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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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2008 
Antique Shop 
The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall 
2008 
Appetizers 
Upstream Brewing Company 
2008 
Assisted Living Facility 
Bickford Cottage 
2008 
Auto Body Repair 
Dingman's Collision Center 
2008 
Auto Glass 
Harmon Auto Glass 
2008 
Bagels 
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery 
2008 
Bank 
First National Bank of Omaha 
2008 
Bar-B-Que 
Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que 
2008 
Beer Selection 
Old Chicago 
2008 
Boat Dealer 
Omaha Marine Center 
2008 
Bowl of Soup 
Panera Bread 
2008 
Brake Service 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2008 
Breakfast 
Summer Kitchen Cafe & Bakery 
2008 
Bridal Shop 
David's Bridal 
2008 
Buffet 
Valentino's 
2008 
Burrito 
Qdoba Mexican Grill 
2008 
Car Stereo Store 
Stereo West 
2008 
Car Tire Service 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2008 
Car Wash 
Fantasy's Food & Fuel 
2008 
Carpet & Floor Covering 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2008 
Casino 
Horeshoe Casino 
2008 
CD Store 
Homer's Records Tapes & Discs 
2008 
Cellular Service 
Verizon Wireless 
2008 
Chinese Restaurant 
PF Chang's China Bistro 
2008 
Coffee Shop 
Scooter's Coffehouse 
2008 
Consignment Store 
Esther's 
2008 
Convenience Store 
QuikTrip 
2008 
Cosmetic Dentist 
Dr. Steven Wegner 
2008 
Cosmetic Surgeron 
Dr. Joel Schlessinger 
2008 
Credit Union 
SAC Federal Credit Union 
2008 
Deli Shop 
Spirit World 
2008 
Desserts 
The Chessecake Factory 
2008 
Dry Cleaners 
Fashion Cleaners 
2008 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
House of Mufflers & Brakes 
2008 
Family Entertainment Center 
The Amazing Pizza Machine 
2008 
Fitness Equipment Store 
Body Basics Fitness Gear 
2008 
Florist 
Piccolo's Florist & Gifts 
2008 
French Fries 
Runza 
2008 
French Restaurant 
The French Cafe 
2008 
Fried Chicken 
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits 
2008 
Funeral Home 
Heafey Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Funeral Home 
2008 
General Auto Repair 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2008 
Golf Course 
Tiburon Golf Club 
2008 
Greek Restaurant 
Greek Islands 
2008 
Grocery Store 
Hy-Vee Food Store 
2008 
Hair Salon 
Creative Hair Design Salon & Day Spa 
2008 
Hamburger 
Fuddruckers 
2008 
Health Food Store 
Whole Foods Market 
2008 
Heating & AC Service 
A-1 United Heating & Air Conditioning 
2008 
Home Audio Store 
Stereo West Home Theater Store 
2008 
Home Builder 
HearthStone Homes 
2008 
Home Cleaning Service 
The Maids of Omaha 
2008 
Home Remodeling 
RD Schuller General Contractor 
2008 
Hot WIngs 
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar 
2008 
Ice Cream Parlor 
Ted & Wally's Ice Cream Shop 
2008 
Indian Restaurant 
Indian Oven 
2008 
In-Home Nursing Services 
Home Instead Senior Care 
2008 
Interior Design Firm 
The Interior Design Firm 
2008 
Internet Provider 
Cox Communications 
2008 
Italian Restaurant 
Pasta Amore E Fantasia 
2008 
Japanese Restaurant 
Blue Sushi Sake & Grill 
2008 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's Fine Jewelry & Gifts 
2008 
Ktichen & Bath Remodeling 
Ward's Kitchen & Baths 
2008 
Laser Tag 
Skate Daze 
2008 
Life/Health Insurance Company 
Physicians Mutual 
2008 
Liquor Store 
Spirit World 
2008 
Margarita 
Roja Mexican Grill 
2008 
Martial Arts Studio 
San-Mai Martial Arts 
2008 
Martini 
Charlie's on the Lake 
2008 
Men's Apparel 
Parsow's Fine Clothing & Sportswear 
2008 
Mexican Restaurant 
La Mesa Mexican Restaurant 
2008 
Motorcycle Dealer 
Holstein's Harley-Davidson of Omaha 
2008 
Moving Company 
Two Men and a Truck 
2008 
Musical Instrument Store 
Russo's Music 
2008 
Neighborhood Bar 
Dundee Dell 
2008 
New Car Dealer 
Woodhouse Auto Family 
2008 
Nursery/Landscaping Service 
Mulhall's Nursery 
2008 
Oil Change Service 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2008 
Optical Shop 
Lens Crafters 
2008 
Orthodontist 
Dr. Dennis Weiss 
2008 
Outdoor Spas & Decks 
Superior Pool & Spa 
2008 
Painter 
Gerst Paper Hanging and Painting 
2008 
Pasta 
Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 
2008 
Pawn Shop 
Sol's Jewelry & Loan 
2008 
Pet Grooming Salon 
Bark Avenue Pet Grooming 
2008 
Pet Store 
PetSmart 
2008 
Physical Therapy Clinic 
Excel Physical Therapy 
2008 
Pizza 
Zio's New York Style Pizzeria 
2008 
Plumber 
Carmody Plumbing 
2008 
Real Estate Agent 
Mark Renner, NP Dodge 
2008 
Retirement Community 
Skyline Retirement Community 
2008 
Romantic Restaurant 
The French Cafe 
2008 
RV Dealer 
Apache Camper Center 
2008 
Sandwiches 
PepperJax Grill 
2008 
Seafood 
Charlie's on the Lake 
2008 
Sports Bar 
Brewsky's Food & Spirits 
2008 
Steak House 
Johnny's Cafe 
2008 
Sunday Brunch 
Granite City Food & Brewery 
2008 
Tanning Salon 
Ashley Lynn's Tanning 
2008 
Tattoo Parlor 
Big Brain Productions 
2008 
Travel Agency 
AAA Travel Agency 
2008 
Used Car Dealer 
Lexus of Omaha 
2008 
Window Coverings 
Omaha Door & Window 
2008 
Windows & Doors 
Omaha Door & Window 
2008 
Wine Store 
Spirit World 
2008 
Antique Shop 
Second Chance Antiques 
2008 
Appetizers 
Prestige World Class 
2008 
Assisted Living Facility 
Westgate Assisted Living 
2008 
Auto Body Repair 
Dave's Auto Body 
2008 
Auto Glass 
Galvin Glass 
2008 
Bagels 
Panera Bread 
2008 
Bank 
Wells Fargo 
2008 
Bar-B-Que 
McKenna's Blues Booze & BBQ 
2008 
Boat Dealer 
Valley Marine 
2008 
Bowl of Soup 
M's Pub 
2008 
Brake Service 
Midas Auto Service Experts 
2008 
Breakfast 
LePeep 
2008 
Bridal Shop 
Sposa A Wedding Boutique 
2008 
Buffet 
China Buffet & Mongolian Grill 
2008 
Burrito 
Chipotle Mexican Grill 
2008 
Car Stereo Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2008 
Car Tire Service 
Walker Tire & Auto Service 
2008 
Car Wash 
Dolphins Fast Detail Center 
2008 
Carpet & Floor Covering 
Odermatt Floor Coverings 
2008 
Casino 
Harrah's Casino Hotel 
2008 
CD Store 
Best Buy 
2008 
Cellular Service 
Sprint PCS 
2008 
Chinese Restaurant 
China Buffet & Mongolian Grill 
2008 
Coffee Shop 
Starbucks Coffee 
2008 
Consignment Store 
Plato's Closet 
2008 
Convenience Store 
Fantasy's Food & Fuel 
2008 
Cosmetic Dentist 
Dr. Chris Stanosheck 
2008 
Cosmetic Surgeron 
Dr. John Edney 
2008 
Credit Union 
Centris Federal Credit Union 
2008 
Deli Shop 
Jason's Deli 
2008 
Desserts 
Wheatfields Eatery & Bakery 
2008 
Dry Cleaners 
Max I. Walker Cleaners & Launderers 
2008 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
Midas Auto Service Experts 
2008 
Family Entertainment Center 
Dave & Buster's 
2008 
Fitness Club 
LIFETIME Fitness 
2008 
Fitness Equipment Store 
Push Pedal Pull 
2008 
Florist 
Ken's Flower Shop & Greenhouse 
2008 
French Fries 
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 
2008 
French Restaurant 
Le Voltaire 
2008 
Fried Chicken 
Kentucky Fried Chicken 
2008 
Funeral Home 
Roeder Mortuary 
2008 
General Auto Repair 
Firestone Tire & Service Centers 
2008 
Golf Course 
Champions Run 
2008 
Greek Restaurant 
Katie's Restaurant & Taverna 
2008 
Grocery Store 
Baker's Supermarkets 
2008 
Hair Salon 
Salon Tino 
2008 
Hamburger 
Don & Millie's 
2008 
Heating & AC Service 
McCarthy One-Hour Heating & Air Conditioning 
2008 
Home Audio Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2008 
Home Builder 
Curt Hofer Construction 
2008 
Home Cleaning Service 
Merry Maids 
2008 
Home Remodeling 
Diversified Construction 
2008 
Hot WIngs 
Wingstop 
2008 
Ice Cream Parlor 
Cold Stone Creamery 
2008 
Indian Restaurant 
The Jaipur 
2008 
In-Home Nursing Services 
Visiting Nurse Association 
2008 
Interior Design Firm 
Interiors by Joan and Associates 
2008 
Internet Provider 
Qwest Communications 
2008 
Italian Restaurant 
Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 
2008 
Japanese Restaurant 
Sushi Japan 
2008 
Jewelry Store 
Brodkey's Jewelers 
2008 
Ktichen & Bath Remodeling 
Consolidated Kitchens & Baths 
2008 
Laser Tag 
Zzzap Laser Adventures 
2008 
Life/Health Insurance Company 
Blue Cross & Blue Shield 
2008 
Liquor Store 
Hy-Vee Food Stores 
2008 
Margarita 
Julio's 
2008 
Martial Arts Studio 
Martial Arts International 
2008 
Martini 
The Reel Martini Bar 
2008 
Men's Apparel 
Jerry Ryan Clothing & Sportswear 
2008 
Mexican Restaurant 
Hector's 
2008 
Motorcycle Dealer 
Power Sports Pro 
2008 
Moving Company 
Jim's Moving and Delivery Company 
2008 
Musical Instrument Store 
Dietze Music House 
2008 
Nail Salon 
Creative Hair Design Salon & Day Spa 
2008 
Neighborhood Bar 
Clancy's Pub 
2008 
New Car Dealer 
Performance Auto Group 
2008 
Nursery/Landscaping Service 
Lanoha Nursery 
2008 
Oil Change Service 
Jiffy Lube 
2008 
Optical Shop 
Pearle Vision 
2008 
Orthodontist 
Dr. Greg Samuelson 
2008 
Outdoor Spas & Decks 
Robert's Pool & Spa 
2008 
Painter 
Certa Pro Painters 
2008 
Pasta 
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant 
2008 
Pawn Shop 
Mid-City Jewelry & Loan 
2008 
Pet Grooming Salon 
Susie's Professional Pet Grooming 
2008 
Pet Store 
Petco 
2008 
Physical Therapy Clinic 
Procare 3 Physical Therapy 
2008 
Pizza 
Valentino's 
2008 
Plumber 
Burton Plumbing Heating & Cooling 
2008 
Real Estate Agent 
Ralph Marasco, CBS Home 
2008 
Retirement Community 
Immanuel Lakeside Village 
2008 
Romantic Restaurant 
V. Mertz 
2008 
RV Dealer 
AC Nelsen RV World 
2008 
Sandwiches 
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 
2008 
Seafood 
Bonefish Grill 
2008 
Sports Bar 
Icehouse Sports Bar and Grill 
2008 
Steak House 
Mahogany Prime Steak House 
2008 
Sunday Brunch 
Grandmother's 
2008 
Tanning Salon 
Tan World 
2008 
Tattoo Parlor 
Grinn & Barrett Tattoo Studio 
2008 
Thrift Store 
Salvation Army 
2008 
Travel Agency 
Travel and Transport 
2008 
Used Car Dealer 
Woodhouse Auto Family 
2008 
Window Coverings 
Budget Blinds 
2008 
Windows & Doors 
Pella Doors & Windows 
2008 
Wine Store 
Vino 100 
2008 
Antique Shop 
Katelman Antiques 
2008 
Appetizers 
Old Chicago 
2008 
Assisted Living Facility 
Remington Heights Retirement Homes 
2008 
Auto Body Repair 
Charlie Graham Body and Service 
2008 
Auto Glass 
Auto Glass Center 
2008 
Bagels 
Bagel Bin 
2008 
Bank 
American National Bank 
2008 
Bar-B-Que 
Smoke Pit BBQ & Lounge 
2008 
Beer Selection 
Crescent Moon Ale House 
2008 
Boat Dealer 
Nebraska Watersports 
2008 
Bowl of Soup 
Paradise Bakery & Cafe 
2008 
Brake Service 
House of Mufflers & Brakes 
2008 
Breakfast 
Wheatfields Eatery & Bakery 
2008 
Bridal Shop 
Suburban Bridal 
2008 
Buffet 
Old Country Buffet 
2008 
Burrito 
Taco John's 
2008 
Car Stereo Store 
Metro Audio Dynamics 
2008 
Car Tire Service 
Tires Plus 
2008 
Car Wash 
Russell Speeder's Car Wash 
2008 
Carpet & Floor Covering 
Kelly's Carpet 
2008 
Casino 
Ameristar Casino 
2008 
Cellular Service 
Alltel 
2008 
Chinese Restaurant 
China Road 
2008 
Coffee Shop 
Crane Coffee 
2008 
Consignment Store 
Designer Consignment 
2008 
Convenience Store 
Bucky's Express Food Shop 
2008 
Cosmetic Dentist 
Dr. Jay Samuelson 
2008 
Cosmetic Surgeron 
Dr. Jeffrey Popp 
2008 
Credit Union 
Metro Health Services Federal Credit Union 
2008 
Deli Shop 
Little King 
2008 
Desserts 
Delice European Bakery and Cafe 
2008 
Dry Cleaners 
Camelot Cleaners 
2008 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
Mad Hatter Mufflers & Brakes 
2008 
Family Entertainment Center 
Family Fun Center 
2008 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life Fitness Center 
2008 
Fitness Equipment Store 
2nd Wind Exercise Equipment 
2008 
Florist 
Beyond the Vine 
2008 
French Fries 
Bronco's Self-Service Drive-In 
2008 
French Restaurant 
Mimi's Cafe 
2008 
Fried Chicken 
Millard Roadhouse 
2008 
Funeral Home 
John A. Gentleman Mortuaries 
2008 
General Auto Repair 
Walker Tire & Auto Service 
2008 
Golf Course 
Pacific Springs Golf Club 
2008 
Greek Restaurant 
Jim & Jennie's Greek Village 
2008 
Grocery Store 
Bag N Save 
2008 
Hair Salon 
One Drake Place 
2008 
Hamburger 
Runza 
2008 
Health Food Store 
GNC 
2008 
Heating & AC Service 
Thermal Services 
2008 
Home Audio Store 
Custom Electronics 
2008 
Home Builder 
Celebrity Homes 
2008 
Home Cleaning Service 
Maid Brigade 
2008 
Home Remodeling 
G & J Remolding 
2008 
Hot WIngs 
Hooters 
2008 
Ice Cream Parlor 
Maggie Moo's Ice Cream Treatery 
2008 
Indian Restaurant 
The Taj 
2008 
In-Home Nursing Services 
Alegent Health Home Care 
2008 
Interior Design Firm 
Gloria's Elegant Interiors and Consulting 
2008 
Internet Provider 
MSN 
2008 
Italian Restaurant 
Vincenzo's Ristorante 
2008 
Jewelry Store 
Malashock's Jewelry Company 
2008 
Ktichen & Bath Remodeling 
Lowes 
2008 
Laser Tag 
Family Fun Center 
2008 
Life/Health Insurance Company 
United Health Care 
2008 
Liquor Store 
Cornhusker Beverage Mart 
2008 
Margarita 
Hector's 
2008 
Martial Arts Studio 
Mick Doyle's Kickboxing Gym 
2008 
Martini 
Prestige World Class 
2008 
Men's Apparel 
Lindley Clothing 
2008 
Mexican Restaurant 
Roja Mexican Grill 
2008 
Motorcycle Dealer 
BMW Motorcycles of Omaha 
2008 
Moving Company 
I-Go Van & Storage 
2008 
Musical Instrument Store 
Schmitt Music 
2008 
Neighborhood Bar 
Goldberg's Bar & Grill 
2008 
New Car Dealer 
Lexus of Omaha 
2008 
Nursery/Landscaping Service 
Moore's Landscaping 
2008 
Oil Change Service 
Tuffy Auto Service Center 
2008 
Optical Shop 
Malbar Vision Center 
2008 
Orthodontist 
Dr. Clarke Stevens 
2008 
Outdoor Spas & Decks 
Custom Decks & Spas 
2008 
Painter 
Terry McGill Painting 
2008 
Pasta 
Spaghetti Works 
2008 
Pawn Shop 
PJ's Pawn 
2008 
Pet Grooming Salon 
in Show Pet Salon 
2008 
Pet Store 
Pets R Us 
2008 
Pizza 
La Casa Pizzeria 
2008 
Plumber 
Backlund Plumbing 
2008 
Real Estate Agent 
Deb Cizek, Prudential Ambassador 
2008 
Retirement Community 
Richmont Village 
2008 
Romantic Restaurant 
Brother Sebastian's Steakhouse and Winery 
2008 
RV Dealer 
Leach Camper Sales 
2008 
Sandwiches 
Quizno's Subs 
2008 
Seafood 
Absolutely Fresh Seafood 
2008 
Sports Bar 
DJ's Dugout 
2008 
Steak House 
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 
2008 
Sunday Brunch 
Ameristar Casino 
2008 
Tanning Salon 
Tanners 
2008 
Tattoo Parlor 
Dr. Jack's Ink Emporium 
2008 
Thrift Store 
New Life Thrift Store 
2008 
Travel Agency 
Carson Wagonlit Travel 
2008 
Used Car Dealer 
Performance Auto Group 
2008 
Window Coverings 
Tretiak's Home Decorating Center 
2008 
Windows & Doors 
Champion Doors & Windows 
2008 
Wine Store 
The Winery