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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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2009 
Antique Shop 
Brass Armadillo Antique Mall 
2009 
Apartments 
The Biltmore 
2009 
Appetizers 
Old Chicago 
2009 
Art Gallery 
Joslyn Art Museum 
2009 
Assisted Living Facility 
Elk Ridge Village Assisted Living 
2009 
Auto Body Repair 
Dingman's Collision Center 
2009 
Auto Glass 
Harmon Auto Glass 
2009 
Bagels 
Panera Bread 
2009 
Bank 
First National Bank of Omaha 
2009 
Bar-B-Que 
Famous Dave's 
2009 
Beauty Supply Store 
Beauty First 
2009 
Beer Selection 
Old Chicago 
2009 
Boat Dealer 
Omaha Marine Center 
2009 
Bowl of Soup 
Upstream Brewing Co. 
2009 
Brake Service 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2009 
Breakfast 
LePeep 
2009 
Bridal Shop 
David's Bridal 
2009 
Buffet 
Valentino's 
2009 
Burrito 
Chipotle Mexican Grill 
2009 
Car Stereo Store 
Stereo West Auto Toys 
2009 
Car Tire Service 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2009 
Car Wash 
Fantasy's 
2009 
CD Store 
Homer's 
2009 
Cellular Service 
Verizon Wireless 
2009 
Chinese Restaurant 
China Road 
2009 
Coffee Shop 
Scooter's Coffee House 
2009 
College/University 
Creighton University 
2009 
Consignment Store 
Plato's Closet 
2009 
Convenience Store 
QuikTrip 
2009 
Cosmetic Dentist 
Dr. Steve Wegner 
2009 
Cosmetic Surgeon 
Joel Schlessinger MD 
2009 
Credit Union 
SAC Federal Credit Union 
2009 
Dance Club 
Nico 
2009 
Desserts 
Cheesecake Factory 
2009 
Employer 
PayPal 
2009 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
House of Mufflers and Brakes 
2009 
Family Dentist 
Hillsborough Family Dentistry 
2009 
Family Entertainment Center 
Amazing Pizza Machine 
2009 
Family Restaurant 
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill 
2009 
Fitness Club 
Lifetime Fitness 
2009 
Fitness Equipment Store 
BODY BASICS Fitness Equipment 
2009 
Florist 
Janousek Florist & Greenhouse 
2009 
French Fries 
Runza Restaurants 
2009 
French Restaurant 
The French Cafe 
2009 
Fried Chicken 
Jack & Mary's Restaurant 
2009 
Funeral Home 
Heafey Heafey Hoffman Dworak & Cutler Mortuaries and Crematory 
2009 
Gas Station 
Bucky's Express 
2009 
General Auto Repair 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2009 
Golf Course 
Champions Run 
2009 
Greek Restaurant 
Jim & Jenny's Greek Village 
2009 
Grocery Store 
Hy-Vee 
2009 
Hair Salon 
Creative Hair Design Salon & Spa 
2009 
Hamburger 
Fuddrucker's 
2009 
Happy Hour 
Kona Grill 
2009 
Heating & Air Conditioning Service 
A-1 United Heating & Air Conditioning 
2009 
Home Accessories 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2009 
Home Audio Store 
Stereo West Home Theater Store 
2009 
Home Builder 
Curt Hofer Construction 
2009 
Home Cleaning Service 
The Maids 
2009 
Home Remodeling 
RD Schuller General Contractor 
2009 
Hot WIngs 
Buffalo Wild Wings 
2009 
Ice Cream Parlor 
Ted & Wally's Ice Cream 
2009 
Indian Restaurant 
The Jaipur Brew House 
2009 
In-Home Nursing Services 
Home Instead Senior Care 
2009 
Interior Design Firm 
The Interior Design Firm 
2009 
Internet Provider 
Cox Communications 
2009 
Italian Restaurant 
Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 
2009 
Japanese Restaurant 
Kobe Steak House 
2009 
Jewelry Store 
Borsheim's 
2009 
Karaoke 
MICS Karaoke Bar 
2009 
Kids Summer Camp 
YMCA of Greater Omaha 
2009 
Kitchen & Bath Remodeling 
Kitchens By Design 
2009 
Laser Tag 
SkateDaze 
2009 
Life/Health Insurance Company 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska 
2009 
Limousine Company 
VIP Transportation & Limousine Service 
2009 
Liquor Store 
Hy-Vee 
2009 
Margarita 
Roja Mexican Grill 
2009 
Martial Arts Studio 
San-Mai Martial Arts 
2009 
Men's Apparel 
Jerry Ryan Clothing & Sportswear 
2009 
Mexican Restaurant 
La Mesa Mexican Restaurant 
2009 
Motorcycle Dealer 
Holstein's Harley-Davidson 
2009 
Moving Company 
Two Men and a Truck 
2009 
Musical Instrument Store 
Dietze Music 
2009 
Nail Salon 
Legacy Nails & Spa 
2009 
Neighborhood Bar 
Dundee Dell 
2009 
New Car Dealer 
Woodhouse Auto Family 
2009 
Oil Change Service 
Jiffy Lube 
2009 
Omaha Sports Team 
Omaha Royals 
2009 
Optical Shop 
Eyemasters 
2009 
Orthodontist 
Kort Igel DDS 
2009 
Outdoor Spas & Decks 
Custom Decks & Spas, LLC 
2009 
Painter 
Gerst Contracting 
2009 
Pasta 
Pasta Amore e Fantasia 
2009 
Pawn Shop 
Sol's Jewelry & Loan 
2009 
Pet Grooming Salon 
Bark Avenue Grooming & Daycare 
2009 
Pet Store 
Pet World 
2009 
Physical Therapy Clinic 
Excel Physical Therapy 
2009 
Pizza 
Zio's Pizzeria 
2009 
Plumber 
Burton A/C, Heating, Plumbing & More 
2009 
Retirement Community 
Skyline Retirement Community 
2009 
Romantic Restaurant 
The French Cafe 
2009 
RV Dealer 
Apache Camper Center 
2009 
Sandwiches 
PepperJax Grill 
2009 
Seafood 
Charlie's on the Lake 
2009 
Senior Photographer 
Arnold Clark Studio 
2009 
Sports Bar 
Brewsky's Food & Spirits 
2009 
Steakhouse 
Mahogany Prime Steak House 
2009 
Sunday Brunch 
Granite City Food & Brewery 
2009 
Sushi Restaurant 
Blue Sushi Sake & Grill 
2009 
Tanning Salon 
Ashley Lynn's Tanning 
2009 
Tattoo Parlor/Piercing 
Big Brain 
2009 
Thrift Store 
Goodwill Industries 
2009 
Antique Shop 
Second Chance Antiques 
2009 
Apartments 
Lakeside Hills Apartments 
2009 
Appetizers 
Kona Grill 
2009 
Art Gallery 
Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts 
2009 
Assisted Living Facility 
Westgate Assisted Living 
2009 
Auto Body Repair 
B Street Collision Center 
2009 
Auto Glass 
Auto Glass Center 
2009 
Bank 
Wells Fargo Bank 
2009 
Bar-B-Que 
Amarillo Barbeque Restaurant 
2009 
Beauty Supply Store 
Beauty Brands Salon Spa Superstore 
2009 
Beer Selection 
Upstream Brewing Co. 
2009 
Boat Dealer 
Valley Marine Corporation 
2009 
Bowl of Soup 
Paradise Bakery and Cafe 
2009 
Brake Service 
Brake Masters 
2009 
Breakfast 
WheatFields 
2009 
Bridal Shop 
Bridal Traditions 
2009 
Buffet 
China Buffet 
2009 
Burrito 
Qdoba Mexican Grill 
2009 
Car Stereo Store 
Inphase Car Audio 
2009 
Car Tire Service 
Tires Plus 
2009 
Car Wash 
Dolphins Touchless Car Wash 
2009 
CD Store 
Buy 
2009 
Cellular Service 
Sprint 
2009 
Chinese Restaurant 
PF Chang's 
2009 
Coffee Shop 
Starbucks 
2009 
College/University 
University of Nebraska at Omaha 
2009 
Consignment Store 
Designer Consignment 
2009 
Convenience Store 
Bucky's Express 
2009 
Cosmetic Dentist 
Jay Samuelson, DDS 
2009 
Cosmetic Surgeon 
John Edney, MD 
2009 
Credit Union 
Centris Federal Credit Union 
2009 
Dance Club 
The Max 
2009 
Desserts 
WheatFields 
2009 
Dry Cleaners 
Max I. Walker Cleaners and Launderers 
2009 
Employer 
First National Bank of Omaha 
2009 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
Mad Hatter Mufflers and Brakes 
2009 
Family Dentist 
Roger K. Curry, DDS 
2009 
Family Entertainment Center 
Family Fun Center 
2009 
Family Restaurant 
Red Robin 
2009 
Fitness Club 
Prairie Life Fitness 
2009 
Fitness Equipment Store 
Push Pedal Pull 
2009 
Florist 
Hy-Vee 
2009 
French Fries 
McDonald's 
2009 
French Restaurant 
La Voltaire 
2009 
Fried Chicken 
Millard Roadhouse 
2009 
Funeral Home 
John A. Gentleman Mortuaries 
2009 
General Auto Repair 
Haver's Service Center 
2009 
Golf Course 
Tiburon Golf Club 
2009 
Greek Restaurant 
The Greek Islands 
2009 
Grocery Store 
Baker's Supermarkets 
2009 
Hair Salon 
Garbo's Salon & Spa 
2009 
Hamburger 
Goldberg's 
2009 
Happy Hour 
Old Chicago 
2009 
Heating & Air Conditioning Service 
McCarthy's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning 
2009 
Home Accessories 
Bed Bath & Beyond 
2009 
Home Audio Store 
Buy 
2009 
Home Builder 
HearthStone Homes 
2009 
Home Cleaning Service 
Merry Maids 
2009 
Home Remodeling 
G & J Remodeling 
2009 
Hot WIngs 
Hooters 
2009 
Ice Cream Parlor 
Cold Stone Creamery 
2009 
Indian Restaurant 
Indian Oven 
2009 
In-Home Nursing Services 
Visiting Nurse Association 
2009 
Interior Design Firm 
Interior Design Group 
2009 
Internet Provider 
Qwest Internet 
2009 
Italian Restaurant 
Vincenzo's 
2009 
Japanese Restaurant 
Genji Japanese Steak House 
2009 
Jewelry Store 
Brodkey's Jewelers 
2009 
Karaoke 
Grandmother's 
2009 
Kids Summer Camp 
Carol Joy Holling Youth Camp 
2009 
Kitchen & Bath Remodeling 
Ward's Kitchens & Baths, Inc. 
2009 
Laser Tag 
Zzzap Laser Tag 
2009 
Lawn Care 
Heartland Lawns LLC 
2009 
Life/Health Insurance Company 
Physicians Mutual 
2009 
Limousine Company 
Old Market Limousine Service 
2009 
Liquor Store 
Spirit World 
2009 
Margarita 
Hector's 
2009 
Martial Arts Studio 
Martial Arts International 
2009 
Men's Apparel 
Lindley Men's Clothing 
2009 
Mexican Restaurant 
Hector's 
2009 
Motorcycle Dealer 
PowerSports Pro 
2009 
Moving Company 
Jim's Moving Company 
2009 
Musical Instrument Store 
Schmitt Music 
2009 
Nail Salon 
Mohegan Nail Spa 
2009 
Neighborhood Bar 
Clancy's Pub 
2009 
Oil Change Service 
Jensen Tire & Auto 
2009 
Omaha Sports Team 
Creighton Blue Jays 
2009 
Optical Shop 
Malbar Vision Center 
2009 
Orthodontist 
Greg Samuelson 
2009 
Outdoor Spas & Decks 
Continental Pool & Spas 
2009 
Painter 
Certa Pro Painters 
2009 
Pasta 
Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 
2009 
Pawn Shop 
Pawn Plus 
2009 
Pet Grooming Salon 
in Show Pet Salon 
2009 
Pet Store 
Pets R Us 
2009 
Physical Therapy Clinic 
Alegent Health Physical and Occupational Therapy 
2009 
Pizza 
La Casa Pizzeria 
2009 
Plumber 
Carmody Plumbing 
2009 
Retirement Community 
Lakeside Village 
2009 
Romantic Restaurant 
V. Mertz 
2009 
RV Dealer 
A.C. Nelsen R.V. World 
2009 
Sandwiches 
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 
2009 
Seafood 
Absolutely Fresh Seafood-Shucks Fish House 
2009 
Senior Photographer 
Billings Photography 
2009 
Sports Bar 
Icehouse Sports Bar and Grill 
2009 
Steakhouse 
Johnny's Cafe 
2009 
Sunday Brunch 
Grandmother's 
2009 
Sushi Restaurant 
Hiro Sushi 
2009 
Tanning Salon 
Tan World 
2009 
Tattoo Parlor/Piercing 
Liquid Courage Custom Tattoos 
2009 
Thrift Store 
Thrift World 
2009 
Antique Shop 
Antiques & Fine Art 
2009 
Apartments 
Steeplechase Apartments 
2009 
Appetizers 
Upstream Brewing Co. 
2009 
Art Gallery 
Artists' Cooperative Gallery 
2009 
Assisted Living Facility 
Mable Rose Estates 
2009 
Auto Body Repair 
Dave's Auto Body 
2009 
Auto Glass 
Metro Glass 
2009 
Bagels 
Bagel Bin Inc. 
2009 
Bank 
Bank of the West 
2009 
Bar-B-Que 
McKenna's Blues Booze & BBQ 
2009 
Beauty Supply Store 
Sally Beauty Supply 
2009 
Beer Selection 
Crescent Moon Ale House 
2009 
Boat Dealer 
Mid-American Boats 
2009 
Bowl of Soup 
Wheatfields 
2009 
Brake Service 
Midas Auto Service Experts 
2009 
Breakfast 
Summer Kitchen Cafe & Bakery 
2009 
Bridal Shop 
Bridal Gallery 
2009 
Buffet 
Old Country Buffet 
2009 
Burrito 
New York Burrito 
2009 
Car Stereo Store 
Metro Audio 
2009 
Car Wash 
Russell Speeder's Car Wash 
2009 
CD Store 
Nebraska Furniture Mart 
2009 
Cellular Service 
Alltel 
2009 
Chinese Restaurant 
Golden Palace 
2009 
Coffee Shop 
Crane Coffee 
2009 
College/University 
Bellevue University 
2009 
Consignment Store 
Esther's 
2009 
Convenience Store 
Fantasy's 
2009 
Cosmetic Dentist 
Christopher A. Stanosheck, DDS 
2009 
Cosmetic Surgeon 
Popp Cosmetic Surgery/Jeffrey C Popp MD 
2009 
Credit Union 
Mutual First Federal Credit Union 
2009 
Dance Club 
Club Patrick's 
2009 
Desserts 
Summer Kitchen Cafe & Bakery 
2009 
Dry Cleaners 
Camelot Cleaners 
2009 
Employer 
C&A Industries, Inc. 
2009 
Exhaust & Muffler Service 
Midas Auto Service Experts 
2009 
Family Dentist 
James Becker, DDS 
2009 
Family Entertainment Center 
Dave & Buster's 
2009 
Family Restaurant 
Valentino's 
2009 
Fitness Club 
24-Hour Fitness 
2009 
Fitness Equipment Store 
Priority One Fitness 
2009 
Florist 
Stems at Countryside 
2009 
French Fries 
Bronco's 
2009 
French Restaurant 
La Buvette Wine & Grocery 
2009 
Fried Chicken 
Alpine Inn 
2009 
Funeral Home 
Roeder Mortuary 
2009 
Gas Station 
Fantasy's Food & Fuel 
2009 
General Auto Repair 
Walker Tire 
2009 
Golf Course 
Indian Creek Golf Course 
2009 
Greek Restaurant 
Katie's Restaurant & Taverna 
2009 
Grocery Store 
Bag N Save 
2009 
Hair Salon 
Seven Salon 
2009 
Hamburger 
Stella's Bar and Grill 
2009 
Happy Hour 
Blue Sushi Sake & Grill 
2009 
Heating & Air Conditioning Service 
Aksarben/ARS Heating Air Conditioning & Plumbing 
2009 
Home Accessories 
Pier 1 Imports 
2009 
Home Audio Store 
Sound Environment 
2009 
Home Builder 
Celebrity Homes 
2009 
Home Cleaning Service 
Maids & More 
2009 
Hot WIngs 
Wingstop 
2009 
Ice Cream Parlor 
Maggie Moo's Ice Cream and Treatery 
2009 
Indian Restaurant 
India Garden 
2009 
In-Home Nursing Services 
Alegent Health Home Care 
2009 
Interior Design Firm 
Interiors Joan & Associates 
2009 
Internet Provider 
America Online (AOL) 
2009 
Italian Restaurant 
Biaggi's 
2009 
Japanese Restaurant 
Hiro Sushi 
2009 
Jewelry Store 
Omaha Jewelry 
2009 
Karaoke 
Brass Knocker Lounge 
2009 
Kids Summer Camp 
Hummel Day Camp 
2009 
Kitchen & Bath Remodeling 
Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces 
2009 
Laser Tag 
Thunder Alley 
2009 
Lawn Care 
Scotts LawnService 
2009 
Life/Health Insurance Company 
Mutual of Omaha 
2009 
Limousine Company 
Extreme Limousine 
2009 
Liquor Store 
Hooch Hutch 
2009 
Margarita 
Senor Matia's Mexican Restaurant 
2009 
Martial Arts Studio 
Kimi Tae Kwon Do School & Fitness Center 
2009 
Men's Apparel 
Parsow's Fine Clothing & Sportswear 
2009 
Mexican Restaurant 
Roja Mexican Grill 
2009 
Motorcycle Dealer 
BMW Motorcycles of Omaha 
2009 
Moving Company 
Movers Not Shakers 
2009 
Musical Instrument Store 
Russo's Guitar Center 
2009 
Nail Salon 
Nail Experts 
2009 
Neighborhood Bar 
Tanner's Bar & Grill 
2009 
New Car Dealer 
Lexus of Omaha 
2009 
Oil Change Service 
Valvoline Instant Oil 
2009 
Omaha Sports Team 
Omaha Beef 
2009 
Optical Shop 
Millard Family Eyecare 
2009 
Orthodontist 
Dennis Weiss 
2009 
Outdoor Spas & Decks 
Roberts Pool & Spa 
2009 
Painter 
A Perfect Touch Painting 
2009 
Pasta 
Spaghetti Works 
2009 
Pawn Shop 
Bud's Pawn Shop 
2009 
Pet Grooming Salon 
Susie's Pet Grooming 
2009 
Pet Store 
Petland 
2009 
Physical Therapy Clinic 
ProCare3 Physical Therapy 
2009 
Pizza 
Godfather's Pizza 
2009 
Retirement Community 
Richmont Village 
2009 
Romantic Restaurant 
Spezia 
2009 
RV Dealer 
Leach Camper Sales 
2009 
Sandwiches 
Quizno's 
2009 
Seafood 
Bonefish Grill 
2009 
Senior Photographer 
Deyo's Photography 
2009 
Sports Bar 
Indigo Joe's 
2009 
Steakhouse 
Sullivan's Steakhouse 
2009 
Sunday Brunch 
LePeep 
2009 
Sushi Restaurant 
Kona Grill 
2009 
Tanning Salon 
Desert Tan 
2009 
Tattoo Parlor/Piercing 
American Tattoo & Body Piercing 
2009 
Thrift Store 
Salvation Army