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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:2007
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2007 
Antique Store 
The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall 
2007 
Appetizers 
Old Chicago 
2007 
Assisted Living Facility 
Brighton Gardens of Omaha 
2007 
Auto Body Repair 
Dingman's Collision Center 
2007 
Auto Glass 
Harmon Auto Glass 
2007 
Bagel 
Panera Bread 
2007 
Bank 
First National Bank of Omaha 
2007 
BBQ 
Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que 
2007 
Beer Selection 
Old Chicago 
2007 
Boat Dealer 
Valley Marine 
2007 
Bowl of Soup 
Panera Bread 
2007 
Brake Service 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2007 
Breakfast 
Village Inn 
2007 
Bridal Store 
David's Bridal 
2007 
Buffet 
Valentino's 
2007 
Burrito 
Chipotle Mexican Grill 
2007 
Car Stereo Store 
Stereo West 
2007 
Car Tire Service 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2007 
Car Wash 
Russell Speeder's/VIP Car Wash 
2007 
Carpet Cleaners 
Stanely Steemer Carpet Cleaner 
2007 
CD Store 
Homer's Records Tapes & Discs 
2007 
Cellular Service 
Verizon Wireless 
2007 
Chinese Restaurant 
China Road 
2007 
Coffee 
Scooter's Coffehouse 
2007 
Computer Store 
Buy 
2007 
Consignment Store 
Plato's Closet 
2007 
Cosmetic Dentist 
Dr. Steven Wegner 
2007 
Cosmetic Surgeon 
Dr. Joel Schlessinger 
2007 
Credit Union 
SAC Federal Credit Union 
2007 
Deli 
Spirit World 
2007 
Desserts 
Delice European Bakery and Cafe 
2007 
Dry Cleaners 
Fashion Cleaners 
2007 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
Midas Auto Service Experts 
2007 
Family Entertainment Center 
The Amazing Pizza Machine 
2007 
Fitness Club 
24-Hour Fitness 
2007 
Fitness Equipment Store 
2nd Wind Exercise Equipment 
2007 
Florist 
Piccolo's Florist & Gifts 
2007 
French Fries 
Runza 
2007 
French Restaurant 
The French Cafe 
2007 
Funeral Home 
Heafey Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Funeral Chapels 
2007 
General Auto Repair 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2007 
Gift Shop 
The Afternoon 
2007 
Golf Course 
Champions Run 
2007 
Grocery Store 
Hy-Vee Food Stores 
2007 
Hair Salon 
Creative Hair Design Salon & Spa 
2007 
Health Food Store 
Whole Foods Market 
2007 
Heating & A/C Service 
A-1 United Heating & Air Conditioning 
2007 
Home Audio Store 
Stereo West Home Theater Store 
2007 
Home Builder 
HearthStone Homes 
2007 
Home Cleaning Service 
The Maids of Omaha 
2007 
Home Remodeling 
RD Schuller General Contractor 
2007 
Hot Wings 
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar 
2007 
Ice Cream 
Maggie Moo's Ice Cream and Treatery 
2007 
Indian Restaurant 
The Jaipur 
2007 
Internet Provider 
Cox Communications 
2007 
Italian Restaurant 
Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 
2007 
Japanese Restaurant 
Kobe Steak House of Japan 
2007 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's Fine Jewelry & Gifts 
2007 
Karaoke 
MICS Karaoke Bar 
2007 
Life/Health Insurance Company 
Physicians Mutual 
2007 
Liquor Store 
Hooch Hutch 
2007 
Margarita 
Roja Mexican Grill 
2007 
Martini 
Charlie's on the Lake 
2007 
Men's Apparel 
Parsow's Fine Clothing & Sportswear 
2007 
Mexican Restaurant 
La Mesa Mexican Restaurant 
2007 
Motorcycle Dealer 
Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson 
2007 
Movie Theater 
Village Pointe (Douglas Theatre Co.) 
2007 
Moving Company 
Two Men and a Truck 
2007 
Musical Instrument Store 
Dietze Music House 
2007 
Nail Salon 
Legacy Nails & Spa 
2007 
Neighborhood Bar 
Tanners Bar & Grill 
2007 
New Car Dealer 
Woodhouse Auto Family 
2007 
Nursery and Landscaping 
Mulhall's Nursery 
2007 
Oil Change 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2007 
Painter 
Gerst Paper Hanging and Painting 
2007 
Pasta 
Pasta Amore E Fantasia 
2007 
Pawn Shop 
Sol's Jewelry & Loan 
2007 
Pet Store 
Petco 
2007 
Pizza 
Valentino's 
2007 
Plumber 
Burton Plumbing Heating & Cooling 
2007 
Real Estate Agent 
Jeff Rensch, NP Dodge 
2007 
Retirement Home 
Immanuel Lakeside Village 
2007 
Romantic Restaurant 
V Mertz 
2007 
RV Dealer 
Apache Camper Center 
2007 
Sandwiches 
Panera Bread 
2007 
Seafood 
Charlie's on the Lake 
2007 
Senior Care Services 
Home Instead Senior Care 
2007 
Shoe Store 
DSW Shoe Warehouse 
2007 
Sports Bar 
Icehouse Sports Bar and Grill 
2007 
Steakhouse 
Johnny's Cafe 
2007 
Sunday Brunch 
LePeep 
2007 
Tanning Salon 
Ashley Lynn's Tanning 
2007 
Tattoo Parlor 
Big Brain Productions 
2007 
Travel Agency 
Travel and Transport 
2007 
Used Car Dealer 
Lexus of Omaha 
2007 
Wine Store 
Spirit World 
2007 
Women's Apparel 
Von Maur 
2007 
Antique Store 
Second Chance Antiques 
2007 
Appetizers 
Upstream Brewing Company 
2007 
Assisted Living Facility 
Bickford Cottage Assisted Living 
2007 
Auto Body Repair 
B Street Auto Body 
2007 
Auto Glass 
ABC Auto Glass 
2007 
Bagel 
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery 
2007 
Bank 
Wells Fargo 
2007 
BBQ 
Amarillo Barbecue Restaurant 
2007 
Beer Selection 
Upstream Brewing Company 
2007 
Boat Dealer 
Omaha Marine Center 
2007 
Bowl of Soup 
Upstream Brewing Company 
2007 
Brake Service 
Midas Auto Service Experts 
2007 
Breakfast 
LePeep 
2007 
Bridal Store 
Suburban Bridal 
2007 
Buffet 
China Buffet & Mongolian Grill 
2007 
Burger 
Don & Millie's 
2007 
Burrito 
Qdoba Mexican Grill 
2007 
Car Stereo Store 
Buy 
2007 
Car Tire Service 
Walker Tire & Auto Service 
2007 
Car Wash 
Fantasy's Food & Fuel 
2007 
Carpet Cleaners 
Steamatic of Omaha 
2007 
CD Store 
Buy 
2007 
Cellular Service 
Sprint PCS 
2007 
Chinese Restaurant 
PF Chang's China Bistro 
2007 
Coffee 
Starbucks Coffee 
2007 
Computer Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2007 
Consignment Store 
Esther's 
2007 
Cosmetic Dentist 
Dr. Daniel Beninato 
2007 
Credit Union 
Centris Federal Credit Union 
2007 
Deli 
Jason's Deli 
2007 
Desserts 
Wheatfields Eatery & Bakery 
2007 
Dry Cleaners 
MaxI. Walker Cleaners & Launderers 
2007 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
House of Mufflers & Brakes 
2007 
Family Entertainment Center 
Family Fun Center 
2007 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life Fitness Center 
2007 
Fitness Equipment Store 
Body Basics Fitness Gear 
2007 
Florist 
Stems at Countryside 
2007 
French Fries 
McDonald's 
2007 
French Restaurant 
Le Voltaire 
2007 
Funeral Home 
John A. Gentleman Mortuaries 
2007 
General Auto Repair 
Firestone Tire & Service Centers 
2007 
Gift Shop 
Borsheim's Jewelry & Gifts 
2007 
Golf Course 
Tiburon Golf Club 
2007 
Grocery Store 
Baker's Supermarkets 
2007 
Hair Salon 
Garbo's Salon & Spa 
2007 
Health Food Store 
Wild Oats Natural Marketplace 
2007 
Heating & A/C Service 
Aksarben Heating & Air Conditioning 
2007 
Home Audio Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2007 
Home Builder 
Celebrity Homes 
2007 
Home Cleaning Service 
Merry Maids 
2007 
Home Remodeling 
Beyond Repairs 
2007 
Hot Wings 
Wingstop 
2007 
Ice Cream 
Cold Stone Creamery 
2007 
Indian Restaurant 
Indian Oven 
2007 
Interior Designer 
Interiors by Joan and Associates 
2007 
Internet Provider 
Qwest Communications 
2007 
Italian Restaurant 
Pasta Amore E Fantasia 
2007 
Japanese Restaurant 
Sakura Bana 
2007 
Jewelry Store 
Brodkey's Jewelers 
2007 
Karaoke 
Grandmother's Restaurant 
2007 
Life/Health Insurance Company 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska 
2007 
Liquor Store 
Spirit World 
2007 
Margarita 
Senor Matia's 
2007 
Martini 
The Reel Martini Bar 
2007 
Men's Apparel 
Jerry Ryan Clothing & Sportswear 
2007 
Mexican Restaurant 
Hector's 
2007 
Motorcycle Dealer 
Power Sports Pro 
2007 
Moving Company 
United Van Lines 
2007 
Musical Instrument Store 
Russo's Music 
2007 
Nail Salon 
Creative Hair Design Salon & Spa 
2007 
Neighborhood Bar 
Dundee Dell 
2007 
New Car Dealer 
Performance Auto Group 
2007 
Nursery and Landscaping 
Lanoha Nursery 
2007 
Oil Change 
Jiffy Lube 
2007 
Painter 
Painting Pros 
2007 
Pasta 
Romano's Macaroni Grill 
2007 
Pawn Shop 
Mid City Pawn 
2007 
Pet Store 
PetSmart 
2007 
Pizza 
Zio's Pizzeria 
2007 
Plumber 
Carmody Plumbing 
2007 
Real Estate Agent 
Deb Cizek, Prudential Ambassador 
2007 
Retirement Home 
Walnut Grove Retirement Community 
2007 
Romantic Restaurant 
The French Cafe 
2007 
RV Dealer 
AC Nelsen RV World 
2007 
Sandwiches 
Jimmy John's 
2007 
Seafood 
Rick's Cafe Boatyard 
2007 
Senior Care Services 
Alegent Health Home Care 
2007 
Shoe Store 
Von Maur 
2007 
Sports Bar 
Brewsky's Food & Spirits 
2007 
Steakhouse 
Gorat's Steak House 
2007 
Sunday Brunch 
The Market Basket 
2007 
Tanning Salon 
Tan World 
2007 
Tattoo Parlor 
Liquid Courage Tattoo & Piercing 
2007 
Thrift Store 
Salvation Army 
2007 
Travel Agency 
AAA Travel Agency 
2007 
Used Car Dealer 
Woodhouse Auto Family 
2007 
Wine Store 
The Winery 
2007 
Women's Apparel 
Ann Taylor Loft 
2007 
Antique Store 
Katelman's 
2007 
Assisted Living Facility 
Westgate Assisted Living 
2007 
Auto Body Repair 
Dave's Auto Body 
2007 
Auto Glass 
Auto Glass Center 
2007 
Bagel 
Bagel Bin 
2007 
Bank 
American National Bank 
2007 
BBQ 
Smoke Pit BBQ & Lounge 
2007 
Beer Selection 
Crescent Moon Ale House 
2007 
Boat Dealer 
Nebraska Water Sports 
2007 
Bowl of Soup 
Paradise Bakery & Cafe 
2007 
Brake Service 
Meineke Car Care Center 
2007 
Breakfast 
IHOP 
2007 
Bridal Store 
Sposa A Wedding Boutique 
2007 
Buffet 
Golden Corral 
2007 
Burger 
Runza 
2007 
Burrito 
Hector's 
2007 
Car Stereo Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2007 
Car Tire Service 
Tires Plus 
2007 
Car Wash 
Dolphins Fast Detail Center 
2007 
Carpet Cleaners 
Chem-Dry 
2007 
CD Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2007 
Cellular Service 
Alltel 
2007 
Chinese Restaurant 
China Buffet & Mongolian Grill 
2007 
Coffee 
Crane Coffee 
2007 
Computer Store 
CompUSA 
2007 
Consignment Store 
Deja Vu 
2007 
Cosmetic Dentist 
Dr. Chris Stanosheck 
2007 
Cosmetic Surgeon 
Dr. Steven Denenberg 
2007 
Credit Union 
Metro Health Credit Union 
2007 
Deli 
Razzy's Sandwich Shoppe 
2007 
Desserts 
Village Inn 
2007 
Dry Cleaners 
Nu Trend Dry Cleaners 
2007 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
Meineke Car Care Center 
2007 
Family Entertainment Center 
Dave & Buster's 
2007 
Fitness Club 
Gold's Gym 
2007 
Fitness Equipment Store 
Priority One Fitness 
2007 
Florist 
Taylor's Flower Shop & Greenhouse 
2007 
French Fries 
Bronco's Self-Service Drive-In 
2007 
French Restaurant 
Le Cafe de Paris 
2007 
Funeral Home 
Roeder Mortuary 
2007 
Gift Shop 
Hallmark Shops 
2007 
Golf Course 
Ironwood Golf & Country Club 
2007 
Grocery Store 
Bag N Save 
2007 
Hair Salon 
Salon Tino 
2007 
Health Food Store 
Jane's Health Market 
2007 
Heating & A/C Service 
McCarthy One-Hour Heating & Air Conditioning 
2007 
Home Audio Store 
Buy 
2007 
Home Builder 
Curt Hofer Construction 
2007 
Home Cleaning Service 
Market Klean 
2007 
Home Remodeling 
Lortz Home Solutions 
2007 
Hot Wings 
Hooters 
2007 
Ice Cream 
Ted & Wally's Ice Cream Shop 
2007 
Indian Restaurant 
Tanduri Fusion Indian Restaurant 
2007 
Interior Designer 
Gloria's Elegant Interiors and Consulting 
2007 
Internet Provider 
America Online (AOL) 
2007 
Italian Restaurant 
Vincenzo's Ristorante 
2007 
Japanese Restaurant 
Hiro Sushi 
2007 
Jewelry Store 
Erwin's Jewelers 
2007 
Karaoke 
Pheasant Tavern & Cigar Shop 
2007 
Life/Health Insurance Company 
Mutual of Omaha 
2007 
Liquor Store 
Cornhusker Beverage Mart 
2007 
Margarita 
Julio's 
2007 
Martini 
Blue Sushi Sake & Grill 
2007 
Men's Apparel 
Men's Warehouse 
2007 
Mexican Restaurant 
Maria's Mexican Restaurant 
2007 
Motorcycle Dealer 
BMW Motorcycles of Omaha 
2007 
Movie Theater 
Twin Creek Cinema (Douglas Theatre Co.) 
2007 
Moving Company 
Jim's Moving and Delivery Company 
2007 
Musical Instrument Store 
Schmitt Music 
2007 
Nail Salon 
Top Q Nails 
2007 
Neighborhood Bar 
Goldberg's II 
2007 
New Car Dealer 
Lexus of Omaha 
2007 
Nursery and Landscaping 
Trees, Shrubs & More 
2007 
Oil Change 
Tuffy Auto Service Center 
2007 
Painter 
Nelson Painting & Decorating 
2007 
Pasta 
Spaghetti Works 
2007 
Pawn Shop 
Bud's Pawn & Gift Shop 
2007 
Pet Store 
Petland 
2007 
Pizza 
La Casa Pizzeria 
2007 
Real Estate Agent 
Ralph Marasco, CBS Home 
2007 
Retirement Home 
Skyline Retirement Community 
2007 
Romantic Restaurant 
Brother Sebastian's Steakhouse and Winery 
2007 
RV Dealer 
Leach Camper Sales 
2007 
Sandwiches 
Quizno's Subs 
2007 
Seafood 
Absolutely Fresh Seafood 
2007 
Senior Care Services 
Visiting Nurse Association 
2007 
Shoe Store 
Dillard's 
2007 
Sports Bar 
Scarlet & Cream Letter Club 
2007 
Steakhouse 
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 
2007 
Sunday Brunch 
Mimi's Cafe 
2007 
Tanning Salon 
Desert Tan 
2007 
Tattoo Parlor 
American Tattoo & Body Piercing 
2007 
Thrift Store 
Thrift World 
2007 
Travel Agency 
Pegasus Travel 
2007 
Used Car Dealer 
Performance Auto Group 
2007 
Wine Store 
Vino 100 
2007 
Women's Apparel 
Dillard's