company 
Commercial Federal Bank 
2004 
New Car Dealer 
Sid Dillon Chevrolet 
2004 
Nursery/Landscaper 
Earl May 
2004 
Pet Store 
Nebraska Humane Society 
2004 
Pizza 
La Casa 
2004 
Place to Eat Lunch 
Ruby Tuesday 
2004 
Place to Meet People 
Anchor Inn 
2004 
Place to Take a Date 
AMC Theaters 
2004 
Prime Rib 
Brother Sebastian's Steak House & Winery 
2004 
Romantic Restaurant 
The French Cafe 
2004 
Shopping Area 
One Pacific Place 
2004 
Sports Bar 
Buffalo Wild Wings 
2004 
Steakhouse 
Johnny's Cafe 
2004 
Sushi 
Mr. Fuji's 
2004 
Tire Store 
Tires Plus 
2004 
Travel Agency 
Corporate & Leisure Travel 
2004 
Used Car Dealer 
Sid Dillon's 
2004 
Wine Seller 
World Market 
2004 
Wireless/Cellular 
Alltel