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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:2006
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2006 
Antique Store 
Brass Armadillo Antique Mall 
2006 
Appetizers 
Kona Grill 
2006 
Appliance Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2006 
Auto Body 
Dingman's Collision Center 
2006 
Auto Dealer 
Woodhouse Auto Family 
2006 
Auto Glass 
ABC Auto Glass 
2006 
Bagel 
Panera Bread 
2006 
Bank 
First National Bank of Omaha 
2006 
BBQ 
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que 
2006 
Beer Selection 
Old Chicago 
2006 
Boat Shop 
Omaha Marine Center 
2006 
Bookstore 
Barnes & Noble Booksellers 
2006 
Bowl of Soup 
Panera Bread 
2006 
Brake Service 
Meineke Car Care Center 
2006 
Breakfast 
IHOP 
2006 
Bridal Shop 
David's Bridal 
2006 
Buffet 
Valentino's 
2006 
Burger 
Fuddrucker's 
2006 
Car Tire Service 
Jensen Tire Co. 
2006 
Car Wash 
VIP Touchless Car Wash 
2006 
CD Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2006 
Cellular Service 
Verizon Wireless 
2006 
Chinese Restaurant 
China Road 
2006 
Chiropractic 
Omaha Spine Center 
2006 
Computer Store 
Buy 
2006 
Corsignment Store 
Esther's 
2006 
Cosmetic Surgery 
Dr. Joel Schlessinger 
2006 
Cosmic Dentist 
Dr. Steven Wegner 
2006 
Credit Union 
Centris Federal Credit Union 
2006 
Daycare 
La Petite 
2006 
Deli 
Spirit World and Deli 
2006 
Desserts 
Delice European Baker 
2006 
Dry Cleaners 
Fashion Cleaners 
2006 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
Midas 
2006 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life Center 
2006 
Florist 
Piccolo's Florist & Gifts 
2006 
French Fries 
Runza Restaurants 
2006 
French Restaurant 
French Cafe 
2006 
Funeral Home 
Heafey Heafey & Hoffman Mortuary 
2006 
General Auto Repair 
Jensen Tire Co. 
2006 
German Restaurant 
Das Rheinland 
2006 
Gift Shop 
The Afternoon 
2006 
Golf Course 
Indian Creek Golf Course 
2006 
Grocery Store 
Hy-Vee Food Stores 
2006 
Hair Salon 
Creative Hair Design Salon & Spa 
2006 
Hardware Store 
Westlake Ace Hardware 
2006 
Health Food Store 
Wild Oats Natural Marketplace 
2006 
Heating and AC Service 
A-1 United Heating & Air 
2006 
Home Audio Store 
Stereo West Home Theater Store 
2006 
Home Cleaning Service 
Maids of Omaha 
2006 
Home Remodeling 
Hometown Construction 
2006 
Homebuilder 
Benchmark Homes 
2006 
Hot Wings 
Buffalo Wild WIngs 
2006 
Ice Cream 
Maggie Moo's Ice Cream 
2006 
Indian Restaurant 
Jaipur 
2006 
Interior Design Firm 
The Interior Design Firm 
2006 
Internet Provier 
Cox Communications 
2006 
Italian Restaurant 
Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 
2006 
Japanese Restaurant 
Kobe Steak House of Japan 
2006 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's Fine Jewelry & Gifts 
2006 
Karaoke 
Grandmother's Restaurant 
2006 
Liquor Store 
Hooch Hutch 
2006 
Lumber Store 
Lowe's 
2006 
Margarita 
Roja Mexican Grill 
2006 
Men's Apparel 
Jerry Ryan Clothing & Sportswear 
2006 
Mexican Restaurant 
La Mesa 
2006 
Mortgage Company 
Wells Fargo Mortgage 
2006 
Movie Theater 
Village Pointe (Douglas Theater Co.) 
2006 
Moving Company 
Two Men and a Truck 
2006 
Musical Instrument Store 
Dietze Music 
2006 
Nail Salon 
Creative Hair Design 
2006 
Neighborhood Bar 
Dundee Dell 
2006 
Nursery/Landscape 
Mulhall's 
2006 
Oil Change 
Jensen Tire Co. 
2006 
Painter 
Gerst Paper Hanging and Painting 
2006 
Pasta 
Pasta More E Fantasia 
2006 
Pawn Shop 
Sol's Jewelry and Loan 
2006 
Pet Store 
Petsmart 
2006 
Pharmacy 
Walgreen Drug Store 
2006 
Pizza 
Valentino's 
2006 
Plumber 
Advantage Plumbing 
2006 
Real Estate Agent 
Mark Renner 
2006 
Romantic Restaurant 
The French Cafe 
2006 
RV Dealer 
AC Nelsen 
2006 
Sandwiches 
Quizno's 
2006 
Seafood Restaurant 
Charlie's on the Lake 
2006 
Shoe Store 
DSW Shoe Warehouse 
2006 
Sports Bar 
Ice House 
2006 
Steak 
Mahogany Prime Steak House 
2006 
Sunday Brunch 
Wheatfields Eatery & Bakery 
2006 
Tanning Salon 
Ashley Lynn's 
2006 
Tattoo Parlor 
Big Brain Productions 
2006 
Thrift Store 
Goodwill Industries 
2006 
Toy Store 
Wishing Well Toy Company 
2006 
Travel Agency 
Travel and Transport 
2006 
Used Car Dealer 
Lexus of Omaha 
2006 
Veterinarian 
Ralston Veterinary Clinic 
2006 
Women's Apparel 
Von Maur 
2006 
Antique Store 
Katelman's 
2006 
Appetizers 
Old Chicago 
2006 
Appliance Store 
Harman Appliance 
2006 
Auto Body 
Dave's Auto Body 
2006 
Auto Dealer 
Lexus of Omaha 
2006 
Auto Glass 
Harmon Auto Glass 
2006 
Bagel 
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery 
2006 
Bank 
Wells Fargo 
2006 
BBQ 
Amarillo 
2006 
Beer Selection 
Upstream Brewery 
2006 
Boat Shop 
Nebraska Watersports 
2006 
Bookstore 
Borders Books Music & Cafe 
2006 
Bowl of Soup 
Lithuanian Bakery 
2006 
Brake Service 
Midas Auto Service Experts 
2006 
Breakfast 
Le Peep's 
2006 
Bridal Shop 
Suburban Bridal 
2006 
Buffet 
China Buffet 
2006 
Burger 
Louis M's Burger Lust 
2006 
Car Tire Service 
TO Haas Tire 
2006 
Car Wash 
Fantasy's 
2006 
CD Store 
Buy 
2006 
Cellular Service 
Sprint PCS 
2006 
Children's Apparel 
Old Navy 
2006 
Chinese Restaurant 
PF Chang's 
2006 
Chiropractic 
Koca Chiropractic Clinic 
2006 
Computer Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2006 
Corsignment Store 
Deja Vu 
2006 
Cosmetic Surgery 
Dr. John Edney 
2006 
Cosmic Dentist 
Dr. McCaslin, Evergreen Dental 
2006 
Credit Union 
SAC Federal Credit Untion 
2006 
Daycare 
Imagination Station 
2006 
Deli 
Razzy's Deli 
2006 
Desserts 
Wheatfields Eatery & Bakery 
2006 
Dry Cleaners 
Max I. Walker Cleaners & Launderers 
2006 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
House of Mufflers & Brakes 
2006 
Florist 
Stems at Countryside 
2006 
French Fries 
McDonald's Restaurants 
2006 
French Restaurant 
Le Voltaire 
2006 
Funeral Home 
John A. Gentleman Mortuary 
2006 
General Auto Repair 
Firestone 
2006 
German Restaurant 
Edelweiss 
2006 
Gift Shop 
Borsheim's Fine Jewelry & Gifts 
2006 
Golf Course 
Champions Club 
2006 
Grocery Store 
Baker's Supermarkets 
2006 
Hair Salon 
Garbo's Salons 
2006 
Hardware Store 
Dundee Hardware 
2006 
Health Food Store 
Jane's Health Food Market & Deli 
2006 
Heating and AC Service 
Frazier Heating & Air Conditioning 
2006 
Home Audio Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2006 
Home Cleaning Service 
Merry Maids 
2006 
Home Remodeling 
RD Schuller 
2006 
Homebuilder 
Hearthstone Homes Inc. 
2006 
Hot Wings 
Wing Stop 
2006 
Ice Cream 
Cold Stone Creamery 
2006 
Indian Restaurant 
Indian Oven 
2006 
Interior Design Firm 
The Designers 
2006 
Internet Provier 
Qwest 
2006 
Italian Restaurant 
Pasta Amore 
2006 
Japanese Restaurant 
Sushi Ichiban 
2006 
Jewelry Store 
Brodkey's Jewelers 
2006 
Karaoke 
Choo Choo's Bar 
2006 
Late Night Grub 
Village Inn 
2006 
Liquor Store 
Louis Liquor 
2006 
Lumber Store 
Menards 
2006 
Margarita 
Hector's 
2006 
Men's Apparel 
Parsow's Fine Clothing & Sportswear 
2006 
Mexican Restaurant 
Fernando's 
2006 
Movie Theater 
AMC Oakview 
2006 
Moving Company 
Mayflower Moving & Storage 
2006 
Musical Instrument Store 
Russo's Music 
2006 
Nail Salon 
Top Q Nails 
2006 
Neighborhood Bar 
Tanners 
2006 
Nursery/Landscape 
Lanoha Nursery 
2006 
Oil Change 
Jiffy Lube 
2006 
Optical Shop 
ShopKo Optical Center 
2006 
Painter 
Faux Finish Institute 
2006 
Pasta 
Lo Sole Mio Ristorante 
2006 
Pawn Shop 
Bud's Pawn & Gift Shop 
2006 
Pet Store 
Petco 
2006 
Pharmacy 
SuperTarget Pharmacy 
2006 
Pizza 
Zio's Pizzeria 
2006 
Plumber 
Burton Plumbing 
2006 
Real Estate Agent 
Ralph Marasco 
2006 
Romantic Restaurant 
Flatiron Cafe 
2006 
RV Dealer 
Apache Camper Center 
2006 
Sandwiches 
Schlotzky's Deli 
2006 
Seafood Restaurant 
Blue Sushi Sake & Grill 
2006 
Sports Bar 
DJ's Dugout 
2006 
Steak 
Gorat's 
2006 
Sunday Brunch 
Grandmother's 
2006 
Tanning Salon 
Desert Tan 
2006 
Tattoo Parlor 
American Tattoo & Body Piercing 
2006 
Thrift Store 
New Life Thrift Store 
2006 
Toy Store 
Toys R' Us 
2006 
Travel Agency 
AAA Travel 
2006 
Used Car Dealer 
Performance Auto Group 
2006 
Veterinarian 
Elkhorn Animal Hospital 
2006 
Women's Apparel 
Ann Taylor 
2006 
Antique Store 
Second Chance 
2006 
Appetizers 
Upstream Brewery 
2006 
Appliance Store 
Sears 
2006 
Auto Body 
B Street Auto Body 
2006 
Auto Dealer 
Performance Auto Group 
2006 
Auto Glass 
Husker Glass 
2006 
Bagel 
Bagel Bin 
2006 
Bank 
Commercial Federal Bank 
2006 
Beer Selection 
Dundee Dell 
2006 
Boat Shop 
Lincoln Marine 
2006 
Bookstore 
The Bookworm 
2006 
Bowl of Soup 
Paradise Bakery 
2006 
Brake Service 
House of Muffler & Brakes 
2006 
Breakfast 
Summer Kitchen Cafe & Bakery 
2006 
Bridal Shop 
Sposa A Wedding Boutique 
2006 
Buffet 
Harrah's Casino 
2006 
Burger 
Don & Millie's 
2006 
Car Tire Service 
Walker Tire 
2006 
Car Wash 
Dolphins 
2006 
CD Store 
Homer's Music & Gifts 
2006 
Cellular Service 
Alltel 
2006 
Children's Apparel 
Gymboree 
2006 
Chinese Restaurant 
China Buffet 
2006 
Chiropractic 
Elsasser Chiropractic Clinic 
2006 
Computer Store 
CompUSA 
2006 
Corsignment Store 
Designer Consignment 
2006 
Cosmetic Surgery 
Dr. Ronald Hollins 
2006 
Cosmic Dentist 
Dr. Dan Beninato, Premier Dental 
2006 
Credit Union 
Mutual First Federal Credit Union 
2006 
Daycare 
Millard Children's Academy 
2006 
Deli 
Little King 
2006 
Desserts 
Summer Kitchen Cafe 
2006 
Dry Cleaners 
Camelot Cleaners 
2006 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
Meineke Car Care 
2006 
Fitness Club 
Gold's Gym 
2006 
Florist 
Ken's Flower Shop 
2006 
French Fries 
Bronco's Self-Service Drive-In 
2006 
French Restaurant 
Cafe de Paris 
2006 
Funeral Home 
Roeder Mortuary 
2006 
General Auto Repair 
Tuffy's Auto Service 
2006 
German Restaurant 
Gerda's 
2006 
Gift Shop 
Hallmark Shops 
2006 
Golf Course 
Tiburon Golf Club 
2006 
Grocery Store 
No Frills 
2006 
Hair Salon 
Salon Tino 
2006 
Hardware Store 
CJ's Ace Hardware 
2006 
Health Food Store 
No Name Nutrition Market 
2006 
Home Audio Store 
Buy 
2006 
Home Cleaning Service 
The Cleaning Authority 
2006 
Home Remodeling 
Ward's Kitchen & Baths 
2006 
Homebuilder 
Regency Homes 
2006 
Hot Wings 
Hooters 
2006 
Ice Cream 
Ted & Wally's Ice Cream Shop 
2006 
Indian Restaurant 
Tandoor Indian Restaurant 
2006 
Interior Design Firm 
Gloria's Elegant Interiors 
2006 
Internet Provier 
American Online (AOL) 
2006 
Italian Restaurant 
Spezia 
2006 
Japanese Restaurant 
Blue Sushi Sake & Grill 
2006 
Jewelry Store 
Fourteen Karat Gold 
2006 
Karaoke 
Brass Knocker 
2006 
Late Night Grub 
Perkins 
2006 
Liquor Store 
Spirit World 
2006 
Lumber Store 
Home Depot 
2006 
Margarita 
Julio's 
2006 
Men's Apparel 
Men's Warehouse 
2006 
Mexican Restaurant 
Maria's 
2006 
Movie Theater 
Twin Creek (Douglas Theater Co.) 
2006 
Moving Company 
Jim's Moving & Storage 
2006 
Musical Instrument Store 
Schmitt Music 
2006 
Nail Salon 
Legacy Nails 
2006 
Neighborhood Bar 
Brewsky's 
2006 
Nursery/Landscape 
Trees Shrubs & More 
2006 
Oil Change 
Insta-Lube 
2006 
Optical Shop 
Millard Family Eye Care 
2006 
Painter 
Frank Eby and Sons 
2006 
Pasta 
Macaroni Grill 
2006 
Pawn Shop 
Mid City Pawn 
2006 
Pet Store 
Pets R' Us 
2006 
Pharmacy 
Kohll's Pharmacy 
2006 
Pizza 
La Casa Pizzeria 
2006 
Plumber 
Tritz Plumbing 
2006 
Real Estate Agent 
Jeff Rensch 
2006 
Romantic Restaurant 
Passport 
2006 
RV Dealer 
Leach Camper Sales 
2006 
Sandwiches 
Razzy's Deli 
2006 
Seafood Restaurant 
Absolutely Fresh Seafood 
2006 
Shoe Store 
Deniz 
2006 
Sports Bar 
Brewsky's 
2006 
Steak 
Johnny's Cafe 
2006 
Sunday Brunch 
Mimi's Cafe 
2006 
Tanning Salon 
Tan World 
2006 
Tattoo Parlor 
Liquid Courage Tattoo & Piercing 
2006 
Thrift Store 
Junior League of Omaha's Jumble Shop 
2006 
Toy Store 
Learning Express 
2006 
Travel Agency 
Regency Travel 
2006 
Used Car Dealer 
Woodhouse Auto Family 
2006 
Veterinarian 
Harvey Oaks Animal Hospital 
2006 
Women's Apparel 
Kohl's